United Church of Angel Fire
BYLAWS
 
 
ARTICLE I
Name
The name of this corporation is the United Church of Angel Fire.

 
ARTICLE II
Purpose
The purpose of the United Church of Angel Fire (a non-profit organization), is to develop and encourage a religious community and association; and to provide a Christian center for worship, spiritual learning, sharing,  (and mission) where all people are welcome; and to provide service to those in need and for such other purposes as may be permitted by an organization qualified for exemption from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
 
Distribution of Assets
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, directors, or officers, but the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to make reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in the furtherance of the purposes set forth herein. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:
 
A. By a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; or
B. By a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is intended that this corporation shall have, and continue to have, the status of an organization which is exempt from Federal Income Taxation under Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. All terms and provisions of these Bylaws of the corporation and all operations of the corporation, shall be construed, applied and carried out in accordance with such intent. Upon dissolution of the corporation, all assets remaining after payment of all liabilities of the Corporation shall -be divided equally among the participating denominations, all of which shall be exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

 
Article III
Mission
The United Church of Angel Fire provides a Christian center for worship, spiritual learning and sharing where all people are welcome. Christian activities for children, youth and adults and community service to those in need, are important goals. In all these visions and ventures, we ask God to lead us to be divine love in action. This church shall cultivate the fellowship of other churches and cooperate with them in the work of the Kingdom of God. We are affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ. Control of the affairs of this church is vested in its congregation through its church council which shall work with the several church judicatory bodies involved to maintain an amenable relationship regarding control, assessments, reports and finances.
   
 
ARTICLE IV
Activities
The United Church of Angel Fire may sponsor programs, undertake planning, research, raise funds, develop educational programs, administer property and undertake such other services and programs as may be deemed necessary to accomplish the purpose and mission of the organization.

 
ARTICLE V
Membership
Membership of the church congregation shall consist of those who are now members of the congregation and those who shall unite with it in one of the following ways:
A. Confession -By confession of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior and baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
B. Transfer -This is accomplished by the individual's statement that he/she has been a member of the Christian faith, regardless of the denomination or form of baptism practiced by the church, and that he/she desires fellowship with the United Church of Angel Fire.
C. Association Membership -A member of any denomination of the Christian faith may enroll as an association member with voting privileges and retains his/her regular membership elsewhere.
D. Termination of membership may be by:
                        1. Death
                        2. Transfer to another church
                        3. Withdrawal
                        4. Removal by the Church Council for disruptive behavior.

 
ARTICLE VI
Board of Directors
Number and Selection. The Board of Directors, shall consist of twelve directors elected to serve as the Church Council (three classes of four members each).  No council member may be elected to serve for more than six consecutive years. Annual meetings shall be held in the month of August
 
Each member of the church council must be a member or an associate member of the United Church of Angel Fire.
Any vacancies on the church council shall be filled by a special election of the congregation with the replacement to serve until the next annual meeting, at which time a member shall be elected to complete the unexpired term.
 
Prior to each annual meeting, the president of the council shall appoint two members of the church council and at least three members at large from the congregation to serve as a nominating committee. The vice president shall serve as chairperson of this committee. The purpose of the nominating committee is to nominate candidates to be elected as members of the Council .
 
 The nominating committee shall consider the following qualifications in selecting nominees:
A. Faith in the love of God and concern to bring His love to others.
B. A desire and willingness to serve and take responsibility.
C. Regular attendance at services of the church.
 D. Regular contributions to the support of the church.
 
            Prior to each annual congregational meeting, the vice president or his/her designate shall inform each potential nominee of the duties of council members and obtain his/her consent to serve if elected.
At least two weeks prior to the annual meeting, the president of the council will make known the nominees to the congregation.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor provided that the nominee has been advised of the duties and has consented to serve if elected.
 
Selection of Church Council Members:   Council Officers and Committee Chair Persons shall be elected by a majority vote of the Congregation to serve a term of one year. The officers shall be: President , Vice-President , Secretary , and Treasurer. The other members shall chair committees as designated by the Council.
                       
 
ARTICLE VII
Meetings of the Church Council
The Church Council shall ordinarily meet once a month. Each member shall be notified by the vice-president of the time and place of the meeting.  Notice of meetings may be made by electronic means.
 
The president, or vice-president in the absence of the president, may hold called meetings with proper notification of council members.  When the President and the Vice-President expect to be absent from a Council meeting, one of them may appoint another Council member to moderate the meeting.
 
Each member of the Church Council shall be entitled to appoint a person to attend a single monthly meeting in the member’s absence.  Notice of this appointment is to be made by e-mail or letter sent to the meeting’s moderator.  The Council member may appoint a committee representative who will have voice, but no vote.  The person so appointed by the Council member shall be required to meet all of the requirements of a Council member as set forth in Article V of the Bylaws.  In addition, a current Council member should be appointed to serve as a voting proxy.
 
Any meetings of the Church Council and its committees may be held by, or participated in, by telephone or  through any electronic means which allows for simultaneous aural communication among all participating members.  A majority of the members of the church council (including telephone/electronic participation and members represented by a proxy) shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.
 
