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CONSTITUTION OF ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
KERN PARK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
March 23rd, 2014
ARTICLE I. – NAME AND PURPOSE
SECTION A. NAME
The name of this organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of Oregon, is Kern Park Christian Church. Henceforth in this document Kern Park Christian Church will be defined by both terms “Church” and “Congregation”.
SECTION B. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Church shall be to work toward the restoration of the Church after the pattern which Christ and His Apostles laid down in the New Testament; to win people to faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Lord and Savior; to commit them actively to the Church; to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ that increasingly they may know Him and do His will; and to work for the unity and the fellowship of all Christians in the common task of building the Kingdom of God.
SECTION C. GOVERNANCE
The governing board of this Church shall be the Elders. The criteria for Elders shall be established and recorded in the Procedures Manual.
ARTICLE II. – MEMBERSHIP
SECTION A. MEMBERSHIP
The membership of this Congregation shall consist of persons who are now identified as current members of the congregation, and those persons who make the scriptural confession that Jesus is the one and only Son of God and have repented of their sins and accept Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior and have chosen to follow and be baptized by immersion, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit or transfer their membership and have subscribed to the same requirements.
SECTION B. REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP
All members should be attempting to live a Christian life, follow the Biblical examples, and work with the leadership and other members of the Congregation to further the Kingdom of God. Those members who cannot, or will not accept this responsibility shall be approached by the Elders for guidance. Those who are found to be acting in a way that is not in keeping with the teachings of the New Testament, the furthering of the Kingdom of God, or who have, or may cause others to be in danger, shall be held responsible to the Elders including, but not limited to, removal of membership from this Congregation.
ARTICLE III. – VOTING AND VOTING MEETINGS
SECTION A. VOTING PRIVILEGES
Voting privileges in the general and special business meetings of the Congregation shall be accorded to all active members, having attained the age of sixteen (16).
SECTION B. VOTING MEETINGS
There shall be an Annual Meeting (to approve the budget and any other business) and any other called Congregational Meetings as needed. All Congregational Meetings shall be called by the Elders or by the written request of twenty five (25) Church members as set forth in Article II.
SECTION C. VOTING MEETING NOTICE
Notice of all regular and/or special meetings of the Congregation shall be given at the regular Sunday services of the Congregation at least two (2) Sundays in advance, as well as the Sunday of the meeting.
SECTION D. VOTING APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS
Any question put forth to the Congregation shall be approved by two-thirds (2/3) vote with no less than fifty percent (50%) of the members voting at the meeting or by absentee ballot. In the case of affirming the calling of all ministerial and professional staff to a Senior Pastor for the Church approval shall be by three-fourths (3/4) or seventy five percent (75%) vote with no less than fifty percent (50%) of the members voting at the meeting or by absentee ballot.
SECTION E. SPECIAL MEETINGS
Special Congregational Meetings shall be called by the Elders or by the written request of twenty five (25) Church members as set forth in Article II.
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ARTICLE IV. – OFFICES & CHURCH OFFICERS
ARTICLE V. – STAFF
ARTICLE VI. IV.- DISSOLUTION
SECTION A. DISSOLUTION VOTING MEETING
A special Meeting may be called for dissolving the Church by the Elders or by the written request of twenty five (25) Church members as set forth in both Article II and Article III of this document. In the event that there are less then seventy five (75) active members at the regular Sunday services, this meeting may be called by the written request of one-third (1/3) of the active members. The approval vote requirements for dissolution are the same as set forth in Article III of this document.
SECTION B. DISSOLUTIONS OF ASSETS
Upon a successful vote for approval by the Congregation to dissolve the Church, the Elders shall, upon the paying or making provision for payment of all liabilities of the Church, instruct the Trustees to dispose of all assets in equal amount to any and all remaining non-profit organizations supported by the Church during the previous five years.
ARTICLE VII. V. – AMENDMENTS
SECTION A. AMENDMENTS
1. This Constitution document may be amended at any Meeting of the Congregation called within the rules and approval requirements stated in both Article II and Article III of this document. All affected original wording of this document and any proposed change(s) must be both made easily available to any member attending the regular Sunday service and announced during the regular Congregational services no less than two (2) Sundays before the vote is to be taken, as well as the Sunday of the meeting.
2. All amendments to this Constitution document shall be produced by the Church Secretary and attached to the office copy and filed within thirty (30) days, with copies being made available to any member of the Congregation who requests it.
3. Upon adoption of this document by the Congregation through a vote of approval under the rules set forth in Article III of this document, all previous Articles, By-Laws and Rules Constitutions and Articles of Incorporation of this Congregation shall become null and void.
ARTICLE VIII. VI. – ADDRESS
SECTION A. ADDRESS
The mailing address to which the Secretary of State of Oregon may mail notices is 6828 SE Holgate Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97206-3504.