Bylaws of Praise Christian Fellowship
1.1. “The Church” means Praise Christian Fellowship
1.2. “Majority vote” means any resolution of the Church requiring a majority vote of 50%
plus 1 of such voting members as are present at a general meeting; and defined as an
‘ordinary resolution’ in the Society Act.
1.3. “Special Majority Vote” means a resolution requiring majorities of 75% of such voting
members as are present at a general meeting; and defined as a ‘special resolution’ in
the Society Act.
1.4. “SOCIETY ACT” means the SOCIETY ACT of the Province of British Columbia as amended
from time to time.
1.5. “Leadership Council” (Leadership Council) means the Directors of the Church as elected
from time to time.
2: On the Dissolution of the Church
On dissolution of the Church, after all debts of the Church have been paid or adequately
provided for, the assets of the Church then remaining, including both real and personal
property shall be transferred and delivered to the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of
British Columbia and the Yukon (The Fellowship). This provision is unalterable.
3: On Remaining A Not-For-Profit Organization
The Church will be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other
accretions to the Church shall be used solely to promote its purposes. This provision is
4: Statement of Beliefs
4.1 We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having
the same attributes and perfection.
4.2 We believe that the eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having
been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He, the Lord
Jesus Christ, might reveal God and redeem sinful men. We believe that He
accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative,
vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal,
physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to
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.
4.3 We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, though omnipresent
from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of
Pentecost according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer, and by His baptism
which occurs at conversion unites all believers to Christ in one body, and that He, as the
indwelling one, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service.
4.4 We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be verbally the
inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, without error in the original
writings, infallible, and God breathed.
4.5 We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s
sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man
is totally depraved and thus of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
4.6 We believe that Satan is a literal, personal, spirit being, that he is the originator of evil
and the arch enemy of God and man, and that his eternal punishment along with the
demons is certain.
4.7 We believe that salvation is a gift, made available through the grace of God totally apart
from meritorious works on the part of sinful men, and must be personally appropriated
by faith in Jesus Christ.
4.8 We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual
organism and made up of born-again persons. We believe that the establishment and
continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament
Scriptures. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ left two ordinances to be observed by
the local church in commemoration of His person and work. One is baptism; the other is
the partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
4.9 We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the
unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
4.10 We believe in the sure return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom on
earth, that this second coming will be a literal, bodily, personal return, and that His
coming for His bride, the Church, constitutes the “blessed hope” set before us, for which
we should be constantly looking.
4.11 We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to
the truths of the Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
4.12 We believe that the civil government is appointed by God for the interests and
good order of society. Each individual should fulfill their responsibilities as good
citizens. Each individual should obey the laws of the land except in matters contrary to
the clear teaching of the Bible.
4.13 We believe that the Church and the State are distinct and separate each serving
God’s purposes and that there should be no undue intrusion on the one into the affairs
of the other.
The provisions of Article 4 are unalterable.
5.1 Any persons seeking membership in the church shall meet the following
(a) Has received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour
(b) Has publicly expressed their faith in Jesus Christ through baptism by immersion;
(c) Is in agreement with the Church Statement of Beliefs;
(d) Has to agree by the Constitution and these Bylaws;
(e) Persons coming from another church, of like faith must submit a Letter of Transfer
before membership is granted.
(f) Persons seeking membership must attend an Orientation Program designed to
inform them of the Church’s Vision and Mission Statement.
5.2 The Leadership Council has discretion to accept or decline an application for
membership in the Church. Prior to accepting any person into membership, the
Leadership Council shall cause that person’s name to be published in the Church
bulletin for two consecutive weeks, after which the member will be presented to the
congregation for recognition.
5.3 These shall be the following classes for membership:
(a) Voting Member: Voting members are the members of the Church, who are in good
(b) Non-voting member
5.3.b.1 Youth Member: Youth members are those persons between the ages of 5
and 18, who have been admitted to membership in accordance with these
By-laws. Subject to the provisions of the Society Act, a youth member shall
not be entitled to receive notice of or to vote at any annual, general or
extraordinary meeting of society
5.3.b.2 Members who have not attended church for 3 consecutive months
without just cause prior to a vote
5.4 (1) The membership year shall be the calendar year.
