ARTICLE I – NAME AND HISTORY
This part of Christ’s Body (His Church) shall be known as Beaumont Bible Church and shall meet in Beaumont, Texas.
The church was formed Nov. 7, 1976 and incorporated (see Article VIII) Beaumont Community Church. At the first worship service, 39 were in attendance. On July 26, 1983, the name was informally but not legally changed to Beaumont Bible Church, using a “doing business as” declaration. On October 5, 2003 the church combined with Greater Life Church.
The Constitution was revised on August 7, 2010.
ARTICLE II - IDENTITY
Alignment -BBC is an independent, nondenominational, self governed Bible Church that cooperates in ministry with churches and organizations of similar belief and that is affiliated with a body of like minded Bible Churches through Camp Pearl Ministries.
Theology -BBC is a conservative evangelical church that is Bible focused (II Tim 2:15, Tit 1:9).The theology of BBC is dispensational, premillennial, and free grace.
Relationships – BBC is a “family” whose members are relational with Jesus Christ and with one another. (Matt 22:37-40)
Ministry Style – BBC is teaching oriented and interactive, both in worship services and in classes. (Tit 2:1-3, 7, 9, 15)
Participation – BBC encourages members to participate in and pursue ministry both in and outside the church. (Eph 4:12, Heb 10:24)
An Attitude of Acceptance – BBC accepts people where they are spiritually and respects their individual growth path. While having an attitude of acceptance BBC does not condone sin; instead we endeavor to encourage and help people to become what Jesus Christ wants them to be. (Rom 14:1-13)
ARTICLE III – PURPOSE
Worship - To love the Lord our God with all of our heart, in spirit and truth, magnifying and exalting His holy name through prayer, praise and proclamation of His Word. (Matt 22:37; John 15:4-5; Matt 4:10; Ps 34:3; Acts 2:42, 47)
Fellowship - To be a community of Christians providing love, comfort, edification, encouragement, acceptance, forgiveness, and strength to all, with the material and spiritual resources God has placed at our disposal. (John 15:12; John 17:11b, 21a; Acts 2:42, 46)
Discipleship - To encourage individual Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ in doctrine and experience, to develop stronger Christian character, to understand and effectively use spiritual gifts, and to mature according to the Lord’s expectations. (Matt 28:19-20; John 17:21b; Col 1:28; Acts 2:42)
Mission- To show God’s love to our neighbors and the world in the name of Jesus Christ, being zealous for good deeds and witnessing to His grace through our acts of benevolence. (Matt 22:39; John 15:17; Acts 2:42, 45)
Evangelism - To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ (that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead) to a world desperately in need of His message of saving grace. (Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8; John 3:16; John 15:18-27;17:21b; Acts 2:47 ; I Cor15:3-6; Acts 2:47)
ARTICLE IV – DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
This doctrinal statement expresses the beliefs of the elders and deacons of Beaumont Bible Church and is the basis for theological qualification of elders and deacons, teachers, and missionaries, as well as candidates for ordination.
GOD THE FATHER – We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible, Who spoke all that exists into being through His word of power. (Acts 17:29; Ex 3:14; Matt 3:17; Gal 3:26; Eph 1:3-6; John 3:16; Matt 6:30-32; Heb 12:7)
GOD THE SON – We believe in God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect presentation of the invisible God, wholly God and wholly man. We believe He took on human flesh, was supernaturally conceived of the Virgin Mary, that He lived a sinless life, died in our place on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the father as Mediator and Advocate for His church. (John 1:1, 14, 17-18; Luke 1:35; Rom 3:24-26; 4:24b-25, Heb 1:2-3; 3:1; 7:23-25; I John 2:1-2)
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT- We believe in God the Holy spirit, that He permanently indwells all believers, that He gives precious spiritual gifts to each of God’s children, that He encourages believers to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, that He convicts of sin, and that He Keeps the believer’s salvation sealed and secure for all time. (I Cor 2:10-11; I Cor 12:11; Is 40:13-14; Ps 139:7; Tit 3:5; John 3:5-7; 14:16-17; 16:7-8; Eph 1:13; II Thes 2:13; I Cor 12:13; Rom 8:9)
THE TRINITY- We believe in the mystery of the Trinity, that while God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three separate persons, they are equally and fully members of the Godhead. (Matt 28:19, II Cor 13:14)
THE BIBLE- We believe that each of the 66 books of the Bible is God’s Word, inerrant and authoritative, that they were breathed by God the Father, superintended by the Holy Spirit, and bear witness as a unified whole to the Lord Jesus Christ. (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:21, John 17:17)
