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OFFICIAL BOARD OF THE CHURCH

 
Treasurer
Joseph Haeffner
Joe Haeffner
Moderator
Finan. Sec.
Jay Smith
Jay Smith
Asst.
Finan. Sec.Larry Fisher
Larry Fisher
Secretary
Lynn Hubin
Lynn Hubin

Chair Trustees
Diane Curry
Diane Curry
Chair
Joe Reister
Joe Reister
Chair Deacons
Valerie Summers
Valerie Summers
Memorial
Committee Chair
Lynn Hubin
Lynn Hubin
  Church
Historian
Mary Leedy
Mary Leedy
Church
Clerk
Jeanne Dorr
Jeanne Dorr
Constitution of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
May 30, 1980


Article V:
Officers, Official Board, Elders, Deacons,
Deaconesses, Trustees, Committees

Section A – Officers

The congregation shall elect from its members at a congregational meeting a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary. These officers shall serve as officers of the congregation and of the Official Board as set forth in the By-Laws.

The congregation shall also elect an Assistant Treasurer and an Assistant Financial Secretary who will not serve on the Official Board.


Section B – Official Board

The congregation shall have an Official Board, which shall be responsible to the congregation and have such authority as defined below and in the By-Laws to act on behalf of the congregation.

The Board shall be composed of members as set forth in the by-Laws and for terms of office stated therein. The size of the Board shall be no greater than twenty-four (24). All members of the Board shall be elected at a congregational meeting. However, vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by nomination by the President, in consultation with the minister and election by the Official Board.

The board shall: be responsible for receiving reports from the minister, officers and the various committees and organizations with the congregation; establish, coordinate, and carry out programs as initiated by the congregation in planning session; initiate additional programs; recommend to the congregation for its approval an annual budget designed to underwrite the programs; report and make recommendations to the congregation concerning the welfare of the church and carry out such other responsibilities as may be defined in the By-Laws.

The Board shall not have the authority to purchase or sell real property, nor shall it have the authority to hire or terminate a minister without congregational approval.


Section E – Committees

The congregation, through its Official Board, shall establish standing committees and other organizations necessary for the conduct of the work of the congregation as set forth in the By-Laws.




By-Laws of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
November 17, 2003


Article III - Process for Elections of Leaders

There shall be a Nominating Committee selected each year to create a slate of Officers for the next twelve months. They shall also propose a leadership Chair for the Trustees, the Elders, and the Personnel/Pastoral Relations Committee. Additionally they are to nominate members and friends of the congregation to serve as Trustees and Elders.

The Nominating Committee of First Christian Church:

1. Shall be composed of three members of the Official Board and two members of the congregation, at large, who are not members of the Official Board.
2. Shall be selected by the Moderator in consultation with the pastor. These five names shall be approved by a simple majority of the Official Board at the September meeting.
3. Shall solicit suggestions from the congregation for nominees, from the Pastor, from members of the Official Board, and from the Nominating Committee as well.
4. Shall discuss the qualification of each person suggested, and then decide upon a slate. The committee shall contact potential candidates to discuss the position and to solicit their consent to be nominated. The prepared slate is then to be given to the Official Board at the October meeting.
5. Their names shall be published in the November issue of First Church Life. They shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the congregation in November and take office on the first day of the New Year.
6. Vacancies during the church year shall be filled. Action is to be taken by the Official Board, voting upon the joint recommendation of the Moderator and the Pastor.


