By-Laws Of The
Mingo Bible Church
The name of this church shall be “Mingo Bible Church” of Mingo, Kansas, post office,
Colby, Kansas 67701.
The purpose of the Mingo Bible Church shall be to glorify God. It shall seek to accomplish this purpose by:
- Teaching and preaching the Word of God as the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation. (Acts 20:28; Col. 3:16)
- Maintaining a keen missionary vision for the furtherance of the Gospel on the mission field, at home and abroad. (Matt. 9:37,38)
- Instructing and encouraging each individual believer toward a deeper spiritual life through prayer, Bible study, and Christian fellowship. (1 Thess. 5:17; IITim. 2:15; Heb. 10:25)
- Consistently presenting to the members of the congregation the challenge of serving God as a minister of the Gospel in a local church or on the mission field.(Mark 16:15)
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the professions of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in Scriptural knowledge and holiness; to promote its spirituality and prosperity; to sustain its worship by regular attendance at all its stated services and to submit to its discipline; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully for the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; to seek salvation for our families and friends; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all gossiping, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, misuse of of narcotics and drugs, and from all questionable practices, indulgences, and all appearances of evil; to be set for the defense of the Gospel and to be zealous in our efforts to win the lost for Christ. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and practices where we can carry out the the spirit of the covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and these tree are of one essence and equal in power and glory, therefore to be honored and worshiped equally as the true God. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; I John 5:7)
We believe that, although God is the creator of the universe and of the human race, He is the Father only of those who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We do not believe in the universal fatherhood of God, or the universal brotherhood of man. (Gen. 1:1, 26-27, 2:7, 21-22; John 1:12, 8:42-44; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 3:26)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:5, 2:24)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25-27; 9:24; I John 2:1-2)
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom. (Zach. 14:4-11; I Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
We believe that the holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is eternal and infinite. Though active in creation, revelation, and ennoblement of the Old Testament saints, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost by the Father and the Son to take up His abode in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; regenerates all believers; indwells all who are save; baptizes all believers into the body of Christ; seals believers until the day of redemption; bestows spiritual gifts upon the members of Christ’s body according to His own will; and controls for guidance, power and sanctification those among the saved who are yielded to Him and subject to Him and subject to His will. (Gen. 1:2; I Sam. 16:13; John 15:26, 16:7-11,13; Rom. 6:13, 8:9; I Cor. 6:19, 12:11,13; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5)
We believe that the Old and New Testaments, the completed canon of 66 books, God’s revelation given through man directed by the Holy Spirit. These Scriptures as originally given are verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and stand free from error in any and all parts. They are the final and supreme authority. (Matt. 5:18; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21)
We believe that the creation of the universe was an instantaneous and supernatural act of God by which He bought all that it contains into existence in six successive 24 hour days through the mediation of Jesus Christ and the operation of the Holy Spirit. Man is the direct creation of God (spirit, soul, and body) not in any sense the product of animal ancestry, but made in the divine image. The Genesis account is the trustworthy, historical record of creation. (Gen. 1:1-2, 26-27, 31, 2:7; Ex. 20:9, 11; Col. 1:16; I Thess. 5:23)
> Fall of Man
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, sinless and in perfect fellowship with God. In Adam’s sin man fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, is totally depraved and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:9-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, offed to us by the shedding of His blood on the cross. It is received personally by repentance for sin and by faith in the Lord Jesus and is in no way obtained or increased by human effort. This salvation contains within itself deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin, a perfect righteous standing before God, the provisions for victory over the power of sin, and the promise of future glorification in God’s presence. (John 1:12-13; 3:14-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-10; Heb. 9:12, 22; I Peter 1:18-19)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. (Rom. 12:2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
We believe that the church is composed of all those who by faith have been united to the risen and ascended Son of God. The church, which is completely distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture. All believers in this age, whether Jews or Gentiles, are baptized by the Holy Spirit at conversion and are become one spiritual body which Christ is the Head. (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:21, 23; 5:23-32; Col. 1:18)
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is three fold:
- It is already complete for every saved person because his position to God is the same as Christ’s position. Since the believer is in Christ, he is set apart unto God.
