Proposed Revision of Constitution Blanco Baptist Association
& By-Laws 10/16/1999 3901 Charco Rd - Beeville
Blanco Baptist Association
We establish this constitution to guide the association so that it may do its work in an orderly manner.
The name of this organization shall be Blanco Baptist Association. Herein this corporation shall be referred to as the Blanco Baptist Association or BBA or Blanco Association or the association.
The churches aligned with the association are located in the Texas counties of Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio and portions of other counties as churches desire partnership with BBA.
1. Provide a means for Baptist churches to cooperatively serve together in the missionary, educational and benevolent work commanded by our Lord.
2. Promote fellowship among the churches.
3. The association shall exercise no ecclesiastical power over the churches, but shall cooperate with the churches within the guidelines of Scripture and Baptist polity.
4. The autonomy of the local church is recognized and honored.
1. To promote the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. To assist churches in developing a mission statement and accomplishing their goals in serving Christ in their communities and throughout the world.
3. To encourage pastors and church leadership by providing resources and opportunities for training and developing believers.
This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths majority vote of the messengers present and voting at two consecutive annual meetings of the Association. The proposed amendment shall be read at the first session of each annual meeting and voted on at a later session. The amendment shall be filed in writing with the clerk.
By-Laws of the
Blanco Baptist Association
1. The Association shall meet annually at such time and place as the body may direct. The Executive Board shall have the power to change the time and place of the meeting or to call extra sessions of the body whenever deemed necessary.
2. The officers of the Association, in cooperation with the Director of Missions, shall plan the program for the Annual Meeting.
1. Any Baptist Church may cooperate with this Association by petition granted by a three-fourths majority vote of the messengers present and voting when the matter is presented. The petition must be submitted by the church to the Credentials Committee ninety days prior to the annual meeting to allow adequate investigation.
2. The Association shall be comprised of messengers from cooperating churches and they must be members of the churches from which they come. The pastor of any church cooperating with the Association may be named as a messenger.
3. Each cooperating church shall be entitled to three messengers and an additional messenger for each forty members or fraction thereof, above sixty members in the church, provided that no church shall have more than eight messengers.
4. Each church shall submit to the Association an annual report containing such facts and statistics as may be requested. This report should be submitted to the associational office 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
5. Each church shall contribute financially to the work of the Association.
6. The faith and practice of the churches of this Association shall be in basic harmony with historic Baptist beliefs.
7. The churches of this Association shall maintain a spirit of cooperation with the Association.
8. In full and hearty recognition of the independence of the local church and of the fact that this Association is the creation of the cooperating churches, this body reserves the right to deny recognition and representation to any church. Before considering such action the Association shall, through its Credentials Committee, make personal contact with the pastor and other church leaders for the purpose of seeking to solve any problems with reference to the relationship of the church to the Association. If no reconciliation can be achieved, the committee, after notifying the church, shall report at the Annual Meeting on conditions revealed by these investigations and shall make recommendation accordingly. Denial of recognition and representation shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the messengers present at the time the matter is presented.
9. A church may be
removed from associational membership by:
1) requesting removal
2) moving support to another association
3) lack of participation in activities and contribution and/or failure to return the Annual Church Profile to the association for two consecutive years.
1. An Executive Board shall represent the Association in the interim between its Annual Meetings, and shall report to the Association in its Annual Meeting.
2. The Executive Board shall be comprised of all officers of the Association, a representative of the Blanco Baptist Men, Blanco Hispanic Fellowship, and Blanco Woman's Missionary Union (to be selected by the organization), one lay member from each cooperating church and mission, and pastors of cooperating churches and missions within the Association.
3. No member of the Executive Board shall be eligible to vote in any manner touching the assistance of the church of which he or she is a member.
4. The Executive Board shall have the power to constitute its own internal regulation, to transact business in a body through subcommittees it may elect, and shall make a complete report to the Association.
5. The Executive Board shall elect a Director of Missions and such assistants as may be necessary, shall fix salaries, make financial arrangements and have such other powers and authority as may be necessary to carry on the work of the Association.
6. Ten members shall constitute a quorum.
1. The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Clerk, and Treasurer.
2. The Moderator shall perform the usual duties of a presiding officer, and shall be Chairman of the Executive Board. He shall serve as a Trustee of the Association. He shall not serve more than two years in succession.
