Constitution & Bylaws

Our Constitution

Serving a Great God, with Great People, in a Great Vision.

Article I- Name

The name of the organization shall be Association of Related Churches. Hereafter referred to as ARC.

Article II- Purpose

The purpose of ARC shall be to provide a mentoring relationship with pastors and churches for guidance, encouragement and fellowship. This relationship will be established to plant churches and to help churches grow in number by effectively ministering to the people in their geographical location and internationally. ARC will also provide training and resources to partner churches through a strong network of pastors throughout the Body of Christ. Missionary organizations and Para-Church organizations are included in the purposes of ARC.

Article III- Membership

The membership shall consist of appointees to the Leadership Team and the Senior Pastor or Primary Leader of each Partner Ministry.

Article IV- Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Old and New Testaments pointing to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

We believe that there is One God, eternally revealed to the world in the Father, the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. By Him were all things created. We believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem all of mankind. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on this earth, performed many undeniable miracles, was crucified for our sins, buried and was raised from the dead for our justification. By the name of Jesus Christ, and His name only, can mankind be saved. Jesus Christ sits at the Right Hand of the Father and will return personally in power and glory to receive His Church unto Himself.

We believe that mankind is sinful by nature and will perish without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as revealed in His Gospel. That God wishes that no one should perish, but that all would come to this saving knowledge through the preaching of the Gospel to a lost and hopeless world.

We believe in the multi-faceted work of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin, revelation of the truth of the Gospel of Christ, drawing of the sinner to God, adoption of mankind into the Body of Christ through regeneration, and the distribution and administration of the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. Jesus Christ is the “baptizer with the Holy Spirit” for the empowerment of the Church through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the local church as a place where believers gather together for edification, teaching from the Word of God, and ministry to and through each other according to their spiritual gift. The local church provides identity to its members as well as encouragement, interdependence, fellowship, correction and discipline.

Article V- Government of ARC

The final authority in vision, direction and doctrine shall be vested in the Leadership Team of the ARC. This Team will be made of the International Director, and at least four and not more than seven National Directors. The Leadership Team may appoint Regional Directors on a unanimous basis, with no opposing votes. The function of the Leadership Team is for governing the ARC, assisting its member churches, and mentoring of its pastoral membership.

All financial decisions for the ARC will be made by a majority quorum of the Leadership Team which must include the International Director and a majority of the National Directors present.

Each member church shall have self-governing privileges in harmony with the authority and vision of the Leadership Team of ARC.

Article VI- Governing Documents

Section 1

The governing documents of ARC are the Articles of Incorporation, the Constitution and Bylaws. The Articles of Incorporation take precedence over the Constitution and Bylaws.

Section 2

No amendment or repeal shall be made to the Articles of Incorporation or the Constitution of ARC except as adopted by the following procedure.

A written petition to amend or repeal shall be presented by either a member of ARC or one of the recognized Spiritual Advisors to the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team will have one year to return a written response to the ARC membership. If the International Director and the Leadership Team approve by a 2/3 majority, then the petition is sent in writing to the ARC membership who have one year to reply. In the event that 2/3 of the membership respond by approving the petition, it shall be returned to the Leadership Team for adoption.

Section 3

No amendments or repeals shall be made to the Bylaws of ARC as adopted except by the following procedure: A written petition to amend or repeal shall be presented by either a member of ARC or one of the recognized Spiritual Advisors to the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team shall have 180 days to return a reply. If the petition is approved by the International Director and a 2/3 majority of the Leadership Team, it is then sent to the membership of ARC for its approval by a 2/3 majority within 180 days. If the membership approves, the written petition is returned to the Leadership Team for adoption.

Article VII- Dissolution

Section 1 – Dissolution by Leadership Team

In the event that this organization shall be dissolved and liquidated, the Leadership Team, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of this organization, shall distribute or dispose of any remaining property and assets as it sees fit and proper. Distribution shall be limited to organizations established and operated exclusively for religious purposes. Each religious organization must be tax-exempt, non-profit, in existence for at least sixty months (60), and closely fulfill the original intended purposes of ARC.

Section 2 – Dissolution by Court

Any of this organizations assets and property not disposed of in accordance with Article Vll, section 1, shall be disposed of by the court having jurisdiction of the dissolution and liquidation of a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under and in accordance with the laws of the State of Louisiana and having jurisdiction in the parish of this organization’s registered office exclusively to such religious organization or organizations, each of which is established and operated exclusively for such purposes as are most closely allied to those of this organization and each of which, at the time of such disposal, is a qualified, tax-exempt organization as aforesaid, as said court shall determine.

