Statement of Faith of Marsh Educational Ministries

 

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, all 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the infallible Word of God.  It is our only rule of faith and practice.  (II Timothy 3:15-16)

God

 We believe Scripture when it declares, “in the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1). We understand this to mean God is eternal in nature. Nothing made God. He always has existed; and always will. We believe there is only one true God who, in the beginning, created the world and everything in it (John 1:3).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). He is God (John 1:1), in the flesh (John 1:14), who came from heaven to redeem fallen man. He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, who died on a cross to save us from the penalty of sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:6).  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)  We believe in the immanent return of Jesus Christ. (I Thess.4:13-5:11; Rev. 19:11-21)

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of God who marks us as Christians (Ephesians 1:13). He is given as a gift to all who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). He empowers us to accomplish works of service (1 Corinthians 12:7). He is the Helper sent by God that we might walk in such a way to bear faithful witness (John 15:26-27). Through Him we are able to bear godly fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22).

Salvation

We believe a person is saved by God’s grace and not by good works. (Ephesians 2:8), that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), and that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).   In order to become a Christian, one needs to do the following:

  • Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)

  • Believe in Jesus (John 3:16, Acts 16:31)

  • Repent of one’s sins (Acts 2:38, 17:30)

  • Confess Jesus as Lord (Matt. 16:16, Romans 10:9-10)

  • Be Baptized (immersed) into Jesus (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Peter 3:21)

Then one needs to continue to live a holy life (Matthew 25:31-46, Philippians 2:12)

 

Marriage and Sexuality

 

1. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one, legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman, as their genders were determined at birth, in a single, covenantal union, as delineated by Scripture. Whenever there is a conflict between the ministry’s position and any new legal standard for marriage, the ministry’s statement of faith, doctrines and biblical positions will govern. (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:22–23; Mark 10:6–9; 1 Cor. 7:1–9)

 

2. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage as defined in section 1 above. We believe that any other type of sexual activity, identity, or expression that lies outside of this definition of marriage, including those that are becoming more accepted in the culture and the courts, are contradictory to God’s natural design and purpose for sexual activity. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5; Lev. 18:1–30; Rom. 1: 26–29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9–10; 1 Thess. 4:1–8; Heb. 13:4)

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                                                                    Bylaws

                                                                              of

        Marsh Educational Ministries, Inc.

 

 

ARTICLE 1 - NAME

 

1.01     Name. The name of this nonprofit entity shall be, “Marsh Educational Ministries, Inc.,” hereinafter referred to as “MEM.” It is incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the state of Kentucky. (Kentucky nonprofit #0941005.09) (Federal EIN # 81-1043843)

ARTICLE 2 - PURPOSE

 

2.01     Purpose. As stated in the Articles of Incorporation, this corporation is organized exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), for such purposes, including, but not limited to making disciples and to teaching people to read words, so that they can read The Word, The Bible, and so that they can come to know The Word, Jesus Christ, not only as Savior, but also as Lord. (John 1:1-5)

ARTICLE 3 - MEETINGS

 

3.01     Location. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at any place within or outside the State of Kentucky as shall be designated by the Board of Directors.

 

3.02     Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at such time and place as the Board of Directors shall determine. At the annual meeting Directors shall be elected and reports of the affairs of the corporation shall be considered.

 

3.03     Special Meetings. Any officer or any two (2) Directors may call a special meeting of the Board of Directors at any time, and nothing contained in this article shall be construed as limiting, fixing, or affecting the time or date when a meeting called by action of the Board of Directors may be held.

 

3.04     Notice of Meetings.

  1. Method of Notice: Notice of any meeting, special or regular, must be sent by each Director’s chosen means of communication, whether by postal mail, phone, fax, or email at the address or phone number as it appears in the records of the corporation or as supplied by the Director to the corporation for the purpose of notice. Notice shall be given by or at the direction of the President. In the event the President refuses to give notice, any Director may give notice of any meeting. The Secretary is responsible to verify that notice is duly provided. 

 

  1. Content of Notice: Notice of any special meeting shall state the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.

 

  1. Time of Notice: Notice of any meeting shall be delivered by the person charged with giving notice, not less than three (3) days before the date of the meeting.

 

  1. Waiver of Notice: A Director may waive notice of a meeting of the Board by written statement, and attendance by the Director at the meeting without protest shall be deemed waiver of notice.

 

3.05     Quorum. A quorum for meetings shall consist of a majority of the Directors. If a quorum is not attained, then those present shall adjourn the meeting to a new date certain duly noticed to all Directors for not more than ten (10) days thereafter, and at that later-noticed meeting a quorum shall consist of those Directors then present. 

