BY-LAWS OF CHRIST CHURCH
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
I. General Provisions.
III. Annual Church Meeting.
IV. The Council of Advice.
V. Council of Advice Qualifications.
VI. Appointment of a Rector.
VII. Duties of the Rector.
VIII. Duties of the Heads of the Council of Advice.
IX. Duties of the Clerk.
X. Duties of the Treasurer.
XI. Liability and Indemnification.
XII. Manner of Amendment
Appendix A Christ Church Membership Covenant
Appendix B The Core Values of Christ Church.
1.1 The name of this corporation is Christ Church, Winston-Salem, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the "Church."
1.2 The registered office of the Church is 2252 Queen St, NC 27104.
1.3 The fiscal year of the Church shall be a calendar year, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31 each year.
1.4 The Church does, by the adoption of these Bylaws, acknowledge and accept the historic Christian faith, doctrine, discipline and worship of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as set forth in Article I (“Fundamental Declarations of the Province”) of the Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America.
1.5 The Church does, by adoption of these Bylaws state as its primary purpose, “To glorify God and fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission through service, worship, evangelism, education, pastoral care, prayer, and stewardship.”
1.6 These Bylaws were crafted, studied, presented, and adopted with the intent that they be read, interpreted and implemented consistent with both the letter and loving spirit of the Vision, Mission and Values of Christ Church.
2.1 A “member of the Church" must:
(a) be baptized with water in the Name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
(b) personally request membership,
(c) be 16 years of age or older,
(d) have completed a membership information class,
(e) agree to and sign the membership covenant (see Appendix A) as elucidated by the Commentary on said covenant, and
(f) renew the membership covenant on an annual basis.
2.2 Membership in the Church shall end as a result of:
(a) failure to renew the membership covenant on an annual basis.
(b) death of the member,
(c) transfer of membership,
(d) written request of the member, or
(e) dismissal through church discipline as described in Matthew 18.
3.1 A meeting of the Church shall be held annually, after notice thereof is given by the Rector or Assistant Clergy or by one of the heads of the Council of Advice at all public worship services on the two (2) Sundays immediately preceding such Annual Meeting. The Annual Church Meeting will be held at a time and place to be fixed by the Council of Advice during November of each year. Further, written notice thereof shall be posted in the Church at least two weeks before the Annual Meeting; in lieu of the foregoing written notice, notice of the Annual Church Meeting may be given in any manner and at any time permitted under the laws of this jurisdiction applicable to non-profit corporations and which facilitate apprising the membership of such Annual Meeting. A purpose of the Annual Church Meeting shall be the celebration of the prior year’s ministry, recognition and commissioning of the Council of Advice and such other appropriate business.
3.2 40% of the Members of the Church shall constitute a quorum.
3.3 At the Annual Church Meeting or any duly called special meeting of the Church, all Members of the Church who are physically present shall be entitled to seat, voice, and vote on all matters that properly come before said meeting for a vote. No absentee voting is permitted.
3.4 Officers of a Church Meeting shall include at least the following:
(a) The Rector shall preside at the annual or any Special Meeting as Chairman. In the case of a vacancy or in the absence of the Rector, then the Senior Steward of the Council of Advice shall be Chairman. In the case that neither the Rector nor the Senior Steward of the Council of Advice is present, then the Junior Steward of the Council of Advice shall be Chairman. If none of these officers is present, the meeting shall elect its own Chairman by simple majority.
(b) The Clerk of the Council of Advice shall be Clerk of any such meeting. In the absence of the Clerk of the Council of Advice, the Senior Steward shall appoint a Clerk of the meeting. The Clerk of such meeting shall keep the minutes of the meeting.
(c) The Chairman shall appoint tellers to collect and count the votes or ballots, if used.
3.5 Special Meetings of the Church may be called by the Rector, by both heads of the Council of Advice acting jointly, or by any three (3) other members of the Council of Advice, or upon the written request of ten percent (10%) of the members of the Church. Notice shall be given as stated in Section 3.1 hereof and shall include the purpose(s) of the Special Meeting. The provisions regarding the qualification of voters for the Annual Church Meeting shall be applicable to any such Special Meeting.
