Instrument No. III
Established in 2006
Rev. Leonard Lickteig and the members of
Friendly Baptist Deaf Church
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Instrument No. III
ARTICLE I – Name
The name of this church organization shall be called, Friendly Baptist Deaf Church of Hutchinson, Kansas.
ARTICLE II – Purpose
The purpose and mission of this church shall be to depend on the
Word of God, the help of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit to
do the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ as said in Matthew
28:18-20, and elsewhere by;
A. Every member shall help others to know how to
get saved in taking the Gospel of Salvation to the lost, but will
be instructed and led of the Lord in so doing.
B. After showing the lost how to get saved in the
Lord Jesus, and upon having received Him as Lord and Savior, people
that get saved shall be instructed as to their duty to confess Christ
by baptism, immersion in water.
C. Christians shall also be instructed and taught
in the matter of Christian teachings, Bible study, church attendance,
personal soul winning, tithes and offerings, faithfulness to Christ,
and by other scriptures seeming necessary to their prosperity (good
fortune; wealth) and growth.
D. The means employed in carrying out the above shall
be: Regular church services, prayer meetings, revival meetings,
personal visitation, church visitation, missionaries—both home and
foreign, distribution of literature, and any other means deemed
honorable, wise and effective.
ARTICLE III – Authority
The Holy Scriptures shall be accepted as final authority on matters
relating to faith and practice by the members of this church. (Add
this to the article) This church believes that the King James Version
of the Bible is the closest version to the original Greek and Hebrew
text and will use this version as its basis.
ARTICLE IV – Government
This church has always been and shall continue to be an independent
body of baptized believers. The Government of this church has always
been and shall continue to be vested in its assembled membership,
through its duly elected officers, and it shall never be subject
to the control of any other ecclesiastical (of the church or clergy)
body (Such as Southern Baptist Convention), and no denominational
or associational representatives shall ever sit in judgment over
its affairs (no people of any other church or association will be
able to act as an authority over any of our church’s affairs). The
church may fellowship and cooperate with other churches for the
furtherance of the gospel when such shall be wholly in accordance
with the scriptures, but no rules, regulations, or commitments shall
be made to such bodies which call for more than voluntary action
on the part of this church and any such fellowship and cooperation
may be broken at any time by a majority vote of those members present
and voting at any regular or special business meeting.
The Instruments of government shall be the Holy Bible
and the Church Covenant – Inst. No. I, Articles of Faith – Inst.
No. II. Constitution and By-Laws – Inst No. III, (Delete these items)
Church Policy – Inst. No. IV.
ARTICLE V – Finance
SECTION 1. Scriptural giving is an expression
of love to the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, it shall be a voluntary
and free-will offering uninfluenced by any consideration of material
or worldly reward. No solicitation, sales, or bazaars shall be permitted
in the name of this church. Tithes and offerings brought into the
general treasury of the church is the only method of finance found
in the scriptures; therefore, it shall be the duty of the members
to bring their tithes and offerings into the general treasury of
the church. (I Cor. 16:2)
SECTION 2. Not less than 10% of the income
of the church (building and special offerings exempted) shall be
given to missions.
ARTICLE VI - Inner Organization
Every organization or society within this church
will be an integral (complete) part of the church and not an entity
(being, existence) to itself. They shall, therefore, have as their
aims and objectives that of assisting the church in discharging
the obligations and responsibilities which it has imposed upon itself,
rather than having separate aim and objectives which always act
as divisive forces. The pastor may preside over all such organizations
ARTICLE VII - Membership
Membership in this church may be acquired in the
A. Baptism---Any person who evidences a change of
attitude toward God, and by faith in Jesus as the Son of God who
died and shed His blood on the cross to atone for their sins, and
accepts Him as their own personal Savior, and with all his heart
is willing to obey Him and His Word, may become a member by vote
of the church and by baptism be received into membership.
B. Letter--- Any person to whom the ordinance of
baptism by immersion has been administered by authority of a New
Testament church, may be a satisfactory statement of faith and letter
of recommendation from a sister Baptist Church, and satisfactory
statement of faith in Christ, may be received into membership upon
the vote of the church.