SALVATION- We believe that all humanity has sinned and stands powerless to please God and enter into fellowship with Him. We believe that they are destined to eternal separation in Hell without the intervention of God. We believe that the only solution to this separation is the salvation made possible by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world and offers salvation to all who will receive it, that this salvation is a free gift from God and that good works play no part in earning or keeping this great gift. We believe that our salvation is secure, reserved in Heaven for us, guaranteed by the Seal of the Holy Spirit and safeguarded by the power of God the Father. (Acts 13:38-39; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-10; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31; Rom 8:1, 28-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30; 5:24)
THE CHURCH- We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is the spiritual entity established at Pentecost and made up of all born-again believers, called and drawn to the Father for His glory and left on earth to be salt and light to a lost world. We believe that the ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor 12:12-13; 10:32; Acts 2:42-47, Eph 4:11-13; Matt 28:19-20; I Cor 11:23-26; Acts 8:36-38; Rom 6:4; Col 2:12)
EVENTS OF THE END TIMES
The culmination of the Tribulation period will be the bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to establish the Millennial Age, during which Christ will reign, Satan will be bound, Israel will be restored and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. (Is 11:1-9; Ez 37:21-28; Matt 24:15-25:46; Rev 20:1-6)
We believe that the spirits of believers in Jesus Christ in this age, do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the church. At that time, the spirit and body shall be reunited and shall be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe the spirit of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious torment in Hades until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium. At that time spirit and body shall be reunited and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be destroyed, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; II Thes 1:7-9; Rev 20:11-15)
We believe that the Bible interpreted in its natural, literal sense reveals divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to his purpose and for His glory.
In every dispensation, through His application of justice and grace, God is glorified and proven sovereign over the affairs of man. In every dispensation man makes unwise choices and ultimately fails. Through his repeated failure man demonstrates his need for a savior.
We believe the Bible reveals seven distinct dispensations: Innocence (Gen 1:3-3:6), Conscience (Gen 3:7-8:14), Civil/Human Government (Gen 8:15-11:9), Promise (Patriarchal Rule) (Gen 11:10 - Ex 18:27), Mosaic Law (Ex 19:1 - Acts 1:26), Grace (Acts 2:1 – Rev 19:21), and the Millennial Kingdom (Rev 20:1-15). Three dispensations - law, grace, and the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (John 1:17; I Cor 9:17; II Cor 3:9-18; Gal 3:13-25; Eph 1:10, 3:2-10; Col 1:24-25; Heb 7:19; Rev 20:2-6)
The Elements and Progression of a Dispensation are as follows:
1. A dispensation begins when God reveals new truth to man.
2. Man is responsible to live in obedience to God’s new revealed truth.
3. Man is tested in relation to God’s revealed truth (specific to that
4. Man fails the test.
5. God judges man because of his failure and the dispensation is brought to
6. God bestows grace on man and inaugurates a new dispensation.
Four primary characteristics of dispensational theology include:
1. Recognition that obvious differences are found in the Bible.
2. Literal interpretation of the Bible (understanding the Bible in its
3. Distinguishing between Israel and the Church.
4. Understanding that the glory of God is the unifying theme of the
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 – Corporate Members- The Corporation shall have no members. Any action which would otherwise require approval by a majority of all members shall only require approval of the Elders. All rights which would otherwise vest in the members shall vest in the Elders.
SECTION 2- Members of the Fellowship
Nothing contained in Section 1 of this Article shall be construed to limit the right of the Corporation to refer to persons associated with the Corporation as “Members” even though such persons are not corporate members, and no such reference in or outside of these Bylaws shall constitute anyone being a member, within the meaning of Article 1396-2.02 of the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act. The Corporation may confer by amendment of its Articles or of these Bylaws some or all of the rights of a member as set forth in the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law, upon any person or persons who do not have the right to vote for the election of officers or on a disposition of substantially all of the assets of the Corporation or on a merger or on a dissolution or on changes to the Corporation’s Articles or Bylaws, but no such person shall be a member within the meaning of said Article.