 

3.06     Participation. A Director may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors by means of a conference telephone, web-based conference, or similar communications equipment, by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other at the same time. Participating by such means shall constitute presence in person at a meeting.

 

3.07     Action Without Meeting. Any action that may be taken or that is required by law to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken, signed by all of the Directors is filed in the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors.

 

3.08     Roles. At every meeting of the Directors, the President, or in his absence, the officer designated by the President, or in the absence of a designation, the person (who shall be one of the officers, if any is present) chosen by a majority of the Directors present shall act as Chair and/or Moderator, and shall conduct the meeting in an orderly manner, as determined by the President. The Secretary shall act as Secretary of all meetings. In the absence of the Secretary, the Chair may appoint another person to act as Secretary of the meetings.

 

3.09     Voting. A majority vote of the Board of Directors at a duly noticed meeting in which a quorum is attained will constitute the outcome of issues brought before the Board.

ARTICLE 4 - DIRECTORS

 

4.01     Authority. The Board of Directors shall maintain authority over and shall manage the affairs of the corporation unless the Articles of Incorporation or these bylaws require otherwise. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the corporation to enter into any contract or execute or deliver any instrument in the name of and/or on behalf of the corporation. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances with defined parameters. The Board is responsible for complying with all reporting requirements of nonprofits. The Corporation shall not have members.

 

4.02     Number. The number of Directors of the corporation shall be determined by resolution of the Directors entitled to vote, but shall not be less than three (3) in number. The number of Directors may be changed by the Board of Directors without further amendment of these bylaws, upon the adoption of a resolution offered for that purpose at any meeting of the Board of Directors pursuant to the vote of a majority of the Directors in office at the time of the meeting. If the change increases the number of Directors and results in the creation of an opening on the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors may fill the opening by a majority vote of the Directors in office at the time of the meeting. Under no circumstances may a change reduce the number of Directors to less than three.

 

4.03     Election. Directors shall be elected at each annual meeting, or at any special meeting of the Board of Directors, or the Directors may be designated at any time by the written consent of all the Directors.

 

4.04    Term of Office. Each Director shall hold office permanently or until his or her successor is elected, or until his or her earlier resignation, removal from office, or death.

(A)       Resignation. Any Director of the corporation may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President, the Secretary, or the Board of Directors of the corporation. The resignation shall take effect at the time the notice is received unless a later time is specified in the notice. Acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary for it to be effective.

(B)       Removal. A Director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by a written majority vote of the remaining Directors at any regular or special meeting. 

 

4.05     Vacancies.

  1. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall exist under the following circumstances: (a) the death, removal or resignation of any Director; (b) the failure of the Directors to elect the full authorized number of Directors at any annual, regular, or special meeting; or (c) following a vote to increase the number of Directors.

  2. Upon a vacancy, nominations for new Directors may be given by present Directors to the Secretary, or other appointed officer, up to two weeks in advance of the meeting at which voting to fill said vacancy is to occur.

  3. Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled by majority vote of the remaining members of the Board, though less than a quorum, and each person so elected shall be a Director for the unexpired term of the office of the Director being replaced.

 

4.06     Compensation.

  1. The Board of Directors, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors then in office, shall have authority to establish reasonable compensation of all employees of the corporation for services to or on behalf of the corporation.

  2. No Director shall receive compensation for services to the corporation as a Director, but the Board of Directors shall have the authority to reimburse the Directors for travel and per diem expenses incurred directly as a result of attending a meeting of the Board of Directors for the purpose of conducting business of the corporation.

  3. No Director shall participate in any deliberation or vote of the Board of Directors establishing the amount of his compensation as an employee of the corporation or in any deliberation or vote of the Board of Directors establishing the amount of compensation of an employee of the corporation who is a member of the Director's family, either by blood to the third degree of consanguinity, or by marriage.

 

4.07     Relation. The majority of the Directors constituting the Board of Directors may not be related by blood to the third degree of consanguinity or by marriage.

 

4.08     Affirmation of Faith. Each Director, officer, and employee shall be a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and each Director and officer shall provide written assent to the entire Statement of Faith set forth in Article 8  prior to assuming his duties and annually thereafter.

ARTICLE 5 - OFFICERS

 

5.01     Officers. The officers of the corporation shall be President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Officers must be members of the Board of Directors of the corporation. One person may hold two or more offices, except those of President and Secretary. No officer, however, shall execute, acknowledge, or verify any instrument in more than one capacity, if such instrument is required to be executed, acknowledged, or verified by two or more officers.

