The Constitution & Bylaws of Freeze Community Church
Article 1 – NAME AND LOCATION
This church is a body of Christians named Freeze Community Church located near Potlatch, Idaho.
Article 2 – CHURCH PURPOSE (Hebrews 10: 24,25)
The purpose of Freeze Community Church is, in accordance with the Bible, to corporately worship and obey the triune God (Colossians 3:14-17), uphold and equip one another for ministry and pursuing holiness (Ephesians 4:11-13), and to contend for the faith (Jude 3).
Article 3 – STATEMENT OF FAITH (Romans 4:18)
In God we trust.
We believe that the Bible, in the original autographs, is the inerrant, inspired, complete word of God. We accept translations of the Bible that are, in the judgment of the elders of this Church, authoritative and reliable.
Its authority takes precedence over any other authority in all aspects of life.
Its meaning and intent are to be understood at face value, in its most natural, normal sense, considering its authorship, original language, audience, prophesy, and context. Study and exposition of the Bible are to be given priority from the pulpit over any other material.
(2Timothy 3:16; John 17:17; 2Peter 3:2; Romans 15:4; 2Timothy 2:15)
Article 4 – MEMBERSHIP (I Corinthians 12:12,13 ; Ephesians 4:25; Ephesians 5:30)
Biblical salvation and regular participation are the criteria for membership in the Church. Eligibility criteria for teaching and other official Church service shall include ability and doctrinal compatibility, as determined by the elders.
Article 5 – ACCOUNTABILITY
This Church shall be locally autonomous and accountable to no religious authority other than to the God of the Bible (Acts 4:19). The Church is accountable and subject to a Biblically ordained civil government as long as it does not conflict with Biblical standards. (Romans 13:1-7). Members shall be accountable to one another for personal holiness (Galatians 6:1,2), to the elders (Hebrews 13:7, 17), and to the Bible (James 1:22).
BASIS: The structure and function of this Church is based on the Bible.
GOVERNING BODY: The Church elders, collectively, constitute this Church’s governing body (Acts 20:17,28 ; Hebrews 13:7; I Peter 5:1,2) under the authority of Jesus Christ, and are accountable to the Church. The elders welcome counsel and suggestions from the church body. The terms pastor/shepherd (Hebrews 13:20; I Peter 5:1-4), elder (Titus 1:5), bishop (I Timothy 3:1,2; Titus 1:7), and overseer (Acts 20:17, 28) are used synonymously.
SELECTION: Recommendations for elder candidacy may be from any member. Any candidate must meet Biblical qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9), and if unanimously agreed upon by current elders, will be presented in a meeting of the Church for approval (I Timothy 4:14). An elder may resign, or may be removed by action of a majority of elders or a majority of the heads of households (I Timothy 5:10-20).
ADMINISTRATION: Worship services and Church activities, functions, ministries and finances shall be under the direction, administration, and control of the elders. Such duties may, under elder appointment and oversight, be performed or facilitated by members capable and appropriately equipped (Acts 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:9-13).
GENERAL MINISTRIES: No member properly equipped shall be prevented from fulfilling responsibilities and ministries Biblically allowable for, or expected of, individual Christians.
Article 7– CONTINGENCIES
Dissolution: In the event of dissolution of Freeze Community Church, the elders shall, after paying and making provisions for the payment of all liabilities, distribute all assets of said Church to one or more organizations dedicated to or functioning by the principles identified in the foregoing Statement of Faith.
Article 8 – AMENDMENTS and BY-LAWS
This constitution may be amended, and Church by-laws may be established or amended, by unanimous agreement of the elders.
1. Fellowship with others
When one accepts Jesus Christ as Savior, that person becomes a Christian, and a member of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:18). Freeze Church accepts the fellowship of such believers and of churches composed of such believers. Variations in doctrine or practice will not prevent collaboration with them unless Freeze finds that doctrine or practice to be heretical or divisive to the body of Christ.
2. Current spiritual issues.
Sin in the world:
Freeze Church is committed to care for and demonstrate God’s love for all sinners regardless of their sin, exhorting them to turn to Jesus Christ and repent of sin. Freeze shall deplore and renounce unkind reactions to individuals engaged in sin, including sarcasm, mockery, ridicule, disrespect and rejection. Freeze Church shall recognize and submit to the grace of God by exhibiting compassion toward sinners, and shall seek to bring sinners to cleansing and deliverance through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Marriage and sexuality
The Bible defines marriage as a lifelong covenantal union of one man and one woman. Marriage is not open to change by cultural, legislative or judicial decisions or individual rebellion against God’s holy word. This Church shall openly reject any definition of marriage not consistent with the Bible, and shall affirm God’s design for marriage, family and the individual. Sexual activity outside of biblical marriage is sin, abhorrent to God and His church. Freeze Church shall not recognize, endorse or agree to homosexual unions of any kind, nor will it consider them as marriages. Its church officers shall not solemnize, host or otherwise accommodate ceremonies characterized by homosexuality or other deviations from biblical marriage. Freeze Church agrees with the 2017 Nashville Statement (cbmw.org/nashville-statement).