- We believe, however, that he retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore while the standing of the Christian in Christ is perfect, his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life. There is, therefore, a progressive sanctification wherein the Christian is to “grow in grace,” and to “be changed” by the unhindered power of the Spirit.
- We believe, also that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in his standing in Christ when he shall see his Lord and shall be “like Him.” (John 17:17; Rom. 7:15; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Eph. 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:10)
> Spiritual Gifts
We believe that spiritual gifts are divinely given and sovereignly distributed by the Holy Spirit to every member of the body of Christ. The purpose of these gifts is to glorify God and to edify the church to fulfill its divinely appointed task. There are gifts of a permanent nature to enable every believer to share in the ministry of edification and growth of the church. Some gifts are temporary, intended for use during the era of the New Testament apostles and prophets and were necessary until all the Scripture were written. We believe that the charismatic movement with its emphasis on speaking in tongues (glossolalia), mass healing, and prophecies is not in harmony with the Scriptural teaching on the Holy Spirit and therefore is not of God. We believe also that cults and their false teachings are not of God. (Rom. 12:3-16; 1 Cor. 12:1-3; 13:8; 14:22-34; Eph. 4:7-16; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
We believe that Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. We reject the extreme teaching know as “Hyper Dispensationalism,” such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord’s Table or water baptism as a spiritual means of testimony for the church in this age.
> Movements Contrary to Scriptural Teachings
A. Ecumenism – Ecumenism is that movement which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity and ultimately of all religions. Its principal advocates are the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
B. Ecumenical Evangelism – Ecumenical Evangelism is that effort to promote the Gospel by bringing fundamentalists into an unequal yoke with theological liberals and/or Roman Catholics and other divergent groups.
C. Neo-Orthodoxy – Neo-Orthodoxy is the theological movement which affirms: the transcendence of God, the finiteness and sinfulness of man, and the necessity of supernatural divine revelation of truth; but while using evangelical terminology, seriously departs from the orthodoxy; in accepting the views of destructive higher criticism, in denying the inerrancy of the Bible as historic revelation, in accepting religious experience as the criterion of truth, and in abandoning important fundamentals of the Christian faith.
D. New Evangelicalism (Neo-Evangelicalism, New Conservatism) – These terms refer to that movement with evangelicalism characterized by a toleration of and a dialogue with theological liberalism. Its essence is seen in an emphasis upon the social application of the Gospel and weak of unclear doctrines of the inspiration of Scripture, Biblical creationism, eschatology, dispensationalism, and separation. It is further characterized by an attempt to accommodate Biblical Christianity and make it acceptable to the modern mind.
We believe that these movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position the Mingo Bible Church and are in opposition to the work of God. 2 Cor. 6:14-17; Phil. 3:17-19; 2 Thess. 3:6-15; 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 16-17; 2 Peter 2:1-2 1 John 2:18-25; 4:1-6)
> Requirements for Membership
Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have testified to this by being baptized (preferable by immersion) shall be eligible for membership in the Mingo Bible Church. All candidates for membership shall be interviewed by the Pastor and Board of Elders, who if satisfied, shall recommend such persons to the church for vote at any regular or special meeting. All candidates shall do the following:
- give evidence of a transformed life
- give assurance of their willingness to receive the ordinance of the Lord’s Table
- be willing to submit himself to the teaching of God’s Word
- agree with and accept the doctrinal position and by-laws of Mingo Bible Church
- be willing to support Mingo Bible Church in faithful attendance, prayer, service and giving
- terminate membership in any other church
- not be a member of a lodge or any secret organization
- not practice homosexuality and lesbianism or be in sympathy with such practices
> Responsibilities of Members
It shall be the responsibility of the members of this church to support the church faithfully with their attendance at its scheduled services and business meetings, and to comply with the principles set for in the church covenant and requirements for membership.
> Associate Membership
Associate membership shall be offered to persons of temporary residence in this area, who desire to retain full membership in their home church in another city. Application shall be processed in the same manner as for regular membership, but these associate members shall not be eligible to vote or hold office.
> Termination of Membership
- by death
- any member in good standing, who wishes to join some other evangelical church, may request that a letter of recommendation be sent to the church with which they desire to unite.
