Our Constitution

Our Constitution

Constitution

Central Baptist Church, Ward Road, Dundee

1  NAME AND AIMS

1.1 The Fellowship shall be known as Central Baptist Church, Dundee and it shall be affiliated to the
Baptist Union of Scotland (or its successor organisation) and will uphold Baptist Principles both in
terms of believers’ baptism and church government, subscribing to the Declaration of Principle* as
detailed in the Constitution of the Baptist Union of Scotland.
1.2 The Aims of Central Baptist Church are to join together in Christian worship and fellowship and to
engage in the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ both locally and beyond.


2  SACRAMENTS

2.1 The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper shall be open to all who profess saving faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ.
2.2 The sacrament of baptism shall be administered by immersion to believers on profession of faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ, subject to recommendation of the eldership following interview. If
immersion is deemed inadvisable on medical grounds an alternative mode of believers’ baptism
shall be adopted.


3  MEMBERSHIP


3.1 A Membership Register shall record the names of the members of Central Baptist Church and
consist of those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have been baptised as believers into
His Name or hold in good conscience to their baptism prior to their subsequent profession of faith
and have been accepted at a church meeting.
3.2 Students who satisfy the conditions for inclusion on the Membership Register of Central Baptist
Church and who wish to retain membership of their home church may be accepted as Student
Members of Central Baptist Church, with full voting rights except on matters of the Constitution
following acceptance, by a church meeting, of a letter of commendation from their home church.
On completion of the individual’s period of study, this form of association with Central Baptist
Church will automatically lapse. If the person is remaining in the area he / she will be encouraged
to come into full membership.
3.3 It is a prime responsibility of each individual in the Membership to live by scriptural principles in
such a way as will commend our Lord and His doctrine to all and actively to support the church’s
work and witness.
3.4 Any member who has moved away and/or who does not participate in the church’s work and
witness, shall be transferred to a Supplementary Register. After pastoral consideration and prayer
the decision to transfer shall be taken by the Elders and Deacons. Those transferred to the
Supplementary Register shall not have voting rights. An appeal against removal to the
Supplementary Register can be made to a church meeting whose decision on the matter shall be
final. The members at a church meeting will be notified of names placed on the Supplementary
Register but the underlying reasons will remain confidential to the Elders and Deacons.
3.5 In the event of a person (s) demonstrating a renewed commitment to the life of the Church, they
shall be restored in full to the Membership Register on the decision of the Elders and Deacons.
3.6 If any member adopts a manner of behaviour or doctrine inconsistent with the responsibilities of a
member of Christ’s Church and continues to do so after pastoral counselling in the spirit of
Galatians 6:1, the offending person shall be removed from the Membership Register by the Elders
and Deacons in accordance with the spirit of the New Testament. The members at a church
meeting will be notified of the name of any person so removed from the Membership Register but
the underlying reasons will remain confidential to the Elders and Deacons. An appeal can be made
to a church meeting whose decision on the matter shall be final.


4  ELDERSHIP


4:1 Pastor(s) - i.e. Stipendiary Elder(s)
Pastor(s), called to that office by a duly constituted church meeting, are required to be evangelical,
baptised as believers, meet the Scriptural qualities required of an elder (1 Tim 3; Titus 1), and accept
the Constitution of the Church.
4:2 Non-stipendiary Elders
Non-stipendiary elders appointed from among the membership at a church meeting are required to
be evangelical, baptised as believers, meet the Scriptural qualities required of an elder (1 Tim 3;
Titus 1) and accept the Constitution of the Church.
4:3 Eldership
The Eldership shall comprise the Pastor(s) and Non-stipendiary Elder(s) and shall have primary
responsibility for the spiritual oversight of the Church. The Lead Pastor or Pastor shall normally be
the Presiding Elder.