4.1 Duties of the Council of Advice
(a) Acting as the Board of Directors for the corporation
(b) Approval of Annual Budget and reviews of financial progress
(c) Approval of Staff positions and compensation. In the case of vacancy of the position, the calling of a Rector with approval of our Bishop
(d) Strategic oversight of buildings and land for the implementation of the vision of Christ Church
(e) Maintenance and approval of Christ Church’s Bylaws, policies, and procedures
(f) Encouragement to Rector, Shepherd Team, and Servant Team Leaders
(g) Assistance in major fundraising programs
(h) Approval of designated gifts
4.2 Council of Advice Appointments and Terms
(a) The Council of Advice shall consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of nine members.
(b) The members are chosen through the discernment of the Rector and the members of the current Council of Advice, not by popular vote. The Covenant Members of the Church express their involvement in the selection process by:
i. nominating persons prior to the annual meeting (in writing) for Council membership who are possessed of the qualifications delineated in Article V,
ii. affirming, by means determined by the Rector and Council of Advice, that there is no moral impediment to those newly chosen Council Members and
iii. praying for newly chosen Council Members during the installation of said persons at the beginning of their terms.
(c) Filling an unexpected vacancy is at the discretion of the Rector and the Council of Advice.
(d) Each member serves a three-year term.
(e) A person cannot serve consecutive terms.
(f) In the year in which the current Rector leaves the parish, the terms of each member are automatically extended for one year in order to provide continuity among the leadership of the church through the time of transition.
(g) The Council of Advice from its membership will appoint officers consisting at minimum of a Senior Steward, Junior Steward, Treasurer, and Clerk. Alternatively, the Treasurer may be appointed an ex officio member of the Council with a voice in the meeting but without a vote. If necessary, an Assistant Treasurer and such other officers as the Council deems necessary to fulfill the mission and purposes of the Church may be appointed. The position of Junior Steward may be combined with the office of Treasurer or Clerk. The Rector will recommend one person from within the Council of Advice for the office of Senior Steward with approval of the other members of the Council.
4.3 Each member of the Council shall be entitled to one vote on matters that come before the body.
4.4 The Rector shall be entitled to one vote only to break a tie on matters which come before the Council.
4.5 The Council of Advice shall meet regularly, as determined by the Council.
4.6 Special meetings of the Council of Advice may be held upon three (3) days' notice from the Rector; from the heads of the Council of Advice acting jointly; or from the written request of three (3) members of the Council of Advice presented to the Rector, or in the vacancy in the office of Rector, to either of the heads of the Council; or upon such occasion as eighty percent (80%) of the Council shall be present and by three-fourths (3/4) consent to hold such a meeting.
4.7 At all regular or special meetings of the Council of Advice, unless it be herein otherwise provided, a majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided, however, that a smaller number may meet and adjourn to such other time and place as they may deem advisable until a quorum is obtained.
4.8 The Rector shall preside at all meetings of the Council of Advice. In the absence of the Rector, the Senior Steward of the Council of Advice, or in his or her absence, the Junior Steward of the Council, shall preside. If the Rector and Senior Steward and Junior Steward of the Council of Advice shall be absent and extraordinary circumstance exist to necessitate a meeting of the Council, then the Council, so assembled, may select any other member of the Council to preside. If a meeting is held in the absence of the Rector and both of the heads of the Council, then any decision made at such meeting must be ratified at a subsequent meeting at which the Rector and either the Senior Steward or Junior Steward of the Council are present.
4.9 Deliberative and prayerful discussions are encouraged within the Council of Advice without rigid resort to parliamentary procedures. However, those rules and procedures contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern, if necessary, in all cases in which they are consistent with these Bylaws or any special rules as may be adopted.
4.10 The organizational meeting of the Council of Advice shall be convened by the Rector within three (3) weeks of the Annual Church Meeting.
4.11 The Rector shall appoint such other leadership apart from the Council of Advice as may be warranted to fulfill the vision and purposes of the Church.
4.12 The Council of Advice may employ such outside assistance as the Treasurer recommends.
4.13 At the close of each fiscal year, the Council of Advice shall make arrangements to have the Treasurer's books of account reviewed and/or audited by a Certified Public Accountant or other qualified person or persons.
4.14 The Rector, the Senior Steward, the Junior Steward, and members of the Council shall have authority to appoint such agents or representatives as may from time to time be deemed advisable to help carry out the responsibilities of the body, or the Council may delegate such authority to the Rector alone. The Rector shall have authority to engage and dismiss the services of all members of the Church staff, lay and clerical.
4.15 The Church shall not mortgage, encumber or convey any part of the real estate of this Church without the concurring affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of all the members of the Council.
