What We Believe

The Gospel
Jesus is God. The Bible teaches that He is the eternal Son of God—the Creator of all things, and the Savior promised throughout the Jewish Scriptures (the Old Testament). (Read John 1:1-18.)

Jesus became a man to save sinners. Jesus was miraculously born to a virgin named Mary. God became a man to provide a way for sinners to be right with God. (Read Luke 15.)

Jesus lived & died in the place of sinners. Jesus’ primary mission was to rescue sinners. His perfect obedience earned eternal life, which He offers to us. His brutal death paid the penalty which our sins deserve. Jesus died, that we might live. (Read Isaiah 53.)

Jesus rose again, ascended to heaven & will return. As promised, Jesus came back to life. Forty days later, He ascended to heaven, vowing to return to earth as King and Judge. He will take to heaven all who have trusted Him and condemn to hell all who have rejected Him. (Read Matthew 27–28.)

Jesus commands all people to repent & trust Him. The only way for you to be right with God and ready for eternity is to repent of your pervasive sinfulness and trust in Jesus as your only hope of forgiveness. Why not receive Jesus as your Savior today? (Read Acts 16–17.)

Statement of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The church shall adhere faithfully to the following Statement of Faith and Policy:

A. We believe in THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God, altogether sufficient in themselves as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.

II Timothy 3:16

B. We believe in THE ONE TRIUNE GOD: who is personal, spirit, and sovereign; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate and above the world as its creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things; self-existent and self-revealing in three distinct Persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, each having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and people.

Matthew 28:19

C. We believe in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: who is the second Person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without change in His divine Person, He became man by miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures; that as man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, becoming there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose bodily from the grave and was glorified; that as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor.

D. We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: who is the third person of the Trinity and the Divine Agent in nature, revelation, and redemption; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and anoints all who become children of God through faith in Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers who daily surrender to Him.

John 16:7-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:1

E. We believe ALL MEN ARE BY NATURE AND CHOICE SINFUL AND LOST: that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation.

Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:12

F. We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST: that salvation is the perfect gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part, or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteous- ness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man; that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Romans 8:16; I Peter 1:5; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:3-14

G. We believe in the POWER AND PRINCIPLE OF PRAYER: our means of communication with God; but that unconfessed sin breaks the be- liever’s fellowship with God and hinders answered prayer. Christ prayed often, in public and in secret, and taught His disciples to pray in His name and without ceasing.

Luke 22:40-46; I Thessalonians 5:17; Mark 11:24

H. We believe in RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GODLY WORKS: not as a means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit; therefore as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the Gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who in gratitude for the in- finite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ.

Galatians 5:22-23

I. We believe in THE EXISTENCE OF SATAN: who originally was created a holy, perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and spirits, and deceiver and god of this present world; that his powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 14:12-15; Luke 10:18; I Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-18

J. We believe in the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: that His return from Heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, a blessed Hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed, but always imminent; that when He comes He will first, by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living, remove from the earth His waiting church, then pour out the righteous judgment of God upon the unbelieving world, afterwards descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18

K. We believe in FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: that the spirit and soul of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirit and soul of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, and they shall be judged and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

Romans 2:5-11; I Corinthians 3:12-17; Revelation 20:11-15

L. We believe in THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: with each having definite and distinct spheres of responsibility.

Matthew 22:21

M. We believe in THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 10:19-25; II Peter 1:20; II Timothy 2:15

N. We believe in THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST: that He alone is the Head of the Body of Christ into which all true believers are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit; that all members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches.

Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23; Acts 2:47; Hebrews 10:24-25

O. We believe in THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born-again, baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47

P. We believe in THE INDEPENDENCE AND AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: that each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, and should cooperate with other New Testament churches as the Holy Spirit leads; that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God.

Galatians 2:5-6

Q. We believe the ORDINANCES GIVEN TO THE LOCAL CHURCH ARE TWO: that baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.

Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:2

R. This church will be completely independent of all human organization, although gladly working in harmony with those who maintain like standards in areas of mutual Christian interest. At no time shall this church grant policy- making power to any person or organization outside this church.

II Corinthians 5:11-18

1. This church shall not offer or give comfort or support to any person or organization which is identified with or sympathetic toward liberalism, modernism, neo-orthodoxy, new evangelicalism.

2. All missionaries, mission agencies, or other persons or organizations desiring support of this church must submit a written statement of faith before a vote of the congregation is held.