(2) A member shall be deemed to be a member in good standing unless
the Leadership Council declares that member not to be in good standing
pursuant to section 5.10 and;
(3) Membership in the Church shall not be transferable.
5.5 Every born-again believer is called to a life of discipleship and ongoing process of
maturing in Christ. The ultimate calling of each person is to bring glory to God and
enjoy a relationship with Him. Each born-again believer should consequently be
committed to a moral and ethical lifestyle, to learning and growing in God’s Word, to
fellowship with other believers, to wise stewardship, to obeying the prompting of the
spirit and a maturing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
5.6 Members of the Church shall enjoy the following general privileges.
(a) A nurturing environment in which to grow as people and as disciples of Jesus
(b) Instruction in the Bible; and
(c) Support, encouragement, and fellowship of other believers who are also
committed to Christian discipleship and service.
5.7 Members of the Church shall assume the following responsibilities:
(a) To grow in their Christian walk and relationship to Jesus Christ;
(b) To regularly attend Church worship services and other Church meetings;
(c) To seek opportunities of service within the Church; and
(d) To support the Church as they are financially able to and through prayer.
5.8 A person shall cease to be a member of the Church:
(a) Upon his/her death;
(b) Upon becoming a member of another Church; or
(c) Upon dismissal (see section 5.9 and 5.10)
5.9 The Leadership Council may release a member in good standing from Church
membership upon receiving a written request from that person.
5.10 The Leadership Council may declare a member not to be in good standing, or may
recommend that a member be dismissed from membership, at its discretion, in
situations such as, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Unexplained absence from either or both the Church and its ministries for a period
of 3 consecutive months without prejudice to reinstatement upon satisfying
(b) Lapsing into an immoral lifestyle,
(c) Intentionally causing division in the Church;
(d) Failing to uphold the Church Constitution or to comply with these Bylaws; or living
a lifestyle that in anyway that brings reproach to the name of Jesus Christ, the
Church, or its ministry.
5.11 If any of the conditions described in section 5.10 the procedure to be followed shall
generally conform to that set out in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 15-20,
and in particular
(a) The attitude toward the offending member shall be loving and desiring
repentance and restoration;
(b) Where persistent sin is observed, the offending member should be confronted by
(c) If the offending member does not listen or repent, the Senior Pastor or the
Leadership Council may form a committee of 2 or 3 members, at least one of
whom shall be either a member of, or a nominee of, the Leadership Council;
(d) That committee shall meet with the offending member and, if after such meeting,
the offending member will not repent or heed the counsel, the Leadership council
may in its discretion, declare the member to be not in good standing, or
recommend that the offending member may be dismissed from Church
(e) If the Leadership Council recommends that the offending member be dismissed,
the Leadership Council shall cause a general meeting of the members to be
convened at the earliest convenient date to consider a resolution for dismissal and
the notice of the meeting shall be accompanied by a brief statement of the
reason(s) for the proposed dismissal.
(f) At such general meeting, the Leadership Council shall put forward a resolution
that the offending member shall be dismissed from the Church;
(g) The offending member shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the general
meeting before the resolution is put to a vote;
(h) If the members pass the resolution by Majority Vote, the offending person will
immediately be dismissed from membership in the Church, and
(i) Any person removed from membership through this procedure may be reinstated
upon satisfactory evidence of repentance and the recommendation of the
6: Meetings of Members
6.1 The first annual general meeting of the Church shall be held not later than March 30
of the year following the year of incorporation, and thereafter an annual general
meeting will be held not later than March 30 in every calendar year.
6.2 The Leadership Council may, whenever it thinks fit, convene an extra ordinary general
meeting (an extraordinary general meeting being every general meeting other than
an annual general meeting) of the Church for any purpose.
6.3 Members desiring to call an extra ordinary meeting should inform the Leadership
Council of its agenda. The Leadership Council will decide within 14 days if such a
meeting is warranted.
