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ARTICLE  1.   MEMBERSHIP
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Membership in Valley Bible Church is an opportunity to visibly express one’s desire to be committed to this particular local body of believers in Jesus Christ.
 
A. Requirements for Membership | All who desire membership in this church must…
1.     Be born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2.     Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
3.     Acknowledge agreement with the Covenant, Declaration of Faith, and agree to abide by the Bylaws of this church.  
4.     Have been baptized after conversion to Christ.
5.     Give evidence of their faith by a consistent Christian lifestyle.
6.     Not be under another church’s discipline.
7.     Fulfill the application requirements for membership.
B. Application for Membership | All who desire membership in this church must…
1.     Attend the membership class.
2.     Complete and submit the membership application and testimony forms to the Board of Elders.
3.     Sign the VBC Church Covenant.
4.     Receive approval for membership from the Board of Elders.
 
C. Admission into Membership
All who receive approval for membership shall be publicly welcomed and affirmed into membership by the Board of Elders during a worship service.
D. Denial of Membership
If the Board of Elders determines that an applicant does not satisfy the requirements for membership, then membership shall be denied. The Board of Elders will communicate their reason(s) for denial to the applicant. Such a decision shall be final and there shall be no appeal to any court or other jurisdiction; however, if the Board of Elders determines at a future time that said applicant’s status has changed and the applicant does satisfy the requirements, then membership may be reconsidered.

 
E. Termination of Membership
Matters involving termination of membership shall be under the authority of the Board of Elders. A person’s membership in this church is subject to termination for any of the following reasons:

1.     Personal Request:  Any member in good standing (not in the process of church discipline) may request in writing that his/her name be removed from the membership roll, in which case a letter of acknowledgment will be sent.

2.     Absence or Inactivity:  Any member who has for six (6) months failed to attend services or otherwise manifest a reasonably consistent interest in the church and has not satisfactorily responded to inquiries shall have his/her membership changed to inactive status and lose their voting privileges or have their membership terminated by the Board of Elders. Typical exceptions to this policy include missionaries, shut-ins, students attending school out of town, and people serving in the military.

3.     Church Discipline:  Any member who is subject to the final step of church discipline as outlined in Article 1.H of these Bylaws shall have his/her name removed from the membership rolls after the final step of discipline process (see Article 1 H.4).

 4.     Physical Death:  Deceased members shall be removed from the membership roll.

F. Responsibilities of Membership
Members shall seek to exercise their spiritual gifts for the mutual benefit of all the church body and shall willingly submit to the loving oversight of the Board of Elders as well as discharge all that is articulated in the VBC Church Covenant (see Section 1.C of the Constitution


 
G. Voting Privileges
Only active church members are allowed to vote on matters brought by the Board of Elders to the congregation for their approval. Membership and voting privileges do not vest any member in any proprietary rights in the corporation of this church.
H. Church Discipline
The purpose of church discipline is threefold:  to promote the spiritual welfare of an erring believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and/or conduct (Galatians 6:1); to edify believers by deterring sin (1 Timothy 5:20); and to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:6).

Any member of this church, or any professing believer who clearly identifies with this church, who teaches or insists on holding false doctrine, or who persistently shows conduct inconsistent with biblical teaching, or who disturbs the unity or peace of the church shall be subject to church discipline as follows (Matthew 18:15-18).

1.     It shall be the duty of any member of this church who has knowledge of the erring person’s heresy or misconduct to warn and correct the erring person in private, seeking his or her repentance and restoration in a spirit of love and humility.

2.     If the erring person does not heed this warning, the confronter shall again go to the erring person accompanied by one or two other members as witnesses to warn and correct, seeking repentance and restoration.

3.     If the erring person still does not heed the warning, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Elders, which, upon careful and prayerful investigation, shall tell it to the church publicly, encouraging the congregation to pray for repentance and restoration of the erring person, and to pursue him or her in love.

4.     If the erring person still does not heed the warnings of the Board of Elders and/or Church, the erring person shall be dismissed from the church in accordance with the Scriptures and treated as an unbeliever. The congregation shall be encouraged to pray for the repentance and restoration of the dismissed person. The Board of Elders shall have final authority on decisions regarding restoration to fellowship based upon the demonstrated repentance of a dismissed person.

