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CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE ASSOCIATION OF ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST, INC.
Table of Contents
Constitution and Bylaws of the SC State Association of Original FWB, Inc 2
Articles of Faith 2
Article I, II – Name, Purpose 4
Article III – District Conference or Association Membership 4
Article IV – Representation to the State Association 5
Article V – State Representation to the National Association 6
Article VI – Leadership Requirements 6
Article VII – Officers 6
Article VIII – Committees 7
Article IX – Boards and Directors 8
Article X – Financial Appropriations 11
Article XI – Printing of the Annual State Minutes and Constitution 12
Article XII – Place of State Meeting 12
Article XIII – Location and Time 12
Article XIV – Amendments 12
The Constitution and Bylaws of SC FWB Home Missions 13
Article I, II, III – Name, Board, Duties
Article IV, V, VI – Finances, Property, Methods
Article VII, VIII, IX – Responsibilities
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Poston Baggett 15
The Constitution and Bylaws of the SC FWB State Youth Conference 15
Article I, II, III, IV – Name, Purpose, Board, Officers
Article V, VI, VII, VIII – Delegates, Place, Committees, Finance
Article IX, X – Reports, Amendments
By Laws Article XI – Duties
By Laws Article XII, XIII, XIV, XV – Committees, Finances, etc
The Constitution and By Laws of the SC FWB Youth Ministries 18
Article I, II, III – Name, Board, Finances
Article IV, V, VI – Staff, Rules, Workers
Article VII, VIII – Expenses, Constitution Changes
The Constitution and Bylaws of the SC FWB Disaster Relief Board 19
Article I, II, III – Name, Purpose, Board
Article IV – Duties of Board
Article V, VI – Financial Support, Property
The Constitution and Bylaws of the SC FWB WNAC 20
Article I, II, III – Articles of Faith, Purpose, Officers
Article IV, V, VI – Membership, Meetings, Amendments
Bylaws Article I, II – Duties of Officers, Election
Article III, IV, V – Expense, Committees, Fees and Reports
Article VI, VII – Gifts, Amendments
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE ASSOCIATION OF ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTISTS, INC.
PREAMBLE: We, the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc., in order to advance the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ through fellowship and cooperation, do establish and adopt this Articles of Faith, Constitution and By-Laws.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
- The Bible. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament was given by inspiration of God and are our infallible rule of faith and practice.
- There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver, and Righteous Governor of the universe; and in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are to love, adore, and obey supremely.
- Christ is God manifest in the flesh, in His divine nature truly God, in human nature truly man. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified and is our ever-present Saviour and Lord.
- The Holy Spirit. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God.
- The Government of God. God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of man requires.
- The Sinfulness of Man. Man was created innocent but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation. His posterity, therefore, inherits a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to years of accountability, sin and become guilty before God.
- The Work of Christ. The Son of God by His incarnation, life, sufferings, death and resurrection affected for all redemption for sin that is full and free and is the ground of salvation by faith.
- The Terms of Salvation. The conditions of salvation are: (a) Repentance or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of it. (b) Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as Saviour and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things. In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child of God. (c) Continuance in faith and obedience until death.
- God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence, by faith in Christ, men become His elect.
- Freedom of the Will. The human will is free and self-controlled having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit or to resist them and perish.
- Salvation Free. God desires the salvation of all; the Gospel invites all; the Holy Spirit strives with all; and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.
- All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness to the end of life, have the promise of eternal salvation.
- Gospel Ordinances. Baptism, or the immersion of believers in water, the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel. Feet Washing, an ordinance which teaches humility and reminds the believers of the necessity of a daily cleansing from all sin, is to be ministered to all true believers.
- God commanded tithes and offerings in the Old Testament; Jesus endorsed it in the Gospel (Matthew 23:23); and the apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.” (I Corinthians 16:2). Both the Old and the New Scriptures teach tithing as God’s financial plan for the support of His work. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 5:17-18; I John 3:17).
- The Christian Sabbath. The divine law requires that one day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amusements for rest, worship, holy works and activities, and personal communion with God.
- Resurrection, Judgment, and Final Retribution. The Scriptures teach the resurrection of all man at the last day. They that have trusted Christ as their Saviour will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have rejected Christ into the resurrection of damnation; then the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
- The Church. – The Local Church – 1. The local congregation of believers is the only visible form of the “church” founded by the direct authority of Scripture. Free Will Baptists, therefore, recognize the local church as the sole source of authority possessed and exercised within the visible church. 2. The local church is an independent and self-governing body, with full authority to transact its business, choose its pastor and officers, receive, discipline, and dismiss members, hold free title to all its properties and conduct all its internal affairs.
- We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations, and to refrain from immodest and immoderate appearances are commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11).
- The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6). However, we believe that there are other godly individuals that hold other eschatological views.
- Civil Government. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of four basic institutions: (1) the home; (2) the church; (3) the state and; (4) employment. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balance.
- Human Sexuality. (1) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, transgenderism, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. Any employee of the state becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated from employment. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thes. 4:108; Heb. 13:4). (2) We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
- Family Relationships. (1) We believe that men and women are equal in position before God, that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; I Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12). (2) We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love the wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; I Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; I Pet. 3:1-7).
- Divorce and Remarriage. We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication and abandonment. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they are not to be considered for the office of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Cor. 7:15; I Tim. 3:2, 12; Tit. 1:6).
- We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn life. Abortion is murder. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
- We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20).
- Lawsuits Between Believers. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
ARTICLE I – NAME
This body shall be known as the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. (Hereinafter referred to as the State Association).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
It shall be the purpose of this organization, through fellowship and cooperation to:
- Offer opportunities for extension of the ministries of its local churches, conferences or associations.
- Promote participation in and financial support for all state ministries, for a combined effort to encourage Christian service, enhance the spiritual growth and welfare of our people, and to stress world evangelization through home and foreign mission efforts and opportunities.
- Work in harmony with the National Association of Free Will Baptists to elect its leadership, to give financial support to all of its ministries, and to combine our efforts and energies with the Free Will Baptist denomination for the extension of the Kingdom of God in general.
- Give support to the South Carolina state and national Woman’s Auxiliaries (Women Active for Christ).