SECTION 3 – QUALIFICATIONS
SECTION 3 – RECEIVING MEMBERS
Anyone desiring to unite with the fellowship of Beaumont Bible Church should indicate this desire to one of the elders. After the necessary interview as outlined above and a vote of approval by the Elders, the candidate will be welcomed publicly at the first convenient service. Maintenance of the official roll will be the responsibility of the deacons, and said roll will be kept in the church office.
SECTION 4 – DISMISSING MEMBERS
Membership will be officially terminated after departure and notification has been received that union with another church is to occur, or 12 months of obvious lack of interest in Beaumont Bible Church, or for disciplinary reasons in accordance with Matt 18:15-20.
SECTION 5 – COVENANT OF FELLOWSHIP
All who are a part of Christ’s Body known as Beaumont Bible Church do covenant before God and one another that, as the Lord gives direction and
power, we shall:
ARTICLE VI – CHURCH GOVERNMENT
SECTION 1 – GENERAL
In the event that the number of elders becomes less than three, they shall be consolidated with the deacons and both groups function as the elders until such time that the minimum number of elders (three) is in place. In the event that the consolidated elders and deacons becomes less than four in number, the government of the church shall be given to the adult male members of the church 21 years and older.
In the event that the number of deacons becomes less than three, the overflow work, as determined by the deacons, shall be assumed by the elders.
B. Those who receive financial support (Pastor(s), secretary, missionary, etc.) are not necessarily officers in the church but could be. This also applies to all appointed positions (Youth Director, Sunday School Superintendent, Trustee, teachers, etc.). Appointed individuals including leaders and teachers shall be church members and aresubject to the direction of the Elders, as is every member. In special circumstances, an appointed leader or teacher shall be allowed to serve without being a member if they are a Christian saved by grace, agree with the doctrines of the church, and are willing to be under the authority of the elders (the same requirements for membership). Officials and people in appointed positions are subject to a background check for the protection of the congregation.
SECTION 2 – ELDERS
The elders are appointed to govern, discipline, and oversee the spiritual needs of the church. The specific qualifications for the office of elder are found in I Tim 3 and Tit 1, and may be summarized as follows:
The responsibility of the elders is, generally, to oversee all the church functions; specifically, they include:
The office of elder is a permanent position that can be terminated only by resignation, death, or disciplinary dismissal.
There is no fixed number of elders; the elders will be responsible for determining the number of elders. The following procedures shall be followed to select elders:
An elder shall serve as an active elder for a three year period followed when needed by a one year period of inactive status, for the purpose of rest, during which he shall have no official board status.
The elders, at their first meeting of each year, shall select a chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary who shall hold office for one year. The elders shall meet in regular sessions to conduct normal business, but may call special sessions when necessary. At its meetings the elders shall act on recommendations from other organizations, especially the deacons or the pastor(s), as well as conduct other business which may be required. Accurate records of all transactions shall be recorded by the secretary. He shall provide copies of each meeting’s minutes to the deacons and to the pastor(s) for their information. Additionally, the secretary shall provide a report to the congregation on the state of the church and any major actions taken. A legal meeting shall require the presence of at least 60% of the elders. All decisions by the elders must be unanimous by all elders. Whenever a non-unanimous vote is taken, both sides should have the time to express their views. A season of prayer for guidance on the issue should be taken. At this time either a re-vote may be requested or the topic may be tabled until the next meeting to allow for further prayer and examination of the issue. It is believed that Christ intended unity for His body. Unity in the church must begin in the attitudes and actions of its leaders.
At least annually every elder will be evaluated by the other elders.
SECTION 3 – DEACONS
Deacons are appointed to oversee the temporal (physical) needs of the church. Deacons are under the leadership of the elders and are responsible to them for the fulfillment of their ministries. Their specific qualifications are found in I Timothy 3 and may be summarized:
Deacons have the responsibility for the business affairs of the church. Duties include:
The office of deacon is a permanent position that can be terminated only by selection to the office of elder, resignation, death or disciplinary dismissal. There is no fixed number of deacons, but the number will be set by the elders upon the advice from the deacons. The selection of deacons shall follow the same procedure as for elders with two exceptions:
Deacon(s) shall serve as an active deacon for a period of three years followed when needed by a one year period of inactive status, for the purpose of rest, during which he (they) shall have no official board status.