The members of this church, and all professing believers who consistently attend or fellowship with this church, understand that the church discipline process will continue to conclusion even if the erring person leaves the church to avoid the discipline process. It is also understood that members who are subject to church discipline do forfeit and waive the right to resign their membership. Only members who are in good standing may resign their membership. Furthermore, the members of this church, and all professing believers who consistently attend or fellowship with this church, agree that there shall be no appeal of the discipline process to any court or other jurisdiction; nor shall there be any appeal or other legal action taken in response to any public statements made to the church at the third or fourth stages of church discipline.
 
I. Membership Record
A record of all church members shall be kept by this Church under the supervision of the Board of Elders. Such a record shall include the name of each member and the date he/she became a member.
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ARTICLE  2.   OFFICERS
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The primary officers of this corporation shall be: Elders, who are responsible to oversee the spiritual matters of the church and Deacons, who are to oversee the practical matters of the church. All other officers, as well as other staff, leaders, committees, and ministries of the church shall be responsible to the above mentioned officers.

A. Elders
The elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and receive their authority from Jesus Christ, Whom they are ultimately accountable to.


1.   Qualifications:  An elder must be a man who aspires to the office, is biblically qualified as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4, has been an active member of VBC for at least one year, has proven himself to be gifted and faithful in ministry, and has successfully completed the selection process. The following biblical qualifications make up the standard for an elder however Scripture affirms that all Christians should aspire to these godly standards in their personal lives.
·       Above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6,7)
·       Does not bring discredit to the ministry (2 Corinthians 6:3)
·       Temperate (1 Timothy 3:2)
·       One woman man (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6)
·       Prudent (1 Timothy 3 :2)
·       Respectable (1 Timothy 3:2)
·       Hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8)
·       Able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2)
·       Not addicted to wine (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
·       Not pugnacious (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
·       Gentle (1 Timothy 3:3)
·       Peaceable (1 Timothy 3:3)
·       Free from the love of money (1 Timothy 3:3)
·       Manages his own household well (1 Timothy 3:4)
·       Keeps children under control with dignity (1 Timothy 3:4-5)
·       Children are faithful to parents and not wild or rebellious to authority (Titus 1:6)
·       Not a new convert (1 Timothy 3:6)
·       Not conceited or proud (1 Timothy 3:6)
·       Good reputation outside the church (1 Timothy 3:7)
·       Not double-tongued (1 Timothy 3:8)
·       Biblically clear conscience (1 Timothy 3:9)
·       Not a gossip (1 Timothy 3:11)
·       Faithful in all things (1 Timothy 3:11)
·       Not self-willed (Titus 1:7)
·       Not lording it over the flock (1 Peter 5:3)
·       Not greedy for dishonest gain (Titus 1:7)
·       Not quick tempered (Titus 1:7)
·       Lover of what is good (Titus 1:8)
·       Sensible (Titus 1:8)
·       Just (Titus 1:8)
·       Devout (Titus 1:8)
·       Self-controlled (Titus 1:8)
·       Eagerness to serve (1 Timothy 3:1; 1 Peter 5:2)
·       Keeps discipline over his own body (1 Corinthians 9:27)
·       Holds tenaciously to the Word of God (Titus 1:9)
·       Able to exhort the church in sound doctrine (Titus 1:9)
·       Courage and ability to refute unbiblical teaching and false teachers (Titus 1:9-11)
·       Alert to wolves both inside and outside of the church (Acts 20:17, 28-31)
·       Able to equip the church for the work of service (Ephesians 4:11-12)
·       Seeks to please God rather than men (Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4)
·       Keeps watch over the souls under his care (Hebrews 13:17)
·       Able to exhort his fellow elders (Galatians 2:11-21)
·       Team player as he seeks for one accord (Acts 15:22-29)


Pastors:
The senior and associate pastors are defined by VBC as elder-qualified men who possess the gift of pastor and teacher (Ephesians 4:11ff) and are financially supported by the church to serve full time. They are elders serving amidst a plurality of other elders and exercise equal yet not more authority.


2.   Duties:  The elders are to pattern their lives after Christ’s example of servant-leadership. They are responsible to oversee the spiritual life and welfare of the church by being devoted to prayer and the study of God’s Word. They are to teach the Word of God both in public and private, affirming the truth and refuting error. They are to set an example to the flock in spiritual character and conduct, being peacemakers for the flock and disciplining those who err with the goal of protecting the purity of the church and restoring the wayward member. While they may delegate many facets of ministry to other leaders and servants in the flock, the elders bear the ultimate responsibility for the policies, practices, and decisions of the church. All staff, leaders, committees, and ministries are subject to the oversight of the Board of Elders. The Board of Elders will strive for unanimity when making decisions but if unity cannot be reached even after thoughtful and prayerful consideration in a spirit of humility, the decision must be reached by a 3/4 majority.