ARTICLE III – DISTRICT CONFERENCE OR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
SECTION ONE: Membership Requirements
Any district conference/association holding membership in this state association must:
- Hold with the treatise of the faith and practices of the Original Free Will Baptists as adopted by the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
- Pledge participatory and financial support to this State Association and its ministries as are adopted by this body.
SECTION TWO: New Membership Procedure
Any district conference/association desiring membership in this State Association must comply with the following procedure:
- Present a letter of petition for membership to the Executive Committee of this State Association at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual state meeting.
- If the State Executive Committee deems it necessary and makes the request, the Executive Committee of the petitioning conference/association must meet with the committee so that membership eligibility can be determined.
- The State Executive Committee must make a written recommendation to the state body as to the disposition of the said petition.
- The initial reception of a district conference/association into membership in this State Association shall be for one year under the watch care of this body.
- After the initial one-year watch care period and upon recommendation of the State Executive Committee for such, the respective conference/association is eligible for full membership by vote of the body.
- In order to be a member of the State Association a conference/association must consist of, and maintain, a membership of three or more churches, not to include missions.
SECTION THREE: Moral Standards
- The MORAL MANDATE: The overwhelming majority of the Conferences in the State have stated that they believe that a Morally Fallen Pastor should not remain ordained; nor should he be re-ordained. They believe that he can be forgiven by God, restored to his relationship with God, and even be used in active service in the work of God; but not in an ordained position. The Conferences in our state do not wish to condone such moral behavior by returning the fallen Pastor to an active leadership role. To weaken the wall of Holiness at this point would eventually lead to allowing other moral problems (such as homosexuals) to be placed in our pulpits.
- The LEGAL LIABILITY: In our present legal climate, the restoration of a sexually fallen minister to the pulpit would expose the church, the conference, and the State Association to the possibility of tremendous legal liabilities.
The State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. in their 2002 annual session moved to withdraw fellowship from any church or conference which licenses, ordains, or recognizes a sexually fallen pastor. Withdrawing fellowship from a conference or church means that they cannot be seated at the State Association meeting; thus, they will have no voting privileges nor can their ministers or delegates serve on boards of the State Association during the breach of fellowship. If they maintain this policy for four months after action by the State Association, they will no longer considered a part of the State Association.
ARTICLE IV – REPRESENTATION TO THE STATE ASSOCIATION
SECTION ONE: Representation to this association shall consist of delegates duly appointed or elected by the local church and local conference/association, all ordained and licensed Free Will Baptist ministers, all ordained deacons, and all members of standing boards or committees, who are of a good report in their church and conference/association of which they are members.
SECTION TWO: Conference/Association Representation
Each conference/Association can be represented to this association with five (5) delegates for the first one thousand (1000) members or less and two (2) delegates for each additional thousand members or fraction thereof.
SECTION THREE: Church Representation
Local churches that are in good standing with the local conference/association to which it belongs can be represented with two delegates.
SECTION FOUR: Finances
- Each local conference/association shall be represented to this association with a fee designated by the State Association at each previous annual meeting. This fee must be paid before a conference/association or its local churches can represent to this association. The conferences and association must be seated and must have submitted their fee and reports for the previous year before their members are allowed to be nominated or to continue to serve in any standing board or standing committee in the State Association. Those serving on standing boards or standing committees without meeting these requirements shall be replaced.
- Monies received through representation fees shall be used to pay the representation fee of this State Association to the annual National Association, the meet the operational expenses of this association, and to advance its work.
ARTICLE V – STATE REPRESENTATION TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
SECTION ONE: Delegates
Number: The State Association shall send five (5) delegates to the National Association annual convention. This number is determined by the national body.
Method of Selection: Each conference or association shall have the privilege of nominating one delegate to represent the State Association at the annual meeting of the National Association of FWB. If any conference fails to nominate a delegate or the delegate is unable to attend then the State Association Moderator will choose delegates from available laymen with consideration given to representation from all conferences. If all five conference delegates are able to attend the National Association, then the State Moderator will designate one of them as an alternate on a rotation basis.
SECTION TWO: Finances
The financial representation fee to the National Association will be the amount set by the National Association of Free Will Baptists. This fee must be paid in order for the state delegates to register and to allow the State Association to be seated for representation at the National Convention.
ARTICLE VI – LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
All officers of this association, all members of its committees and boards, all of its secretaries, agents, missionaries, teachers, Christian workers or any other agent or agency who may be approved or supported by this association must be fundamental in their views of the Bible and its teachings, and in harmony with the doctrines and practices of the Treatise of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. They must give evidence of genuine Christian piety, possess fervent zeal in the service of Christ, and possess the ability to do the work for which they are considered.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS
The officers of this association shall be a Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Member-at-large (Upper State), and Member-at-large (Lower State).
SECTION ONE: Terms of Service
All officers are elected annually to serve one year. They may serve consecutive terms as long as they are elected by the body.
SECTION TWO: Duties
Moderator: It shall be the duty of the Moderator to preside over each session of the State Association, to govern it according to established rules of parliamentary procedure so as to preserve order, appoint the Committee on Committees unless the body requests they be elected, and serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Assistant Moderator: It shall be the duty of the Assistant Moderator to serve in the full capacity of the Moderator in his absence or when requested by the Moderator to serve in his stead.
Clerk: It shall be the duty of the Clerk to record the transactions of the Association while in session, prepare the minutes for printing and distribution, record the business transacted at the Executive Committee meetings, prepare a report of those meetings to be presented to the State Association at the following annual session, and administer any required correspondence.
Assistant Clerk: It shall be the duty of the Assistant Clerk to assume the full responsibilities of the Clerk in his absence for whatever cause, and to give whatever assistance the Clerk may request of him.
Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive all monies that come into this Association. Through a checking account in a bank of his convenience, he shall dispense all appropriated funds and pay all bills and expenses incurred by an agent or agency of this Association. He will be a standing member of the Finance Committee and shall prepare and present an annual financial report to the General Board for approval and presentation to the body.
Recommended procedure for paying bills incurred by someone other than the treasurer, and disbursing funds received for The Informer:
- The person incurring a debt for the state must first check with the treasurer to confirm that funds are available before incurring the bill. This rule is in the State Constitution and By-Laws.
- The person incurring the indebtedness must have the creditor mail to him the invoice and statement. In some cases, the invoice is secured at the time of purchase or the pickup of the merchandise. In either case, the person incurring the bill must sign the invoice for approval for payment and mail it to the State Treasurer. The State Treasurer will not pay any bill that is not approved for payment.