 

5.02     Election. The Board of Directors shall choose the officers of the corporation by a majority vote of those Directors present at a duly noticed annual or special meeting where a quorum is present.

 

5.03     Terms of Office. Each officer elected by the Board shall hold office until his resignation, removal, disqualification, death, or until his successor shall be elected and qualified.

  1. Removal. The Board may remove any officer with or without cause by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors.

  2. Resignation. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors, the President, or the Secretary.  A resignation shall take effect on the date the notice is received or at any later time specified in the notice.  Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the acceptance of a resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. An officer’s resignation of his duties as officer does not also constitute resignation of his duties as a Director, unless specified in his letter of resignation.

 

5.04     Vacancies. If the office of the President, Secretary, or Treasurer becomes vacant, the Board of Directors shall elect, by majority vote, a successor to the office.

 

5.05     President. The President shall be the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the affairs and officers of the corporation; have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of President; and have all other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or these bylaws. Within this authority and in the course of his duties, the President shall:

(A)       Convene and preside at all meetings of the Directors and be ex officio a member of all standing committees of the corporation.

(B)       When authorized by the Board of Directors or required by law, execute, in the name of the corporation, deeds, conveyances, notices, leases, checks, drafts, bills of exchange, warrants, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, contracts, and other papers and instruments in writing, and, unless the Board of Directors shall order otherwise by resolution, make contracts as the ordinary conduct of the corporation's affairs may require.

(C)       Appoint and remove, employ and discharge, prescribe the duties and, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, fix the compensation of all agents and employees other than the duly appointed officers, and control all the officers, agents, and employees, subject to the direction of the Board of Directors.

(D)       The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint legal counsel for the corporation. All legal matters, including, without limitation, matters involving interpretation of federal and state law, local ordinances, and tax questions, shall be promptly referred to such counsel for opinion and advice. All amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and these bylaws shall be submitted to legal counsel for review before their adoption.

 

5.06     Secretary. The Secretary shall:

(A)       Certify and keep the original bylaws or a copy, including all amendments or alterations to the bylaws.

(B)       Keep, in the same location as the bylaws or a copy, accurate minutes of the proceedings of meetings of the Directors, including business conducted, the time and place of holding, the notice of meeting given, the names of those present at the meetings, whether regular or special, and, if special, how authorized.

(C)       Sign, certify, or attest documents as may be required by law.

(D)       Be custodian of the records; see that the books, reports, statements, certificates, and all other documents and records required by law are properly kept and filed.

(E)       See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws. In case of the absence or disability of the Secretary, or his refusal or neglect to act, notice may be given and served by the President or any Director.

(F)       Exhibit at all reasonable times to proper persons on terms provided by law on proper application, the bylaws and minutes of proceedings of the Directors.

(G)      In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary, and any other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

(H)       In case of the absence or disability of the Secretary or his refusal or neglect to act, any person authorized by the President or Board of Directors may perform the functions of the Secretary.

 

5.07     Treasurer. The Treasurer shall:

(A)       Have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds of the corporation, and deposit all funds in the name of the corporation in such accounts as shall be selected by the Board of Directors.

(B)       Receive, and give receipt for all contributions, gifts, and donations to the corporation from any source.

(C)       Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the corporation as may be directed by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for the disbursements.

(D)       Keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the corporation's properties and business transactions including account of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, and capital.

(E)       Exhibit at all reasonable times the books of account and records of the corporation to any Director, or to proper persons on terms as are provided by law, on proper application during office hours at the office of the corporation where the books and records are kept.

(F)       When and as requested, render to the President and Directors accounts of all his transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation.

(G)      In general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and all other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

            (H)       In case of the absence of disability of the Treasurer, or his refusal or neglect to       act, any person authorized by the President or Board of Directors may perform the             functions of the Treasurer.

 

5.08     Compensation. The Board of Directors shall, from time to time, fix the salaries of the officers, and no officer shall be prevented from receiving a salary by reason of the fact that he is also a Director.

ARTICLE 6 - INDEMNIFICATION

 

6.01     Actions Subject to Indemnification. The corporation may indemnify any person who was or is a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding to the full extent allowed under Kentucky state law.  This indemnification—whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative, including all appeals (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation)—applies if three conditions are met:

 

(A)       The action is by reason of the fact that the person is or was a Director, officer, employee, or agent of the ministry;

 

(B)       The person acted in good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal matters, had no reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful; and

 

(C)       Indemnification is recommended by (a) A majority vote of Directors who were not and are not parties to or threatened with the action, suit, or proceeding or (b) if a majority vote of disinterested Directors so directs, by independent legal counsel (compensated by the corporation) in a written opinion.