Article IV - Leadership of the Congregation

First Christian Church shall be constantly vigilant in identifying and developing the leadership skills of its members and active friends. Members and friends are encouraged to discover and develop their Spiritual Gifts as their guide for decisions on taking any position of leadership or serving on a Ministry Team. There shall be several guiding concepts:

1. Active friends of the congregation: shall be eligible to serve in many positions, and to vote. Those wishing to serve as the Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, or as Trustees or Elders must be active members of the congregation. It is better to leave a position temporarily vacant than to push persons to take a position in order to complete the roster of leadership roles.
2. Leaders are elected for a period of one calendar year. It is possible for individuals to stand for re-election after completing a term in office. The Moderator generally serves for two terms, and may serve longer. The Treasurer, the Financial Secretary, the church Clerk, and the Historian will often serve for many consecutive years.
3. The elected Officers of First Christian church shall be:
• THE MODERATOR: In cooperation with the Minister and the Official Board, shall be responsible for the administration of the church program. The Moderator shall oversee the work of the church; preside at meetings of the Congregation, the Official Board, and of the Executive Committee. The Moderator shall uphold the spirit of the Constitution and the By-Laws, and assure the close connection of First Christian Church to the Christian church (Disciples of Christ), as well as the Christian Church-Capital Area. The Moderator shall communicate, regularly and periodically, to the congregation concerning all matters of church life, and the actions of the board. The Moderator along with the Minister shall select the Nominating Committee, and the Personnel/Pastoral Relations Committee. The Moderator shall serve as ex-officio with all decision groups within the congregation.
• THE VICE-MODERATOR: Shall serve to support the work of the Moderator, and shall preside at meetings in the absence of the Moderator. The Vice-Moderator shall be responsible for the administration of and the support of the Ministry Teams.
• THE SECRETARY: Shall keep minutes of the meetings of the Official Board, of the Annual Meeting in November, and of any special congregational meeting. These shall be added to a permanent record.
• THE TREASURER: Shall receive a record of all receipts from the Financial Secretary; pay all expenses of the congregation as authorized by the budge, or special action of the Official Board. The Treasurer shall keep up to date and accurate records of every financial transaction, and make a written report fro each meeting of the Official Board. A written yearly report shall be passed out at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
• THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Shall be responsible for receiving all income of the congregation; for enlisting help from weekly counters; for keeping accurate records of the source and amount of income, and for providing a written report for each meeting of the Official Board and the congregation. The Financial Secretary shall provide the Treasurer with reports of all deposits. The Financial Secretary shall provide all contributors with quarterly statements for their tax files.
• THE ASSISTANT TREASURER: Shall serve to support the Treasurer by making reports to the Official Board in the absence of the Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer shall be familiar with all the duties of the Treasurer and shall normally succeed the Treasurer. • THE ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Shall serve to support the Financial Secretary by making reports to the Official Board in the absence of the Financial Secretary. The Assistant Financial Secretary shall be familiar with the duties of the Financial Secretary and shall normally succeed the Financial Secretary.
• THE CHURCH HISTORIAN: Shall be responsible for the gathering and preserving of data pertaining to the history of the congregation. The Church Historian is responsible for making available for publication any historical materials; for seeing that newsletters, bulletins, and other significant documents are regularly given over to the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, in Nashville, Tennessee.
• THE CHURCH CLERK: Shall keep an accurate record of the membership of The First Christian Church. These records shall include the full names, birth dates, date of baptism, and date of death. The records shall also include information about marriages, divorce, and birth of children. If the member transfers to another congregation the date of the transfer and the place shall be recorded.

Article VI - The Management of the Congregation

2. Official Board

The size of the Official Board shall be no greater than sixteen (16) members. The board shall be responsible to and act on behalf of the congregation when it is not in session. A quorum shall be considered to be a simple majority of the board. The regular meetings of the Official Board shall be the second Sunday, after morning worship, during the months of January, March, May, September, and November. The Official Board shall be composed of:

(1) The Moderator
(2) The Minister
(3) The Vice-Moderator
(4) The Secretary
(5) The Treasurer
(6) The Assistant-Treasurer
(7) The Financial Secretary
(8) The Assistant-Financial Secretary
(9) The Chair of the Board of Trustees
(10-12) Three Elders: The Chair plus two other Elders, who may be serving in other capacities on the board.
(13) The Chair of the Personnel/Pastoral Relations Committee
(14) The President of the Christian Women's Fellowship
(15) The president of the Christian Men's Fellowship
(16) The President of the Christian Youth Fellowship