- Persons seeking reimbursements for travel and other approved expenses must submit to the treasurer a written bill detailing the expense items. The form to be submitted can be obtained from the Treasurer.
- The funds received through the state representation fees for the cost of printing The Informer shall be given in total sum to the SCFWB State Office. The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for paying the printing of the expenses as they become due.
Assistant Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Assistant Treasurer to assume the responsibilities of the Treasurer in the event of any cause which would render it impossible for the Treasurer to discharge his duties. His signature shall be
registered at the bank which holds the account of the State Association for authorization to issue checks. This authority is to be exercised only in the event he must assume the duties of the Treasurer or is requested to do so by him. He shall give assistance to the Treasurer as may be requested.
Member-at-Large: It shall be the duty of the member-at-large to represent the members from their respective conferences to the state.
ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES
SECTION ONE: Standing Committees
- Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee shall consist of the Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and two members elected at large from the State Association. One member-at-large is to be from the upper state conferences (Beaver Creek Conference, True Life Conference), and one member-at-large is to be from the lower state conferences (Eastern Conference, Central Conference, South Carolina Conference).
- Terms of Service. The Executive Committee members at large shall be elected annually to serve one year. They can succeed themselves as often as elected by the body.
- The Executive Committee is responsible to: 1) Act for this State Association on matters that require its consideration between the annual sessions of this Association. 2) Supervise the arrangements for meetings of the State Association with authority to change if necessary the time and place of the meeting. 3) Fill vacancies in elected positions which are created by whatever cause between annual sessions of this State Association.
- Credentials Committee
- This committee shall consist of three members elected from the body (State Treasurer automatically serves; other members are elected). They shall be elected to a three-year term each, with one position being open for election at each annual session of this State Association.
- This committee shall be responsible to: 1) Properly register and recommend seating of all delegates, including ministers and members of standing boards. 2) Properly register all visitors. 3) Serve as the Finance Committee at each annual session of this State Association, with the State Treasurer serving as Chairman.
- Finance Committee
- This committee shall consist of the three current Credentials Committee members and the State Treasurer. The Treasurer Shall serve as Chairman.
- 1) This committee shall be responsible for receiving and accounting for all monies coming into the State Association treasury during each annual session. 2) Receive all recommendations and/or make its own recommendation for expenditures which are not already approved to the body for vote.
- Programs and Publicity Committee
- This committee shall consist of the current Executive Committee and the Executive Secretary.
- This committee shall be responsible to: 1) Prepare the program for each annual state convention and secure a slate of speakers for devotions, seminars and worship services as well as arranging a musician, song leader, and a good program of special music and singing. 2) Arrange for a digest of national and state ministry reports. They are to be bound together in some manner for individual distribution at the annual session. 3) Supply news releases to all appropriate news media in the state concerning the convening of the annual convention and news worthy events during and immediately after the session.
SECTION TWO: Temporary Committees
- The Committee on Committees
- This committee shall consist of five members, appointed by the Moderator.
- It shall be the responsibility of this committee to: 1) Prepare a list of names to serve on the established temporary committees for presentation to the body for their vote. 2) Committees to be considered are Resolutions Committee and Nominating Committee.
- Resolutions Committee
- This committee shall consist of five (5) members.
- It shall be the responsibility of this committee to: 1) Receive all resolutions, 2) Carefully examine, study, and discuss each resolution with those who presented the resolution, if needed, and, 3) Properly prepare and present each resolution passed by the committee to the body for vote.
- The Nominating Committee.
- It shall be composed of one delegate from each conference or association.
- It shall be the responsibility of this committee to: 1) Secure from the Clerk the list of elected positions that are to be filled at the current session. 2) Prayerfully prepare a slate of names for needed officers, directors, board members and standing committee members for presentation to the body for their consideration and election.
ARTICLE IX – BOARDS AND DIRECTORS
SECTION ONE: Boards with Directors
- State Youth Conference Board
- Acquisition. The State Youth Conference Director is selected by the State Youth Conference body at their annual state meeting for a three-year term and may serve successive terms.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of this Director to give administration to the purpose, affairs and activities of the State Youth Conference Convention in accordance with the State Youth Conference constitution and bylaws, the national Youth Conference competition guidelines, and as the State Youth Conference Board may direct. It shall present a written financial and activities report to the annual State Association.
- Youth Ministries Board
- Acquisition. This director is to be recommended to the State Association by the Youth Ministries Board for election by the State body. He is to be elected for a five-year term and may serve successive terms.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of this director to give administration to the purpose, affairs, and activities of the S C State Youth Camps in accordance with their constitution and bylaws, and as the Youth Ministries Board may direct, and to give personal supervision to the activities while Youth Camps are in session. In the event this is impossible, and appropriate, capable, and competent person is to be appointed for the responsibility. He also serves as chairman of the Youth Ministries Board and presents a written financial and activity report to the annual State Association.
- Composition. This board shall consist of five members who are recommended to the State Association by the Youth Ministries Director and Board, for election by the body. They shall be elected to a five-year term each, with one position being open for election at each annual session.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of this board to draw up a constitution and bylaws stating the purpose of the ministry and the rules that will govern its function for presentation to the State Association for its approval; also, to make needed changes in said constitution and bylaws to keep it in conformity with the purpose and practices of the program. All changes must be approved by the State body.
- Financial Appropriations. Expenses incurred in relation to the function of this board and Youth Camp activities shall be paid from the board treasury in accordance with its constitution and bylaws. Mileage allowance cannot exceed the State Association’s approved rate and is payable only to the person incurring the expense.
- State Home Missions Board
- Acquisition. This director shall be elected by the State body for a five-year term and may serve successive terms.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of the Director to serve as Chairman of the Board, to gibe administration to the affairs and purposes of the State Home Missions Ministry as approved and directed by the board, to serve as treasurer of the board, and to present a written annual financial and activities report to the State Association.
- Composition. This board shall consist of one member from each supporting conference/association. They shall serve on a rotating term with one position being open for election at each annual session. A member cannot serve more than two consecutive full terms.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of this board to draw up a constitution and bylaws stating the purpose of the ministry and the rules that will govern its functions for presentation to the State Association for its approval, and to make needed changes in said constitution and bylaws to keep it in conformity with the purpose and practices of the program. All changes must be approved by the State body.