The deacons, at the first meeting each year, shall elect a chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary, for a one-year term. The presence of at least 60% of the deacons shall constitute a quorum for any meeting, regular or special. Regular meetings shall be held to conduct normal business. Special meetings may be called as necessary. Adequate minutes of each meeting shall be recorded by the secretary. Copies of the minutes shall go to the elders and to the staff pastor(s) for their information. Issues requiring action by the elders shall be furnished to the elders in detail by the secretary of the deacons. The secretary should summarize the issue, record the recommendations of the deacons, and provide any facts pertinent to the issues. A summary of the activities of the deacons shall be included in the elder’s report to the congregation.
All votes require a unanimous decision before action can be taken. The reasons for this are discussed under Article V, Section 2-E.
At least annually every deacon will be evaluated by the other deacons.
SECTION 4 – STAFF PASTOR (S)
At least one staff pastor is desired by Beaumont Bible Church on a full time basis to assist the elders in shepherding the congregation. His support should come from the congregation, according to his individual needs. He is not automatically an officer in the church (i.e., elder or deacon). However, upon qualification, the staff pastor may be appointed as either an elder or deacon. The staff pastor(s) is co-responsible with the elders for the spiritual life of the church, and shall submit himself to the leadership of the elders. Should a pastor become an elder, he will have a vote equal to that of the other elders in all matters except those of his employment. Pastors shall be required to become members of BBC upon their arrival.
The staff pastor should be qualified for the work of the ministry by evidencing spiritual and psychological maturity as described in I Tim 3:2-7 and Tit 1:6-9. While college and seminary education may be desirable, the Scriptures overwhelmingly emphasize godly character as the pre-requisite for serving the body in any leadership capacity.
The staff pastor(s) shall function both as a shepherd and a teacher, and shall have the following responsibilities:
The church may have as many staff pastors as deemed necessary. These men, if more than one exists, should work together coordinating their abilities and efforts. Their selection shall be as follows:
SECTION 5 – SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS
From time to time, special committees, either temporary or permanent, may be established to meet a particular need, or to act in a special area of service. The formation of such a committee and the members thereof may be proposed by either the elders or deacons, but must be approved by the elders. Such a committee might be a Mission Committee, Music Committee, etc.
SECTION 6 – CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
An annual congregational meeting shall be held in January to provide information concerning the proposed church budget for the following fiscal year and to consider any other matters proposed by the elders. Special congregational meetings may be called by the elders whenever it is deemed necessary for the best interest of the church. The call for a congregational meeting shall come from the elders by giving public notice at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. The notice will carry the stated purpose(s) of the meeting; no other topics will be discussed.
The chairman of the elders shall preside at all congregational meetings. If he is unable to preside, the vice-chairman shall preside. If neither is available, the elders present shall appoint a chairman. The secretary of the elders shall act as meeting secretary.
ARTICLE VII - FISCAL MATTERS
The fiscal year of the church shall be from January 1 to December 31. The necessary finances of Beaumont Bible Church shall be obtained through voluntary contributions, gifts, and regular offerings. Gifts which are designated for special purposes shall be for the specific purpose indicated. No system of coercive pledging shall be practiced nor shall any entertainment or other fund raising project be held by the church to augment its budget. This would not prohibit raising money for specific causes (missionary support, youth trips, building projects, etc.).
If the financial condition of Beaumont Bible Church should become such that the general fund has insufficient funds to pay bills, other accounts will be borrowed from to retain good standing with our community and creditors, with the intention to replace such borrowed funds as soon as money becomes available.
ARTICLE VIII – PROPERTY RIGHTS
The title to all real property of the corporation shall be in the name of the corporation. No member or group of members shall have any individual property rights in the assets or the corporation. In the event the corporation is dissolved, any assets of the corporation shall be distributed to the organizations and/or individuals being supported by the missionary program of the church at the time. The share of each organization shall be the same proportion that it receives of the total missionary budget for that year. In the case of individuals being supported by the missionary program of the church, the proportional amount shall be paid to their mission organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the Trustees shall determine.
ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
The constitution may be amended by the elders. Following a vote by the elders, copies of the amendment(s) shall be made available to all members of the congregation.
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