C. Experience--- Any person to whom the ordinance
of baptism by immersion has been administered by authority of a
New Testament Baptist Church, and satisfactory statement of faith
in Christ, may be received into membership upon the vote of the
D. Restoration--- Any person whose membership has
been cancelled upon public confession of their sins or errors, and
six months attendance after said confession that reveals faithfulness
in attendance, Christian spirit, and liberality in stewardship,
call for a special meeting with the pastor and deacons, or pastor
and discipline committee wherein it shall be frankly discussed as
to the individuals future intentions and relationship to the church.
No restored member shall hold office for a period of six months
following restoration. No person shall be admitted to membership
of this church to whom three members object, casting their votes
into the negative. Such voters shall, at the time or in a later
meeting, state the reasons for such objections. If objections are
not valid, said person may be again presented for membership.
Membership in this church may be dissolved in the
A. Letter of dismissal ---to the sister Baptist Churches.
B. By dropping from church roll—Members who seem
to manifest inconsistency in their Christian lives, indifference
toward the life and work of the church, flagrant sin, shall be interviewed
for the purpose of remedying any weakness in their lives. It shall
be within the providence of the pastor or discipline committee to
recommend that said person or persons be dropped from the church
C. Delinquency---Any member who avoidably misses
all services for a period of twelve months or who refuses to support
the church in a financial way (see Church Covenant) during the church
year, shall be known as delinquent and the church clerk shall automatically
cause his/her name to be presented to the pastor and deacons as
such. The Deacons, having made the investigation, and said condition
not being corrected, shall then without unnecessary delay, report
such to the church and recommend that such member be dropped from
the church roll. In no case shall such delinquency continue for
more than two years. (I John 2:19.)
D. Participation in unauthorized meetings or secret
meetings with members of the church shall be cause for automatic
General duties of the members of this church shall be to acquire
Bible knowledge, to progress spiritually, put away questionable
habits and to live a life that would honor the Lord Jesus Christ
and strengthen His church. It is the duty of the members of the
church to show this brotherly love (John 13:35) for all the other
members of the church and to show this love by using all proper
measures to promote their spiritual benefit and prosperity. It is
the duty of members to honor, and highly esteem or regard their
pastor (I Thess. 5:12-13) to pray for him (II Thess. 3:1-2): to
submit to him in the Scriptural exercise of his Holy Spirit given
authority (Acts 20:28, Hebrews 13:7, 17); to guard his reputation;
to contribute toward his support regularly according to their ability.
ARTICLE VIII – Church Officers and Their Duties
SECTION 1. PASTOR—DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
A. The word Pastor means (Webster) a shepherd or
spiritual overseer. The scriptures refer to the office commonly
called pastor, as Elder or Bishop. I Timothy 3:1-5, I Peter 5:1-4,
I Timothy 5:17, I Thess. 5:12-13, Acts 20:28, Hebrews 13:7- 17 are
good examples of such and also show clearly that the pastor is to
oversee and supervise the affairs of the church. He shall not only
have the general supervision of the church, but shall have unrestricted
liberty in presenting any matter he deems necessary to the church
for its consideration and instruction.
B. It shall be the duty of the pastor to preach regularly
at the church, to administer the ordinances of the Gospel (Baptism
and the Lord’s Supper), and to perform the various duties incumbent
on his office.
C. Pastor shall be the moderator of the church and
present all its business meetings; ex-officio (by virtue of one’s
office, or position) member of all the committees and organizations,
which includes the privilege of voting, in charge of the pulpit,
responsible for the supply of speakers. In legal matters the pastor
shall act as president.
D. I Timothy 3: 1-6 and Titus 1:7-9 give the qualifications
of the pastor. The life of the pastor and his wife should be an
example of Godliness and spirituality. They should not indulge in
worldly or sinful practices, which would tend to weaken the testimony
of this church. I Thessalonians 5:22. No one who is addicted to
the use of intoxicating liquors, drugs, or tobacco in any form;
or who brings disrepute (bad reputation or disgrace) on his ministry
through sinful language, practice, or associations shall be considered
for pastor or having fell into such be retained as pastor, if such
a course is persisted in. (Romans 12:1,2 and II Corinthians 6:11-18)
E. Because of the office, the pastor shall be counted
worthy of double honor. I Timothy 5:17. No accusation shall be accepted
against him without two or three witnesses. I Timothy 5:10.