S. We believe in MISSIONS, both home and foreign, and shall maintain a consistent program of support for such true, Bible-believing missionary efforts, as deemed possible and worthy after thorough investigation.

Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20

Killian Hill Baptist Church Constitution – 5/07

 

Covenant

CHURCH COVENANT¹

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God,2 to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour3 and, on the profession of our faith,4 having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,5 we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.6 We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit7 to walk together in Christian love;8 to strive for the advancement of this church9 in knowledge,10 holiness,11 and comfort;12 to promote its prosperity and spirituality;13 to sustain its worship,14 ordinances,15 discipline,16 and doctrines;17 to contribute cheerfully and regularly18 to the support of the ministry,19 the expenses of the church,20 the relief of the poor,21 and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.22 We also engage to maintain family23 and secret24 devotions; to religiously educated our children;25 to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;26 to walk circumspectly in the world;27 to be just in our dealings,28 faithful in our engagements,29 and exemplary in our deportment;30 to avoid all tattling,31 backbiting,32 and excessive anger;33 to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage;34 and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.35 We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;36 to remember one another in prayer;37 to aid one another in sickness and distress;38 to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling39 and Christian courtesy in speech;40 to be slow to take offense,41 but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.42 We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.43

  1. Num. 30:2; II Chron. 5:12
  2. John 6:63 John 16:7-4
  3.  John 1:12
  4.  Acts 8:37
  5.  Matt. 28:19
  6.  I Cor. 12:12, 13; Acts 2:42
  7. John 16:13
  8. Eph. 5:1,2; I Thess. 4:9; I Cor. 13:1-8
  9. Eph. 2:21
  10.  II Peter 3:16
  11.  II Cor. 7:1
  12. I Thess. 5:14
  13. Jude 20
  14. Heb. 10:25
  15. Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:24-25
  16. Romans 16:17; II Thess. 3:6
  17. Acts 2:42; II John 9-11
  18. I Cor. 16:2
  19. I Cor. 9:7-14; Gal. 6:6
  20. Malachi 3:10
  21. Acts 11:29; II Cor. 8:1-5
  22. Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8
  23. Deut. 11:18-20
  24. Matt. 6:6
  25. Eph. 6:4
  26. Mark 5:19
  27. Matt. 5:16; Eph. 5:15;1 Cor. 15:58; Col. 3:23
  28. Romans 12-17
  29. Eph. 4:25
  30. Eph. 5:8
  31. Eph. 4:31
  32. II Cor. 12:20
  33. I Cor. 6:10; Eph. 5:18
  34. Prov. 20:1
  35. Acts 8:4
  36. I Thess. 5:14
  37. Eph. 6:18
  38. Gal 6:10
  39. I Cor. 12:25-26
  40. Titus 3:2
  41. Romans 12:19
  42. Matt. 5:23-24; Matt. 18:15-18
  43. Acts 18:27, 28; Romans 16:1-2

Killian Hill Baptist Church Constitution – 5/07

Constitution

Killian Hill Baptist Church Constitution – 5/07

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Statement of Faith
II. Church Covenant
III. Membership

  • Requirements for Membership
  • An Active Member
  • An Inactive Member
  • Grounds of Termination of Membership
  • Method of Termination of Membership
  • Purpose of Discipline
  • Eligible Voting Members

IV. Leadership Standard for Church Leaders/Officers

  • Pastor
  • Assistants to the Pastor
  • Deacons
  • Trustees
  • Church Treasurer
  • Sunday School Superintendent
  • Church Clerk

V. Business Meetings

  • Quorum
  • Regular Quarterly Business Meeting
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Special Business Meetings
  • Ballots
  • Chairing of Business Meetings

VI. Killian Hill Christian School

VII. Finances

  • Method of Financing
  • Paid Employees

VIII. Boards

  • Deacon Board
  • Trustee Board
  • School Board

IX. Committees

  • Authorization
  • Nominating Committee
  • Pulpit Committee
  • Benevolence Committee
  • Missions Committee
  • Ordinance Committee
  • Building Committee
  • Activities Committee

X. Church Ordinances
XI. Legal Identification of the Church
XII. Dissolution of the Church
XIII. Ratification

ARTICLE I: STATEMENT OF FAITH

(See above)

ARTICLE II: CHURCH COVENANT

(See above)