 

Our Bylaws

Adopted February 27, 2006

Article 1- GENERAL

Section 1.1 Name

The name of the Corporation shall the Association of Related Churches, hereinafter referred to as the “ARC”.

Section 1.2 Nonprofit Purposes

The ARC is organized and shall be operated exclusively as a nonprofit, religious, charitable and educational organization dedicated to the purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation.

Article 2- OFFICES

Section 2.1 Registered Office and Agent

The ARC shall continuously maintain a registered office and registered agent with the State of Louisiana.

Section 2.2 Principal Office

The principal office of the ARC shall be located at such place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 2.3 Additional Offices

The ARC may also have offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine and the business of the ARC may require.

Article 3- SEAL

The ARC shall have a seal consisting of two concentric circles, between which shall be inscribed the name of the ARC, and in the center of which shall be inscribed the year of its organization, and the words, “Corporate Seal, State of Louisiana”. Said seal may be used by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed or affixed or otherwise reproduced, or by writing the work “SEAL” beside the signature of an authorized officer of the ARC.

Article 4- DIRECTORS

Section 4.1 Number and Term

The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than seven (7) or more than twelve (12) persons, as may be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. Directors shall be appointed by the Board of Directors of the ARC for a term of one (1) year or until their successors are appointed and qualify in their stead. Directors may be reappointed without limitation as to the number of terms they may serve.

Section 4.2 Qualification and Appointment

The initial Board of Directors shall be as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. Subsequent appointments of Directors for the ARC may be made by majority vote of those Directors present at any regular meeting of the Board of Directors, or at a special meeting convened for that purpose.

Section 4.3 Vacancy

If the office of any Director or Directors becomes vacant, the remaining Directors, though less than a quorum, shall select a successor or successors, who shall be appointed by the Board of Directors of the ARC to serve the unexpired terms of the vacated directorships.

Section 4.4 Powers

The property, affairs, and business of the ARC shall be managed by its Board of Directors, which may exercise all such powers of the ARC and do all such by lawful acts and things as are not by statute or by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaws prohibited.

Section 4.5 Committees

The Board of Directors may appoint two or more persons from among its own number to serve as special and standing committees, such as the Board may determine are necessary, which shall have such powers and duties as shall from time to time be prescribed by the Board. Individuals who are not Directors may also be allowed to serve on such committees. All members of such committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The delegation of authority to any committee shall not operate to relieve the Board of Directors of any member of the Board from any responsibility imposed by law. Rules governing procedures for meetings of any committee of the Board shall be established by the Board of Directors, or in the absence thereof, by the committee itself. All actions by any Board committee shall be reported for ratification to the Board of Directors at the meeting next succeeding such action.

Section 4.6 Removal

Any Director may be removed from the Board with or without cause when, in the sole judgment and discretion of the Board of Directors, it is determined by a majority vote of the Directors at a meeting duly called for that purpose and at which a quorum is present that such Director should no longer serve on the Board. Provided, however, that a notice, including the names of Directors proposed to be removed, and the date, time and place of any meeting called to consider such removal shall be given in writing to each of the Directors at least two (2) days prior to the date of such meeting.

Section 4.7 Transactions with Interested Directors

If either of the conditions in Sections 4.7.1 or 4.7.2 below are met, no contract or other transaction between the ARC and one or more or its Directors – or between any other corporation firm, association, or entity of which one or more of its directors, officers, or trustees are also Directors of the ARC, or in which entity a Director has a financial interest (“Common Directors”) – shall be either void or void-able for any of the following reasons: (1) because of a direct or indirect interest; (2) because such Directors are present at the meeting of the Board of Directors (or a committee thereof) which authorizes, approves, or ratifies such contract or transaction; or, (3) because his or their votes are counted for such purpose.

  • 4.7.1 The material facts of the transaction and the Director’s relationship or interest are disclosed or know to the Board of Directors or committee which authorizes, approves, or ratifies the contract or transaction by a vote or consent sufficient for the purpose without counting the votes or consents of such interested Directors; or
  • 4.7.2 The contract or transaction is fair and reasonable to the Corporation.