6.4 Notices of meetings shall be given by publishing notice of the meeting in the Church
bulletin at least 14 days in advance, stating the date, time, place, and nature of the
business of the meeting. The accidental omission to give notice of any meeting to, or
the non-receipt of the notice of a meeting by any member, shall not invalidate
proceedings at any meeting.
6.5 The rules of order at any annual, general or extraordinary meeting shall be
determined by the Leadership Council, but if a majority of Voting Members present
at a meeting objects, Roberts’ Rules of Order shall apply.
6.6 The quorum at all annual, general or extraordinary meetings for all businesses, shall
be at least 20% of the Voting Members, but in no event shall be less than 3 members.
6.7 No business, other than the election of a chairman and the adjournment or
termination of the meeting, shall be conducted at a general meeting at a time when
a quorum is not present. If at any time during a general meeting there ceases to be
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quorum present, business then in progress shall be suspended until there is a quorum
present or until the meeting is adjourned or terminated.
6.8 If within 30 minutes from the time appointed for a members’ meeting a quorum is not
present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to the same day of the next week, at the
same time and place, and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within
30 minutes from the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall
constitute a quorum, provided there are at least 3 members present.
6.9 The Chairperson, or Vice-Chairperson of the Church, or both being absent, one of the
other members of the Leadership Council shall preside as chairperson of a general
meeting. If at a general meeting:
6.9.1 There is no Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or other member of the Leadership
Council present within 15 minutes after the time appointed for holding the
6.9.2 The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and all the other members of the Leadership
Council present are unwilling to act as Chairperson, the members present shall
choose one of their number to be Chairperson.
6.10 (a) A member in good standing and present at a general meeting is entitled to one
(b) Voting is by ballot, unless the members otherwise decide;
(c) In the case of a tie vote on any matter, the Chairperson shall not have a casting or
second vote in addition to the vote to which he/she may be entitled as a member, and
the proposed resolution shall not pass; and
(d) Voting by proxy is not permitted.
(e) By a written submission to the Leadership Council a member can vote in advance
if he/she anticipates absence in the day of voting.
7: Leadership Council and Officers
7.1 (a) The Leadership Council of the Church shall be composed of Elders and Deacons, such
as described in the New Testament, and shall also be the Directors of the Society.
(b) The number of Leadership Council members shall not be less than 3 and not more
(c) The members of the Leadership Council:
i. Subject to the laws of general application and to any rules made from time to
time by the Church in general meeting, may exercise all the powers and take
any actions of the Church, which are not required to be carried out by the
Church in a general meeting;
ii. Shall each act honestly and in good faith and in the best interests of the
iii. Shall each exercise care, diligence, and skill of a reasonable and prudent
person in exercising their powers and performing their functions as members
of the Leadership Council; and
iv. Shall participate with the pastors in setting direction and goal for the Church
and provide support and accountability for the pastors and participate with
the pastors in maintaining the effective operation of the Church.
(d) The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other persons as
determined by the Leadership Council shall be officers of the Church and the Senior
Pastor shall be an ex officio officer of the Church for as long as he holds the position
of Senior Pastor of the Church.