- Financial Appropriations. Expenses incurred in relation to the promotion and function of the board shall be paid from the board treasury in accordance with its constitution and bylaws. Mileage allowance cannot exceed the State Association’s approved rate and is payable only to the person incurring the expense.
- SCFWB Disaster Relief Board
- Acquisition. This director/s is/are to be recommended to State Association by the Disaster Response Board for election by the State body. The Director/s is/are to be elected for a two-year term.
- Duties. It shall be the responsibility of this director to give administration to the purpose, affairs and activities of the Disaster Response Board in accordance with their constitution and bylaws, and as the Disaster Response Board may direct, and to give personal supervision/and general oversight to the activities while response to disasters is taking place. In the event this is impossible, and appropriate, capable, and a competent person is to be appointed for the responsibility. The Director’s is/are to present a financial activity report to the annual State Association.
- Composition. This board shall consist of seven members who are recommended to the State Association by the Disaster Response director/s and board, for election by the body, all positions will rotate every 2 years. A member may serve consecutive terms.
- Financial Appropriations. Expenses incurred in relation to the function of this board and shall be paid from the board treasury in accordance with its constitution and bylaws. Mileage allowance cannot exceed the State Association’s approved rate and is payable only to the person incurring the expense.
SECTION TWO: Boards Without Directors
- National Association General Board Member
- The South Carolina Free Will Baptist Executive Secretary will serve as the General Board Member to the National Association. This is a three-year term as set by the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
- The National Association General Board Member is to serve on the General Board of the National Association to represent the South Carolina State Association and its interest as it relates to the national ministries of the Free Will Baptist Denomination.
- General Board
- This board shall consist of the present Executive Committee, all State Association Field Directors and/or Chairman’s of the Boards, and a General Board Member from each conference, whose name must be submitted to the State Clerk before the state meeting each year.
- The General Board will meet annually at an appointed time and place the day prior to the beginning of the State Association. The State Moderator will preside over the sessions. The board will be responsible for hearing reports to be given to the State body, which concern the State Association’s ministry. The board will approve all reports, recommendations and budgets, and recommend them to the State body for its consideration. The board will have the opportunity to make inquires and to offer suggestive helps to any standing committee function or board-supervised ministry. The board member will be the representative of his people to the State Association. He can convey the feelings and wishes of his people to the Executive Committee and the General Board about matters relating to the State Association and its ministries. When needed, they can make motions relative to their concerns, and if passed by a majority vote of the General Board and Executive Committee, the matter will be given to the State body for its consideration. In the event an issue arises, calling for action by the State Association while out of session, the Executive Committee can convene with the General Board for their consultation, input, and recommendation for the decision making of the Executive Committee.
- To offer a more adequate system of government for future growth. To provide maximum conference/association representation and input to the maintenance and growth of the State Association and its ministries. To provide a safe guard against minority power influence over any segment of the ministry of the State Association.
SECTION THREE: Directors Without Boards
- Executive Secretary.
- The Executive Committee is responsible to employ the Executive Secretary, oversee the SCFWB Executive Office, and terminate the Executive Secretary’s services if it is deemed in the best interest of the office.
- It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Secretary to promote and raise financial support for the SCFWB Executive Office and its expenses; edit, publish, and distribute the state paper, “The Informer;” report news of South Carolina Free Will Baptists to National Association of Free Will Baptists publications for possible printing; promote the annual State Association Convention via news media and mail-outs; promote participation in and financial giving to all state ministries; direct the promotion of Foreign Missions in South Carolina; offer service to churches in securing a pastor and service to pastors in securing a church; promote attendance of South Carolina Original Free Will Baptists to the National Association Convention; offer help to preachers not in the pastorate for supply service; render any appropriate promotional service for a local church, conference or association; serve on the program committee; meet with the Executive Committee when requested; serve as Treasurer of the SCFWB Executive Office; and present a written financial and activities report of the SCFWB Executive Office to the State Association’s Annual Convention.
- Financial Appropriations. Expenses incurred in the operation of the SCFWB Executive Office shall be paid from money designated to the SCFWB Executive Office through the South Carolina Plan of Support or from other money received for the support of the SCFWB Executive Office. Mileage allowance shall not exceed the State Association’s approved rate. The Executive Secretary’s salary shall be set by the Executive Committee and shall be paid from funds designated for the SCFWB Executive Office and/or funds designated for the Executive Secretary’s Salary. In addition to encouraging regular monthly gifts to the SCFWB Executive Office, the Executive Secretary shall promote a special offering each year in which SCFWB Churches are encouraged to give a gift specifically for the salary needs of the Executive Secretary. If the salary needs of the Executive Secretary are not met for two consecutive months, then he is authorized to transfer up to 4% of all money given through the South Carolina Plan of Support to the Executive Secretary salary account until such time as salary needs are again being met by normal gifts and offerings.
- Office Operations
- Building: Any major structural changes in the building and any rental decisions must be approved by the Executive Committee.
- Hiring: The Executive Secretary must exercise great care in hiring employees. They must be examples in Christ likeness, church attendance, and involvement in Christian work and, if possible, members of a Free Will Baptist Church. The breakdown in salaries by all personnel and the real cost to operate the building (such as any rental income, utilities and insurance, and the proportion paid by each occupant, including any renters) must be shown in the budget.
- State Historian:
- Selection: The Historian shall be elected by the body to serve a five (5) year term and shall be eligible to succeed himself at the pleasure of the body.
- Duties: The historian shall research the history of the State Association, its churches, local conferences/associations, and associated ministries. He shall gather, organize, maintain, preserve, and display material of historic value, and shall report the progress of these efforts to the State Association annually.
- Finances: The necessary expenses of the State Historian shall be paid by the Treasurer of the State Association under approval of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE X – FINANCIAL APPROPRIATIONS
These appropriations are from the state treasury. Before any expenses are incurred, the responsible person should check with the State Treasurer to be sure funds are available.
- Standing Committees
- Travel Allowance. Members of the Executive Committee shall be reimbursed for their travel expense at the IRS approved mileage rate. The travel allowance is to be paid only to the person incurring the expense.