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

A. REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  1. Each candidate must give a definite testimony of salvation indicating that he or she has confessed his/her sin to God and has trusted the shed blood of Jesus Christ for salvation. (Romans 10:8-13; Hebrews 9:12, 22)
  2. Each candidate is to meet with the pastor and/or deacons and agree with the church constitution, including its statement of faith, church covenant and church discipline.
  3. Each candidate must agree to strive daily to be consecrated to the Lord and to encourage the other members to do so. (II Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:13-14)
  4. The pastor or deacons shall recommend the candidate to the church for acceptance as a member upon majority vote of the congregation at any service:
  • Anyone who has previously been baptized by immersion in water upon profession of faith in Christ shall become a member.
  • Anyone who has not previously been baptized by immersion shall become a member upon following this ordinance.
  • Anyone who is a member of a church of like faith and practice may be received upon promise of letter.

B. AN ACTIVE MEMBER

An active member shall be one who has been received into membership of the church and who is a regular attender to the services of the church unless providentially hindered.

C. AN INACTIVE MEMBER

  1. An inactive member shall be anyone who does not attend the public services of the church (unless providentially hindered) for a period of three months. He or she shall not be eligible to vote on any issue of the church.
  2. An inactive member may be deleted from the membership roll after a period of nine months of non-attendance without satisfactory reason. A letter of inquiry or other appropriate means of communication will be used to ask such a member the reason for his or her lack of interest. The letter shall solicit their future support and fellowship before his or her name is deleted.

Members who will be gone from the Lilburn area for more than nine months should comply with the covenant and join another local assembly where they work or study. Exceptions can be made for those committed to returning through communication with the pastor, chairman of the board of deacons, or the treasurer. An inactive member shall be restored to active membership upon meeting with and upon recommendation of the pastor or board of deacons and upon subscribing anew to the church constitution.

D. GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

  1. Receipt of a request for a letter for one joining a church of like faith.
  2. Receipt of a notice of joining a church not of like faith and order.
  3. Receipt of a written personal notice requesting termination of church membership.
  4. Discipline by the church:
    • For doctrinal deviation or heresy (I Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:10-11)
    • For immoral conduct (Romans 1:26-32; I Corinthians 5:9-13; II Corinthians 6:14-17; II Thessalonians 3:6)
    • For failure to comply with the church covenant
  5. Inactivity
  6. Death

E. METHOD OF TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

Since our church is committed to the principle of Biblical discipline according to Matthew 18:15-19:

  1. No evil report or accusation shall be received by the pastor or deacons until, FIRST, the one making the accusation has gone in a spirit of meekness and brotherly love (Gal. 6:1) to the accused ALONE with the report and sought reconciliation of the offense.
  2. Then after the accuser has completed step one, the accusation must be presented to the pastor or a deacon in the presence of one or more other members of the church.
  3. Only after the first two steps have been completed shall the accused be confronted with the charges by the pastor and/or deacons and at least two other members. If the accused has no contrary evidence, but is willing to admit the offense, confess to God, and forsake the sin, then the matter will be forgiven.
  4. If the accused is not repentant and does not forsake the sin, then formal charges shall be presented to the deacons and a copy delivered to the accused. The deacons shall then meet to consider the charges and to listen to the accused. The deacons shall then determine whether the charges shall be:
    • Disregarded completely.
    • Observed until there is satisfactory evidence of a change or further evidence of guilt. (I Corinthians 5:1-7; II Corinthians 2:6-8; Luke 17:3; I Corinthians 6:1-8)
    • Presented to the congregation with a recommendation of dismissal from the church membership. (I Corinthians 5:1-7)
  5. Termination of membership under membership D-1, D-4 and D-5 shall be by a simple majority vote of the church at any service. Termination under D-2, D-3 OR D-6 shall be automatic.

F. PURPOSE OF DISCIPLINE

The purpose of discipline shall be at all times for the maintenance of the testimony of Christ in purity and truth and the restoration to fellowship with God of sinning members.

G. ELIGIBLE VOTING MEMBERS

Only active members who have attained at least the age of sixteen (16) may vote on church business.

ARTICLE IV: LEADERSHIP STANDARD FOR CHURCH LEADERS AND OFFICERS

The church leaders and officers should regularly attend and support these church programs unless providentially hindered:

  1. Sunday Worship Services
  2. Sunday School
  3. Mid-Week Prayer Service
  4. Special Services
  5. Evangelistic efforts and programs

Leaders shall maintain a standard of Christian life and conduct which is above reproach, having manner of speech, dress and appearance in keeping with Scripture in order to present a clear testimony for Christ.