7.2 Leadership Council members shall be selected according to the following process:
7.2.1 A nominating committee for each year shall be struck at each annual general
meeting. The nominating committee shall consist of the Senior Pastor, a least 2 members
of the Leadership Council (selected by the Leadership Council), and at least 3 members at
large to be elected by majority vote of the members. In no case shall the number of
Leadership Council members and pastors exceed the number of members at large on the
7.2.2 The nominating committee for each year, from September 1 to September 30 of
each year may also itself make nominations, but no person shall be nominated for
a position on the Leadership Council unless that person has given prior written
consent to such nomination;
7.2.3 Nominations of members pursuant to paragraph (7.2.2) shall be in writing and
shall bear the signatures of at least two other members, except in the case of
nominations made by the Leadership Council;
7.2.4 The nominating committee shall interview each nominee submitted for
consideration pursuant to paragraph (7.2.3) and shall evaluate those nominees,
commencing October 1 and concluding October 31, based on the nominating
committee’s assessment of the character qualities of the nominee, the principles
outlined in the Book of Timothy 3, verses 8-31, and on evidence of appropriate
calling and gifting in the life of the nominee;
7.2.5 The nominating committee shall publish the names of its nominees for
appointment to the Leadership Council in the Church bulletin and by notice posted
in the Church building, commencing on the first Sunday of November and
continuing for the following two Sundays;
7.2.6 In the event that any member believes that a nominee should not serve as a
member of the Leadership Council, that member shall advise the nominating
committee of the reason for such belief; no later than the fourth Sunday in
November. The nominating committee shall hear both the dissenting member
and the nominee and attempt to resolve the dispute, but in the event that no
resolution of the dispute is found within 14 days, the Leadership Council then in
office shall determine whether or not the nominee will be allowed to stand for
7.2.7 In the even that a nominee is disqualified by the Leadership Council pursuant to
paragraph (7.2.6), the Leadership Council shall name a replacement nominee at
its discretion; and
7.2.8 As soon as reasonably possible after the slate of nominees has been finalized,
pursuant to section 7,2, the Leadership Council shall cause a general meeting to
be convened and at such meeting, the Leadership Council shall put forward
resolutions for the appointment of each nominee; Each such resolution shall
provide that the term of office of each nominee will be either 2 or 3 years. No
nominee shall be appointed as Leadership Council member unless 2/3 of the
voting members present at such a meeting pass the resolution for the
appointment of that member to the Leadership council.
7.3 The term of office of any member of the Leadership Council will be either 2 or 3 years as
is determined in the resolution appointing that Leadership Council member pursuant to
section 7.2 (8).
7.4 (a) Subject to 7.1 (c), the officers shall be elected by the Leadership Council at its first
meeting following their appointment for a term of 1 year, and in the manner approved
by the Leadership Council.
(b) Subject to section 7.8 below, any vacancy on the Leadership Council may be filled by
appointment by the Leadership Council: The new appointee shall serve out the unexpired
term of the Leadership Council member he is replacing.
7.5 Questions arising at a meeting of the Leadership Council shall be decided by consensus,
if consensus is not reached after 2 subsequent deliberations, the Elders decision shall
7.6 The Leadership Council shall cause all reports and financial statements required by law
to be prepared by the Church for the annual general meeting to be prepared and filed.
7.7 A member of the Leadership Council or officer of the Church who is directly or indirectly
interested in a proposed contract or transaction with the Church shall disclose fully and
promptly the nature and extent of that interest to each member of the Leadership
Council and otherwise comply with the requirements of the Society Act.
7.8 A member of the Leadership Council shall cease to hold office on the Leadership Council
in the following circumstances:
7.8.1 Upon giving written notice of resignation, such notice to be effective 30 days after
7.8.2 Immediately upon being declared to be a member not in good standing.
7.8.3 Any member of the Leadership Council who misses three consecutive board
meetings and cannot show good cause or who otherwise fails in the performance
of his or her duties will be deemed to have forfeited his or her office and relinquish
his or her position.
8.1 Pastors will be individuals who exhibit the character qualities outlined in the Book of I
Timothy chapter 3, verses 1-7 and the Book of Titus chapter 1, verses 5-9.
8.2 The Senior Pastor shall provide leadership to the Church, including the Church staff, the
Leadership Council, and the members, so that the Church’s purposes are being fulfilled.
8.3 All pastors shall pray, study, teach and proclaim God’s Word, and oversee the spiritual
well-being, direction, and ministry of the Church. Other than the Senior Pastor, the
pastors will minister in areas of church life to which they may be called, according to their
8.4 The pastors’ job descriptions shall be written by the Leadership Council, and the
Leadership Council shall review the pastors’ job descriptions on an annual basis.
8.5 The pastors’ financial support shall be negotiated between the pastor and the Leadership
Council, acting on behalf of the Church, at the time of calling and shall be reviewed
thereafter on an annual basis by the Leadership Council. The financial support
recommended by the Leadership Council shall be presented to the Church as part of the
8.6 Pastors shall be selected according to the following procedure:
8.6.1 A members’ meeting shall be called to nominate a search committee, which shall
be comprised of 5 members, of which at least 1 and no more than 2 shall be
Leadership Council members. The Leadership Council shall before the meeting,
select the Leadership Council members to serve on the committee and the
members at large shall elect the remaining members to serve on the committee;
8.6.2 The search committee shall seek candidates for the pastoral position to be filled
and shall, from time to time; provide reports on the progress of the search to the
Leadership Council and to the members.