In addition to sharing the duties of his fellow elders, the senior pastor shall be primarily responsible for preaching God’s word to the congregation and generally overseeing the spiritual welfare of the church. If the senior-pastor is absent, the Chairman (if not the pastor) or Vice-Chairman will be responsible.  The pastor shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and shall be accountable for his life and ministry to the Board of Elders.

3.   Selection:  The Board of Elders will keep regular watch for men who are prospective elders. Church members are also welcome at any time to suggest potential men to the Board of Elders. Members should first determine, with the individual they wish to nominate their willingness to serve, and then submit a letter of recommendation to the Board of Elders. This process of recommendation should at least occur annually, prior to the annual meeting in January. Those men whom the Board of Elders deems qualified for this office will be recommended to the congregation for affirmation by no less than a 3/4 majority of the elders. While it is hoped that unanimous approval would be given to the elders’ recommendation, no less than a 3/4 majority vote by the congregation will be required to install a man as an elder. Following their initial recommendation to serve as an Elder, every Elder will have their name placed annually before the congregation for affirmation.  The same 3/4 majority vote will be required to affirm all the Elders in order for them to continue to serve. “No” votes will be counted but we would strongly encourage those who vote “no” to put their names on their ballots in order to have one of the other elders meet with them to follow up with them so they may express their concern.

When the senior pastorate of this church becomes vacant, the Board of Elders shall make provision for the filling of the pulpit and immediately commence a search for a successor. Only men who are in hearty agreement with the contents of this constitution and the ministry vision and distinctives of VBC will be considered for this office. When a potential new senior pastor is found (having been approved by the Board of Elders) he will candidate in a manner, and for a prescribed length of time, determined by the Board of Elders. Church members will be encouraged to spend time with the candidate and if they have questions, comments or concerns concerning the individual being considered for nomination they should bring them to the Board of Elders. Upon completion of the candidating period, the Board of Elders will decide by 3/4 majority vote whether or not to call for a congregational vote on the man being considered. If so, a meeting to vote on the candidate will be announced to church members by letter, the church bulletin, and from the pulpit for three Sunday mornings prior to the meeting. Only church members will vote. Confirmation of the candidate will require at least a three-fourths majority of all the votes cast. If the candidate is duly elected, a letter of call shall be sent to him for his response. The Board of Elders may also bring any potential additional pastoral staff before the membership for approval using a process of candidacy and affirmation as it deems appropriate.

4.   Tenure:  Each elder may serve year by year as long as he aspires to the office of elder, maintains his biblical qualifications, is faithful to discharge the duties of an elder, and has the confidence of his fellow elders and the rest of the congregation. An elder may remove himself from the office during his service at his own request.

5.     Removal:  An elder may be removed from service by a 3/4 majority vote of the other elders, where they concur that he is no longer biblically fit to serve as an elder. In addition, an annual vote of confidence shall be taken whereupon the members shall affirm or disaffirm each elder. Because of the command given in 1 Timothy 5:19, we strongly encourage that the first two steps outlined in Matthew 18 and Galatians 6:1-2 be followed before voting “No” on their ballot (see Article 1 H.1 and 2). “No” votes that are not signed will be counted but we would strongly encourage those who vote “No” to put their names on their ballots in order to have one of the other elders meet with them to follow up so they may express their concern. The Board of Elders will follow up “No” votes which are signed to discern the accuracy and severity of the issues involved and whether they warrant the biblical dismissal of the elder in question.

Senior and Associate pastors must give one month’s notice to the Board of Elders if they intend to resign. Upon mutual consent, the Board of Elders may allow a pastor to tender his resignation with less than one month’s notice if this will not in any way hinder the well being of the church. The Board of Elders reserves the right to dismiss any pastor by a 3/4 majority (excluding the pastor facing possible dismissal).  At their discretion, the elders may choose to pay a dismissed pastor for up to one month’s salary, even if his termination is effective immediately.
B. Deacons
The deacons administrate and serve to care for the physical and temporal needs of the church, in order that the elders may give themselves to overseeing the spiritual welfare of the church.