Questionable Things

Being an Independent Baptist Church with a Biblical desire to follow the spirit of Scripture in habits, customs, and practices not specifically mentioned by name in the Bible, we should be concerned with avoiding the excesses of modern day compromise, which is the spirit of antinomianism (Romans 6:1; Galatians 5:13) as well as avoiding the excesses of isolationism, which is the spirit of phariseeism (Matthew 23:13-33). Being fully aware of the Bible principles of both separation (II Corinthians 6:14-18) and Christian liberty (I Corinthians 6:12; Galatians 2:21; Galatians 4:9-10; Galatians 5:1), we are committed to the teachings of Romans 14:1-15:3 and I Corinthians 8, which balance the mutual responsibilities of showing deference and not being judgmental in areas of questionable things.

The Nominating Committee shall give equal weight to these truths as potential officers and teachers are considered for various positions. Of those eligible for said offices, recommendations shall be made on the basis of spiritual maturity which shall be defined as: A believer’s ability to understand that he may practice many things not specifically forbidden in the Bible, but is willing to limit his participation, willingly, for the opportunity to minister to and with brethren who have offended consciences in the same areas. This definition shall include the balancing point of maturity in order that leaders not have condemn-ing attitudes toward those who do practice questionable activities from which they themselves refrain.

Accordingly, let each nominee be chosen carefully and prayerfully before presentation to the church for acceptance. (I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Timothy 2:9-10; I Corinthians 11:14; I Thessalonians 5:22; Romans 14:1-15:3)

A. PASTOR

  1. Requirements for the Pastor:
    • Be an ordained minister with experience and quailfications set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; and I Corinthians 9:14.
    • Be responsible for spiritual welfare of the church. (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-5)
    • Be in full accord with the constitution and by-laws of this church.
  2. Election of the Pastor:
    • By two-thirds majority vote of members present at a regular or called business meeting. The vote is to be by secret ballot.
  3. Duties of the Pastor:
    • Conduct regular and special services, administer the ordinances and minister to the congregation.
    • Arrange for pulpit supply, revival meetings, and all special services.
    • Be an ex-officio member of all boards and committees.
  4. Termination of Pastor’s services:
    • Resignation: The pastor shall serve until he terminates his ministry of his own volition, giving a minimum of thirty days notice or a maximum of sixty days.
    • Dismissal: The pastor’s dismissal may be called to a vote by recommendation of the deacon board, or by petition by twenty-five percent of the active voting membership. This termination of the pastor’s services shall be effectively immediately by a two-thirds majority vote of eligible voting members present during an officially called business meeting. Salary and other benefits shall continue for sixty days maximum or until he has obtained a full-time paid position.

B. ASSISTANTS TO THE PASTOR

  1. The pastoral staff may include but is not limited to: administrative assistant, minister of education, business manager, custodian, church secretary, minister of youth, minister of music and others as needed and resources enable.
  2. Hiring of such positions shall be at the discretion of the pastor with recommendation of the appropriate board and approval of the congregation.
  3. Supervision will be under the pastor’s jurisdiction with the minister of education subject to the policies of the school board and the business manager, subject to the budgetary directives of the board of trustees and school board through the annual budget.
  4. Dismissal shall be the prerogative of the pastor with approval by the appropriate board.
  5. Financial arrangements for the pastoral staff shall be under the authority of the appropriate boards and included in the annual budgets.

C. DEACONS

  1. QUALIFICATIONS FOR A DEACON
    • A deacon shall be qualified as set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13.
    • He must be a member who has been an active attender for one year.
    • He must be willing to cooperate with the pastor.
    • He must be in full accord with the constitution and the by-laws of this church.
  2. ELECTION OF A DEACON
    • A deacon shall be elected by a two-thirds majority vote of members present in a regular business meeting.
    • There shall be five (5) deacons for the first 200 members, then one (1) for each additional 40 members.
    • Each deacon shall serve a three (3) year staggered term.
    • No deacon may succeed himself more than once (maximum 6 consecutive years). After vacating this office for a period of one year, he maybe eligible for nomination for deacon.
  3. REQUIREMENTS FOR A DEACON
    • A deacon shall attend and support the total church program unless providentially hindered. (I Timothy 3:8-13)
  4. DUTIES OF A DEACON
    • Assist pastor, recommend policies and programs for a congregational vote, assist in administering church ordinances and review church rolls for inactive members.
    • The deacon board shall meet at least monthly.
    • The deacons shall elect one member as a representative to the school board.
    • The deacons shall elect one member to serve as a chairman of each of the following standing committees: benevolence committee, mission committee, visitation committee, ordinance committee, nominating committee, activities committee and building committee.