 

6.02     Timing of Indemnification. Expenses approved for indemnification may be paid by the corporation as they are incurred if possible and as authorized by the Board of Directors in the specific case. Indemnification reimbursement requests will be reviewed and approved for reasonableness.

 

6.03.    Extent of Indemnification. The indemnification provided by this policy may continue as to a person who has ceased to be a Director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation; and may inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of that person.

 

6.04     Insurance. Nothing in this indemnification policy is intended to limit any obligations that an insurance carrier would have toward any person under a Marsh Educational Ministries, Inc. insurance policy.

ARTICLE 7 - CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

 

7.01     Purpose. The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect the corporation’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or Director of the corporation or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state or federal laws governing conflicts of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.

 

7.02     Definitions.

(A)       Interested Person: Any Director or officer who has a direct or indirect financial interest.

 

(B)       Financial interest: A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest.  Under section 7.03(B) of these bylaws, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the board decides that a conflict of interest exists. A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:

(1)        An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the corporation has a transaction or arrangement,

(2)        A compensation arrangement with the corporation or with any entity or individual with which the corporation has a transaction or arrangement, or

(3)        A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the corporation is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.

(C)       Compensation: Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.

 

 

 

7.03     Procedures.

(A)       Duty to Disclose. In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given an opportunity to disclose all material facts to the Directors considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.

 

(B)       Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists. After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he shall leave the board meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining Directors shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.

 

(C)       Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest.

            (1)        An interested person may make a presentation at the board meeting, but after the presentation shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.

(2)        The chairperson of the board shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.

(3)        After exercising due diligence, the board or committee shall determine whether the corporation can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.

(4)        If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the board shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested Directors whether the transaction or arrangement is in the best interests of the corporation, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.

 

 

(D)       Violations of the Conflict of Interest Policy.

            (1)        If the Board of Directors has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.

(2)        If, after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the board determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.

 

7.04     Records of Proceedings.

(A)       The minutes of the board shall contain the names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was present, and the board’s decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact existed.

(B)       The minutes of the board also shall contain the names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection with the proceedings.

 

7.05     Compensation. A voting member of the board who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the corporation for services may not vote on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.

 

7.06     Statement of Affirmation. Each Director, upon election, and periodically thereafter as decided by the Board, shall sign a statement that affirms such person:

(A)       Has received a copy of the conflict of interest policy;

(B)       Has read and understands the policy;

(C)       Has agreed to comply with the policy; and

  1. Understands that the corporation is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.

 

7.07     Periodic Reviews. To ensure the corporation operates in a manner consistent with charitable purposes and does not engage in activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, periodic reviews shall be conducted. The periodic reviews shall, at a minimum, include the following subjects:

(A)       Whether compensation arrangements and benefits are reasonable, based on competent survey information, and the result of arm’s-length bargaining;

(B)       Whether partnerships, joint ventures, and arrangements with management organizations conform to the corporation’s written policies, are properly recorded, reflect reasonable investment or payments for goods and services, further charitable purposes, and do not result in inurement, impermissible private benefit or in an excess benefit transaction.

ARTICLE 8 - STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

8.01    Statement of Faith of Marsh Educational Ministries

 

(A)       Beliefs on Doctrine

 

  1.       The Bible

We believe that the Bible, all 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the infallible Word of God.  It is our only rule of faith and practice.  (II Timothy 3:15-16)

 

 

(2)        God

We believe Scripture when it declares, “in the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1). We understand this to mean God is eternal in nature. Nothing made God. He always has existed; and always will. We believe there is only one true God who, in the beginning, created the world and everything in it (John 1:3).

 

 

(3)        Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). He is God (John 1:1), in the flesh (John 1:14), who came from heaven to redeem fallen man. He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, who died on a cross to save us from the penalty of sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:6).  “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)  We believe in the immanent return of Jesus Christ. (I Thess.4:13-5:11; Rev. 19:11-21)

 

(4)        Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of God who marks us as Christians (Ephesians 1:13). He is given as a gift to all who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). He empowers us to accomplish works of service (1 Corinthians 12:7). He is the Helper sent by God that we might walk in such a way to bear faithful witness (John 15:26-27). Through Him we are able to bear godly fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22).

