Rock Bylaws

Article 1

Section 1

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles define the core commitments that we want everyone to live by and clarifies those things that are nonnegotiable at Rock Church.

  • Grace-based
  • Word (biblically)-based
  • Spirit-empowered
  • Gospel-centered
  • A praying body (prayer-dependent)
  • Accountable to the Lord and to each other
  • Committed to unity
  • Embracers of compassion and justice
  • Team oriented
  • Holy Lifestyle
  • Good Stewards
  • Excellence in Worship
  • Strong, Healthy individuals & families

Section 2

Central Ministry Focus

Central Ministry Focus answers the question, 'What is the most important thing we must do, day in and day out, to fulfill our mission.'

  • Equip the saints
  • Develop reproducing leaders, male and female, multi-generational
  • Advance God's kingdom through evangelism and works of service

Section 3

Preferred Culture

Preferred Culture is the culture that we must create if we are going to realize the potential of our organization and accomplish our mission.

  • Externally focused (Austin and beyond)
  • Effective communication (People are well informed)
  • Effective communication (People are well informed)
  • Nurturing body
  • Generosity
  • Safe place to share, open/accepting
  • Servant hearts
  • Committed to Reconciliation
  • Humble dependence (Humility)
  • Biblically directed
  • Evangelistic heart
  • Faith filled obedience
  • Evaluate effectiveness (should have measurable tools)
  • Encourage the development of spiritual gifts

Article 2

Membership

Section 1

Any person who confesses faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the assurance of salvation, and whose character, conduct, and reputation is in accord with confession of faith, who accepts the Constitution, Bylaws, and Membership Covenant (Appendix A) of this organization, hereafter referred to as Rock Church may be a candidate for membership.

Section 2

Classification

a. Membership of Rock Church will be made up of two (2) membership rolls: Regular membership (hereafter referred to as member), and Associate membership. Only members will be counted in making up a quorum for conducting church business.
b. Associate members will be entitled to all privileges of membership, but shall not have the power to vote.
c. The Elders shall review all membership rolls periodically, with a minimum of once a year.

Section 3

Admission

a. Application for membership to Rock Church shall be made to the Pastor, a member of the Elder Board, or a member of the Deacon Board. Applicants shall be given a copy of the Constitution, Bylaws, Membership Covenant and History of Rock Church (Appendix D).
b. All applicants must attend membership class and acquaint themselves with the Statement of Faith (see Constitution Article 4) and the history of both Rock Church and the Evangelical Free Church of America.
c. Applicants shall meet with the Pastor or Elder to give personal testimony of their salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and evidence of their understanding of the agreement with the Statement of Faith and the Constitution and Bylaws of Rock Church. If the Pastor or Elder considers this testimony to be in order, he shall announce to the Elders his decision to admit the candidate as a member and seek an affirmation vote from the congregation at the next business meeting.
d. If any member has a valid reason for objecting to the candidacy of any applicant into Rock Church, the member shall immediately inform the Pastor or an Elder and as soon as possible thereafter meet with the Pastor or Elders and give Scriptural reasons for his or her objections. The Pastor and Elders shall consider the validity of these objections.
e. The Elders shall present all satisfactory candidates to the membership at the next business meeting for an affirmation vote requiring seventy-five percent (75%) of the members present to affirm.
f. The accepted applicants shall be publicly welcomed into the membership at some subsequent regular service of Rock Church.

Section 4

Conduct

a. All members of Rock Church are expected to consistently demonstrate a life of Christian discipleship including:
  • regular attendance at the services of Rock Church (Hebrews 10:25 ESV)
    not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
  • daily reading of the Bible (Joshua 1:8 ESV)
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  • private and family devotions (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ESV)
    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
  • personal and public testimony (II Peter 3:15)
  • showing compassion to the poor and needy (Matthew 25:31-46 ESV)
    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
  • and seeking to win others to Christ
    "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”(Acts 1:8 ESV).
It shall be the sacred duty of parents to provide Christian instruction for their children (Ephesians 4:6 ESV)
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
(Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it .

