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The Worship Place (Interdenominational)

By Laws

 

ARTICLE I

Preamble

These By Laws constitute the code of rules adopted by The Worship Place (Interdenominational), a Texas nonprofit Corporation, for the regulation and management of its affairs.

 

ARTICLE II

Purpose

The purpose of this Congregation is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in faithful response to God’s will and purposes as revealed through Jesus Christ; to nurture and educate members in the Christian faith; to serve the community of which this Congregation is a part; to spread the gospel message; to work cooperatively with Christians in other communions; to seek the oneness of the body of Christ; and in all ways to make known the love of God and saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

ARTICLE III

Board of Trustees

Section A.  General

1.      In accordance with the Constitution Article V Section A the Congregation shall elect from its members the Board of Trustees.
 2.    The Board of Trustees shall consist of not less than nine (9) nor more than fifteen (15) elected members, as determined, initially, by the Steering Committee, and, thereafter, by the Board.
3.     The Board shall perform its duties according to the authority granted in the Constitution, or otherwise delegated to it by the Congregation in meetings called according to Article VI of the Constitution.
4.     The Board shall have the authority to establish policies and programs, taking into full account the responsibility of the Congregation to the total witness, mission, and nurture of the Church.
5.     The Board shall have authority to appoint or hire an Administrative Secretary whose duties shall be to keep accurate minutes of all business meetings of the congregation and the Board, both regular and special, and provide for these minutes to be reviewed and approved by their respective bodies as specified by the Board with regard to the time, place, and manner, and shall be the Church correspondent to official entities.
6.     Any officer or staff member elected or appointed by the Board may be removed by the Board whenever, in its judgment, the best interests of the Congregation would be served thereby.
7.     The Board shall be responsible for providing insurance to protect the Church, its officers, employees, and property as deemed necessary by the Board.
8.     A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
9.     The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
 

Section B.  Qualifications:  Trustees should be members of the Worship Place for two years, active in the congregation life, and give evidence of seeking to grow in their own understanding and practice of Christian life.  Such evidence would include the following:
1.     Conducting one’s life in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

2.     Promoting good will and Christian fellowship in the congregation.

3.     Regular attendance at worship services and stated meetings of the Board of Trustees.

4.     Demonstrating skills or potential in carrying out the responsibilities of the office.

5.     Compliance with additional qualifications established by the Board and found in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

Section C.  Election and Terms of Office

1.  Initial Trustees shall be elected from the Church membership.  Following initial election, the term of each shall be determined by drawing 1/3 of the Trustees to fill each category of three (3), two (2), and one (1) year terms.  Thereafter, Trustees shall be elected for a term of three (3) years.
2.  The congregation at its succeeding annual business meetings shall elect from the Church membership persons needed to fill vacancies of the Board of Trustees.  Vacancies occurring through the year may be filled for the duration of that year by the Board.  To maintain a balance between new and experienced Board members the Board may choose to adjust the terms of newly elected Trustees by the drawing of lots in order of longest to fewest years.

3.  Trustees shall not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, but may be re-nominated after at least a one (1) year sabbatical between the terms.

 

Section D.  Officers

1.     The Board of Trustees at its first meeting following the annual congregational business meeting shall elect for terms of one (1) year at least the following officers from among its members:

2.     The Chair who may serve as voting ex-officio member of all committees.

3.     A First and Second Vice Chair who will chair the Ministries and Support Services Leadership Teams as determined by the Board.

4.     Treasurer

5.     Corporate Secretary

 

Section E.  Responsibilities
1.     The Chair shall preside at all regular and special business meetings of the congregation and the Board of Trustees and perform such other duties normally associated with the office, including execution of legal documents with the attestation of the Corporate Secretary or other officer.  The harmonious and effective administrative functioning of the Church rests finally with the Chair.  The Chair shall encourage orderly procedures in the life and work of the congregation and the Board, and shall be an ex-officio member of all organizational functions of the congregation.

2.     The First Vice Chair shall serve to support the Chair, preside in his, or her, absence at meetings of the congregation and the Board, and perform all other duties normally associated with the office or delegated by the Chair.  In the absence of both the Chair and the First Vice Chair the Second Vice chair shall assume the aforementioned responsibilities.

3.     The Treasurer:

     a.     Serves as Chair, appoints an Assistant Treasurer and other members of the Finance Committee who shall assist in counting and tabulating the offerings made at each worship service and in other matters as required.  Strict confidentiality shall be maintained as to individual members’ contributions.

     b.     Shall receive all income of the congregation, pay all accounts, as authorized by the budget, or special action of the Board when such items are not in the budget, provide accurate records of all income and expenditures, make regular written reports to the Board, and submit to an audit of both income and expenditures annually and as directed by the Board or the congregation.

4.     The Corporate Secretary shall attest all legal documents and matters directly binding the Church activities.

 

Article IV

Nominating Committee

Section A.  Formation

1.     The Chair of the Board of Trustees shall annually appoint, subject to ratification by the Board, a Nominating Committee of no more than five (5) members from the congregation, none of which presently serve on the Board of Trustees.

2.     Effective January 1, 2013 the Nominating Committee procedure defined in 1. (above) will cease and Section A.1. is repealed and will be removed.

3.     Effective January 2013 and each year thereafter, the Chair of the Board of Trustees will cause the congregation to elect five members of The Worship Place, none of whom are Trustees.  The members so elected will choose a chair and serve as the Trustee Nominating Committee for that year.

 

Section B.  Responsibilities:  The Nominating Committee conducts their responsibilities prayerfully, works for the congregation, and reports their selection(s) to the Board.

Article V
Dissolution
Upon dissolution of this organization, whether voluntary or involuntary, after all debts have been satisfied, the assets of the organization then remaining in the hands of the Board of Trustees shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.

Any such assets not so disposed of local government for a public purpose shall be disposed of by a Court of competent jurisdiction of the County in which the principal office or business of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization, or organizations as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

 

Article VI

Amendment of By Laws

These By Laws when requested by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees may be amended by two thirds (2/3) vote of the members attending any congregational business meeting.  The proposed amendment(s) must be announced at three successive Sunday worship services and notice of the proposed amendment sent through the mail or electronic media to the members of the congregation at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the time the vote is to be taken.

 

Adopted January 3, 1999

Amendment Approved by Board of Trustees:  August 23, 2012

Amended by Congregation:  September 30, 2012