Proposed Ammendments to Church Constitution

The following amendments to the Berean Church constitution are to be voted on at the upcoming business meeting on March 7.

Section 2 – Purpose

“This congregation is organized as a church, exclusively for charitable, religious and educational purposes, including but not limited to, the establishing and maintaining of religious worship and Christian education in a manner consistent with the Holy Bible through Sunday and weekday schools, the erection, maintenance and management of facilities suitable for ministries (i.e. church buildings, missions, etc.), and the support of missionary activity and Christian education in the United States and in any foreign country and to the giving of charitable gifts to the needy.”

Section 3 – Dissolution

“Upon dissolution of the church, the trustees shall, after having made provision for the payment of all the church’s liabilities, dispose of the church’s assets to like 501-C3 organization(s) with similar beliefs, goals and purposes.”

Section 4 – Political Involvement

“The church shall not participate in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.  No substantial part of the activities of the church shall be dedicated to an attempt to influence legislation.”

Section 5 – Discrimination

“This church and the ministries of this church (including, but not limited to, Berean Christian Academy, Berean Youth Clubs and Berean Recorded Media Ministry) shall not discriminate against members, applicants, students or others on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.”

Section 6 – Conflict of Interest

“No part of the income of the church shall be distributed to trustees, officers, members or other persons, except in reasonable compensation for time, expenses and services rendered and in conformity with purposes outlines in Article II, Section 2.”

Section 7 – Designated Contributions

A. “Reasonable efforts will be made to apply contributions designated to specific funds to the desired fund.  However, the leadership of the church (pastor, trustees and board) reserve the right to apply funds to the area of greatest need, according to their judgement and discretion.  No obligation shall be created by any gift, either designated or not, other than that it must be used for the purposes of the church as stated in Article II, Sections 1 and 2.”