1.   Qualifications: A deacon must be a man who aspires to the office, is biblically qualified as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, has been an active member of VBC for at least one year, has proven himself skilled and faithful in ministry, and has successfully completed the selection process.

2.   Duties: The deacons shall be responsible to oversee the physical and temporal affairs of the church and as otherwise directed by the elders. Responsibilities include oversight of the benevolence ministry, church finances, and ushering, as well as improvement and upkeep of the physical plant, assistance in administering the ordinances of the church, and holding title to the church property. The deacons are to function in a spirit of willingness and cooperation under the oversight of the Board of Elders.

3.   Selection: The Board of Elders will keep regular watch for men who are prospective deacons. Church members are also welcome at any time to suggest potential men to the Board of Elders. Members should first determine, with the individual they wish to nominate their willingness to serve, and then submit a letter of recommendation to the Board of Elders.  This process of recommendation should at least occur annually, prior to the annual meeting in January. Those men whom the Board of Elders deems qualified for this office will be recommended to the congregation for affirmation by no less than a 3/4 majority of the elders will be recommended to the congregation for affirmation. While it is hoped that unanimous approval would be given to the elders’ recommendation, no less than a 3/4 majority vote will be required to install a man as a deacon. Following their initial recommendation to serve as a Deacon, every Deacon will have their name placed annually before the congregation for affirmation.  The same 3/4 majority vote will be required to affirm all Deacon’s in order for them to continue to serve.  “No” votes will be counted but we would strongly encourage those who vote “No” to put their names on their ballots in order to have one of the other elders meet with them to follow up with them so they may express their concern.

4.   Tenure: Each man may serve year by year as long as he aspires to the office of deacon, maintains his biblical qualifications, is faithful to discharge the duties of a deacon, and has the confidence of his fellow deacons, the Board of Elders, and the rest of the congregation. A deacon may remove himself from the office during his service at his own request.

5.   Removal: A deacon may be removed from service by 3/4 majority vote of the Board of Elders if they concur that he is no longer fit to serve as a deacon. Deacons are subject to an annual vote of confidence in the same manner as described in Article 2.A.5.
C. Other Officers
Other officers of the corporation shall be Chairman of the Board of Elders, Vice- Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary.

1.   Chairman of the Board of Elders: The chairman or a man designated by him shall preside at regular and special meetings of the membership. He shall be annually elected by the Board of Elders from among the existing elders. Removal of the chairman from his position is under the authority of the Board of Elders and at its discretion. In the absence of the Senior Pastor or Chairman the Vice-Chairman will preside over meetings of the membership.

2.    Vice-Chairman: The Assistant Chairman shall assume all of the above-mentioned duties of the Chairman in his absence.

3. Treasurer: The treasurer shall be annually elected by the board of Elders and may serve three consecutive years after which he must take a year sabbatical before allowed to serve again. At the end of a treasurer’s term the Elders may elect to have an audit of the books by a firm selected by the Elders. The treasurer shall receive and keep in a designated place or depository all moneys of the church. Payments from funds in the custody of the treasurer shall be made only by check signed by the treasure or authorized signatories as appointed by the elders. Authorization for payment from any fund shall be by vote of the membership at the annual business meeting when the annual budget is approved, or else by a vote of the Board of Elders or the Board of Deacons as they deem best. The treasurer shall keep accounts of all such funds and shall submit an annual detailed report and any additional reports which may be requested by the Board of Elders or the Board of Deacons. All bank deposits of the church funds shall be made and kept in the name of the church.

4.   Secretary: The Secretary shall be elected annually by, and from among the existing elders and will be responsible to keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes of all meetings of the membership. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the membership in accordance with the bylaws of this church. The secretary will also serve as clerk at all congregational meetings.

Both the Treasurer and Secretary shall be appointed annually by the Board of Elders from among those members of the church who have been members at least one year. Persons who fill these positions must show evidence of an exemplary spiritual life. Removal of either the treasurer or the secretary shall be under the authority of the Board of Elders and at its discretion.
ARTICLE  3.   GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE
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The goals, activities, and life of the Valley Bible Church shall be governed according to the following outline:
 
A. Jesus Christ as Chief Shepherd:
This church ultimately submits to Jesus Christ as its spiritual Head. The authority of Christ is mediated to His people through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, the Bible (John 14:15-21, 23-26; Ephesians 1:22-23).