- By exclusion – members not found living in accordance with teachings of the Bible and the principles and covenant of this church, shall be admonished by the Board of Elders in brotherly love and exhorted unto all good works. (Gal. 6:1; Heb. 10:24-25) Should a member continue living in sin, the congregation shall, by at least two-thirds vote at a regular business meeting and upon the recommendation of the Board of Elders, dismiss such a member from its membership. Such a person, upon sinner’s repentance, may be reinstated in accordance with procedures of new members.
> Review of Membership
It shall be the duty of the Pastor and Board of Elders to review the church membership roll at least four weeks prior to each annual business meeting. Any member who has not been faithful in attendance over the preceding year and cannot give satisfactory reason for such absence may by recommendation of the Board of Elders and by two-thirds vote of the church, be removed from the roll of Mingo Bible Church.
The Pastor shall be chosen by the congregation or appointed by the home mission of the congregation’s choosing and shall have the qualifications embodied in the following passages of Scripture: (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 2:1-4; Titus 1:5-9) The Pastor may also be called through the Church Board after the church has approved him by a two-thirds majority and preferably a unanimous vote. This voting shall take place separate from any annual meeting.
If at any time it becomes necessary to terminate the relations between the Pastor and the congregation, either is requested to give at least a one-month notice.
His duties shall be to preach the Word of God and to perform such other duties as the Word of God place upon a minister of Jesus Christ. (2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Peter 5:2-4) The Pastor is an ex-officio member of all boards, committees and organizations within the church.
> Church Board
The Church Board is the official board of the church and consists of the Board of Elders and the Board of Deacons (Trustees.)
The Board of Elders shall consist of the Pastor and other qualified men (preferably three). They will be selected by the membership on alternate years to serve a 3-year term.
The Board of Deacons (Trustees) shall consist of qualified men (preferably three). They will be elected by the membership on alternate years to serve a 3-year term.
The Church Board shall meet as soon as possible after the annual election to organize and elect their own officers. The Church Board Chairman shall be elected from the Board of Elders. He shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Church Board and membership meetings.
The Secretary shall be elected from the Board of Elders or Deacons. He shall keep a record of the proceedings of all church board and church membership meetings and his book of records shall be open for inspection to the membership at any reasonable time.
The Treasurer or Treasurers shall be elected from the Board of Elders or Deacons. He shall receive and disperse all funds that pertain to the welfare of the church and missions and give a complete report of all receipts and disbursements at the annual meeting or as may be requested.
The Chairman of the Deacons will be elected from the Church Board and be someone other than the Church Board Chairman. He will be responsible for the oversight of the Board of Deacons.
The Church Board shall select one of the Board Members to represent the Church Board on the Board of Education and any other committees or board, as they deem necessary.
All committees, organizations and boards within the church are under the jurisdiction of the Church Board.
Vacancies on the Church Board or their elected positions will be filled by the Board until the next annual election.
Members of the Church Board who have served two (2) terms shall not be eligible for re-election for one year. A term of office does not expire until the new officer is installed.
The Pastor’s salary, all repairs in or outside of the church building and other property, shall be under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Church Board. Expenditures cannot exceed $1,000 without the permission of the church membership.
> Qualifications and Duties
A. Board of Elders
An Elder must be a man and meet the spiritual qualification of 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9
The Board of Elders shall have the spiritual oversight of the entire church; assist the Pastor in his ministry of caring for and teaching the saints, and help in any way as may be necessary to care for the spiritual needs of the church. They shall make provision for the supply of the pulpit in the absence of the Pastor and shall take charge of all services not conducted by the Pastor. They shall be the nominating committee for the annual election of the church.
B. Board of Deacons (Trustees)
A Deacon must be a man and meet the spiritual qualifications of 1 Tim. 3:8-13.
The Board of Deacons shall be the Trustees of the church and shall fulfill the legal requirements of the State of Kansas for a non-profit corporation.
The title of all real estate and personal property acquired by purchase, deed gift, transfer, inheritance, shall be held in the name of the Deacon Board of Mingo Bible Church, a corporation organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Kansas. All property shall be maintained and administered for by its duly elected Deacons subject to the supervision and direction of the Church Board.