3. The Vice-Moderator shall preside or officiate in the absence, removal or disability of the Moderator. He shall serve as a Trustee of the Association. He shall not serve more than two years in succession.
4. The Clerk shall be the recording officer of the body and shall represent the Association and its Executive Board in matters of correspondence.
5. The Treasurer shall receive and care for the funds of the Association, and shall disburse them under the direction of the body of its Executive Board. The Treasurer shall serve as a Trustee of the Association.
6. All officers shall be elected annually and their term shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting.
1. The Moderator, Vice-Moderator, and Treasurer shall serve as Trustees of the Association.
2. The Trustees shall serve as legal representatives of the Association.
3. The Trustees shall serve as the Insurance Committee relating to any property owned or held by the Association.
Article VI Councils of the Association
1. The Leadership Team /Associational Council shall consist of representatives of the associations organizations and committees.
2. Chairman of the Leadership Team/ Associational Council shall be the Director of Missions.
3. The Leadership Team/ Associational Council shall elect its Secretary.
4. The Council shall be charged with the following responsibilities:
(1) To formulate and recommend associational goals and objectives.
(2) To develop and recommend plans for reaching the goals.
(3) To propose a calendar of associational activities.
(4) To review and coordinate the work of the associational organizations and committees and to provide adequate communication among the leaders of the work, but not to violate the direct reporting relationship of the various organizations and committees to the Association.
(5) To evaluate program achievements and report the findings to the Association.
The Mission Development Council of Blanco Association shall consist of a Director, a Survey Director, and representatives from the missions-oriented programs within the association. The Director of Missions will serve as an ex-officio member. The MDC Director shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Association and elected by the Executive Board of the Association. Other members will be enlisted as representatives of particular ministry groups. The MDC Director shall serve on the Associational Council/ Leadership Team.
1. Work with the churches in surveying and securing locations for new work and assist the church in securing resources needed for this ministry.
2. Review requests for pastor supplements and make recommendations for such requests to the source of financial assistance being considered.
3. Promote mission work throughout the association.
4. Keep an updated map of area and location of possible mission points.
5. Plan and promote the annual events of the association, emphasizing missions (Missions Banquet, etc.) and special projects relating to organizations within the association.
6. Assist in the securing of churches to participate in World Mission Conferences within the association and promote statewide and national emphasis.
7. Work closely with the Director of Missions and report to the Executive Board.
8. Give prayer support to the mission activities of the association.
MDC shall set its meeting times as correlated with the associational calendar.
Meetings: The MDC shall set its meeting times as correlated with the associational calendar.
The association shall form such committees, boards and programs as necessary to carry out the purpose and work of the association.
1. The committees of the Association are: 1) Resolutions Committee; 2) Time, Place and Preacher Committee; 3) Nominating Committee; 4) Credentials Committee; 5) Budget and Finance Committee; 6) Baptist Student Ministry Committee; 7) Youth Committee; and 8) Properties Committee.
2. Special Committees may be elected by the Association or its Executive Board or appointed by the Moderator to serve specified periods of time to perform specific duties that cannot be performed by existing committees.
3. Program Directors:
The Program Directors of the Association shall be elected annually upon nomination by the Nominating Committee.
4. Resolutions Committee:
(1) The Moderator shall appoint the Resolutions Committee.
(2) The Committee shall receive all resolutions presented from the floor and shall report to the Association such resolutions as it deems proper, whether submitted to or prepared by the committee.
5. Time, Place and Preacher Committee:
(1) The Moderator shall appoint the committee.
(2) The committee shall recommend the meeting place, date, and Annual Sermon preacher for the next Annual Meeting.
6. Nominating Committee:
(1) The Moderator shall appoint the Nominating Committee at the first regular Executive Board Meeting of the Associational Year. The Committee shall function until the appointment of a new committee.
(2) The committee shall nominate officers to fill vacancies as they occur during the year.
(3) The committee shall present to the Executive Board nominations as needed. The committee shall complete its annual nomination report by September.
(4) The nominations by the committee are subject to final approval at the Annual Meeting. After the report of this committee has been made, nominations may be from the floor for any or all officers and committee members.
(5) The committee shall present recommendations for Zephyr Baptist Encampment Trustees and members of standing committees.
(6) The committee shall recommend a chairman for each standing committee.
(7) A member of the Nominating Committee may serve one year and is not eligible for reappointment until one year has elapsed.