Each member shall consider it his sacred duty and privilege to make full use of his time and talents for the Lord's service whenever the opportunity affords.
b. All members are expected to:
  • remember each other in prayer (Ephesians 6:18 ESV)
    praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
  • to aid each other in sickness and distress (James 5:15-16 ESV)
    And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
  • to be courteous in speech (Colossians 4:6 ESV)
    Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
  • slow to anger (Ephesians 4:29-32 ESV)
    Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
c. All members are expected to support Rock Church with their tithes and bring their offerings according to the principles laid down in
  • I Corinthians 16:3
    And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
  • Malachi 3:10
    Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need
  • II Corinthians 8,9
    We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
    Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written,“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
d. All members are called upon to heed the Scriptural admonitions:
  • "Do not love the world or the things of the world." (I John 2:15)
  • "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2).
  • Be an "example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." (I Timothy 4:12)
  • and to abstain from any act or practice which may be harmful in its influence or a stumbling block to the weak. (Romans 14:13-21).

Section 5

Absence

a. Membership is considered to be an active status. Any person absent for a period of three months will be given associate membership status. The Pastor and Elders will review membership status and make recommendations to the congregation for appropriate action.
b. It is expected that every member who is absent three months or longer, will communicate with the Pastor and leadership of Rock Church concerning his spiritual life and interest in the Lord's work.
c. Any person, absent for more than six months and from whom no communication has been received, may be dropped from the roll by a two-thirds vote of the Church members present and voting at a regular business meeting, after the church makes a reasonable effort to contact the individual, and upon recommendation from the Pastor and Elders.
d. For Associiate Membership, see Section 9-C.

Section 6

Withdrawal

a. Any member who wishes to withdraw from Rock Church shall give a letter of withdrawal to the Pastor, with the approval of the Elders, providing such request be presented in writing.
b. All letters of withdrawal shall be reported to the church at the next regular business meeting.

Section 7

Discipline

a.If any members shall conduct themselves in a manner which, in the studied opinion of the Pastor and the Elders is not in harmony with Scriptural principles, and for which they do not show evidence of repentance, they shall be interviewed and counseled by the Pastor and/or the Elders, after the manner clearly indicated in the Word of God (Matthew 18:15-17 and Galatians 6:1). Restoration shall be the single purpose, and love the sole motivating force for these interviews with the erring member.
b.If, however, the member should choose to continue in their unrepentant condition, as a final recourse, their membership shall be terminated by a two-thirds majority vote of the Elders and agreement by the Pastor. The removal shall be affirmed by a majority of members present at a business meeting.

Section 8

Property Rights

a. Any member who has withdrawn or whose membership has been terminated, loses all rights of a member of Rock Church and shall have no claim upon any part of Rock Church properties.
b. The private property of the individual members of Rock Church shall be exempt from corporate debts.

Section 9

Associate Membership

a. All previously stated sections of Article 1 on membership shall apply to Associate members.
b. A member, having moved from the geographic location of Rock Church, may become an associate member by requesting that the Elders place their name on the associate membership roll. The Elders must then approve or deny this request and notify the member of the action taken.
c. Associate members will be entitled to all privileges of membership, but shall not have the power to vote.
d. Associate members will not be counted when making up a quorum to conduct Rock Church business.

Article 3

Meetings

Section 1

Public Services

Worship services, Sunday School services, and other Gospel Services shall be conducted at such times as is decided by Rock Church leadership.

Section 2

Annual Business Meeting

If needed, an Annual Business Meeting will be held during the first two months following the end of the fiscal year. The distinctive difference between an Annual Business Meeting and a quarterly business meeting is the presentation of the annual financial report. All other agenda items could, when necessary, be a part of a quarterly business meeting. The fiscal year shall end June 30.

Section 3

Regular Business Meeting

Regular business meetings of Rock Church shall be held within the first two months of each quarter, unless otherwise decided by the Elders.

Section 4

Special

Special business meetings may be called by the Pastor, Elders, Deacons, or Deaconesses or by a petition signed by 20% of the members of the Church. Notice of such special meetings shall be given either by announcement at the regular Sunday Services of the church, phone call to every member from Rock Church leadership, or by written notice mailed in time to reach all resident members at least three days prior to the date of the meeting.
Constitutional Amendment Meetins are business meetings and may be called by the Elders with one month prior notice via Sunday worship, phone calls, or written notice.