- Lodging and Food. This applies for all standing committees as previously listed. Lodging and food expense should not be incurred unless absolutely necessary. When incurred, the actual cost will be reimbursed to the members.
- Other Expenses. Telephone calls, postage, etc., will be reimbursed to members at the actual cost.
- The clerk shall receive $500 annually for services rendered.
- The moderator shall receive $100 annually for services rendered. He shall be reimbursed for expenses to attend the annual State Leadership Convention held at Nashville, Tennessee.
- The Treasurer shall receive $250 annually for services rendered.
- The SCFWB State Office. The Executive Secretary shall be reimbursed for his expenses to attend the annual State Leadership Conference held at Nashville, Tennessee, and the National Association Convention. This is to be paid only when funds are not available in the SCFWB State Office treasury.
ARTICLE XI – PRINTING OF THE ANNUAL STATE MINUTES AND THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
SECTION ONE: Format
The minutes of each session of the State Association shall be printed annually in booklet form.
SECTION TWO: Content
The annual state minutes shall include: 1) Necessary identification information. 2) Immediate past and forthcoming meeting place information. 3) Records of the entire proceedings of the annual session. 4) Directory of officers, directors, boards, standing committees, and all board and committee members with dates of service listed. 5) Directory of local conferences or associations, listing only the name of the conference/association; and address, and telephone number of its moderator and clerk and all ordained and licensed ministers. 6) Reports of state ministries and activities only. 7) Any content that may be directed for printing by a vote of the state body.
SECTION THREE: Constitution and Bylaws
A copy of the constitution is available to view or download at the state office web site. Clerk will update constitution and bylaws as changes occur.
ARTICLE XII – PLACE OF STATE MEETING
SECTION ONE: Location
The location (church) shall be recommended by the host conference and approved by the State body with the following guidelines.
- Size of the church. The meeting place must be in a church large enough to host the meeting.
- The meeting place must be near a town with adequate motel and restaurant facilities. If a conference/association does not have a church near a town with adequate facilities, then the conference/association shall work out the necessary arrangements with a sister conference/association for the use of a church to host the meeting. The conference/association requesting the arrangements shall be responsible to pay whatever expenses necessary to the host church.
- The attendants of the meeting shall be responsible for their own lodging and dining expenses during the State meeting, without the host church preparing the meals.
ARTICLE XIII – LOCATION AND TIME
This association shall convene on the last Thursday of February beginning with registration at 9:00 am and concluding the following day.
ARTICLE XIV – AMENDMENTS
Articles may be altered or amended at any regular session of this association by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, the change may be recommended and laid on the table in the a.m. business session and taken off the table in the p.m. business session.
BYLAWS OF THE ASSOCIATION
- A portion of the Scripture shall be read and prayer offered at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session of the association and prayer shall be offered at the close of each session.
- It shall be the duty of all members of the association to remain throughout the entire session unless they are excused by the Moderator.
- Anyone desiring to speak shall rise and address the Moderator and shall wait until he is recognized before speaking further.
- The Moderator shall not allow discussions that are un-Christian in spirit and that tend to create envy and strive among the brethren. Anyone resenting the ruling of the Moderator in such matters shall be liable to censure of the body.
- No one shall be allowed to speak more than 15 minutes or more than twice on the same subject without permission of the body.
- It shall be the duty of the Moderator to have an arranged outline of his annual message to be presented to the Clerk for printing in the minutes.
- These bylaws may be altered at any regular session of the association by two-thirds of the members present, the change may be recommended and laid on the table in the a.m. business session and taken off the table in the p.m. business session.
THE CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE HOME MISSION BOARD OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE ASSOCIATION OF ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTISTS, INC.
PREAMBLE: The Home Mission Board of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. do hereby adopt this Articles of Faith and Constitution and By-Laws to govern its activities in spreading the Gospel and establishing new churches in areas not presently served by a local Conference.
This board will ascribe to the Articles of Faith as outlined in the SCFWB Constitution.
ARTICLE I – NAME
The Home Mission Board of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc.
ARTICLE II – COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
SECTION ONE: Director
The Director is to be elected by the State Association. He will serve an indefinite term at the discretion of the State Association.
SECTION TWO: Board
The Board shall consist of five members. They shall be elected to serve a five-year term each, with one position being open for election at each annual session of the State Association. Board members may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
ARTICLE III – DUTIES
SECTION ONE: Director
- To the Mission Board:
- Serve as Chairman
- Serve as Treasurer or appoint a suitable Treasurer.
- Give administration to the purpose, affairs and activities of the Mission Board in accordance with its Constitution and By-Laws, and as the Mission Board may direct.
- To the Missionary: Give personal supervision to the missionary as may be needed.
- To the State Association: Present a written financial and activities report to the State Association annually.
SECTION TWO: Board
- Make Policy
- Approve Missionaries
- Recommend Constitutional changes and board replacements
- Provide general direction for the mission work
ARTICLE IV – FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The major part of support is expected to come from Free Will Baptist churches in South Carolina through:
- Regular monthly or quarterly support
- Special appeals through various fund-raising projects
- Home Missionary itinerants’ offerings and faith promises
- Other legitimate sources within or outside the State
ARTICLE V – PROPERTY
The Mission Board shall be authorized to purchase, hold title to, and dispose of all real property of the mission work, with the approval of the State Association, or its Executive Committee, until such a time that the mission is officially organized into a local church.
ARTICLE VI – METHODS OF ESTABLISHING MISSION CHURCHES
- Joint Projects with the National Association.
- Independent projects of the South Carolina State Home Mission Board
- Projects initiated by self-supporting missionaries willing to come under the supervision of the South Carolina State Home Mission Board
ARTICLE VII – RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD TO MISSIONARY
The Board shall have sole responsibility for the employment or dismissal of the missionary. Other responsibilities of the Board regarding the missionary shall be determined by the terms of the contractual agreement made with him at the time of his employment.
ARTICLE VIII – RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MISSIONARY
The responsibilities of the missionary to the Board shall be determined by the terms of the contractual agreement entered into at the time of employment.
ARTICLE IX – RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MISSION CHURCH
- Assume responsibility for its finances and local operation
- Provide monthly reports of the same to the Mission Board
- Be approved by the Mission Board before organization into a local church
BY – LAWS
- The Board shall meet at least twice annually or as deemed necessary by the Director.
- A quorum shall consist of three board members and the Director.
