Constitution and Doctrinal statement

Constitution of Manor Gospel Church

Article 1 (Name)
The name of this congregation shall be Manor Gospel Church of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.

Article 2 (Character)
This church is denominationally unrelated, but is willing to maintain fellowship with all fundamental Christians or groups of Christians.

Article 3 (Objectives)
The aim and purpose of this congregation is, and shall be, the assembling of believers for common edification, spiritual help, encouragement, and admonition; and with the gifts and the means the Lord has given us, to strive together for the spreading of the Gospel to the glory of God, and the salvation of sinners, at home and abroad (Acts 1:8); and to maintain through teaching and discipline the New Testament standard of Christian conduct.

Article 4 (Doctrinal Statement)
We believe in the complete plenary and verbal inspiration and the supreme and the final authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures.   (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7)

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
(Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)

We believe in the personality of Satan and other evil spirit beings as the enemies of God, the saints, and the holy angels. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Job 1:6-12; James 4:7)

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are incapable of pleasing God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become capable sinners, utterly lost, and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  (Romans 5:12; Romans 8:5-8; Ephesians 2:2-3)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that no other manner of redemption is possible, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 5; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Acts 4:12)

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His personal bodily presence there for us as forerunner, High Priest, and Advocate. (John 20:19-28; Acts 1; Luke 24; Hebrews 2:14-18)

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, bodily, visible, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our glorified Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-14; John 14:1-3)

We believe that the church’s sole business, with no worldly alliances, is to shed the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ continuously in all the world, looking for her Lord’s return.  (Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 19:15; Mark 16:14-20; 2 Corinthians 10:13-16)

We believe that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:12-13; 1 Peter 1:18-23; John 5:24)

We believe that the fullness of the Holy Spirit is received by faith and obedience, and that sanctification is progressive as well as instantaneous, producing daily growth in grace following the one experience of the new birth.
(Luke 11:11-13; 2 Corinthians 6:12-7:1; Jude 20-22)

We believe that at death, all men continue in conscious existence, awaiting the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; the saved to everlasting blessedness and the lost to everlasting conscious torment.  (Luke 16:14-31; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:12-15)

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are thus united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head.  (Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

We believe that the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (1 Corinthians 11:25-26; 1 Peter 3:21)
Article 5 (Membership)

Membership in this church is open to anyone who through faith in God’s son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has been born again to a living hope, has manifested himself as a true Christian, desires to share in the ministry and fellowship of this church, and subscribes to this constitution.
Article 6 (Government)

The officers shall be as follows: Pastor, Board, Secretary-Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, Pianist, Ushers, and others.
The committees shall be as follows: Music Committee, Flower Committee, and others as required.

The annual meeting of the church shall convene at a time chosen by the congregation. A majority of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum. Business may be approved by a simple majority of this group, except in matters concerning church real estate, amending in the constitution, and in the calling and dismissing of the pastor, all of which shall require a two-thirds majority of the entire voting body. The Chairman of the Board may call special meetings as required.

A meeting of the congregation to consider any proposed dealing with the property thereof shall be called by notice of not less than two weeks (including two Sundays) next before the date of the meeting, which notice shall state the time, place, and particular object for which the meeting is called and shall be posted at the church of the congregation and shall be read at all intervening services held in the church.
This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the voting membership.
By-laws not in conflict with the provisions of this constitution may be adopted by a majority vote of any annual or special meeting of the congregation.
Article 1 (Membership)
Application for membership: This shall be made to the pastor, who, together with other Board Members, if desired, shall examine the candidate. The Church Board shall then consider and finalize the application or rejection.
Junior Membership: All person between the ages of 10 and 18 years applying for membership shall after satisfactory examination, be received into Junior Membership. These shall not be privileged to vote or enter into the discussion of business meeting. Upon reaching their eighteenth birthday, they shall be examined by the pastor and other Board Members, if desired, and if satisfactory, shall be received into full membership of the church upon a vote of the Church Board.

Honorary Membership: Those members of the church who mover from the district and consequently are unable to attend regular services and business meetings or resident members who are not in regular attendance at the church for a period of six months, (except for extenuating circumstances), shall be placed on the Honorary Membership list by vote of the church board. A letter shall be sent by the church to those who have moved from the district or those who are no longer in regular attendance, notifying them of their Honorary Membership status. These persons shall not be considered as voting members. If such person’s subsequently return to the district to reside for a reasonable length of time, they shall become eligible to transfer to the regular voting membership list by a vote of the church board.
 Article 2 (Government)

THE PASTOR: Upon his acceptance of the Constitution and upon recommendation of the Board, the Pastor shall be called by a two-thirds majority of the voting membership.

THE BOARD: Shall consist of the pastor, the secretary-treasurer, the Sunday school superintendent, and four other members in good standing. These four members shall serve for two years each, two being elected annually. The other officers and committees, including the secretary-treasurer shall be elected annually. The Board shall exercise the powers of the body in any dealing with the property thereof.

Article 3 (Discipline and Restoration)
All discipline must be conducted in Christian meekness and love, with a desire to remove the offences and to win the offenders; to restore the erring one rather than to destroy (2 Corinthians 10:8, 13:10).
The church shall exercise mutual watchfulness and correction (1 Thessalonians 5:14). A member whose faith and conduct has become unchristian shall be warned and dealt with according to Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20. When members have grievances against each other they should prayerfully seek to be reconciled according to Matthew 18:15-17; Colossians 3:12-13; Matthew 5:23-24.