4.16 In the case of a vacancy in the office of Rector, the Council shall appoint from among its lay members the Senior Steward of the Council. In the case that office is vacated, the Council may appoint the person to serve until the Rector is appointed and in office.
5.1 Qualifications for serving on the Council of Advice are comparable to the Biblical criteria for an overseer as found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, which make clear that God is interested in character not merely competence. A member of the Council of Advice must become familiar with these criteria and strive, with God’s help, to live up to that standard. Serving as a member of the Council of Advice is a noble task and a position in the church that carries great commitment and responsibility from both a visible and spiritual perspective. A qualified person is a Covenant Member of Christ Church in good standing and:
(a) demonstrates a personal commitment to the Core Values of Christ Church (Appendix B),
(b) demonstrates a personal commitment to the Purpose and Vision of Christ Church,
(c) has a solid grasp of the main points of classical Anglican catechism:
i. The Lord’s Prayer
ii. The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds
iii. The Ten Commandments
iv. The Sacraments
(d) demonstrates Christian leadership by:
i. being a member of Christ Church for at least one year, except during the period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013, or if the membership of Christ Church drops below thirty (30) persons,
ii. possessing gifts as a leader that are discerned by the church leadership, and
iii. embraces the qualities of servant leadership as set forth in Mark 10:42-5.
(e) is devoted to daily prayer (especially for the church leadership) and the study of God’s Word,
(f) is devoted to tithing as a minimum standard of giving,
(g) has the time to serve,
(h) participates regularly in worship services and major church functions,
(i) is able to complete the three-year term and attend all Council meetings and required training,
(j) understands serving as a Council member is his/her primary ministry after his/her family,
(k) is a team player who is willing to put the good of the whole before the individual,
(l) is a Strategic thinker,
(m) seeks to participate in big picture oversight and financial responsibilities,
(n) utilizes his/her specific gifts and abilities for the advancement of the Kingdom, and
(o) agrees to undergo the Avoiding Sexual Misconduct training as required by insurance and the governing ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
6.1 The Rector shall be called by God, qualified according to scripture, ordained as a Presbyter by a Bishop in apostolic succession and within a Province of the Anglican Communion, and willing to fulfill this leadership responsibility. The Rector shall adopt the vision and values of the Church. Should the Church find itself without a Rector, the Council of Advice, or a search team designated by it, shall consider a list of suggested candidates proposed by the overseeing Bishop of the Church. The suggestions of the Bishop are to be considered along with or in addition to any names from the members of the congregation of the Church or other sources. The Council of Advice may reject all of the suggested names from the Bishop after considering them in good faith; if so and after notifying the Bishop with an explanation of the reason for not pursuing or calling any of the suggested names provided by the Bishop, the Council of Advice may consider other names. The Rector shall be selected in the following manner: The affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all of the members of the Council of Advice shall be necessary to make valid the selection of a Rector. Notice of such a regular or special meeting of the Council of Advice shall be given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws. Prior to being issued a call, the candidate for the position of Rector selected by the Council of Advice must be approved by the Bishop.
6.2 The call of the Rector shall be in writing in a letter of agreement between the Rector and the Council of Advice and must clearly express the job description and any special conditions together with the understandings as to stipend and benefits, including vacation and other time off. The stipend and benefits may be increased or diminished, as the parties may from time to time agree.
6.3 Upon approval of the Bishop and the issuance of a call by the Council Advice the new Rector will be duly instituted as the Priest in Charge of Christ Church according to the rubrics and liturgy of “An Office of Institution of Ministers into Parishes or Churches” as contained in THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (1928) of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
6.4 The Rector by virtue of his office has the exclusive charge and care of all the spiritual concerns, worship, music, and liturgical observances of the church, subject and answerable to the Bishop. The Rector is the ex-officio presiding officer of the Council of Advice and is entitled to speak and vote on all questions before the Council of Advice, including matters arising in executive session. The Rector may call meetings of the Council of Advice and Church as he deems proper. The Rector must call a meeting of the Council of Advice when requested to do so by a majority of the members thereof.
6.5 The Council of Advice shall be the agents and legal representatives of the Church in all matters concerning corporate property.
6.6 When, in the judgment of the Bishop of the Church, it shall appear (1) that there are grounds for believing that the relationship between a Rector and a Church is such that it may not be in the best interest of the Church that such person continue to perform such duties, (2) that there may be grounds for believing that the relations between a Rector and a Church are such that Rector is prevented from performing ecclesiastical and other duties in a manner which is in the best interest of the Church, or (3) other serious dispute or difficulty, then the policies of the governing ecclesiastical jurisdiction shall be followed.