Common or interested Directors may be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a meeting of the Board of Directors (or a committee thereof) which authorizes, approves, or ratifies such contract or transaction.

Notwithstanding the above, no loan shall be made by the Corporation to any of its Directors or officers, as provided further in Section 8.8 of these Bylaws.

Section 4.8 Conflicts of Interest Policy

The Board of Directors shall adopt a Conflicts of Interest Policy that will provide for full disclosure of material conflicting interests by Board members, officers, senior management, and employees, and permit the Board to determine whether the contemplated transaction may be authorized as just, fair, and reasonable to the ARC.

Section 4.9 No Compensation of Directors

Directors and members of any committee of the Board of Directors shall not receive compensation for their services as Directors and members of any such committee, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for any reasonable expenses incurred in attending such meetings. Directors shall not be barred from serving the ARC in any other capacity and receiving reasonable compensation for such other services.

Article 5- MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 5.1 Notice

Regular meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such time and place either within or outside the State of Louisiana as shall from time to time be determined by the Board. Special meetings of the Board may be held within or without the State of Louisiana upon at least two days prior notice to the Directors of the date, time, and place of the meeting.

Section 5.2 Waiver of Notice

Whenever any notice is required to be given by law or under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to said notice, whether before of after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent thereto. Attendance at a meeting by a person entitled to notice shall constitute a waiver of proper notice of such meeting, except where attendance is for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

Section 5.3 Quorum

A majority of the Directors shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority of the Directors present and voting at a duly constituted meeting of the Board shall be the act of the Board of Directors, except as may be otherwise specifically provided by statute or by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaws.

Section 5.4 Action Without a Meeting

Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors or by a committee thereof may be taken without a meeting, by means of telephone, mail, facsimile, computer network, e-mail, or in any other way the Directors shall decide. However, a written consent setting forth the action so taken and signed by all the members of the Board or of a committee, as the case may be, must be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board or the committee.

Section 5.5 Participation by Conference Telephone

Members of the Board of Directors or any committee designated thereby may participate in a meeting of the Board or such committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment whereby all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Alternatively, members of the Board of Directors may participate by duly executed proxy. Participation by conference telephone or proxy shall constitute presence in person at such meeting. When such a meeting is conducted by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment, or by proxy, the minutes recording any action taken at such meeting, shall also note who participated in person, and who participated by alternative communications or proxy.

Article 6- OFFICERS

Section 6.1 Number and Positions

The officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the Board of Directors and shall be the chairman of the Board, vice-chairman, chief executive officer/president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The Board may also elect one of more assistant secretaries and assistant treasurers. Two or more offices may be held by the same person except that the offices of the president and secretary may not be held by the same person. Except as otherwise provided, the officers may, but need not be, Directors of the ARC. The Board may appoint such other officers and agents as it shall deem necessary, who shall hold their offices for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the Board.

Section 6.2 Term of Office

The Board of Directors shall elect officers of the ARC who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed at any time by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present at any regular or special meeting of the Board, whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the ARC will be served thereby. If the office of any officer becomes vacant for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Directors. In case of the absence or disability of an officer of the ARC, or in any other case that the Board of Directors may deem sufficient reason there fore, the Board of Directors, by a majority vote, may delegate for the time being any or all of the powers or duties of any officer to any other officer, Director, or any other person.

Section 6.3 The Chairman of the Board

The chairman shall be a Director of the ARC. He shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall have such other rights, duties, and powers as a re- authorized by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Section 6.4 The Vice-Chairman

The vice-chairman shall, in the absence of the chairman, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the chairman, or such of them as may be so delegated, and shall have such other rights, duties, and powers as are authorized by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Section 6.5 The Chief Executive Officer/President

The chief executive officer/president shall make reports to the Board of Directors, shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of the chief executive and president of a Corporation, and shall have such other rights, duties, and powers as are authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 6.6 The Vice-President

The vice-president shall, in the absence of the chief executive officer/president, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the chief executive officer/president, or such of them as may be so delegated, and shall have such other rights, duties, and powers as are authorized by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Section 6.7 The Secretary

The secretary or an assistant secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board and record all votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose, and shall perfume like duties for the standing committees when required. The secretary shall give, or cause to be given, such notice as is required of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have such other rights, duties, and powers as are authorized by the Board of Directors from time to time. The secretary shall keep safe custody the seal of the ARC and, when authorized by the Board, affix the same to any instrument requiring it, and when so affixed it shall be attested by the signature of the secretary, or by the signature of the treasurer or an assistant secretary.