5  THE DIACONATE AND OFFICE BEARERS


5:1 The Diaconate shall comprise Deacons, appointed from among the membership at a church meeting,
who shall be evangelical, baptised as believers and who meet the Scriptural qualities of a deacon (1
Tim 3). Deacons will be responsible in the main for the oversight of the administration of the church
working together with the Pastor(s) and Elders.
5:2 Office-bearers shall be appointed by a church meeting from among the Elders and Deacons. The
office-bearers of the Church will be a designated Pastor, the Church Secretary, Assistant Secretary,
Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and any others so designated by a church meeting.


6  TRUSTEES


6.1 The Trustees of the church shall be a Pastor so designated by a church meeting, the Church
Secretary and Treasurer. The Pastor is remunerated for his work for the church by payment of a
stipend.
6.2 All properties of the church shall be vested in the Trustees.
6.3 Trustees shall act in accordance with the decisions of the Church Meeting provided these accord
with the principles of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

 

7  CHURCH MEETINGS


7.1 The church is congregational in its policy and its practice, recognising Jesus Christ as Head of the
church and present at church meetings to guide and direct the membership in all things concerning
the work of God in accordance with the Scriptures. The members will meet for this purpose at least
four (4) times a year. Only those whose names are on the Membership Register are entitled to vote
at any church meetings including the Annual General Meeting.
7.2 The Annual General Meeting shall be held as soon as possible after the publication of the accounts
but no later than six (6) months after the end of the financial year. At this meeting the Treasurer or
Assistant Treasurer shall present the accounts for approval.
7.3 Other church meetings shall be held at the discretion of the Elders and Deacons or at the written
request of not less than ten percent (10%) of the members.
7.4 Notice of all church meetings shall be given on two (2) preceding Sundays, but this period of notice
may be waived at the discretion of the Elders and Deacons in exceptional circumstances. Twentyfive
percent (25%) of the registered membership shall constitute a quorum. (See also 9.1)
7.5 In the event of there being a difference of interpretation of God’s will at a church meeting and a
vote being taken, the minority is requested to accede graciously to the majority view and for all to
continue to work in fellowship.


8  CHURCH MINISTRIES


8.1 All ministries meeting under church auspices shall be subject to the oversight of the Elders,
Deacons and the Church Meeting.
8.2 The leader within each ministry shall normally be appointed from within the membership and shall
be subject to the approval of the Elders and Deacons.


9  AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION


9.1 This Constitution may be amended only at a church meeting called specifically for this purpose.
Notice of such a meeting and the proposed amendment(s) must be given on the four (4) preceding
Sundays. The quorum for this meeting will be twenty-five percent (25%) of the registered
membership. Any amendment of the Constitution/Trust Deed must have the support of at least two-thirds
(66⅔%) of those members attending and voting at the meeting.


10  DISPOSITION


10.1 In the event of the membership taking the decision to disband, the trustees are empowered to
dispose of all goods and properties owned by the membership and, after payment of all debts and
any expenses resulting from the sale of the properties, to transfer all remaining funds to the Baptist
Union of Scotland (or its successor organisation) who will, for a period of five (5) years, hold
these finances in trust, capital and interest to be used at the discretion of the Baptist Union of
Scotland Office-bearers for the support of new or established Baptist causes in the Dundee area,
with any monies remaining thereafter to be applied to the Baptist Union of Scotland work in
Scotland.


11  IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS CONSTITUTION


11.1 This Constitution shall become effective as from and including the date of 27th April 2011. A copy of this Constitution shall be given to each person on the Membership Register and to all applying
to join the membership.


12 APPENDIX I


*Declaration of Principle:
1. That the Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour is the sole and absolute Authority in all matters
pertaining to faith and practice as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each church has liberty,
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
2. That Christian baptism is the immersion in water into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit, of those who have professed repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who
died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and rose again the third day.
3. It is the duty of every disciple to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to take part in the
evangelisation of the world.


Adopted at a church meeting held in Central Baptist Church, Dundee on 24th April 2013.


This Constitution replaces that of the 27th April 2011.
Signed……Rev James Turrent………….………Minister (Trustee)Date………24th April 2013……
Signed……Bryan Bennett………………………Secretary (Trustee) Date…….24th April 2013……
Signed……David Stewart………………………Treasurer (Trustee) Date……..24th April 2013……