ELDERS OF THE CHURCH

Chair
Joe Reister
Joe Reister
Elder
Russell Cook
Russell Cook
Elder
Jay Smith
Jay Smith
Elder
Ellen Hoadley
Ellen Hoadley
 
Elder
Lynn Hubin
Lynn Hubin
Elder
Janet Caughlin
Janet Caughlin
Elder
Larry Fisher
Larry Fisher
Emeritus
Jackie Fulcher
Jackie Fulcher
      
Constitution of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
May 30, 1980


Article IV, Section C - Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses

The congregation shall elect elders, deacons, and deaconesses. Their election, qualifications, and responsibilities shall be as set forth in the By-Laws.




By-Laws of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
November 17, 2003


Article IV, Section 4A:
Spiritual Leaders and Servants - Elders

The Elders shall be comprised of men and women who have demonstrated spiritual maturity, leadership, and genuine faith. There shall be a minimum of nine (9) elders whose term of office shall be three (3) years each. One third of the number shall be elected each year. Any vacancies occurring during the term of an elder shall be filled election to finish that term. The Chair of the Elders and two other elders shall represent the elders on the Official Board.

The duties of the elders shall be:
• To be aware of the needs of individual members and of the congregation as a whole. To work with the pastor to minister to those needs
• To preside over the Lord's Table at all weekly and special services of the congregation, as is the heritage of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
• To be active in and support the life of the congregation far beyond just being present on their assigned Sunday to serve as an Elder.
• To incarnate the equality of lay and clergy, in performing all the ordinances of our faith. To demonstrate our heritage of laypersons leading public worship.
• To regularly serve communion to shut-in members
• To oversee making changes in our worship services
• To actively cultivate the Spiritual Life of the congregation
• To encourage the spiritual growth of our members and friends
• To prepare recommendations for the November meeting of the Official Board for inclusion in the budget for the next fiscal year in these areas: The Educational programs; the Mission Budget of the congregation; Evangelism and Public Relations; Worship expenses; and the Music Ministry.
• To oversee setting the goals for and the presentation of the six special offerings, i.e. Reconciliation; Thanksgiving; Christmas; Week of Compassion; Easter; and Pentecost.

DEACONS OF THE CHURCH

Chair
Valerie Summers
Valerie Summers

Deacon
Judy Dischinger
Judy Dischinger
Deacon
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith
 
Deacon
Diane Curry
Diane Curry
  Emeritus
Charles Summers
Charles Summers
 
Constitution of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
May 30, 1980


Article IV, Section C - Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses

The congregation shall elect elders, deacons, and deaconesses. Their election, qualifications, and responsibilities shall be as set forth in the By-Laws.




By-Laws of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
November 17, 2003

(The By-Laws do not specify duties of the deacons.)


TRUSTEES OF THE CHURCH

Chair
Diane Curry
Diane Curry

Trustee
Mary Sims
Mary Simms
   
Trustee
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith

Trustee
Jay Smith
Jay Smith
   
Constitution of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
May 30, 1980


Article V, Section D - Trustees:

The congregation shall elect trustees. Their election, qualifications, and responsibilities shall be as set forth in the By-Laws. They shall act as the legal agents of the congregation in all business matters, under the direction of the Official Board and subject to the approval of the congregation; hold legal title to all congregational property and handle as business transactions related thereto; including insurance coverage; have supervision over all endowments and trust funds; and perform such duties as are required by the laws of the State of Maryland.




By-Laws of First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) Baltimore, Maryland
November 17, 2003


Article IV, Section 4B:
Spiritual Leaders and Servants - Trustees

There shall be six (6) trustees whose term of office shall be limited to three (3) years each. One third of the number shall be elected each year. The Trustees of the congregation carry out the fiduciary and legal actions of the church. They shall be responsible for: Recommending Policies for the Bequest Funds; overseeing the investments of the congregation, in accordance with those policies; Signing legal contracts, as approved by the Official Board; Providing adequate insurance for the property; developing a proposed budget for the Building and Grounds to present to the Official Board at the November meeting.