Section 5

Rules of Order

The Chair of the Elder Board shall conduct all business meetings to include the following content:
a. The reading of God's Word and Prayer
b. Minutes of the previous meetings read and approved
c. Approval of new members
d. Reports
e. Undecided, unfinished, or tabled business.
f. New business.
g. Closing prayer.

Section 6

Quorum

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A quorum for a business meeting is required only to call the meeting to order.

Section 7

Voting

a. All members 18 or over have the right to vote in all matters coming before the business meetings.
b. All matters shall be determined by majority vote (one more than one-half of all votes cast) except when otherwise specified in these bylaws, or by the decision of the business session.

Section 8

Eligibility of Candidates for Office

a. All officers and board members except salaried officers must be chosen from among voting members in good standing of Rock Church.
a. Salaried officers may be either a member of the Pastoral Staff or Church Staff.
b. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer may succeed themselves once, or serve a term of 4 consecutive years. Exceptions can be made only by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote at a business meeting.
c. The deacons, deaconesses, and elders may succeed themselves once. Exceptions can be made only by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote at a business meeting.

Article 4

Pastor

Section 1

Definition of Terms

Whenever the term "Pastor" is used in these bylaws, it refers to the Senior Pastor. Other members of the pastoral staff are referred to as associate pastors.

Section 2

Qualifications

The Pastor of Rock Church must be of irreproachable Christian character, having good report. (I Tim 3:1-13, Titus 1:1-9).

Section 3

Call

The Pastor shall be called for an indefinite term of office by an affirmation of seventy-five percent (75%) of voting members present at any regular or special business meeting of Rock Church. The Pastor, before the termination of his ministry, must give Three months notice.

Section 4

Membership

The membership of the Pastor will be transferred automatically to the current membership roll.

Section 5

Duties

It shall be the duty of the Pastor, in accordance with Ephesians 4:11-13:
a. To give himself to the preaching and teaching of God's Word and to prayer. (Acts 6:4)
b. To be an example to the believers in his personal, family, and public life (I Timothy 3:1-13)
b. To be an example to the believers in his personal, family, and public life (I Timothy 3:1-13)
c. To lead the congregation in:
  1. Worship and prayer (Acts 2:42)
  2. The study of the Word
  3. Administering the ordinances
  4. Watching over the spiritual care of the congregation
  5. Planning and fulfilling of ministries and mission
  6. Earnestly seeking the salvation of the lost
  7. Visiting the sick
  8. Overseeing the performing of marriages, funerals, and other such required duties as are normal and customary for a Pastor or his staff
d. To teach the congregation (II Timothy 2:2)
  1. The doctrines of the Word
  2. Biblical principles for Christian living
  3. How to develop spiritual gifts and to function effectively as members within the body of Christ. oversight to Rock Church and pastoral staff and all departments of Rock Church. He shall present periodic but not greater than annual reports to the congregation, which include a report of the work of the administrative staff and any recommendations they may have.
e. To discipline in love and, when necessary, to consult with the Elders and, in due course, with the congregation if a member remains unrepentant. (Matthew 18:15-17)
The Pastor shall be recognized as the leader of Rock Church and shall oversee the discharge of all the functions of the ministry. He shall have full membership rights to serve on any board or committee and shall give administrative oversight to Rock Church and pastoral staff and all departments of Rock Church. He shall present periodic but not greater than annual reports to the congregation, which include a report of the work of the administrative staff and any recommendations they may have.

Section 6

Pastoral Review

The Elders shall conduct an annual Pastoral review within the first two months following the end of a fiscal year. This review will be conducted for the purpose of optimizing the Pastor's effectiveness in adhering to the principles of Ephesians 4:11-13. Not only shall the congregation be edified accordingly but also the Pastor will continue to grow as a Shepherd until we all mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
This evaluation is to take into consideration the duties of the Pastor as outlined in the Rock Church Constitution, Bylaws, and any specific initiatives established for the current performance period.