D. TRUSTEES

  1. QUALIFICATIONS OF A TRUSTEE
    • A trustee shall be qualified as set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13.
    • He must be a member and have attended regularly for one year.
    • He must be willing to cooperate with the pastor.
    • He must be in full accord with the constitution and by-laws of this church.
  2. ELECTION OF TRUSTEES
    • There shall be a total of three (3) trustees elected by two-thirds majority vote of members present at a regular business meeting.
    • A trustee shall serve a three (3) year staggered term.
    • No trustee may succeed himself more than once (maximum 6 consecutive years). After vacating this office for a period of one year, he may be eligible for nomination for trustee.
  3. REQUIREMENTS FOR A TRUSTEE
    • A trustee shall attend and support the total church program unless providentially hindered. (I Timothy 3:8-13)
  4. DUTIES OF TRUSTEES
    • The trustees shall, upon authorization by the church, act as agents for the church in buying and selling property, and in other legal matters, and they shall submit an annual budget to be presented to the church prior to the annual business meeting.
    • The trustees shall authorize all salaries and benefits.
    • The trustee board shall meet at least monthly.
    • The board shall arrange for yearly auditing of financial records.
    • The trustees shall elect one member as a representative to the school board, missions committee and building committee.
    • The trustees shall be responsible for the counting and depositing of the church funds.
    • The trustees shall be authorized to make expenditures up to an amount equal to 2% of the previous year’s budgeted income without congregational approval. This expenditure shall be in addition to amounts authorized previously in the annual budget. The trustees shall not be authorized to sell, lease, or otherwise dispose, encumber, or borrow in excess of a total of 2% of the preceding years budgeted income unless the same shall be authorized by the congregation.

E. CHURCH TREASURER

  1. QUALIFICATIONS OF TREASURER
    • The treasurer shall be qualified as set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13.
    • He must have been an active member for one year.
    • He must be willing to cooperate with the pastor.
    • He must be in accord with the constitution and by-laws of this church.
  2. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH TREASURER
    • The treasurer shall be the business manager of Killian Hill Baptist Church and Christian School and as such will operate under the direct supervision of the pastor as part of the pastoral staff and within the guidelines of the budgets provided by the school board and the church board of trustees.
    • His responsibilities shall include: the receipts and disbursements of the ministries, furnishing monthly accounting to the appropriate boards and the congregation, and providing records for annual audits as well as periodic internal audit as recommended by the board of trustees. His duties will include other business functions as delegated by the pastor.
    • As treasurer and business manager, he will attend the monthly trustee meetings and school board meetings upon invitation for purposes of clarifying of reports.

F. SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

  1. QUALIFICATIONS OF SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
    • The Sunday School superintendent shall be qualified as set forth in I Timothy 3:8-13.
    • He must be a member and have attended regularly for one year.
    • He must be willing to cooperate with the pastor.
    • He must be in accord with the constitution and bylaws of this church.
  2. ELECTION OF SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
    • He shall be elected by two-thirds majority vote of members present at a regular business meeting.
    • He shall be elected for one year and may succeed himself if elected up to six consecutive terms.
  3. REQUIREMENTS OF A SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
    • The Sunday School superintendent shall attend and support total church program unless providentially hindered. (I Timothy 3:8-13)
  4. DUTIES OF SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
    • He shall be responsible for all Sunday School activities including:
    • Ordering all supplies and teaching materials.
    • Recording attendance.
    • Being responsible for teachers being in their places.
    • Conducting periodic teachers’ meetings.
    • Conducting other functions relating to the over-all program of the Sunday School.
    • He may be a member of the Killian Hill Christian School Board or may be replaced by a second member-at-large.
    • He shall participate as a member of the nominating committee.

G. CHURCH CLERK

The church clerk shall be elected annually and shall keep a record of all business proceedings of the church and shall keep a register of all members, write letters of acceptance and dismissal, and perform other such duties as prescribed by the church.