- Actual Board expenses shall be paid at each meeting, and mileage according to the regulations of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc.
- Changes in this Constitution and By-Laws will be made in accordance with the guidelines in the Constitution of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF POSTON-BAGGETT MEMORIAL LOAN FUND
The Poston Baggett Loan Fund has been established by the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. for the purpose of aiding students at the Free Will Baptist Bible College, Nashville, Tennessee, with student loans. The Financial Aid Office at the Bible College will administer the funds and will report annually to the South Carolina State Association the activity of the fund.
ARTICLE I – NAME: This ministry shall be known as the Poston Baggett Memorial Loan Fund.
ARTICLE II – GUIDELINES
- The Poston-Baggett Memorial Loan Fund will be made available to students from the state of the South Carolina who are full time students at Free Will Baptist Bible College.
- The amount that the student can borrow will not exceed $500 per semester.
- No rate of interest will be charged as long as the student is in college. A rate of 3% will be charged after the student is out of school.
- After the student gets out of school, the college will set up a pay back schedule and will work with the student to extend payback time if hardships arise.
ARTICLE III – LIAISON: The Treasurer of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptist, Inc. will serve as liaison for the Poston-Baggett Memorial Loan Fund and the Free Will Baptist Bible College, and he shall report to the State Association annually.
ARTICLE IV – CONSTITUTION CHANGES
Any portion of this constitution can be changed by a two-thirds majority vote of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE STATE YOUTH CONFERENCE OF THE ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTISTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
We, the Original Free Will Baptists of the State Youth Conference of South Carolina, in order to advance the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ, do establish and adopt this Articles of Faith and Constitution and By-Laws.
This board will ascribe to the Articles of Faith as outlined in the SCFWB Constitution.
ARTICLE I – NAME
This organization shall be known as the State Youth Conference of the Original Free Will Baptists of South Carolina (Hereafter called the State Youth Conference).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The State Youth Conference is that agency within the structure of the State Association responsible for promoting the Biblical, musical, and artistic training program throughout the state. The State Youth Conference should be a time of unusual inspiration and challenge to both youth and adults. The State Youth Conference shall be under the supervision of the State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. Selection of the state’s representatives to the various competitive activities sponsored by the National Youth Conference program shall be made at the annual State Youth Conference.
ARTICLE III – BOARD
SECTION ONE: Composition. The State Youth Conference board shall consist of a Director and five (5) Board members.
SECTION TWO: Acquisition. The Director and Board members are elected by the State Youth Conference body at their annual session. Their term of service begins immediately upon election. A report of those elected shall be presented to the State Association at their next annual meeting.
SECTION THREE: Duties. The duties of the Board are as outlined in the State Association’s Constitution.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS: The Offices shall consist of a Director, Assistant Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and Youth Chairman.
ARTICLE V – DELEGATES
Each district shall be entitled to represent with five delegates elected by its convention. Each State Youth Conference church holding membership in this convention shall be entitled to represent with one delegate elected by its members. All ordained ministers and all State Youth Conference directors who are State Youth Conference members of this convention shall be entitled to vote.
ARTICLE VI – TIME AND PLACE: This conference shall meet annually in the Spring, at a time and place designated by the State Youth Conference Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
The committees of this State Youth Conference will be:
- The Executive Committee composed of: Director, Assistant Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and Youth Chairman.
- The Digest Committee, appointed at the beginning of each session by the Director.
This organization or its Director shall appoint or elect as many special committees as necessity may demand.
ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES
Each local State Youth Conference organization shall represent with a minimum fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) which shall be used to carry on the general work of this organization. Each district State Youth Conference shall be required to send a minimum of ten dollars ($10) for each local State Youth Conference composing its membership.
All representation fees (from State Youth Conference and each participating State Youth Conference composing its membership) must accompany a list of contestants sent to the State Youth Chairman in order for district contestants to compete at the State Conference. (The State will look to the District for payment of all fees.)
Competition fees will also be forwarded to the State Youth Chairman for participants in competitive activities. Said fees will be in accordance with the appropriate Competitive Fee specified in the current National Youth Competition Guidelines.
ARTICLE IX – REPORTS
Each district State Youth Conference shall make a written report on a form provided by the State Youth Conference; each local State Youth Conference shall make a similar report as provided by this organization, for the purpose of compiling adequate records of the growth of State Youth Conference programs.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at any session of the State Youth Conference.
ARTICLE I – DUTIES OF OFFICERS
- It shall be the duty of the Director to preside over each session, preserve order, govern the body according to established parliamentary usage, and appoint all temporary committees, unless the organization asks that they be elected. The Director will serve on the Executive Committee.
- Assistant Director. It shall be the duty of the Assistant Director to serve in the full capacity of the Director when he is absent or when he requests the Assistant Director to serve in his capacity. The Assistant Director will serve on the Executive Committee.
- The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all transactions of the Executive Committee and of the State Youth Conference, preserve the same, keep all valuable documents, and surrender them to his successor in office. The Secretary will also serve on the Executive Committee, shall handle all correspondence of the State Youth Conference, and act as publicity chairman of the state work.
- All money belonging to this organization shall be kept at the State office and managed by the SCFWB Executive Secretary under the direction of the State Youth Conference Board.
- Youth Chairman. The Youth Chairman’s duties shall be to coordinate all competitive activities. All necessary materials and awards for the competition shall be obtained by the Youth Chairman. The Youth Chairman will serve on the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE II – DUTIES OF COMMITTEES
- Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall arrange the programs for the State Youth Conference. The State Director shall be the Chairman.
- Digest Committee. The Digest Committee will count all contributions to the State Youth Conference, compile the reports, and report the results to the conference.
ARTICLE III – APPROPRIATIONS
- MEMBERS OF THE Executive Committee shall be reimbursed their travel expenses according to the current year’s IRS allowance.
- State Youth Conference winners shall receive from the State Youth Conference assistance in representing our state at the National Youth Convention. The Executive Committee will determine the amount appropriated to each winner, based on the amount available in the treasury. The church and district from which the state winners come are strongly urged to assist the winners financially in participating in the National Youth Convention.
ARTICLE IV – COMPETITION
- Each district may be represented at the State Youth Conference with one contestant in each category as outlined in the National Youth Competitive Guidelines.