B. Elders:
Jesus Christ has called Spirit-filled men to be shepherds and servant-leaders of His people. Therefore, this church shall be directly governed through leadership by a group of qualified elders (see Article 2.A).  Such leadership will function according to the following principles:

1.     Plurality: The elders of this church shall lead as a group, with no elder or elders having any degree of authority above the rest. While it is recognized that there may be leaders amongst leaders within the body of elders, all elders shall exercise the same authority (Acts 11:29-30; 14:23; 20:17).

2.     Oversight: The day to day affairs of the church will be overseen by the Board of Elders. They may delegate certain positions and tasks to various people in the flock as they see fit. The Board of Elders shall have authority to remove persons from any area of ministry or service if they deem it prudent to do so (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3).

3.     Spirit of Unanimity: The Board of Elders shall strive to reach all decisions prayerfully and with humility in order that its decisions are unanimous. Each elder must consider the wisdom and insight of the other elders ahead of his own. This will maintain confidence that the elders are acting in accordance with the will of God (Philippians 2:1-8).

4.     Spiritual Authority: As Jesus Christ has given authority to elders to shepherd His people, so the Board of Elders shall exercise spiritual authority by being examples to the flock in character and conduct, by teaching biblical truth, and by disciplining the flock in a spirit of love and truth. As shepherds and overseers of the flock, the Board of Elders shall have final authority in all policies, practices, and decisions affecting the life of this church. They are accountable to Jesus Christ Himself for how they lead (Hebrews 13:17).
 
C. Deacons:
The Deacons have authority to carry out their biblically assigned role as caretakers of the physical and temporal affairs of the church (see Article 2.B). They are to function in a spirit of willingness and cooperation under the oversight of the Board of Elders, and decisions or proposals coming from the deacons shall be reviewed by the Board of Elders.
 
D. Other Officers:
The other officers of the corporation (see Article 2.C), the Chairman of the Board of Elders, the Vice-Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, shall have authority to carry out their defined tasks, but are accountable to the Board of Elders. These positions shall be appointed and/or renewed annually by the Board of Elders, and it shall make review to determine if any person should be removed from any of these positions.
 
E. Additional Pastoral Staff and Other Ministry Leaders:
Additional pastoral staff and other leaders of the various ministries and committees of this church shall have authority to oversee those who serve under them; however, all such staff and leaders are accountable to the Board of Elders or the Board of Deacons, depending on the type of ministry or committee. The Board of Elders shall have authority over the selection and removal of additional pastoral staff and other ministry and committee leaders.
 
F. All Other Paid or Unpaid Workers:
The Board of Elders shall oversee the selection and removal of all other paid or unpaid workers who serve in the church in some specific capacity. As it sees fit, the Board of Elders may designate responsibility to the Board of Deacons or another entity to oversee such selection and removal.
 
G. Congregation:
The congregation, as people under the leadership and care of the Elders and Deacons, shall lovingly and humbly submit to them. The members of this church, and all other professing Christians who clearly identify with this church, shall not attempt to meet to gather consensus or undertake any petition of any kind in order to influence the leadership, doctrine, or policies of this church. Authority rests with the congregation in that it affirms or disaffirms by vote of confidence the elders and deacons of the church on an annual basis. When affirmed by vote of confidence, authority rests with the Board of Elders.
ARTICLE  4.   MEETINGS
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A.  Public Worship and Instruction: 
Meetings shall be held for public worship each Sunday morning for praise, prayer, and Bible teaching. Other meetings for these purposes, such as Sunday school, prayer meeting, small groups and Sunday evening services, shall be scheduled as the Board of Elders sees fit.
 
B.  Board Meetings:
1.     Elders: The Board of Elders shall meet regularly (at least monthly) to conduct its responsibilities, including planning, prayer, and policy making. For purposes of decision making at a given meeting, a quorum shall consist of at least 51% of the elders on the Board of Elders; however, in making important decisions, the elders shall strive to know the decisions of all elders for the purpose of unanimity.

2.     Deacons: The Board of Deacons shall meet at least three times each year and shall report to the Board of Elders. For purposes of decision making, a quorum shall consist of at least 51% of the deacons on the Board of Deacons.
 