6.7 During a vacancy in the position of Rector of the Church, the Council of Advice shall place the ministerial duties appertaining to said position in the hands and under the control of the Bishop until such time as a Rector is selected.
7.1 In accordance with the responsibilities placed upon the Rector by the ordination vows and the rubrics of the Anglican Prayer Book, the Rector, in subordination to the Bishop, shall be responsible for and have charge and care of the spiritual concerns, music, and ritual observances of the Church, and the performance of their duties by all employees of the Church.
7.2 The Rector shall preside at all meetings of the Church and Council of Advice.
7.3 The Rector shall be responsible for leadership in formation of the vision for the church and its implementation.
7.4 The Rector shall be responsible for the hiring, oversight and retention of any other clergy, the church staff, and the church worship musicians and shall have any terms of such employment reduced to writing.
7.5 The Senior Clergy shall have authority over the usage of all buildings and property of the Church for ministry purposes.
8.1 The Senior Steward and Junior Steward of the Council of Advice shall supervise the property of the Church and shall offer lay leadership to the Council of Advice in performance of their respective duties in a satisfactory manner. Among their duties shall be the following:
(a) to see that the Church is kept in good repair, fit for use, and used for the purpose of its consecration;
(b) to provide, at the Church’s expense, the necessary books, bread and wine, vestments, etc. for the due celebration of the Sacred Offices subject to the direction of the Rector;
(c) to oversee the collection and handling of the offerings of the Church in accordance with sound accounting practices;
(d) to maintain order and decorum during the time of Worship Services at the direction of the Rector;
(e) to notify the Bishop or ecclesiastical authority upon the vacancy in the position of Rector , to receive guidance as to the provision for ministerial services during such vacancy, and to take charge of the Parish Register, Church Books, Plate and other movable property; and
(f) to notify the Bishop or ecclesiastical authority upon selection of a new Rector, giving the name of the person so selected and the compensation proposed.
9.1 The Clerk shall:
(a) keep the Minutes of the Council of Advice in a permanent form and transit such report to each member of the Council of Advice as soon as practical after each meeting;
(b) duly notify the members of the Council of its regular, special or other meetings for which notice may be required; and
(c) perform all such other duties as appertain to the office.
9.2 The Clerk shall act, if present, as Clerk of the Annual Meeting of the Church or any Special Meetings of the Church.
10.1 The Treasurer shall maintain or oversee the maintenance of the financial records of the Church in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including but not limited to all sums received from any and all sources as well as all disbursements made for any and all purposes, which records shall always be subject to the inspection of the Council of Advice or its appointees.
10.2 It is preferred that no checks in the general operating or capital accounts of the Church be signed by the Rector. All checks should be signed by the Treasurer and may be countersigned by such other persons appointed by the Council in a duly adopted Resolution and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
10.3 The Treasurer shall pay the Rector and all others who have approved salaries, in convenient installments.
10.4 The Treasurer shall furnish to the Rector, if requested, an accurate list from the ledgers of the Church identifying those persons who are regular contributors to the revenues of the Church.
10.5 The Church shall secure for the Treasurer any Assistant Treasurer, Bookkeeper, and any others charged by the Council of Advice with the responsibility of handling funds of the Church a surety or fiduciary bond or insurance coverage in the aggregate sum deemed appropriate by the Council, which bond or coverage shall be paid from Church funds.
11.1 Except for responsibility or liability of a member of the Council of Advice pursuant to any criminal statute or for payment of taxes pursuant to local, state or Federal law, a member of the Council of Advice shall not be personally liable for monetary damages for any action taken or any failure to take any action unless (a) such member has breached or failed to perform his or her fiduciary duties and (b) the breach or failure to perform constitutes self-dealing, willful misconduct or recklessness.
11.2 Each person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any action, suit or proceeding, including actions by or in the right of the Church, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a member of the Council of Advice, officer, employee or agent of the Church, or is or was serving at the request of the Church as a member of the Council of Advice, officer, employee or agent of another entity shall be indemnified by the Church against expenses (including attorneys' fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by or imposed upon him or her in connection with such action, suit or proceeding; provided however, that the Church shall not indemnify any such person where the act or failure to act giving rise to the claim for indemnification is determined by the court to have constituted willful misconduct or recklessness and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, unless such person had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful. The termination of any action, suit or proceeding by the judgment, order, settlement, conviction, or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent shall not of itself create a presumption that the person is not entitled to indemnification under this Section, or with respect to any criminal action or proceeding had reasonable cause to believe that his or her conduct was unlawful.