- The winner in the Music and Arts division must have the Highest One Rating to represent South Carolina at the National Association. If the winning contestant cannot attend, the runner-up can represent provided a One Rating was attained.
- Winners in all divisions must be approved by the judges in order to represent South Carolina at the National Association.
ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS: Any amendment to the By-Laws may be secured at any session of the State Youth Conference by a vote of two-thirds of those present at the conference.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS, SOUTH CAROLINA FREE WILL BAPTIST YOUTH MINISTRIES
PREAMBLE: The South Carolina Free Will Baptist Youth Ministries is established by the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists, Inc. for the purpose of:
- Offering Christian camping for our Free Will Baptist Youth in the State of South Carolina.
- Seeking to evangelize, edify, and motivate them in Christian service.
- Promoting participation in, and financial support for, Youth Camp.
- Working in harmony with our churches in South Carolina.
This board will ascribe to the Articles of Faith as outlined in the SCFWB Constitution.
ARTICLE I – NAME: This organization shall be known as the South Carolina Original Free Will Baptists Youth Ministries.
ARTICLE II – BOARD
SECTION ONE: Composition. The South Carolina Original Free Will Baptists Youth Ministries shall consist of a Director and five (5) Board members, one of which shall act as Treasurer.
SECTION TWO: Acquisition. The Director and Board members are elected to serve as outlined in the State Association’s Constitution.
SECTION THREE: Duties. The duties of the Director and Board are as outlined in the State Association’s Constitution.
ARTICLE III – FNANCES: Youth Camp is financed by:
- Campers fees
- Individual contributions
- Profit from canteen sales
- Associations and Free Will Baptist organizations
ARTICLE IV – QUALIFICATIONS FOR STAFF AND WORKERS
- Must be born again.
- Must have biblical convictions.
- Must be able to present a clear plan of salvation.
- Must be able to counsel individuals.
- Must love young people.
- Must be sound in Free Will Baptist doctrine and agree to abide by Youth Camp rules and dress codes.
ARTICLE V – RULES AND REGULATIONS
All Youth Ministries rules, regulations, and requirements are set by the Youth Ministries and as may be directed by the State Association.
ARTICLE VI – STAFF AND WORKERS
- Junior counselors
ARTICLE VII – YOUTH MINISTRIES EXPENSES
- Director and Board expenses as outlined in State Association’s Constitution.
- A Director honorarium: One dollar per camper.
- Youth Campers expenses:
- Camp rental and utilities.
- Camp insurance for staff, workers, and campers.
- Sports equipment, etc.
ARTICLE VIII – CONSTITUTION CHANGES
- Recommended changes must be presented to the Youth Ministries Board one meeting prior to approval.
- Recommended changes must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptists.
- The Youth Camp Director or Acting Youth Camp Director shall call and moderate all Board meetings.
- All meetings shall be opened and closed in prayer.
- The Board shall meet at least one time each year preferably just prior to the State Association Convention in order to properly prepare the required state report. Other meetings can be called for planning Youth Ministries activities.
- Board meeting places should be determined with the least travel expense in mind.
CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS SOUTH CAROLINA of ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF BOARD
Statement of Faith: This board shall ascribe to the statement of faith as outlined in the SCFWB constitution.
Requirements for Board Members
- Must be a faithful member in good standing of a FWB Church & member of the State Association
- Saved/Born Again
- Faithful in attendance
- Faithful in tithes
- Position will be open to both male/female
- Must be willing & able to promote the efforts of the Board. (Travel, time, etc.)
- (Refer to Article 6 (State Constitution) for eligibility of Leaders)
- Refer to Youth Board detail in constitution
No less than four (4) members present shall constitute a quorum
Procedures for Election of Officers
- Positions will rotate every 2 years
- Option to nominate for consecutive terms
Order of meetings will follow Parliamentary Procedure
There will be 1 Annual Meeting (at a date to be determined) and other meetings as needed
- 30 days minimum required to schedule a meeting (aside from time of natural disasters)
Mobilization Protocol (When to Respond)
- Must have a FWB church/property to base from
- Regional Director will reach out to Pastor of a local church, State, or National Leader
- Must be caused by natural and/or man-made disasters
- Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wild fires, terrorist attacks as examples, but not limited to these
- Financial assistance will be given for repairs on a per case basis as funds are available
- This group will be to provide assistance on a case by case basis as outlined in our Mission Statement
- Though based out of a FWB church, volunteers will be assisting the community as a whole and will not be limited to FWB only
- We will not respond to individual requests, but will be willing to help mobilize when available
- All assistance is volunteer and without cost. However, should the repairs be covered and reimbursed by insurance, a donation to SC State Office would be greatly appreciated and would help those less fortunate in the future.
- Distribution of Funds
- No monetary payments will be distributed. We will meet needs through purchasing or acquiring repairs/items for them
- Needs will be assessed as they arise & will be distributed proportionately according to the budget.
CONSTITUTION AND BY LAWS of SOUTH CAROLINA of FREE WILL BAPTIST WOMEN ACTIVE FOR CHRIST
Statement of Faith: This board shall ascribe to the statement of faith as outlined in the SCFWB constitution.
PREAMBLE: Knowing that a bond of union and fellowship among Free Will Baptist Women of South Carolina will achieve greater success in all their efforts which are put forth in the various districts throughout our great state and as a state organization; thus further combining our women’s ministry with a view to unity of purpose in promoting more effectively the cause of Christ along all lines of Christian Women’s endeavors, we do organize and adopt the following constitution to better our government in which we agree to follow and allow it to guide us as we seek to be about the Master’s business in South Carolina.
Article I: Articles of Faith: This organization shall be known as the South Carolina Women Active for Christ. We, The South Carolina Women Active for Christ acknowledge and accept as our rules of faith and practices the Articles of Faith described in the South Carolina State Association of Original Free Will Baptist, Inc. Constitution – Articles of Faith A – Z.
Article II: Purpose: The purpose of this convention shall be to bring the women of each district convention together for fellowship, encouraging one another in the work of the Lord, sharing information, transacting business pertaining to the promotion of foreign and home mission work as well as the ministries of the state of South Carolina. (South Carolina Free Will Baptist Executive Office).
Article III: Officers: The officers of this convention shall consist of a coordinator, assistant coordinator, secretary, treasurer, and field worker. Three women shall be elected from the members at large to serve with the officers on the executive committee. Five of these shall compose a quorum.