C.  Annual Meeting: 
This church, as a corporation, must conduct an annual meeting for the purpose of approving the previous year’s financial statement, approving the church’s annual budget, and casting votes of confidence for elders and deacons. This meeting must be announced from the pulpit and in the church bulletin for at least three Sunday mornings prior to the meeting. For purposes of voting, a quorum shall consist of a minimum of 25% of the membership.
 
D.  Other Congregational Meetings: 
At any time the Board of Elders may call a special congregational meeting for the purpose of doing business, in order to bring recommendations before the congregation for approval. The purpose and content of such meetings shall be at the discretion of the Board of Elders. Such meetings must be announced from the pulpit and in the church bulletin for at least three Sunday mornings prior to the meeting. For purposes of voting, a quorum shall consist of a minimum of 25% of the membership.
 
E.  Other Church Meetings or Events:
Ministries functioning in the name of the church shall in no way be in action or deed an independent group, and shall be subject to discipline or control by the Board of Elders, and all moneys and/or physical properties gathered in the name of the church by the direction of such meetings or groups shall become the property of the church and under the complete control of the Board of Elders and/or its supervision.
 
F.   Rules Governing Business Meetings: 
Robert’s Rules of Order will be recognized as the general pattern for the conduct of business meetings of the church except where they are inconsistent with the Scriptures or this Constitution and By-Laws.
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ARTICLE 5.   ITEMS REQUIRING CONGREGATIONAL APPROVAL
For purposes of voting, a quorum shall consist of the members present at congregational meetings (see Article 4.C-D).  The following items must be brought before the membership for approval by vote:
 
A. Previous year’s financial statement and budget for the new year – approval by simple majority – see Article 4.C.
 
B. Selection of new Elders and new Deacons by vote of confidence – approval by 3/4 majority – sees Article 2.A.3 and 2.B.3.
 
C. Selection of new Senior Pastor – approval by 3/4 majority – sees Article 2.A.3.
 
D. Tenure of existing Elders and Deacons – see Article 2.A.4-5 and 2.B.4-5.
 
E.  Purchase and/or sale of real property – approval by 3/4 majority – see Article 6.
 
F.  Amendments to the Constitution – approval by 3/4 majority – see Article 9 and 10.
 
ARTICLE  6.   PROPERTY AND ASSETS
This church, as a corporation, shall have power to buy, hold, and sell real property in its name, as well as other tangible property and assets. No real property may be bought or sold without approval of the membership according to Article 5.5. In case of a division in the church caused by conflict, all property and assets shall remain in the possession of those adhering to this constitution. In case of dissolution of the church, all property and assets shall be handled according to Article 10.
 
ARTICLE  7.   CONFIDENTIALITY OF CHURCH RECORDS
No member or non-member shall have the right to inspect the church records as to the following:
 
• Financial contributions of any member or non-member.
• Discipline of any member or non-member.
• The selection and removal of any staff.
• Any other records which the Board of Elders determines to be in the best interests of the church to keep confidential.
• The church financial statements (apart from records of individual contributions) shall be made available upon request.


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ARTICLE  8.   DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION
This church is not now affiliated with any denomination and as such shall not give allegiance to the doctrine of any denominational group or identities. Should any such affiliation take place in the future, such affiliation may only be done in such a manner that the property of this church remains the property of the church as not incorporated and that such property does not pass to the denomination but remains the property of and exclusively controlled by the Valley Bible Church of Billings, Montana.
 
ARTICLE  9.   AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
The Doctrinal Statement, Constitution and By-Laws except Article 10 (Dissolution) may be amended as deemed necessary by the board of elders. Any amendments must be submitted to the voting members by the Elders in written form and must follow the protocol in Article 4.D. (Congregational Meetings).  In order for the amendment to be adopted it must receive a 3/4 majority vote.
 
ARTICLE 10.  DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution, for any reason, of the Valley Bible Church, after payment of all financial obligations of record on the date of such dissolution, the buildings, land, and all other assets of the Valley Bible Church shall be given to another corporation or entity with similar values and goals as those of VBC, as ascertained by the Board of Elders at the time of dissolution, to be used, administered, or sold by the chosen corporation or entity as the officers of that organization shall determine.

No portion or part of Article 10 shall ever be subjected to amendment or changes of any kind whatsoever and is hereby declared immune.
 
In subscribing to the preceding articles of faith, we by no means set aside, or undervalue, any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. This statement reflects our best understanding of Scripture and agreement with these doctrinal beliefs, is necessary for membership in the Valley Bible Church.
 
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