 

(5)        Salvation

We believe a person is saved by God’s grace and not by good works. (Ephesians 2:8), that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), and that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).   In order to become a Christian, one needs to do the following:

  • Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)

  • Believe in Jesus (John 3:16, Acts 16:31)

  • Repent of one’s sins (Acts 2:38, 17:30)

  • Confess Jesus as Lord (Matt. 16:16, Romans 10:9-10)

  • Be Baptized (immersed) into Jesus (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Peter 3:21)

Then one needs to continue to live a holy life (Matthew 25:31-46, Philippians 2:12)

 

(B) Beliefs on Cultural Issues

 

(1)        Marriage and Sexuality

 

(i) We believe that the term “marriage” has only one, legitimate meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman, as their genders were determined at birth, in a single, covenantal union, as delineated by Scripture. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased or rented by this ministry will be only those ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as their genders were determined at birth. Whenever there is a conflict between the ministry’s position and any new legal standard for marriage, the ministry’s statement of faith, doctrines and biblical positions will govern. (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:22–23; Mark 10:6–9; 1 Cor. 7:1–9)

 

(ii) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage as defined in section 1 above. We believe that any other type of sexual activity, identity, or expression that lies outside of this definition of marriage, including those that are becoming more accepted in the culture and the courts, are contradictory to God’s natural design and purpose for sexual activity. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5; Lev. 18:1–30; Rom. 1: 26–29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9–10; 1 Thess. 4:1–8; Heb. 13:4)

 

(iii) We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God and the rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person (Genesis 1:26-27)

 

  1. Family Relationships

 

            (i) We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and elders) of the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)

 

(ii) We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are a wonderful gift and heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate training and discipline. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)

 

  1. Divorce and remarriage.

 

(Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Mark 10:11-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; I Cor. 7:10-16) We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce except in the case of adultery.  Jesus himself addressed this in Matthew 19:3-12.  There are multiple other scriptures that direct us in regard to the sanctity of marriage and the importance of keeping the marriage bed undefiled.  These are listed at the end of this segment.  I Timothy 3:2, 12 specifies that a bishop (elder) as well as a deacon must be the husband of one wife.  It is important to understand that “husband of one wife” does not focus on or refer to the subject of divorce as many would imply.  The Greek text reads literally “a one-woman man.”  The Apostle Paul is in no way referring to the marital status of a leader here.  The absence of the definite article in the original Greek writing indicates this.  The issue is the man’s moral sexual behavior.  There are many who have only been married once who are not one-woman men.  Many are unfaithful to their one wife.  Remaining married to one woman is certainly commendable but it is no indicator of moral purity.  A Godly leader is to be faithful to his spouse, loving her as the only woman in his life.  This manner of a man loving his wife is of grave concern. (Malachi 2:14-17; Mark 10:11-12; Romans 7:1-3; Titus 1:6; I Corinthians 7:10-16) Hence, a Godly leader, who is faithful to his or her spouse, may be considered for any of the offices or Board member.

 

  1.      Abortion.

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion is murder and constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:13-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:36, 44)

 

 

  1.     Euthanasia.

 We believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, facilitates premature death, is assuming a decision that is to be reserved for God. We do not believe that discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome is euthanasia. (Ex. 20:13; 23:7; Matt. 5:21; Acts 17:28)

 

  1.       Love.

We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; I Peter 3:8-9; 1 John 3:17-18)

 

  1. Lawsuits Within the Church.

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits within the Church. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)

 

  1.       Protection of Children.

We believe that children are a heritage from the Lord and must be absolutely protected within the ministry from any form of abuse or molestation. The ministry has zero tolerance for any person, whether paid staff, volunteer, member, student, or visitor, who abuses or molests a child. (Ps. 127:3-5; Matt. 18:6; Matt. 19:14; Mark 10:14)

 

8.02     This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and, therefore, is binding upon all Directors and employees of the corporation.

ARTICLE 9 – BINDING ARBITRATION

 

Section 9.01—Submission To Arbitration

 

Directors and members of this organization agree to submit to binding arbitration any legal matters arising within the organization which cannot otherwise be resolved, and expressly waive any and all rights in law and equity to bring any civil disagreement before a court of law, except that judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

 

Section 9.02—Arbitration Procedures

 

The procedures for arbitration shall be as adopted by the Board. If the Board has not adopted procedures, the ministry will use arbitration procedures provided by the National Center for Life and Liberty. This arbitration provision is ecclesiastical and faith-based in nature, and is intended to operate under the rules and guidelines of this ministry. It is not intended to operate under any state or federal guidelines for arbitration. 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 10 – AMENDMENTS

 

10.01   These bylaws may be amended and new bylaws adopted at any duly noticed meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of those present, a quorum being present.

 

10.02   As an alternative to section 10.01, these bylaws may be amended and new bylaws adopted without a meeting by the written consent of all of the Directors.

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                             

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