Section 7

Pastoral Discipline

Pastoral discipline shall be considered only upon the testimony of two or three witnesses (I Timothy 5:19). If he teaches anything contrary to the Scriptures, lives an unrighteous life unbecoming to the Gospel, or does not perform his duties, then the Elders of the church shall admonish him. If he does not repent of his teachings and ways, he shall immediately be dismissed from all pastoral duties. He shall be given appropriate compensation as determined by the Elders. The Pastor can be removed by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote of the Elders voting, not including the Pastor in establishing the quorum nor in establishing the 75% vote tally on the matter. The Pastor's dismissal must then be affirmed by a seventy-five percent (75%) majority at a special business meeting. Pastor shall not vote in either of these proceedings. Notice shall be given to the members in writing at least one week before the special meeting, the purpose of which shall be stated and the Elders' written motion of dismissal is to be included within the meeting announcement.

Section 8

Pastoral Vacancy

The Elders will supply the pulpit with speakers in the case of a temporary pastoral vacancy due to illness or other similar circumstances. In the case of a pastoral resignation, the Elders will name a Pulpit committee, which as soon as possible shall recommend to the Elders the names of some qualified ministers to fill such a vacancy.

Section 9

Interim Pastor

In the event Rock Church is making a change of Pastor and cannot come to an agreement regarding this matter, the Elders shall name and the congregation shall affirm an interim Pastor who shall serve for the ensuing year or until a regular Pastor is called. An interim Pastor should normally not serve longer than one year.

Section 10

Associate Pastor

Associate pastors may be engaged by Rock Church at the direction of the Pastor and through the financial approval of the Elders and the affirmation of the congregation. The pastor has the authority to hire and fire associate pastoral and administrative staff with accountability to the Elders.

Section 11

Staff Positions

All staff positions must be created by means of a job description approved by the Pastor and Elders.

Article 5

Church Officers

Introduction

The officers of Rock Church shall be Pastors, Elders, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Deacons, Deaconesses, and such other officers as shall be deemed necessary by the church. Their election and duties are sent forth in the continuation of this section. Any officers who miss three consecutive regular business meetings may have their office declared vacant by a majority vote of the Elders. Such declared vacancies may be filled at the next regular business meeting of the church.

Section 1

Pastor

See Article 4

Section 2

Chairman

The Chairman, selected every 2 years by the Elders and affirmed by Rock Church members, shall preside at all business meetings of the church including Constitutional Amendment Meetings, and Elder meetings. The Chairman's term can be extended at the sole discretion of the Pastor in the event that mature, willing, and available candidates are not members of the Elder Board.

Section 3

Vice-Chairman

The Vice-Chairman (if necessary), selected every 2 years by the Elders and affirmed by Rock Church members, shall assist the chairman in his duties and, in his absence, full duties of the chairman, including chairing Elder meetings. The Vice-Chairman's term can be extended at the sole discretion of the Pastor in the event that mature, willing, and available candidates are not members of the Elder Board.

Section 4

Secretary

The secretary, selected every 2 years by the Elders and affirmed by Rock Church members, shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings and decisions at all business meetings of the church, such records to be approved at the next following business meeting. He/she shall preserve, in a safe place, all church records. he/she shall inform all members of their election or appointment to an office or committee, and shall give legal notice to all meetings when such notice is required. At the annual meeting of the church, he/she shall submit a statistical report on the membership of the past year. He/she shall issue credentials to all members duly chosen to represent the church at any meetings in which the church shall decide to be represented. The Secretary's term can be extended at the sole discretion of the Pastor in the event that mature, willing, and available candidates are not members of the Elder Board.

Section 5

Treasurer

The Treasurer (Business Manager), hired by the Pastor, shall receive, account and disburse all moneys of Rock Church. He/she shall make a financial report to the church at all regular business meetings and at such other times as may be requested by the Elders.

Section 6

Elders

The Elders shall be affirmed by the members of Rock Church after selection by the Elder Board. There shall be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12. They are to serve for a term of two years, their terms of office being so arranged that one-third of their number shall terminated their office each year. An Elder's term can be extended at the sole discretion of the Pastor in the event that mature, willing, and available candidates are not forthcoming from the congregation. The elders shall promote the spiritual welfare of the members of the church. They shall care for the sick and needy and assist the Pastor at Communion and Baptismal Services, and shall have the responsibility for ministries such as evangelism and stewardship training, worship, missions programs and church discipline. The Elders shall also see that the pulpit is supplied during temporary vacancies, and when a permanent vacancy shall occur in the pastorate, shall name a Pulpit Committee, which, as soon as possible, shall recommend to the Elders the names of minister candidates to fill such vacancy.

