Constitution for Church of the King
We seek to obey Scripture through the following standards for the orderly government of our church. These standards do not supplant Scripture, but rather are an expression of our understanding of biblical church government under God.
.ARTICLE I. Name:
This church body shall be known as Church of the King ( Sacramento CA )
.ARTICLE II. Standards and Objectives:
A. Primary Standard: Church of the King is a body (“corpus”, corporation) of Christian believers who are united for the chief purpose of glorifying the Triune God by striving to proclaim and obey His revelation as found in the 66 books of the Holy Scriptures. As the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and comprehensive rule of faith and life for the Christian, the Scriptures are recognized by Church of the King as the unchallengeable authority and supreme judge to which all religious controversies or creeds, as well as all opinions and regulations of men, must be subordinate.
B. Secondary Standards: We affirm the ecumenical creeds of the church: the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the definition of Chalcedon . We also hold in high regard the secondary standards of the historic Reformation Churches: the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1647), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dort (1619).
.ARTICLE III. Members:
A. Communicant members
1. Communicant members shall be those individuals who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and received by the elders on the basis of one of the following:
a) a credible profession,
b) a transfer of membership letter from an acceptable church,
c) reaffirmation of faith,
d) Children in a household where at least one parent is a communicant member in good standing.
2. The names of members shall be removed from the rolls of the church only by order of the elders on the basis of death, transfer to another church, or moral discipline.
B. Voting Members
1. All male members in good standing of Church of the King who are married or who are at least twenty years of age (Num. 1:2-3, 18, 30ff; 14:29; 26:2, 4; Ex. 30:14; 38:26; 2 Chron. 25:5), who are in regular attendance at Church of the King and who, in the determination of the Elders, are capable of sound judgment, are eligible to vote in church matters, and are expected to exercise the franchise. Each will, regardless of family size, have one vote.
.ARTICLE IV. Expectation of Members:
1. Members of Church of the King shall devote themselves to both the private and public means of grace including the regular attendance of church services and congregational meetings.
2. Members of Church of the King shall, in obedience to the Word of God and as a token of God’s gift to us, tithe cheerfully and regularly to the ministry and labor of this church.
3. Members of Church of the King shall recognize, respect, and submit to the Elders of Church of the King in obedience to Hebrews 13:17.
ARTICLE V. The Calling and Conduct of Congregational Meetings:
1. Elders will call congregational meetings.
2. All meetings shall be conducted following the guidelines of Robert’s Rules of Order.
3. There shall be at least one congregational meeting annually.
4. At least three (3) weeks notice will be given before any meeting is held.
ARTICLE VI. Prerogatives of the Members:
The election of the officers of the church will be transacted by the voting members (Article III) of the congregation at duly called meetings. All other business of the church shall be conducted by the elders of the church.
ARTICLE VII. Church Discipline:
One of the marks of a true church of Jesus Christ is that it maintains discipline. The purpose of church discipline is, through biblical means, to prevent, restrain, or even to remove any evil that may threaten the church and to promote and encourage that which is good and glorifying to God.
1. Preventative Discipline: This aspect of church discipline guards the entrance into the church and seeks to prevent unbelievers from becoming a part of the local assembly (Cf. Acts 9:26 -27).
2. Formative Discipline: Once a person has become a member of the church, they immediately come under the primary work of the church, which is formative discipline.
3. Corrective Discipline: A third aspect of church discipline is corrective discipline whereby the church applies lawful (i.e., biblical and constitutional) influence to a wayward member by means of informal and/or formal action and hoping to see the member restored to a place of conformity to Christ’s rule (Gal. 6:1)
4. Excommunication: A severe aspect of church discipline, which is the church’s responsibility to perform, is the removal of a member by judicial action (I Cor. 5:9-13). The church has no choice but to obey Christ in these matters (Matt. 18:17 ).
ARTICLE VIII. Church Officers:
1.Selection of Elders and Deacons
Candidates for elder or deacon shall be presented to the members of the church forty-five (45) days prior to a vote of the congregation. During this time voting members will consider the individual nominated. Any objections or concerns will be lodged in writing or by discussion with an elder.
Selection of elders will be held from time to time as circumstances warrant. All candidates must meet qualifications for the office set down in Scripture (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:2-4).
Selection of deacons will be held from time to time as circumstances warrant. All candidates must meet qualifications for the office set down in Scripture (Acts 6:1-6; I Tim. 3:8-13).
2. Ordination of Officers
a) Ordination is the authoritative admission of one called to an office in the church, accompanied with examination, prayer and the laying on of hands.
b) Only males shall be admitted to ordination and church office.
3. Powers and Duties of the Officers
The authority and duties of the elders shall, in general, be those entailed in pursuing or securing the aims and objectives of the church. (1Pet 5:1-2; Eph.4:11-12; 1Tim. 5:17 ; Matt. 28:19-20; 1Cor. 11-23-26 ; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; Jas. 5:14 -15).
The duties of the deacons shall, in general, be to manage the financial, physical, social and benevolent functions of the church (Acts 6:1-7).
ARTICLE VIII. Amendments:
Amendments to this Constitution or to the Explanatory Notes to the Constitution may only be made in the following manner:
1 Approval of the amendment by unanimous consent of the Elders.
2. The review and comment of the congregation
3. Formalization and ratification by unanimous vote of the Elders.