11.3 No amendment or repeal of this Article shall adversely affect any right or protection extended to a member of the Council of Advice, officer, employee, or agent hereunder for an act or failure to act occurring prior to the time of such amendment or repeal. Each Council member, officer, employee and agent shall be deemed to act in such capacity in reliance upon the rights of indemnification, and advancement of expenses hereunder shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a Council member, officer, employee, or agent and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, and administrators of such person.
12.1 The Bylaws or the Articles of Incorporation may be amended in whole or in part if:
(a) the amendment is proposed by the Rector, or the Council of Advice, or a petition signed by one-third of the active Covenant Members of the Congregation; and
(b) the Council of Advice votes by a two thirds (2/3) majority to approve the changes in the Bylaws.
Soli Deo gloria
In the Name of God The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
I reaffirm my commitment to Jesus Christ made at my baptism:
With God’s help I will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
With God’s help I will persevere in resisting evil and whenever I fall into sin, I will repent and turn to the Lord.
With God’s help I will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
With God’s help I will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbor as myself.
With God’s help I will strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
With God’s help I will reverently and gladly receive the nurture, teaching, and discipline of those ministers of the Church charged with the care of my soul.
With God’s help I will support Christ Church with my prayers, my presence, my gifts, and my service.
I understand that this covenant is to be renewed on an annual basis and that failure to do so is deemed my request to be removed from the membership of Christ Church, Anglican.
Commentary on the Membership Covenant of
Christ Church, Anglican
(This commentary is considered the authoritative, but not exhaustive, interpretation of said Membership Covenant.)
In the Name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…
All that we are, do, and believe as members of Christ Church is to the glory of the God revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. In keeping with our Anglican heritage, rooted in the apostolic witness, we believe that:
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Article I of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion)
In affirming this, I state that I believe that the God revealed in Holy Scripture and believed upon by the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church is the only true and living God (Exodus 20:1-3; Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; Psalm 115:14-18, John 14:6).
I reaffirm my commitment to Jesus Christ made at my baptism…
This means that I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord by faith, trusting in his grace alone for salvation. Faith in Christ is more than mere mental assent or intellectual agreement. Rather it means that I have renounced the world, the flesh, and the devil and have entrusted my entire existence to, and entered into relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 1:12-13)
This also indicates that I have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with the means of water and in the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has acted objectively, sovereignly, and powerfully in my baptism to claim me as his own. I have received the grace poured out on me in baptism by placing my faith in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-39)
This also means that it is my intention to keep the specific following commitments by remaining in close fellowship with God and trusting him to work powerfully through me. (John 15:5-8)
With God’s help…
This means I understand that I cannot, by my own strength, live the Christian life, but that God must empower me by the Person of his Holy Spirit. (Philippians 4:13) As I submit to God the Holy Spirit who has taken up residence in my life I will grow more and more into the likeness of his Son Jesus Christ.
This also means that I understand that the Christian life is a journey with Jesus. Each day, as I seek to walk with Christ, he guides me deeper into a life-giving, life-transforming relationship with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If I do try to lead the Christian life by my own effort, I will become anxious, discouraged and defeated. (Romans 8:5-8) However, if I submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, I will find strength, encouragement, and joy in the journey. (Galatians 5:16-26)
I may stumble and fall along the way, but Jesus, the Good Shepherd, never gives up on me. If I will listen to his voice, and return to him, he will lift me up, restore me, and set me on the path to greater love and deeper fellowship with God. (Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 15:11-32; Philippians 3:12-14)
I will continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers…
This means that I will seek to read, mark (i.e., give my full attention to), learn and inwardly digest the Holy Scriptures privately, with my family and community group, and as the Scriptures are proclaimed in public worship. The core teachings of the Christian faith are presented in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. Our particular Anglican doctrinal emphases are presented in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. (Acts 2:42)
This also means that I will remain in fellowship with other believers through opportunities presented by worship on the Lord’s Day and by developing relationships with others at Christ Church.
I recognize that the basic unit of nurture and pastoral care in Christ Church is the Community Group. As a member of Christ Church I know that I am expected to participate in a Community Group. (Acts 2:44)
I understand that the Sacrament of Holy Communion, (also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) is an indispensable and biblical part of Christian worship and discipleship along with the teaching of God’s Word.
