Philadelphia Myanmar Community Church’s Constitution and By-Laws
Zolai in nasim nop leh: Philadelphia Myanmar Community Church Constitution leh Bylaw (zolai)
For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a place for the worship of Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; to provide for Christian fellowship for those of like precious faith, where the Holy Ghost may be honored according to our distinctive testimony; to assume our share of responsibility and the privilege of propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ by all available means to all the nations and declare that we hereby adopt the following articles of church order and submit ourselves to be governed by them.
Article I. Name
The name of this church shall be Philadelphia Myanmar Community Church( PMCC), of the city of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania.
Article II. Prerogatives
Section 1. PMCC shall have the right to govern itself according to the standards of the New Testament Scriptures, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,….till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:3,13)
Section 2. In connection therewith, or incidental thereto, it shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest, or otherwise, either directly or as trustee, and to own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of any real estate or chattels as may be necessary for the furtherance of its purposes; all in accordance with its constitution and bylaws or as the same may be hereafter amended.
Article III. Affiliation and Relationship
PMC church declares itself to be an indipendent community church at the present time, but will voluntarily in full cooperative fellowship with all other churches of the body of Christ.
Article IV. Tenets of Faith
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the gathering of God’s children as part of the Church is:
- (Evangelize the Lost) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
(Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).
- (Worship God) To be a corporate body in which man/woman may worship God.
(1Corinthians 12:13; John 4:23-24).
- (Disciple believers) To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints
being perfected in the image of His Son.
(Ephesians 4:11-16; 1Corinthians 12:28; 1Corinthians 14:12)
- (Demonstrate God’s love through Compassion) To be a person who demonstrate
God’s love and compassion for all the world.
(Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27)
Fundamental Truths of Philadelphia Myanmar Community Church:
- We believe that the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God
and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
(2Tim. 3:15-17; 1Thess. 2:13; 2Peter 1:21)
- We believe in One True God, revealed in three interrelated persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
- We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. (Revelation 1:8)
- We believe man has sinned and fallen from a right relationship with God. (Rom 5:12-19)
- We believe man can be saved from God’s judgement by renouncing their sin and putting their faith in the death and resurrection of the Jesus Christ. (Rom 6:23)
- We believer in the ordinances of baptism in water and Holy Communion. (Mark 16:16; 1Corinthians 11:26)
- We believe in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8)
- We believe in the Sanctification which is the act of seperating ourselves from evel and identifying with things that are morally pure. (1Thess. 5:23)
- We believe the Church and its mission consists of three things: To be agency for God for evangelizing the world (Matthew 28:19-20), to be a channel of God’s purpose to build the body of believers being perfected in the image of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16), to be coorporate or unified body in which man may worship God (1Corinthians 12:13).
- We believe ministry is the response to divine call scripturally ordained in the Bible. (Ephesians 4:11)
- We believe in divine healing. (James 5:14-16; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17)
- We believe in the Blessed Hope of all believers. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (1Thess. 4:17; Rom 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1Corinthians 15:51-52)
- We believe in the final judgement of menkind. There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8; 19:20; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 25:26)
- We believe in the New Heaven and New Earth. (Rev. 21 and 22; 2Peter 3:13)
- We believe in the millenial Reign of Christ: The second coming of Christ includes the raptures of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by visible return of Christ with his saints reign on earth for one thousand years . (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27;24:30; Rev. 1:7;19:11-14;20:1-6) This millenial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel. (Ezek 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27), and the establishment of universal peace. ( Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4)
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23)
The Ordinances of the Church
1. Baptism in Water: The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. ( Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).
2. Holy Communion: The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements( bread and the fruit of the vine) is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ ( 2Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming ( 1Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers till He comes.
3. Sanctification: sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; IThessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: ” Be ye holy, for I am holy” (IPeter 1:15,16).
Section 1. Membership Eligibility: Membership in PMCC shall be open to all those who give evidence of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and who voluntarily subscribe to its tenets of faith and agree to be governed by its constitution and bylaws as herein set forth.