 
ARTICLE VIII
Duties and Responsibilities of Church Council and Officers
The church council is responsible for the interpretation, correlation and execution of the program of the church.
            The officers of the Church Council shall act as officers of the corporation. The responsibility of the council officers shall be:
 
1. President -to preside at all congregational and council meetings, to serve as an ex-officio member of all committees, to appoint members to ad hoc committees the council may establish, and to serve as official spokesperson of the church.
                                                                                   
 
2.  Vice-President – to perform the duties of the president in his/her absence,
                        - to serve as chair of the nominating committee,
                        - to provide orientation and job descriptions for newly-elected council members.
 
 
3.  Secretary - to keep a written record of all council and 'congregational meetings, to file any documents necessary to keep the church as a nonprofit organization, to correspond in all matters regarding the council and church.
 
4. Treasurer - Treasurer - to oversee the payment of all bills authorized by the Church Council, the accurate accounting of these payments, the accurate accounting of all receipts and gifts to the Church and an accurate reporting of financial transactions at each Council meeting.  The Treasurer will recommend members of the Church to serve on the Finance Committee to provide advice on financial matters.  The Treasurer is responsible for arranging internal audits and reviews when appropriate.
 
The church council shall conduct a periodic review of membership participation.

 
ARTICLE IX
Termination of Tenure of Office
The tenure of office of any of the officers may be terminated by any of the following actions:
·       A resignation submitted in writing to the council.
·       Transfer of membership from this to another congregation or withdrawal of residence from this area.
·       By a two-thirds vote of the congregation at a meeting which due notice has been given as provided in Article Xl of a resolution recommended to the congregation by a majority of the council declaring an officer's tenure of office terminated for cause.
 
 
ARTICLE X
Church Employees
            Employees of the church shall be selected by the church council excepting the ordained clergy, whose selection shall be the responsibility of the congregation. Ordained clergy shall be chosen by the church as hereinafter provided:
1.A pulpit committee to consist of not less than five members, no more than two of whom may be current council members, shall be appointed by the chair of the council upon notice of resignation or termination of the current pastor.
 
2.The pulpit committee shall recommend to the council prospective clergy who shall be a member of and accountable to one of the participating denominations. The recommendation must be accepted by at least a two- .thirds majority of members present and voting in a regular or special called meeting of the council, and the recommendation must also be approved  by all participating denominations.
 
3. The church council shall recommend the prospective clergy to the congregation. The recommendation of the council must be accepted by at least a two-thirds majority of members present and voting in a regular or special congregational meeting before a call may be extended.
 
4. The term of employment shall be for an indefinite period and may be terminated by either party.
 
Resignation of clergy shall be handled in the following steps:
1.  Voluntary resignation shall be submitted to the church council in writing. A consultation between the clergy and the chair of the council subsequent to bringing this matter to the council is encouraged but not mandatory.
 
2.  Following action on the resignation by the church council, the chair shall announce the action to the congregation.
 
Removal of clergy:
Removal of the clergy may be initiated by action of the congregation upon the recommendation of the church council. Removal procedures of the denomination of which the clergy is a member will be followed.

 
ARTICLE XI
Meetings of the Congregation
The annual meeting of the congregation shall be held in August. This meeting shall be for the purpose of presenting the annual budget and electing council members.
 
Special meetings of the congregation may be called by the President of the Council or upon application by petition of one-third of the membership.
 
Notice of all official meetings of the congregation shall be announced at a regular Sunday worship service of the church at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. Purpose of the meeting shall be indicated in each notice.
 
ARTICLE XII
Rules of Order
The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all meetings of the church council and the general membership in all cases in which they apply and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.
 
 
ARTICLE XIII
Amendments
The Bylaws of this organization may be amended or revised only by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership present at a congregational meeting called for the purpose of amending the Bylaws. Any proposed amendment to the Bylaws must be submitted in writing at a regular council meeting, but cannot be acted upon until the next regular meeting of the council, at which time an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the council members present shall be required in order to call a meeting of the membership of the congregation for the purpose of voting upon the proposed by-law amendment. Written notice of the proposed amendment shall be emailed and made available on the church website to members of the congregation not less than two (2) weeks prior to the congregational meeting to be called for the purpose of voting upon the proposed amendment. An affirmative vote of two thirds of the members present at said congregational meeting shall be required to adopt the proposed amendment to the Bylaws.

 
ARTICLE XIV
Review
The By-Laws will be reviewed once every three years or as needed.

 
ARTICLE XV
Indemnification
The indemnification of officers and directors of this corporation shall be such as is provided in paragraph 53-8-26A, NMSA 1978. In all cases not covered by subsection A of that Section, the corporation hereby indemnifies any director or officer or former director or officer of the corporation against expense and cost (including attorney's fees) actually and necessarily incurred by his/her in connection with any claim asserted against him/her, by action of court or otherwise, by reason of his/her being or having been a director or officer of this corporation, except in relation to matters as to which s/he shall have been guilty of actual negligence or misconduct in the performance of his/her duties as director or officer. The Church will provide indemnification insurance for the Board, Pastor, and employees.
 
 
APPROVED:      UNITED CHURCH OF ANGEL FIRE, INC.
 
Dick Dickerson                              March 13, 2016
          President                                                    Date
 
 
ATTEST:
Secretary: Bill Champan
 


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