F. No unscripturally divorced person shall be pastor
of this church. Matthew 19: 3-9.
G. No person shall be considered for the office of
nor serve as the pastor of this church whose beliefs and teachings
are not in accordance with the articles of faith as set forth in
instrument No. II or who will not declare himself to be Fundamental
(Webster fundamentalism), Pre-millenial, Independent Baptist.
H. No person shall be considered for the office nor
serve as pastor who maintains any connection with the FEDERAL COUNCIL
OF CHURCHES or any of its agencies: conventions or other ecclesiastical
(assembly of people) body or bodies.
I. No woman shall be considered for nor serve as
pastor of this church.
J. The term of the pastor shall be for an undesignated
period of time and shall be left in the hands of the pastor whether
so stated in the call to the office or not; unless dismissed by
the church for sinful conduct or unscriptural teaching. (Add to
the by-laws…or by violating any of the pastoral articles mentioned
in the by-laws that are backed up with scripture)
SECTION 2. PASTOR- CALL OF
Whenever it is necessary, by the death or resignation
of the pastor, the church shall WITHOUT NECESSARY DELAY proceed
to secure a new pastor in the following manner:
A. Seven men who have been members of the church
for more than one year and who are not related in any manner shall
be known as the “Pulpit Committee.” They will be entitled to the
rights of such a committee either by previous appointment thereto
and are therefore a “Standing Pulpit Committee” at the time. If
such an election is needed, the church shall choose from among its
male members the said committee of seven. Each must be elected to
said office with a three-quarter majority vote or more.
B. The Pulpit Committee shall meet and elect one
of it’s members to contact and invite to the pulpit of the church
some minister of good report who is in accordance with and meets
the requirements of ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 1. of INSTRUMENT NO. III,
known as the church Constitution and By-Laws. He shall be in accordance
with Instrument No. II known as the Articles of Faith. An interview
is recommended. No person shall be invited to the pulpit of the
church in said case without consent of a majority of the Pulpit
Committee. Earnest prayer, seeking the will of our Lord, should
be made preceding such an invitation.
C. It shall be announced in at least one regular
public service previous to the taking of a ballot that the visiting
minister is a candidate for the office of pastor of the church and
the time for voting announced.
D. A three-fourths majority of members present and
voting shall be necessary for the calling of a pastor.
E. The deacons may act as a Pulpit Committee either
by appointment of a pastor or elected by the church, except in case
of pastor’s dismissal.
SECTION 3. DEACONS-DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
A. The word, in the King James Version of the Bible
which is translated Deacon, according to the Greek dictionary of
James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible (word numbers
1247-48-49) means servant, aid, waiter, etc. The meaning given for
the Greek word translated deacon in I Timothy 3:10,13 is; to be
an attendant, to wait upon (Menially) or as in host or friend. The
Greek words translated Deacons in Philippians 1:1, I Timothy 3:8,12
is given to mean; running errands as an attendant, a waiter (at
table or in other menial duties, specifically to a Christian Teacher
and Pastor. In Acts 6:1-4 the first servants were chosen by the
church and were appointed to their tasks by the overseers of the
church and were for the purpose of performing tasks as would free
those in charge of the services for prayer and the study of The
Word. Therefore, because this church accepts the scriptures as final
authority rather than tradition; the office of Deacons shall not
in any way be taken to mean authority over the church and Pastor.
B. The general duties of a deacon, aside from appointed
tasks shall be to assist the Pastor in building up the church numerically
(in numbers of people), financially (In wealth or money), and spiritually;
to visit the sick, the sorrowing, and the needy; to personally strive
to win the lost to Christ; to guard and protect the reputation of
the church and pastor against gossip, lies and false accusations;
to investigate delinquents (people who fail in their duties of the
church) and to endeavor (to try hard) to remedy (cure) any spiritual
weakness in the lives of it’s members; to cooperate with the pastor
in the care, operation, and repair of the physical property of the
church. Duties toward the Pastor shall be to pray for him earnestly
and continually; to act as an host and friend in behalf of the church;
to see that his material and physical needs are taken care of; to
strive in every way to help him in the performance of scriptural
C. I Timothy 3:8-13 gives the qualifications of the
deacon and his wife, and they shall by the help of God, try to live
thereby, the life of a deacon and his family should be one of Godliness
and spirituality. They should not indulge in worldly and sinful
practices which would tend to weaken the testimony of this church
(I Thessalonians 5:22). No one who is addicted to intoxicating liquors,
drugs, or tobacco in any form; or who brings disrepute (disgrace)
upon the church through sinful language, practice, or associations
shall be considered for deacon having fallen into such practices
and persisting (Continuing) in the same, be retained (Kept in office).