Section 2. Voting Membership: All members of the Church shall constitute the legal voting membership of the church, provided they are 18 years of age or over, that they regularly attend and take part in the services, that they are living consistent Christian lives and are in agreement with the church constitution. Membership shall be available for young people under 18 years of age who give evidence of the new birth, having received Christ as personal Saviour, and who meet the usual qualifications for membership established by PMCC. They shall have voting privileges at 18 years of age.
Section 3. Inactive Membership: Enrolled members who shall without good cause absent themselves from the services of the Church for a period of three consecutive months or more, or who cease to contribute of their means to its support, or who may be out of harmony with its teachings, or who shall be under charges or misconduct, or who may have fallen under condemnation through sinful or worldly practices, shall be considered as inactive members and shall lose their voting privileges until they are restored to the fellowship, their standing to be settled by the definite action of the church through its elected officers.
Article V. Officers
Section 1: Officers: There shall be a Pastor, a Board of Deacons, and a Secretary. Other officers shall be added as may be needed.
Section 2: Deacons:
(1).The Board of Deacons consisting of not less than three members shall function under the leadership of the Pastor. Of this Board of Deacons, one may be the secretary.
(2).The Deacons shall be men of mature Christian experience and knowledge, who shall be expected to meet the requirements as set forth in I Timothy 3 and Acts 6.
(3). Administrative affairs of the Church shall be carried on by the Board except in matters affecting the entire body. In such cases they shall present their recommendations to the church for ratification. Members of the Board shall be at least 25 years old, and shall have been members of the Church for at least six months.
Article VI. Meetings
Section 1. Meetings for Public worship shall be held on each Sunday and during the week as may be provided for under the direction of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons.
Section 2. There shall be an annual business meeting of the Church, at which time the election of officers shall take place and the report of alll officers shall be presented. This meeting shall be held on one Sunday in January of each year. The time and place shall be announced by the Pastor. Due notice shall be given on the two Sundays immediately prior to the date of said meeting.
Section 3. Special business meetings of the Church may be called when necessary, after proper notice has been given by the Pastor or by the Secretary of the Church, provided the meeting has been agreed upon by a majority of the Board of Deacons. Special meetings may also be called by petition having been signed by not less than one-third of the active membership of the Church, the petition to be placed in the hands of the Pastor or the Secretary and announcement made on the the two Sundays immediately prior to the date of meeting.
Article VII. Departments and Committees
Section 1: Sunday School: There shall be a Sunday school created and conducted as a brach of the Church activities.
Section 2: Youth Ministries: There shall be a Christ’s Ambassadors Department fomed under the supervision of the Pastor and Board.
Section 3: Men’s and Women’s Ministries: There shall be Men’s and Women’s Departments which shall be formed and conducted under the supervision of the Pastor and the Board.
Section 4: Other Departments. As need arises other departments or committees may be established.
Section 5: Relationship: All departments and committees shall be subordinate to the assembly and shall contribute to the harmony and development of the church. They shall be under the general supervision of the Pastor and Board of Deacons, and the Pastor shall be an ex-officio member of all committees or departments.
Article VIII. Finances
All funds for the maintenance of the church shall be provided by the tithes and offerings of the members and friends of the organization. Offering shall be accepted by the Church at such times and in such ways as agreed upon by the Pastor and Board of Deacons, and shall be administered by the Accountant under their direction ( Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38; I Cotrinthians16:1,2; II Corinthians 9:6-8).
Property: All property of the Church shall be deeded to the Church and held in its name.
Article I. Duties of Officers
Section 1. The Pastor shall be considered as the spiritual overseer of the Church and shall direct all of its activities. He shall be the president of the corporation and shall act as chairman of all the business meetings of the church and of the Board of Deacons. He shall be an ex-officio member of all committees or departments. He shall provide for all the services of the assembly and shall arrange for all special meetings, conventions or revival campaigns, No person shall be invited to speak or preach in the church without his approval.