Article IV: Membership:
Section 1. This convention shall be composed of the officers of the convention together with the three (3) district coordinators and the members of each local Women Active for Christ group of the state of South Carolina.
Section 2. All officers shall be members in good standing of a Free Will Baptist Church and active members of a local Women Active for Christ group.
Article V: Meetings: The annual meeting shall be held on the third Saturday of the month of March for encouragement, fellowship and transaction of business. The place will be determined at the previous meeting by the executive committee. Designated meetings should rotate from district to district unless otherwise deemed necessary for change by the South Carolina Coordinator. And Executive Officer’s meeting will be held at a time and place selected by the Coordinator to transact business relating to the state meeting and future planning convenient to the locations of the Executive Committee. A state retreat will be held every year. Retreat planning will be made by the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator and a committee appointed by the State Coordinator.
Article VI: Amendments: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting of the convention by a two/thirds vote of the members present.
Article I: Duties of Officers
Section 1: Coordinator – The president shall preside over all meetings, appoint such committees as may be needed, serve as chairman of the executive committee, call the executive committee together when necessary, be ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, see that annual reports are made promptly, and perform all duties usually pertaining to such an office.
Section 2: Assistant Coordinator – The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president or by her request and otherwise assist her in the oversight of the work in general. She shall serve as chairman of the credentials committee.
Section 3: Secretary – The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings of the convention and executive committee meetings, preserve all valuable papers and turn same over to her successor in office, and make an annual report to the national office on a form available from the WNAC office. She shall compile the district’s slates of officers and addresses immediately after the convention. She shall send a slate of state officers and addresses to the Women Nationally Active for Christ Director and to the South Carolina Executive Secretary. (The secretary shall also serve as historian keeping a historical record and submitting historical information to the national executive secretary-treasurer annually).
Section 4: Treasurer – The treasurer shall have charge of all funds belonging to this convention and shall pay out same only when authorized by the convention. The treasurer shall keep an accurate account and shall give a written report of all funds received and disbursed at each annual meeting of the convention. She should send a monthly report to the national office disbursing the funds as directed. She shall encourage support of missions through the WNAC Gift Plan, individual giving, and special offerings.
Section 5: Field Worker – The field worker shall have charge of all field work pertaining to, or necessary to, the promotion of the work of the convention and keep the national program before the district officers. The Field Worker should contact churches within the state of South Carolina not having an active Women Active for Christ ministry and find ways to help implement a Women Active for Christ.
Section 6: Members at Large – Members at large shall serve on the executive committee, help promote the work in general, and serve wherever needed.
Article II: Election: The general officers shall serve a term of two (2) years. The officers shall be nominated by a nominating committee. After the nominating committee report is presented, opportunity shall be given for nominations from the floor. In case of more than one nominee for any particular office, a vote will be taken on each. All elections shall be held at the closing business session of the annual convention. Officers should be members of a Free Will Baptist church in good standing with the National Association of Free Will Baptists.
Article III: Expense: An appropriation toward the expense of the general officers to all official meetings, secretary’s expenses, postage, and stationary for officers may be decided upon by the convention. All field promotional expenses are subject to approval of the state executive committee. Other appropriations may be decided upon by the convention. The South Carolina Women Active for Christ will pay the prevailing rate as assigned by the federal government for mileage for all officers who travel in order to carry out the business of the South Carolina Women Active for Christ State Convention. Expenses for guest speaker’s travel and lodging (if necessary) shall be paid. A special offering may be taken or a specified approved amount suggested by the Executive Committee shall be given to the speaker.
Article IV: Committees:
Section 1. Executive Committee – The executive committee shall be composed of the five officers and three members elected by the convention. Five of these shall compose a quorum. They shall hold meetings for the transaction of business as often as necessary. It shall be the duty of the executive committee to maintain an oversight of the work at large. They shall act for the convention when necessary. They shall prepare the program for the regular meeting of the convention and other meetings the convention may desire.
Section 2. Resolutions Committee – A resolutions committee of three members shall be appointed by the coordinator as needed.
Section 3. Nominating Committee – The nomination committee shall be composed of at least one member from each district convention. During an election year, each local Women Active for Christ group may submit recommendations to the Nominating Committee for consideration by January 1st.
Section 4. Credentials Committee – The assistant coordinator shall be chairman of the credentials committee, and other members are to be made up from the assistant coordinators of the three districts and appointed by the president.
Section 5. Finance Committee – The finance committee consists of the three district treasurers and the South Carolina Women Active for Christ state treasurer shall serve as Chairman of this committee. The committee audits the financial records of the year and reports on same to the convention.
Section 6. Registration Committee – The South Carolina State Secretary will be the chairman of this committee. Serving with her on this committee will be the three District Secretaries. This committee registers those in attendance as the convention may desire.
Article V: Fees and Reports: Active members shall pay membership fees yearly as required by WNAC. Each local auxiliary will send their dues per capita as required by the WNAC per active member to the District Treasurer. (Designated monies will be kept by the District; the remainder of the monies will be sent to the State Treasurer and the State Treasurer will forward the remainder of the dues to the WNAC.) An active member is one who actively supports her auxiliary with her attendance and offering. Each local auxiliary is to send $10.00 through their district treasurer to the South Carolina State Treasurer for state expenses (speakers, meals, accommodations, etc.). It shall be the duty of each District Treasurer to send all monies and reports to the State Treasurer by November 30th.
Article VI: Gifts:
Section1. The desired plans for giving in WNAC are missions offering following each special season of prayer. WNAC General Fund offerings, Emphasis Offerings, Dr. Mary Ruth Wishart Scholarship Fund, Cleo Pursell Foreign Student Scholarship Fund, Rest of the Family Offering, WNAC Endowment Fund, and other funds designated by the convention. All auxiliaries and districts are asked to channel their gifts through the South Carolina Free Will Baptist State Executive Office. The South Carolina State Executive Treasurer will forward the monies to the office of the Women Nationally Active for Christ office in Nashville, Tennessee.
Section 2. A yearly approved amount of money shall be given to the Office of the South Carolina State Executive Office for the support of the Executive Secretary.
Section 3. A rising vote of thanks should be given to the Host Church for their hospitality and hard work.
Article VII: Amendments: These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at any regular meeting of the state convention.