In keeping with the scriptures; gossiping, tattling, backbiting,
undermining, holding grudges, violent uncontrolled temper, etc.
are unbecoming (unsuitable, not very nice looking) of the office
of the Deacon and if indulged (to give way into one’s desires) in
by either a deacon or his wife, shall be grounds for their dismissal
in the office of Deacon.
D. No person shall be elected to the office of deacon
who has not been a faithful member of the church for a period of
one year or more (I Timothy3:10).
E. A Deacon is to be faithful in all things (I Timothy
3:11); therefore absenteeism (Absent in the body) from business
meetings or six weeks of church attendance without legitimate (lawful
or allowed) excuse shall disqualify (cancel) said deacon and his
office shall be declared vacant (empty).
F. There shall be at least seven deacons (change
to at least one deacon), unless qualified men are not available.
G. At least a majority of those serving as deacons
shall either be charter members of this church or hold membership
by virtue (the action) of baptism into this church.
H. Deacons shall be elected at the yearly business
meeting for a period of one year and may be re-elected. (Would like
to change and elect every five years)
I. No one shall be considered for, nor serve as
Deacon, who is not in accordance with the Articles Of Faith of this
church known as Instrument No. II.
SECTION 4. TRUSTEES- AND THEIR DUTIES
A. There shall be five Trustees. (Change to three
as required by the State of Kansas) The term for office shall be
for one year. Duties shall be to sign legal papers for the church
and aid the Pastor by suggesting care and repair of properties.
The Pastor and the Trustees shall be known as the “Purchasing Committee”.
(Addition to this paragraph…The purpose of the Trustees are to aid
in the government and decisions made concerning any monetary (Money)
matters of this church.
SECTION 5. BIBLE SCHOOL SECRETARY
A. Shall keep an accurate record of all classes,
attendance, offering, promotions (Tracts, and pamphlets), etc. The
secretary shall be a member of the church in good standing. Terms
of office, is one year and shall be elected at annual business meeting
with the election of officers.
SECTION 6. MUSIC DIRECTORS
A. Shall be appointed by the Pastor. (Would like
to add… The director shall be male. The music that should be conducted
in this church by the music director will be ethical Christian music
and not have any worldly music in its context. The music will be
accompanied by moderate instruments as to not draw attention to
the beat and vibrations of such. Another requirement of the music
director shall be to direct all music such as solos, duets, trios,
quartets, choir, and etc.)
SECTION 7. PIANISTS AND ORGANISTS
A. Appointed by the Pastor. (Would like to change
to Pastor or music director)
SECTION 8. HEAD USHER
A. Appointed by the Pastor. He shall be a male member
of the church and in good standing. His duties shall be to select
and train ushers for the purpose of seeing that people are greeted
cheerfully, seated comfortably, taking the offering, keeping order,
proper ventilation, and lighting and any other duties that are needful
and helpful to the services.
In order to promote a high spiritual standard of
this church, all officers, teachers, and committee-men will be required
to attend all regular services of the church, except they be sick
or providentially hindered (Bothered with bad weather), and the
office shall be declared vacant after six weeks delinquency.
Before any officers of this church shall be officially
authorized to perform the duties of their offices, they shall stand
before the church and make a statement that they have read the statements
adopted by this church pertaining to their offices, and they will
perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
ARTICLE IX- CHURCH BUSINESS
SECTION 1. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
A. The annual business meeting for the election of
officers and the reading of annual reports, shall be held on any
stipulated date announced at least two Sundays in advance, between
November1 and December 15, and all retiring officers shall relinquish
their positions and all newly elected officers shall assume their
responsibilities at 12:01 A.M. on January 1, following the annual
B. The moderator shall cause to be elected, or, if
authorized by the church, may appoint a nominating committee of
three (3) or more male members, not related, in advance of the annual
election of officers. This said committee shall meet with the pastor
prior to the election and after prayer, shall select persons from
among the membership who meet the requirements and who will cooperate
with the leadership in fulfilling the duties of the several offices.