Section 2. The Board of Deacons is chosen to serve the church and therefore shall act in an advisory capacity with the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the church in its spiritual life and in the ministry of its ordinances. The Board shall act in the examination of applicants for membership, and also in the administration of discipline.
Section 3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the official meetings of the Board of Deacons and of the annual and special business meetings of the Church. He shall keep a record of the membership of the Church and perform any other clerical work necessary to the proper discharge of his duties. He shall be the custodian of all legal documents, and the corporate seal.
Article II. Elections and Vacancies:
Section 1. The Pastor may be elected to serve for a (specific) term at his first election, or he may be elected for an indefinite period of time. He shall be nominated by the Board of Deacons after obtaining recommandation and references from trusted sources. Election shall be by secret ballot at the annual business meeting of the church or at a special meeting callled for the purpose. A two-thirds majority vote of all votes cast shall be required to constitute an election.
Section 2. The Board of Deacons shall be chosen from the membership of the Church. They shall be nominated by a nominating committee and elected by a majority vote at the annual business meeting. Their terms of office shall be for 2 years.
Sections 3. Vacancies
(a). The Pastor: In the event a Pastor has serious charges preferred against him or his ministry has ceased to be effective, and no provision has been made for the termination of his ministry, responsibility is vested in the Board of Deacons to ask for the resignation of the Pastor at any of its regular business meetings. If such resignation is refused, the Pastorate shall not be considered vacant until the action of the Board of Deacons has been sustained by a majority vote of the membership present and voting at a meeting called for the purpose.
(b). Other Officer:
(1). Any office may be declared vacant by an act of a majority of the membership of the Board of Deacons at any regular or special business meeting. In the event that an office is vacanted, the unexpired term shall be filled by appointment by the Pastor and Church Board.
(2). Ground for such action shall be: Unscriptural conduct, Departure from the tenets of faith, incompetency in office, and any good and sufficient cause.
(3). Any incumbent under charges shall have opportunity for a hearing of his case before the Church if he so requests.
Article III. Membership
Section 1: The Standard of Membership shall be:
(a). Evidence of a genuine experience in regeneration ( the New Birth) John 1:12, 13: 3:3-8; I Peter 1:18-25.
(b). Evidence of a consistent Christian Life ( Romans 6:4, 8:1-4; 13:13,14; Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1,2,15; IJohn 1:6,7.
(c). To fully subscribe to the tenets of faith as set forth in the Constitution rules of order adopted by the Church.
(d). Willingness to contribute regularly to the support of the Church according to his or her ability.
Section 2: Reception of Members:
(a). Persons desiring to become active members of the Church shall make the fact known to the Pastor, who shall examine the applicant according to the standard for membership.
(b). The Pastor shall present the names of those who apply for membership with his recommendation to the Board of Deacons who shall act upon said recommendation and render a final decision. New members shall be received into the Church publicly at any of the regular Sunday services.
Section 3. Discipline
(a). Any member of the Church who shall willfully absent himself from the regular services for a period of 3 consecutive months, or who is under charges, shall be temporarily suspended from active voting membership pending investigation and final decision in his case.
Article IV. Sunday School
The Pastor shall appoint the superintendent of the Sunday School from among the members of the Church. This action to be ratified by the Church. The Pastor and the Sunday School superintendent shall have the right to appoint all officers, teachers, and other workers of the sunday school, and in consultation with the workers of the school, determine all policies and programs of the school.
Article V. Christ’s Ambassadors
A Christ’s Ambassadors organization may be formed. It shall be under the general supervision of the Pastor and the Boad and shall be conducted as a branch of the activities of the Church.
Article VI. Order of Business
The regular order of business for the annual meeting of the Church shall be as follows:
2. Reading of the previous minutes by the Secretary
3. Report of the treasurer
4. Report of the Committees
5. Unfinished business
6. Election of officers
7. New Business
Article VII. Parliamentary Order
In the conducting of its affairs, the Church shall be governed by parliamentary procedure and in keeping with the spirit of Christian love and fellowship.
Article VIII. Amendments
The bylaw may be amended at any regular or special business meeting of the Church by a two-third vote of the membership present.