8.6.3 The search committee shall present suitable candidates to the Leadership Council
and if the Leadership Council is in agreement, the search committee shall invite
the candidate to visit the church and to preach in at least 1 worship service, and if
the search committee wishes to recommend a candidate to the members, the
Leadership Council shall convene a members’ meeting for the purpose of
considering a special resolution to extend a call to a pastoral candidate.
8.6.4 Where the Church is seeking a pastor for a position other than senior pastor, the
senior pastor will be added to the search committee, and upon the invitation to
visit the Church, the candidate will minister in areas of Church life to which he may
be called which may or may not include preaching in a worship service.
8.7 Pastors shall be called for an indefinite term, unless the call extended to a pastor by the
Church pursuant to section 8.6 is for a definite term, and shall be ex officio officers of the
8.8 It is a very serious matter to undertake to dismiss a pastor. He is God’s servant, and
should be safeguarded from the malice or intent of any that would have him removed
for personal or purely selfish reason.
8.9 No Leadership Council can dismiss the pastor. The Leadership Council must deliberate
upon the charges brought against the pastor and if deemed serious enough, a meeting of
the Church should be called. The chairman should at least be a senior elder. The pastor
should have the privilege to present his case to the church, and immediately afterwards
he and his family should retire from the meeting. Then, following a prayerful
consideration of the situation, a ballot vote should be taken and, if a majority of the
members present vote for his dismissal, a letter authorized by the meeting should be sent
to the pastor asking for his resignation. If he declines to concede to the vote of the church,
a duly called meeting may declare the pulpit vacant from a set date.
9: Duties of Officers
9.1 (a) The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Church and the
Leadership Council unless the members of the Leadership Council decide
otherwise and shall generally supervise the other officers of the Church in their
(b) In the Chairperson’s absence at a meeting of the society or the Leadership
Council, the Vice-chairperson, if any shall preside. Should both Chairperson
and Vice-Chairperson be absent, the members present shall elect another
Leadership Council member or other member to preside as chairperson of the
9.2 The Secretary shall be responsible for:
(a) The preparation, custody and distribution of all minutes of all
meetings of the society, and of the Leadership Council, and
(b) The issuance of all notices of meetings of the society and
(c) The preparation and custody of all correspondence, records and
documents of the Church, except those required to be kept by the
(d) Custody of the common seal of the Church; and
(e) Maintaining the register of members.
9.3 In the absence of the Secretary from a meeting, the Leadership Council shall
appoint another person to act as Secretary.
9.4 The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
(a) Keeping the financial records, including books of account,
necessary to comply with the SOCIETY ACT; and
(b) Presenting financial statements and the annual budget to the
directors, members and others following the end of each fiscal year
and at such other times as the Chairperson, other members of the
Leadership Council, or members may require.
10.1 The Leadership Council may provide a common seal for the Church and it shall
have the power from time to time to destroy it and substitute a new seal in
place of the old seal.
10.2 The common seal, if any, shall be affixed only when authorized by a resolution
of the Leadership Council and then only in the presence of the persons
described in the resolution or if no persons are prescribed, in the presence of
any two Leadership Council members.
11.1 In order to carry out the purpose of the Church, the Leadership Council may
on behalf of and in the name of the church, raise or secure the payment or
repayment of money in the manner it decides, and in particular, but without
limiting the generality of the foregoing, by the issue of debentures.
11.2 No debenture, mortgage or other charge against real property of the Church
shall be issued without the sanction of a Special Majority Vote.
12.1 These bylaws shall not be altered or added to except by a special resolution.
13.1 Being in agreement with their Statement of Faith and Identity Statement, the
Church shall seek and maintain affiliation with the Fellowship of Evangelical
Baptist Churches of BC and the Yukon and with the Fellowship of Evangelical
Baptist Churches in Canada.