7. Credentials Committee:
(1) The Credentials Committee shall be a standing committee with its members being nominated by the Nominating Committee. The committee shall have three members, one of whom shall be elected each year to serve for a three-year term and is not eligible for re-appointment until one year has elapsed.
(2) Members of the committee shall acquaint themselves with the facts concerning petitioning churches and be prepared to present the petitionary letters to the Association.
(3) The committee, at the request of the Association or its Executive Board, shall seek to solve any problems with reference to the relationship of the churches with the Association, as explained in Article II, Section 8 relating to membership, and report to the body.
8. Budget and Finance Committee:
(1) The Budget and Finance Committee shall be a standing committee with its members being nominated by the Nominating Committee. The committee shall have six members, two of whom shall be elected each year to serve for three-year terms. In addition to these six members, the Director of Missions, the Moderator and the Treasurer shall serve as ex-officio members of the committee. A member shall serve one three-year term and is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed.
(2) The committee shall present a proposed annual budget to the Executive Board for approval the month preceding the Annual Meeting and to the Annual Meeting of the Association for final approval.
(3) The committee shall serve as a budget-control committee and if necessary shall make recommendations to the Executive Board concerning amendments to the budget.
(4) The committee shall promote Association Missions giving among the churches.
9. Baptist Student Ministry Committee:
(1) The Baptist Student Ministry Committee shall be a standing committee with its members being nominated by the Nominating Committee. The committee shall have six members, two of whom shall be elected each year to serve for a three-year term. A member may serve one three-year term and is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed. Of the six members, at least three shall be residents of the Beeville area.
(2) The committee shall have a regular schedule of meetings.
(3) The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity with the director to develop the program.
(4) The committee shall consider student director personnel as recommended by the Division of Student Ministry, and shall make recommendations to the Executive Board.
(5) The committee shall submit annual budget proposals to the Association Budget and Finance Committee.
(6) The committee shall report to the Executive Board on activities and expenditure of funds.
10. Youth Committee:
(1) The Youth Committee shall be a standing committee with its members being nominated by the Nominating Committee. There shall be five members: Youth Committee Chairman, two members at large, Youth Camp Director, and a representative of the Blanco Hispanic Fellowship.
(2) The committee members shall assist the Youth Committee Chairman in coordinating association youth activities and programs.
11. Properties Committee:
(1) The Properties Committee shall be a standing committee.
(2) The members shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee. The committee shall have three elected members, one of who shall be elected each year to serve for a three-year term and two ex-officio members: The Director of Missions and the BSM Director.
(3) The members of the committee shall be selected from individuals living in close proximity to the Associational property.
(4) The committee shall be responsible for:
a. Regular maintenance of all property, including cleaning and repair of buildings, and care of the grounds.
b. Recommendations for improvements to property.
c. Recommendations of annual budget needs to the Budget and Finance Committee.
d. Periodic survey of all property in order to provide preventative maintenance.
(5) Any expenditure other than regular maintenance must be approved by the Executive Board of the Association. Emergency funds for major repairs may be approved by a majority of the trustees of the Association.
(6) The committee shall submit an annual written report to the Association.
1. The Blanco Baptist Association shall have six representatives on the Zephyr Baptist Encampment Board of Trustees, two of whom shall be elected each year to serve three-year terms. A member may serve two three-year terms and is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed.
2. The Blanco Baptist Association Trustees on the Zephyr Board shall at all times include at least one layman and at least one representative of the Blanco Baptist Association Womans Missionary Union, such recommendation being made by the Womans Missionary Union.
3. The Blanco Baptist Association Nominating Committee shall nominate the trustees.
BBA Business Guidelines
1. Roberts Rules of Order, the latest, revised edition shall govern the body.
2. Officers of the Association shall make an annual written report and these reports shall be compiled into a Book of Reports to be distributed to the messengers at the Annual Meeting, and to become a part of the official printed minutes of the Association.
3. Resolutions from the floor must be presented to the first session of the Annual Meeting and shall be referred to the Resolutions Committee without discussion.
4. The auxiliaries of the Association are the Blanco Baptist Association Womans Missionary Union and the Blanco Brotherhood and Compaņerismo (Hispanic Fellowship). All officers of the auxiliary organizations shall be approved by the Association at the Annual Meeting.
5. These By-Laws may be amended at any regular session of the annual meeting of the Association by a three-fourth majority of the messengers present and voting.
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