Section 6.8 The Treasurer

Except as the Board of Directors may otherwise determine, the treasurer shall deliver all funds and securities of the ARC which may come into his hands to such bank or trust company as the directors shall designate as a depository, and shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the ARC. The treasurer shall disburse the funds of the ARC as may be ordered by the Board, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the chairman and Directors, at the regular meetings of the Board or whenever they may require it, an account of all his transactions as treasurer and of the financial condition of the ARC. If required by the Board of Directors, the treasurer shall give the ARC a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as shall be satisfactory to the Board for the faithful performance of duties of his office, and for the restoration to the ARC, in case of death, resignation, retirement or removal form office, of all books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of whatever kind in possession or under the control of the treasurer, belonging to the ARC. The treasurer shall also have such other rights, duties and powers as are authorized by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Article 7- ADVISORY BOARDS

The Board of Directors may create one or more advisory boards, for such terms as deemed fit by the Board of Directors. Such advisory boards shall have no vote or governance role, but shall serve the Board of Directors in the specified advisory capacity.

Article 8- FISCAL MATTERS

Section 8.1 Deposits

The Board of Directors shall select banks, trust companies, or other depositories in which all funds of the ARC not otherwise employed shall, from time to time, be deposited to the credit of the ARC.

Section 8.2 Checks

All checks or demands for money and notes of the ARC shall be signed by such officer or officers or such other persons as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.

Section 8.3 Fiscal Years

The Board of Directors shall have the power to fix, and from time to time to change, the fiscal year of the ARC. Unless otherwise fixed by the Board, the fiscal year shall commence on September 1 and shall terminate on the following August 31st.

Section 8.4 Accounting and Fiduciary Guidelines

The Board of Directors shall conduct its affairs with unimpeachable integrity in the sight of God and men and shall to that end maintain prudent and responsible control and accountability over all funds it receives and ensure that all funds are dedicated to the ARC’s tax-exempt purposes.

Section 8.5 Contracts

The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the ARC, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the ARC. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 8.6 Endowments

The Board of Directors may establish on behalf of the ARC any endowments for the general purposes or for any special purpose of the ARC.

Section 8.7 Designated Contributions

The ARC may accept any designated contribution, grant, and bequest or devise consistent with its general tax-exempt purposes, as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. As so limited, donor-designated contributions will be accepted for special funds, purposes or uses, and such designations generally will be honored. However, the ARC shall reserve all right, title and interest in and to, and control of such contributions, as well as full discretion as to the ultimate expenditure or distribution thereof in connection with any special fund, purpose or use. Further, the ARC shall retain sufficient control over all donated funds (including designated contributions) to assure that such funds will be used to carry out the ARC’s tax-exempt purposes.

Section 8.8 Loans to Directors and Officers Prohibited

No loans shall be made by the ARC to its Directors or officers. Any Director or officer who assents to or participates in the making of any such loan shall be liable to the ARC for the amount of such loan until it is repaid.

Article 9- COMMITMENT TO CONCILIATION

The Corporation shall seek to produce reconciled relationships through its ministry and among its staff. Recognizing that litigation and an adversarial legal system tend to produce adversaries instead of reconciled relationships, it shall be the policy and practice of the ARC to favor and promote a Biblical approach to dispute resolution in all relationships, following the informal process described in Matthew 18 or, if necessary, Christian conciliation in accordance with the rules of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, in lieu of litigation. This commitment to engage in conciliation will be implemented to the fullest extent possible in relationships between Board members, staff, volunteers, contracting parties, and trade creditors.

Article 10- INDEMNIFICATION

Any person made or threatened to be made a party to any action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, by reason of the fact that he, his testator or intestate, is or was a Director or officer, employee, or agent of the ARC, may be indemnified by the ARC, and the ARC may advance his related expenses, to the full extent permitted by law.

The ARC may purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify: (a) itself for any obligation which it incurs as a result of the indemnification specified above; and (b) its Directors, officers, employees, and agents.

Article 11- AMENDMENTS

The Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by the majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors in attendance at any regular or special meeting of the Board, provided notice of the amendment, alteration, or repeal is contained in the notice of such a meeting, or notice is waived as outlined in Section 5.2 of these Bylaws. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be mailed to each Director not less than tow days prior to the meetings.

 


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