It is recommended that they be visited personally before their names
are placed on the ballot or read before the church prior to the
voting, provided they meet with stated requirements and qualifications
and will cooperate. Persons must be nominated and their names placed
on the ballot in order to be elected at the annual election. Vacancies
may be filled at any regular or specific meeting of the church by
means other than ballot.
C. REPORTS- The church clerk and the church secretary
shall bring the membership roll up to date prior to the annual election,
and give a report to the church at that time of number received
and dismissed and number of roll. Report shall be checked by the
Pastor or assistant clerk at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
The Church treasurer shall give the financial report of the total
of receipts, expenditures, and indebtedness of the church; Such
reports and records shall have been examined by the auditing committee
(trustees), at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. The Bible
School Superintendent (Needs to be changed to Sunday School Superintendent)
shall give a report of the work and progress of the Bible school
for the past year. All the other committees appointed or elected,
shall give a report if called upon to do so.
D. CHURCH CLERK-TREASURER Their duties shall be as
follows: 1) CHURCH CLERK- Shall be responsible for keeping a fair
record of all legitimate business of the church. Records shall be
kept in the church office. 2) ASSISTANT CLERK- Act as a secretary
in receiving information of those coming during the invitations
(such as Baptism, rededications, salvation, etc.). 3) TREASURER-
Shall receive and count all the money, deposit the money, and sign
checks. Records shall be kept in the church office.
A. Business meetings of the deacons shall be called
by the Pastor for acting the business of the church.
B. The Pastor and the deacons shall act as the Missionary
C. The pastor and the deacons shall act as the Finance
D. The buying and selling of real estate shall be
done ONLY BY THE VOTE OF THE CHURCH. Indebtedness of over one hundred
dollars (Change to $1000.00) or the mortgaging of the church property
shall not be permitted except by vote of the church.
SECTION 3. SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS.
A. Special meetings for business may be called at
any time by the Pastor when such meetings fall on regular times
of service, provided such meetings do not include major business,
such as selling of church property, amending the Constitution and
By-Laws, and mortgaging property.
B. The Pastor may call special business meetings
falling on a time other than the regular church services provided
it be announced in at least one regular service prior to the date
of the meeting; except it be for the purpose of selling the church
property, or amending the Constitution and By-Laws.
C. Special business meetings for the purpose of selling
the church property, amending the Constitution and By Laws or other
major business, may be called by the Pastor provided said proposition
or amendment has been posted and read from the pulpit, and the date
and time of the meeting announced for at least two consecutive Sundays
prior to the meeting and no other business except that which has
been announced shall be taken care of at said meeting. Such business
shall require a three-fourths majority of those present and voting.
D. A special meeting may be called by any member
of the church in the following manner:
1) A petition stating clearly
the purpose, date, and time of the meeting and the name or names
of petitioners, shall be drawn by the church clerk and signed by
2) said petition shall be signed by five elected officers of the
church, plus a majority of the regular Bible School teachers (Sunday
school Teachers), plus three members at large who are twenty-one
years of age or older and who are not related to each other nor
3) said petition shall then be posted by the church clerk and read
from the pulpit for two consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting.
A. No secret or unauthorized (not okayed by authorities)
business meetings are valid (allowed). No business beyond that of
routine weekly affairs (normal activities) shall be carried on in
the absence of the Pastor (Including his vacation).
A. Twelve voting members shall constitute a quorum
to transact business, except in the matters pertaining to a Pastor,
or for the mortgaging or selling church property, or amending the
Constitution and By-Laws. Then, one-fourth the previous month’s
average Bible School (Sunday School) attendance (Not including visitors)
shall be proper number voting members for a quorum. (Quorum means;
the minimum number of members required to be present at an assembly
before it can validly proceed to transact business.)
A. A majority vote of the voting members present
and voting at any constitutionally called business meeting shall
be required, except when otherwise stated.
A. No amendment shall ever be voted on the Church
Covenant (Institution No. I), Articles of Faith (Institution No.
II), or the Church Policy (Institution No.IV)