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THE CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

  • Whereas the Word of God demands that a Christian congregation not only conform to the Word of God in doctrine and practice (Psalm 119: 105 – Galatians 1: 6-8 – II Timothy 4: 1-5), but that also all things must be done decently and in order (I Corinthians 14: 40), therefore we, the members of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greensburg, Kansas, set forth by this present document, signed by ourselves, the Constitution and By-Laws in accordance with which our congregational affairs, spiritual and material, shall be conducted.

ARTICLE I – NAME

  • The name of this corporation shall be PEACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GREENSBURG, KANSAS, and hereafter this corporate body shall be referred to in this document, as “the/this congregation”

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

  • The purpose of this corporate body shall be that of a religious organization; more specifically, that of a Christian congregation established and maintained for the express purpose of disseminating the Gospel truth according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church, the Book of Concord of the year 1580. Toward the end of accomplishing these purposes, this congregation has affiliated itself with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod as a member of that Synod.

ARTICLE III – CONFESSIONAL STANDARD

  • This congregation acknowledges and accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament as the revealed Word of God, verbally inspired, and acknowledges and accepts all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, to be a true and genuine exposition of the doctrines of Creeds (i.e., the Apostolic, The NICENE, and the Athanasian), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the same, the Smalcald Articles, Luther’s Large and Small Catechisms, and the Formula of Concord.

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

  • Only such person may become or be a member of this congregation and enjoy the rights and privileges of such membership who is:
    a. baptized;
    b. accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament as the only divine rule and standard of faith and conduct;
    c. is acquainted with, and accepts, Luther’s Small Catechism (and also the Unaltered Augsburg Confession);
    d. leads a Christian life; and abstains from manifest work of the flesh (Galatians 5: 19-21);
    e. attends divine services faithfully and partakes of the Lord’s Supper frequently;
    f. submits, for the sake of love and peace, to the regulations already made, or still to be made, by this body, provided they do not conflict with the Word of God, and suffers brotherly admonition when having erred or offended;
    g. is not a member of any secret or other organization conflicting with the Word of God.
  • When a member of this congregation, after fruitless admonition in the various stages prescribed by the Word of God (Matthew 18: 15-20) where the observance of such stages has been possible, shall have been expelled by unanimous vote from the congregation, such person shall have forfeited all rights of a member of this congregation and all claims upon the property of the congregation as such, or upon any part thereof, as long as he is not again received into membership by the congregation. The same shall apply to such members as refuse to submit to church discipline and thus excommunicate themselves, as also to those who server their connection with the congregation.

ARTICLE V – VOTING RIGHTS

  • All communicant members who are at least twenty-one years of age and who have signed the Constitution and the By-Laws of this corporate body shall have the right to vote.

ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS

  • The officers of this corporate body shall be the President, the Secretary, the Financial Secretary, the Treasurer, and a three member Board of Elders. These officers shall be elected by the Voters’ Assembly and shall be communicant members of this congregation, with the additional stipulation that the President and the members of the Board of Elders shall be male voting members. Other officers, boards, and committees may be prescribed by the Constitution and the By-Laws in accordance with the needs of the congregation.
  • The term of office of the President, the Secretary, the Financial Secretary, the Treasurer, and the members of the Board of Elders shall be one year, with no restriction on the number of terms which can be served. The term of office of the other officers, board and committee members shall be as specified by the Constitution and the By-Laws of this corporate body.

ARTICLE VII – PASTORS AND CALLED WORKERS

  • Only such pastors and called workers shall be called by this congregation as are in accord with the confessional standards of this congregation (Article III) and as have been prepared for their work and are well qualified for it. The right of calling pastors and called workers shall ever be vested in the congregation and shall never be delegated to a small body or to an individual. Reasons for dismissing a pastor or called worker shall be: persistent adherence to false teaching, an ungodly life, or unfaithfulness or inability with reference to the performance of duties. For the election of pastors and called workers a unanimous vote is required.

ARTICLE VIII – POWERS VESTED IN THE CONGREGATION

  • The congregation shall decide all matters relating to the Church or Church affairs, and every member may appeal to it in regard to any matter relating to the affairs and government of said Church, and its decision shall be final and binding; but such decision shall always be in accord with the Word of God and the Symbolic Gooks of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and, unless it is so, shall be null and void.

ARTICLE IX – PROPERTY RIGHT OF THE CONGREGATION

  • This corporate body may receive, acquire, hold title to, and manage such real estate and other property as it may need to accomplish said purpose and may sell dispose of such real estate and other property or any part thereof; and this corporate body shall have all the rights and the powers that are granted by the laws of the State of Kansas to religious corporations.

ARTICLE X – BY-LAWS

  • This congregation may adopt such By-Laws as the accomplishment of the purpose of its organization may demand.

ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS

  • Amendments to this Constitution must be made in writing and may be made at any regular meeting, provided that the amendment has already been submitted in a previous meeting and that two-thirds of the voting members present cast their vote in favor of such amendment.