The Deacons shall not sell, mortgage or otherwise encumber the property without consent of a two-thirds majority of the votes cast by the church membership present at a regularly called congregation meeting for that purpose. The board of Deacons shall be subject to the Church Board. They shall be responsible for the care and upkeep of the church facilities and all property.
The Music Committee shall consist of the chairman, song leader, one accompanist and one member at large.
The chairman shall be a Board Member appointed by the Church Board, and is responsible to chair the committee meetings and implement their decisions.
The song leader, accompanist, and member at large will be elected annually at the Annual Church Meeting.
The committee is responsible to provide special music or specials for the Sunday morning and evening services and any special meeting we have during the year.
The Education Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Sunday School Superintendent, and at least two (2) members at large.
The Chairman shall be appointed annually by the Church Board and shall be a member of the Church Board. He shall be responsible for chairing the Education Committee Meetings.
The Sunday School superintendent shall be elected at the annual church meeting for a 2 year term. He shall be responsible for implementing the decisions and directing and overseeing the activities of the Sunday School.
The members at large shall be elected alternately at the annual church meeting for a 2 year term.
The education committee shall choose from their own committee members a secretary.
The education committee’s responsibility include:
- Organizing the general program of the Sunday School, selecting the curriculum, appointing teachers and their assistants and any other positions that are necessary
- Plan and direct the daily vacation Bible school
- Maintain and supervise the church library
- Oversee the annual Christmas program
- Oversee the children and youth ministries
- Oversee all small group ministries (Bible Studies, men’s and women’s fellowship groups, etc.)
Ushers – They shall be elected annually. It shall be the duty of the ushers, if possible, to provide everyone with comfortable seats, hymn books and to welcome all visitors.
Food Committee – The Food Committee shall consist of three members. They shall be elected annually and be in charge of all the meals of the church. This committee may ask for help from the church and financial assistance from the Deacons.
Flower Committee – The Flower Committee shall consist of three members and shall be elected annually. They shall arrange for flowers for the church services; arrange for remembrances for the church families in the time of bereavement; arrange for remembrances to member’s parents not associated with this church.
Auditing Committee – The Church Board shall appoint an auditing committee of three members, whose duty it shall be to carefully audit all different account including those of auxiliary organizations.
The Holy Communion shall be arranged for by the Church Board and be observed at least twice a year or more frequently if the Church desires (Luke 22:19-20) The service is for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of church affiliations.
In view of the fact that matrimony is an ordinance of God, members entering into this state shall have their marriage performed by a minister of the Gospel. We believe the Bible is opposed to the marriage of believers with unbelievers. (2 Cor. 6:14)
Marriage is to be for life (Matt. 19:6) and in the light of Christ’s teaching, marriages involving persons who have been divorced after they are Christians will not be sanctioned by the church. (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
All elections shall be by ballot, unless otherwise decided. All members that have reached the age of eighteen years are eligible to vote at all church meetings.
The annual church business meeting shall be held during the month of January or as soon as possible thereafter. All auxiliary organizations, shall be under the direction and control of the church, and shall submit a complete report to the church at its annual meeting.
Special meeting of the church may be called by the Church Board or upon written request of 25% of the membership. All persons signing such request must be regular members.
All church property shall be indivisible and members who withdraw or are dismissed from the church thereby lose all claims to it.
A church book, or register, shall be kept by the Pastor. In absence of the Pastor, the Chairman of the Board shall perform these duties. This book shall contain the church constitution and by-laws, a family register, births, deaths, baptism, marriages, admissions and dismissal of members, and any other data belongs to a complete register.
At no time shall any rules be made or resolutions adopted which in any way contradict the principles of Articles II, III, and IV as laid down in this constitution.
In case of death, members shall be at liberty to notify the Pastor, and funeral arrangements may be made with him at the Church Board’s assistance.
Amendments to these by-laws may be made by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of all qualified members present at any regular or properly called meeting.
The Sunday School will take care of their own elections to have close fellowship between the church and Sunday School. The officers must be members of the church. The Sunday School will take care of the Christmas program and an annual picnic if desired.
No pictures or films shall be shown in the church unless approved by the Pastor or the Church Board.
Every member of the family in Sunday School and every family in Church.