BY-LAWS AND ORGANIZATION

THE ORGANIZATION OF A CHURCH

1. When any number of believers desire to be organized into a Freewill Baptist Church, they are examined by one or more regular ordained Freewill Baptist ministers from a conference in the John-Thomas Association in reference to their Christian character, doctrine and ability to sustain a church, and to determine if the members or ministers left another church to form this church, were they members in good standing. If the examination is satisfactory, the applicants are organized into the church as follow:

(a) The Bible (Authorized King James 1611 version translated out of the original tongues with former translations diligently compared and revised) is presented as the only rule of faith and practice.

(b) The John-Thomas Association Church covenant shall be adopted.

(c) A prayer of consecration offered.

(d) The hand of fellowship is given.

(e) The officers are elected. (See officers and their duties)

2. There shall be male members enough to fill the public offices in the church except the clerk and treasurer, in order that a regular discipline is kept up.

3. After being thus constituted, they shall be at liberty, out of the number of ordained ministers, to choose a pastor who shall preside over them. We recommend that the church elect their pastor by secret ballot and this annually.

THE ORGANIZATION OF A CHURCH

1. When any number of believers desire to be organized into a Freewill Baptist Church, they are examined by one or more regular ordained Freewill Baptist ministers from a conference in the John-Thomas Association in reference to their Christian character, doctrine and ability to sustain a church, and to determine if the members or ministers left another church to form this church, were they members in good standing. If the examination is satisfactory, the applicants are organized into the church as follow:

(a) The Bible (Authorized King James 1611 version translated out of the original tongues with former translations diligently compared and revised) is presented as the only rule of faith and practice.

(b) The John-Thomas Association Church covenant shall be adopted.

(c) A prayer of consecration offered.

(d) The hand of fellowship is given.

(e) The officers are elected. (See officers and their duties)

2. There shall be male members enough to fill the public offices in the church except the clerk and treasurer, in order that a regular discipline is kept up.

3. After being thus constituted, they shall be at liberty, out of the number of ordained ministers, to choose a pastor who shall preside over them. We recommend that the church elect their pastor by secret ballot and this annually.

THE ORGANIZATION OF A CHURCH

1. When any number of believers desire to be organized into a Freewill Baptist Church, they are examined by one or more regular ordained Freewill Baptist ministers from a conference in the John-Thomas Association in reference to their Christian character, doctrine and ability to sustain a church, and to determine if the members or ministers left another church to form this church, were they members in good standing. If the examination is satisfactory, the applicants are organized into the church as follow:

(a) The Bible (Authorized King James 1611 version translated out of the original tongues with former translations diligently compared and revised) is presented as the only rule of faith and practice.

(b) The John-Thomas Association Church covenant shall be adopted.

(c) A prayer of consecration offered.

(d) The hand of fellowship is given.

(e) The officers are elected. (See officers and their duties)

2. There shall be male members enough to fill the public offices in the church except the clerk and treasurer, in order that a regular discipline is kept up.

3. After being thus constituted, they shall be at liberty, out of the number of ordained ministers, to choose a pastor who shall preside over them. We recommend that the church elect their pastor by secret ballot and this annually.

MEETINGS OF THE CHURCH

The times of celebrating the Lord's Supper, washing feet, and of business meetings are arranged by each local church to suit its own convenience.

Each church is required to observe this ordinance. Feet washing follow the Lord's Supper.

Conference or business meetings are opened and closed with suitable devotional exercises. The pastor acts as moderator for business meetings of the church. In the absence of the pastor, the church may meet when necessary and attend to ordinary business; but no member is excluded in the absence of the pastor.

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