ARTICLE V: BUSINESS MEETINGS

A. QUORUM

The eligible voting members (see Article III, letter “G”) present at a business meeting shall constitute a quorum and may conduct business in accordance with this constitution, supplemented by Robert’s Rules of Order only on questionable items.

B. REGULAR QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETINGS

Regular business meetings shall convene on a quarterly basis during the months of August (annual business meeting), November, February (semi-annual business meeting) and May. Meetings are to be held the second Wednesday night of said months unless public postponement is required for accommodating calendar conflicts. Monthly financial statements and board reports will be published for the congregation on a regular basis even during months without scheduled meetings.

C. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

  1. The annual business meeting shall be held on the second Wednesday night of August for the purpose of voting on the officers and teachers as submitted by the nominating committee and to vote on the annual budget as recommended by the board of trustees.
  2. The newly elected officers and teachers shall assume their responsibility on the first Sunday in September following this election.
  3. The church financial year shall end June 30.

D. SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS

A special business meeting may be called by the pastor or the deacon board or the board of trustees and may be conducted at any regular service of the church, provided there has been prior notice and reason given at two consecutive services.

E. BALLOTS

The following matters of business shall be voted on by secret ballot:

  1. Election of pastor and officers.
  2. The purchase or sale of property worth more than 2% of the preceding years total budgeted income.

F. CHAIRING OF BUSINESS MEETING

This shall be the responsibility of the pastor, the chairman of the deacon board, or the chairman of the trustee board, in the order given.

ARTICLE VI: KILLIAN HILL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

A. Killian Hill Baptist Church shall have as an integrated auxiliary of its ministry, a Christian day school, known as Killian Hill Christian School, which may be an unincorporated division of the church. The Killian Hill Baptist Church shall be responsible for the school’s existence and operation, which shall be governed by the Killian Hill Baptist Church school board, which is authorized to adopt or amend articles of organization and by-laws consistent with the governing documents of the church. The daily operation shall be the responsibility of the minister of education who shall function as the school’s administrator.

B. The school shall be organized and operated exclusively for religious educational and religious charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), including worshiping God by providing Christian primary and secondary education in religion, and the arts and sciences, and the making of distributions to or for the use of organizations exempt at the time under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

ARTICLE VII: FINANCES

A. METHODS OF FINANCING

  1. The church shall depend on tithes and freewill offerings of the congregation for its finances. At no time shall the church sponsor bazaars, games of chance, bake sales, car washes or sale of items to finance its work. This does not preclude sale of Christian literature or recorded materials. These, however, will be sold as a service and not for the purpose of raising funds.
  2. The school ministry shall be funded by tuition charges, gifts and donations as well as appropriate means and fund-raising not in conflict with the church.

B. PAID EMPLOYEES

All paid employees must be approved by a majority vote of the appropriate boards. Those serving on the pastoral staff will also be voted on by the congregation and their remuneration included in the annual budgets of the church and school.

ARTICLE VIII: BOARDS

A. DEACON BOARD

It shall elect its own chairman and secretary as well as one representative to the school board within three (3) weeks after the annual business meeting. It shall meet with the pastor to discuss matters of the church. The deacons and/or the pastor shall examine all candidates for membership. The chairman of the board of deacons shall be vice-moderator of the church. The nature of the board of deacons shall be advisory and not dictatorial.

B. TRUSTEE BOARD

It shall represent the church in all legal matters and shall be responsible for the maintenance of the property. It shall not have the authority to sell, lease, give away or dispose of in any manner church property to exceed 2% of the preceding year’s annual budgeted income; neither mortgage nor encumber the same with debt except as the church shall authorize. The board may spend funds up to 2% of the preceding year’s annual budgeted income for items not allowed for in the annual budget without the approval of the congregation. It shall elect its own chairman and secretary three (3) weeks after the annual business meeting. It shall elect one representative to the school board, the missions committee and the building committee.

C. SCHOOL BOARD

The Killian Hill Baptist Church shall have a school board composed of the pastor and minister of education as ex-officio members plus four (4) voting members who shall be one deacon, one trustee, the Sunday School superintendent, and a member at large, elected by the congregation. In the event that the Sunday School superintendent cannot serve, a second member-at-large shall be elected by the congregation upon recommendation of the school board. The school board shall elect a chairman and a secretary within three (3) weeks of the annual business meeting and shall meet monthly to conduct the business of the school.

ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES AUTHORIZATION

The congregation may vote to authorize any committees deemed necessary. All committees shall operate under the constitution. All committee members must be members of the church. The following committees, except for the pulpit committee, shall function on a permanent basis:

A. NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The nominating committee shall consist of the pastor, deacons on active service, the Sunday School superintendent, plus two male members elected annually by the congregation. It shall annually present a list of nominations for the various church offices. If the list is disapproved by a majority vote of the congregation, the committee must present another list within two weeks.

B. PULPIT COMMITTEE

A Pulpit Committee shall be formed upon acceptance of resignation or dismissal of the pastor or if for any other reason the church is without a pastor. The committee shall consist of three active deacons and two male members of the church to be elected by the majority vote of the congregation. This committee shall accept recommendations from the congregation and others compile useful information concerning prospective candidates, and invite prospective candidates to preach to the congregation. The committee shall interview each candidate in person. Upon a majority vote of the entire committee, a candidate shall be recommended to the church. If the candidate does not receive a two-thirds majority vote in the business meeting called for electing a pastor, the pulpit committee shall resume its responsibilities until a pastor has been elected. Upon election of a pastor, the pulpit committee shall make arrangements for moving the new pastor to the field and helping him become situated.

C. BENEVOLENCE COMMITTEE

The benevolence committee shall consist of a deacon as chairman, and those selected by the pastor to be responsible for helping needy families.
Acts 6:1-3; Galatians 6:10

D. MISSIONS COMMITTEE

The missions committee shall consist of a deacon as chairman, the pastor, and a trustee and at least two (2) other members as selected by the committee for a one (1) year term coinciding with the church year.

E. ORDINANCE COMMITTEE

The ordinance committee shall consist of a deacon as chairman, pastor, and those that the members select for a one (1) year term coinciding with the church year.

F. BUILDING COMMITTEE

The building committee shall consist of a representative from the deacon board, the trustee board and the school board. The representative, who serves on the building committing, shall be elected to the committee for a term of one year by their various boards. The pastor and assistants to the pastor shall act as ex-officio members of the building committee.

G. ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

The activities committee shall consist of a deacon as chairman and two (2) additional deacons as chosen by the deacon board to serve for one (1) year term coinciding with the current year. In addition, the pastor and school chief administrator or designee will serve as ex-officio members of the activities committee.

ARTICLE X: CHURCH ORDINANCES

The ordinances of baptism and The Lord’s Supper shall be conducted by the pastor, assisted by the deacons or other servants as authorized by the congregation. The Lord’s Supper shall be conducted at least once every three months and may be conducted more frequently if the pastor and/or deacons desire.

ARTICLE XI: LEGAL IDENTIFICATION OF CHURCH

Killian Hill Baptist Church was incorporated by the State of Georgia on October 6, 1969, and is identified by its charter as Killian Hill Baptist Church, Inc. All legal business is to be conducted under its legal name.
The founding purpose of this corporation is as follows: To exist as a Baptist Church, to receive tithes, offerings, and donations, and to furnish a place of worship for its members, to teach and spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Bible being the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The corporation shall have the right to buy, own, sell, rent, lease, mortgage or otherwise encumber real and personal property of any and every kind, and in general carry on any other business incidental to the foregoing for promoting the general design and work of said church and for looking after the general interest of same.
The term “By-Laws” used in the state charter shall be identified in this document to include all 13 sections of the constitution.

ARTICLE XII: DISSOLUTION OF THE CHURCH

Should the Killian Hill Baptist Church for strife, insolvency, persecution, neglect or any other reason, find it no longer possible to operate as set forth in this constitution, the congregation may vote to dissolve its existence by a three-fourths majority vote of its active voting members present at a bonafide business meeting with the following stipulations:

  • All liabilities be paid in terms satisfactory to the creditors under law.
  • All property, money and assets remaining be transferred to another church of like faith or other non-profit missionary or educational organization in harmony with the spirit of this constitution for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

ARTICLE XIII: RATIFICATION

A. This constitution, as revised and amended, shall take effect immediately upon approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the congregation on Wednesday, February 10, 1993.

B. The Statement of Faith and Policy, Article I, shall not be altered, changed, or amended.
C. The constitution may be revised or amended, except Article I, by a two-thirds majority vote of the congregation.