Section 7

Deacons and Deaconesses

The Deacons and Deaconesses shall have primary care for the sick and needy. They shall assist the Pastor at Communion and Baptismal Services. They shall also perform such duties as are delegated to them by the Pastor or Elders including providing for ushers and the setting up of the church for services.

Article 6

Leadership

Section 1

Elders

Elders bear the ultimate responsibility for leading Rock Church spiritually, administratively and financially. However, the Elders delegate many aspects of this heavy mantel of leadership to the Pastor or other members of the Rock Church, but such delegation does not absolve them of the responsibility before God to have governed this local church well.
The Elders shall recommend to the membership the following matters for action: affirmation of church Elders, calling or dismissal of the Senior Pastor, matters of membership, major new ministry proposals, approval of the annual budget, purchase or disposition of property in excess of 10% of the annual budget, principal building construction in excess of 10% of the annual budget, and amending the constitution or the bylaws.
The Elders will be allowed to increase/decrease the annual budget up to 10% of the approved annual budget. Congregational approval is required for increases above 10% of the annual budget.
Additional Elder responsibilities according to I Peter 5:2-5 are Elders
a. Shall guide as shepherds of God's flock by the ministry of prayer and the Word of God (Acts 6).
b. Shall guide God's people by empowering ministries led by the Senior Staff (Ephesians 4:11,12).
c. Shall govern by clear policies to empower the Senior Staff to lead and manage church ministry.
d. Shall govern by fulfilling Elder responsibilities to the membership.
e. Shall govern by measurable results that the Senior Pastor is held accountable to accomplish.
f. Shall guard the doctrine, vision, core values, strategies, and proposals approved by the Members.
The Chairman of Rock Church shall be the chair of the Elders. The Pastor may not serve as Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Elders in order to avoid an inappropriate concentration of power in the hands of one person.

Section 2

Pastor

The Pastor leads Rock Church on a day-to-day basis, under the authority of the Elder Board, on which he serves as a permanent member, ex officio with vote and not subject to normal Elder term limits.
The Pastor's duties are enumerated in Article 4, Section 5 above.

Section 3

Deacons and Deaconesses

Deacons and Deaconesses shall meet as often as is deemed necessary to coordinate and fulfill their duties to the church. They shall prepare the facility for meetings, serve in worship services including receiving and recording offerings, and any other duties assigned by the Pastor or Elders.

Section 4

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee consists of the Pastor, Chairman, and two other Elders (chosen by the Elders).

Article 7

Committees

Section 1

All committees deemed necessary to fulfill the mission of the church shall be authorized by the Elders. Subsequently, a Chairman shall be elected by the members of the committee and approved by the Pastor, and the same shall appoint additional members.

Article 8

Organizations Within the Church

Section 1

No organization shall be formed within, or considered to be a part of the church activities before the sponsors have submitted their plans to the Pastor, and also to the Elders, and have been approved and authorized by both.

Section 2

To facilitate the smooth operation of Rock Church, the various organizations are requested to confer with the Pastor regarding their plans and activities. All matters of importance that affect the church shall be submitted to the Elders for approval.

Section 3

All Chairmen of organizations in the church, or organized Bible classes shall be members of this church, but exception may be made where necessary in those organizations or classes composed of members eighteen years of age, or under, provided that such organizations or classes are under the supervision of a responsible member of the Church. A further exemption may be made to this rule, if it is considered wise under some special circumstance, to permit an organization with the church to elect a Christian, who may not necessarily be a member of the church, to the senior office (Chairman, President, etc.) of such organization. It shall be in the power of the Elder Board to rule on such an emergency or special circumstance.

Section 4

Fund Reporting

All funds contributed to Home and Foreign Mission by the organization of the Church shall be reported to the Church Treasurer.

Section 5

Fund Raising

Methods of raising funds shall be subject to the approval of the Elders as a group and by the Pastor individually.

Article 9

Affiliation with Circle Urban Ministries

Introduction

The Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church shall maintain an affiliate relationship with Circle Urban Ministries.

Section 1

The Rock Church will seek to donate 5% of its annual budget to Circle Urban Ministries.

Section 2

The Rock Church shall send as representative on Circle Urban Ministries Board of Directors, the Pastor, and one member chosen by the Elders.