Our Constitution and By-Laws

First Baptist Church, Lakeland, GA

Constitution and By-Laws

To preserve the liberties of each individual member of this sovereign and democratic congregation, to affirm the principles of our faith, to provide for the conduct of this body in an orderly manner, and to safeguard the freedom of action of this church in relation to other churches and ecclesiastical bodies, the congregation of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, LAKELAND, GEORGIA does hereby establish this constitution.  Under the lordship of Jesus Christ FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, LAKELAND, GEORGIA retains unto itself all rights of exclusive self-government in all areas of spiritual and temporal life. 

Article I Name of Body

This body shall be known as FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Lakeland, Georgia. 

 

Article II Articles of Incorporation

This body, incorporated as FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Lakeland, Georgia, shall renew its Articles of Incorporation with the state of Georgia as often as necessary to ensure that said incorporation remains current.  The officers of said corporation shall be the trustees of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.  

 

Article III Foundation and Purpose of the Body

Section 1.The foundation of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).  

Section 2.  The purpose of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH comes from the vision of God’s glory in Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to savor God’s glory in worship (John 4:23), strengthen our vision of God’s glory in nurture (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 14:26) and education (2 Peter 3:18), and spread the vision of God’s glory through evangelism (1 Peter 2:9; 3:15), missions (Matthew 28:18-20), and works of love (Matthew 5:16).


Article IV Articles of Faith

The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message represents the doctrinal beliefs of First Baptist Church.


Article I Name of Body

This body shall be known as FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Lakeland, Georgia. 

 

Article II Articles of Incorporation

This body, incorporated as FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, Lakeland, Georgia, shall renew its Articles of Incorporation with the state of Georgia as often as necessary to ensure that said incorporation remains current.  The officers of said corporation shall be the trustees of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.  

 

Article III Foundation and Purpose of the Body

Section 1.The foundation of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).  

Section 2.  The purpose of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH comes from the vision of God’s glory in Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to savor God’s glory in worship (John 4:23), strengthen our vision of God’s glory in nurture (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 14:26) and education (2 Peter 3:18), and spread the vision of God’s glory through evangelism (1 Peter 2:9; 3:15), missions (Matthew 28:18-20), and works of love (Matthew 5:16).


Article IV Articles of Faith

The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message represents the doctrinal beliefs of First Baptist Church.


Article V Church Covenant

We, the members of First Baptist Church, having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, enter into agreement with one another, as one body in Christ. Therefore, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit and with the Bible, the inspired Word of God, as our guide, we hereby covenant together as follows: 


1.     To walk together in Christian love. 

2.     To strive for the advancement of this church.

3.     To promote Christian spirituality.

4.     To sustain the worship, discipline, and doctrinal integrity of this church.

5.     To observe the church’s ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as authorized by this church.

6.     To contribute cheerfully and regularly of God’s tithes and our offerings to the support of the ministry of this church and to the spread of the gospel to all nations.

7.     To encourage personal and family devotions.

8.     To educate our children according to our faith.

9.     To seek the salvation of unbelievers.

10.  To be just in our dealings and reliable in our responsibilities and to be an example of Christian living to those around us.

11.  To recognize that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and to guard against the abuse of substances and the practice of habits harmful to our bodies.

12.  To preserve and strengthen our Christian witness to the world by using our influence to combat harmful practices in society.

13.  To work unfailingly for the advancement of the kingdom of the Savior by witnessing in words as well as in conduct.

14.  To walk in Christian harmony and watchfulness, giving and receiving assistance with meekness and affection.

15.  To pray for one another and help one another in sickness and in sorrow.

16.  To be slow to anger and to be always open and eager for reconciliation, seeking it without delay.

17.  To agree that, if we move from this area, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

 

Article VI Polity and Affiliations


First Baptist Church exists under the lordship of Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church, as He reveals His leadership through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit.  This church is subject to no other ecclesiastical body.  The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it.  First Baptist Church recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation that are common among Southern Baptist churches.


Article VII Adoption


Section 1.  This constitution shall be formally presented to the church, and, in a business meeting not less than fourteen (14) days nor more than thirty (30) days following the presentation, the vote on adoption of the constitution shall be taken.  This constitution shall be considered adopted and in immediate effect if and when two-thirds of the members present and voting in the business session in which the vote on adoption is taken shall vote in favor of adoption.


Section 2.  After adoption, this constitution shall abolish, supersede, and replace and constitution that preceded it.


Section 3.  A copy of this constitution shall be kept in the church office.  All amendments and revisions to this constitution, after adoption by vote of the body, shall be prepared by the church clerk and incorporated into the constitution.  The constitution and all amendments and revisions thereof shall be made available to church members upon request.


Article VIII Amendment Procedure


Section 1.  Changes in this constitution may be made at any business meeting of the church provided the following:


(a)    A copy of each amendment must be made available to church members in writing at least one month before the meeting. 

(b)  Copies of the proposed amendment shall be made available to all church members attending the business meeting at which the amendment is voted upon. 

(c)   Amendments to this Constitution shall have the concurrence of two-thirds of the members who are present and voting.


Section 2.  An amendment, upon adoption, shall become effective immediately.