As a member of Christ Church I will seek to cultivate a life of prayer. This means I will grow in my ability to pray for Christ Church’s members and leaders, for my family, and for myself. I recognize that I am strongly urged to practice the Anglican way of morning and evening prayer in one of the forms presented in the Book of Common Prayer.
I will persevere in resisting evil and whenever I fall into sin, I will repent and turn to the Lord...
This means that I will “keep short accounts with God.” I will seek to heed the warnings of the Holy Spirit not to sin. When I fall into sin, I will confess it to God, repent, and seek his forgiveness. (1 John 1:9-2:2) I understand that being in community means that my brothers and sisters are responsible to watch over me in love and offer gentle correction and encouragement when I stumble and fall into sin. (Galatians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:16)
I will proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ...
This means that I will seek to live a life worthy of the Gospel and that I will pursue personal holiness seeking to “perfectly love God and worthily magnify his holy name. (Philippians 1:27; 1 John 2:6)
This means that I will be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in me by sharing my faith in Christ as God enables me and offers opportunity. (1 Peter 3:15)
I will seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbor as myself...
This means that I remember that I am called to live out the example of Christ in seeking not to be served, but to serve. (Matthew 20:25-28; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10)
This also means that I will love my brothers and sisters at Christ Church and I will love those who do not yet know Christ. (1 Corinthians 13) I will love my enemies and pray for those who despitefully use me. (Matthew 5:43-48)
When injured by another member, or when I injure another member I will not disengage from Christ Church or bear a grudge or sow dissension. Rather, in obedience to the clear command of Jesus Christ I will seek reconciliation. (Matthew 5:21-26; Matthew 6:14-15)
I will strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being...
This means I will respect all human life and be an advocate for the sanctity of life as God’s gift. I will recognize that all women and men are created in the image of God and I will treat them in this manner. (Genesis 1:27; Revelation 7:9) I will extend a loving welcome to those who do not know Christ, love him, or live for him when they attend Christ Church’s worship services and other functions.
This means that I will not gossip and will not allow others to bring gossip to me. (Ephesians 4:29-32)
I will reverently and gladly receive the nurture, teaching, and discipline of those ministers of the Church charged with the care of my soul...
This means that I will respect and support the leadership of my bishop, rector, and other clergy and lay leaders given responsibility for the leadership Christ Church. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17)
This means that I will be teachable. In other words, I will be willing to receive instruction in the Scriptures and the application of sound doctrine to my life by way of those ministers trained in the Word of God and ordained to teach it. I will seek to hold to those teachings that conform to the witness of Scripture and the apostolic tradition of the Church. I will not entertain or seek to spread doctrines that do not have the warrant of Scripture and the apostolic tradition of the Church. (Romans 16:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6; 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:3-5; Titus 2:1; 2 John 7-11)
This means that I will submit to the correction and admonition of my rector and other clergy appointed to serve within Christ Church when I fall into sin or engage in activities harmful to the life and unity of the Church. (Matthew 18:15-17; John 20:21-23; Galatians 6:1-2; Hebrews 13:17)
I will support Christ Church with my prayers, my presence, my gifts, and my service...
This means that I will be loyal to and support Christ Church as my home church.
This also means that I will pray for my church, my fellow members and my leaders.
It also means that I will be diligent and consistent in attending upon the public worship of God at Christ Church unless prevented by illness or necessary travel. Regular attendance upon the worship of God means that the worship of God on the Lord’s Day is a sacred obligation of every Christian and takes precedence over to all other voluntary activities. (Acts 2:46; Hebrews 10:24-25)
This means that I will give sacrificially to God through Christ Church with the tithe as the basic standard of giving. (2 Corinthians 9:6-11) It also means that I will seek to identify and use the spiritual gifts God has given to me for the purpose of building up the Church and expanding his Kingdom. (Romans 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 12)
Finally this means that I am not a spectator or a consumer, but I am actively engaged in serving God through Christ Church.
I understand that this covenant is to be renewed on an annual basis and that failure to do so is deemed my request to be removed from the membership of Christ Church, Anglican.
This means that, if it is my intention to remain a member of Christ Church, I will renew my membership covenant annually verbally and/or in writing. The Great Vigil of Easter is the primary occasion for the renewal of my baptismal vows and membership covenant. However other occasions for the public renewal of the membership covenant may occur from time to time in the life of Christ Church.
Christ Church, Winston Salem is:
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