Constitution of Full Gospel Fellowship
We, the undersigned, have this day voluntarily associated ourselves together for the purpose of forming a corporation under the laws of the State of Oregon to give expression to the inherent principles of spiritual unity and fellowship of all full gospel believers and churches, leaving inviolate the existing forms of church government adopted by it’s members: and recognizing that every freedom and privilege enjoyed by any church or group of churches shall remain their undisturbed possession, and that this fellowship seeks only to promote love and understanding among God’s people everywhere, and we do hereby certify:
The name of the corporation shall be the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International of Oregon Inc.
The period of duration for this corporation shall be perpetual.
The purpose of this corporation shall be:
Section I. To provide a vehicle of expression and coordination of effort in matters common to all members and cooperating churches.
Section II. To demonstrate to the world the essential unity of Spirit-baptized believers, fulfilling the prayer of the Lord Jesus, “That they all may be one” (St. John 17:21).
Section III. To encourage the principles of comity for the nurture of the Body of Christ endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and Christian love (Ephesians 4:3).
Article Four: Statement of Faith
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative word of God.
2. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory in the end of this age.
3. We believe that for the salvation of sinful men, repentance from sin and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
4. We believe that full gospel includes holiness of heart and life, healing for the body and the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
5. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
6. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This corporation is an organized pursuant to the general non-profit corporation law of the State of Oregon; the property of this corporation, both real and/or chattel or movable, is irrevocably dedicated to religious and charitable purposes, and upon liquidation, dissolution or abandonment shall not inure to the benefit of any private person except a fund, foundation or corporation organized and operated under the law of the State of Oregon for religious or charitable purposes.
Section I. The registered office for the transaction of business of this corporation is located at: P.O. Box 584, Terrebonne, Oregon 97760.
Section II. The name of the registered agent shall be the name of the holder of the office of Secretary of this corporation. This name shall be filed with the State of Oregon upon election.
Article Seven: Officers and Directors
Section I. All officers and directors of this corporation shall be members in good standing.
Section II. The executive officers of this corporation shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be ordained ministers of this corporation and shall be voting members of the Board of Directors during the term of their respective offices.
Section III. The duties of the executive officers shall include the properly carrying out the decisions made by the Board of Directors of this corporation.
Section IV. The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall serve for a period of four (4) years. These terms will begin with the January 1998 elections and may be renewed at the will of the membership.
Section I. The number of directors constituting the initial Board of Directors shall be three (3). However, these may be added to as needed, not to exceed twelve (12).
Section II. The name and address of the person who is to serve as the initial director of this corporation is: Thomas H. Welch, 6035 SE Center Street, Portland, Oregon 97206.
Article Nine: The Voting Body
The voting body shall consist of member ministers (in good standing) of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International of Oregon Inc.
Article Ten: Meetings
There shall be an annual meeting of the corporation for the transaction of such business as is necessary during each calendar year, the day and time of such meeting to be set by the President in agreement with the Executive Board and the Board of Directors of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers, International of Oregon Inc.
Article Eleven: Finances
The work of this corporation shall be financed by voluntary contributions and fees. The fees shall be determined by the Executive Board and the Board of Directors, and that a complete and accurate set of books shall be maintained at all times in the headquarters office. Said books shall reflect the income and outflow of the finances on an up-to-date basis and shall be available for inspection by the Board of Directors upon request.
Section I. There shall be added to the Constitution a set of By-laws which shall by reference have the force of the Constitution. Said By-laws shall become effective at adoption by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board.
Section I. All business meetings of this Fellowship, including all Board meetings, shall be held under the procedures known as “Roberts Rules of Order.”
The executive officers shall meet as necessity may demand for the transaction of routine business of the Fellowship; time and place to be decided by the president of the Fellowship who shall endeavor to secure a location most available to all the members.
All matters having any bearing upon the conduct or well being of this Fellowship must come before the Board of Directors. Any matter failing this rule shall be disregarded entirely.
Any two (2) board members may request a special Board Meeting by requesting same of the Chairperson who shall then call such a meeting for the transaction of Fellowship business.
Section II. The officers of this Fellowship shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, the Board of Directors and such other positions as may be authorized by the Board of Directors as needed.
Qualifications of Officers
The officers of this Fellowship shall be members in good standing of the Fellowship. Their ministry shall reflect the desire to serve God and the direction and purpose He has given to this Fellowship and to each of them. They shall be mature Christians, full of the Holy Ghost and be in agreement with the Constitution and By-laws of this Fellowship.
The President shall be elected by the voting body at the regular meeting held for election of officers; who shall be the presiding officer of all Fellowship meetings and shall have the general oversight of the Fellowship, subject to the advise and consent of the Board of Directors; who shall seek to enlarge the scope and influence of the Fellowship by his leadership; who shall arrange for and conduct regional Fellowship meetings in conjunction with local pastors; who shall cause to be prepared a yearly budget in January of each year which shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval; who shall have the overall custody of all properties of the Fellowship during his term of office. The President shall appoint committees as needed to facilitate the work of the Fellowship. These shall include, but not be limited to, a budget, a finance, a credentials and a nomination committee to handle future elections.
The Vice-President shall preside at any meeting in which the President is unable to attend; who shall endeavor to assist the President whenever and wherever possible; who shall prepare himself to be ready to move into the office of President whenever needed.
The Secretary must have the ability to record minutes of all official meetings of the Fellowship, of the Board of Directors, keep an accurate and current roster of the Fellowship members in good standing and shall be the custodian of all legal papers of the Fellowship and shall be in control of the corporate seal.
The Treasurer must be trustworthy, qualified to handle financial matters, have a knowledge of bookkeeping, the ability to balance the Fellowship’s accounts; who shall keep the Board of Directors advised of the current financial status of the Fellowship quarterly; who shall make an annual report of the finances to the Board of Directors and shall be available at all Fellowship meetings to receive, deposit and record offerings.
Nominations, Elections and Vacancies
The members of the Board of Directors be appointed by the President, and then approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Directors. The term of each Director shall be for two (2) years.
Executive officers be elected for four (4) year terms. All executive officers must have first served in the position of a Board of Director. Executive officers are nominated by the Board of Directors, and then submitted to the eligible voting members at the Annual Business Meeting for election. The position of Secretary/Treasurer shall come up for a vote in the year 2000, Vice-President in the year of 2001, and the President in 2002.
All nominees shall be voted on by secret ballot. A simple majority of the voting members present shall constitute an election. If after two (2) ballots and there is no majority, the two (2) highest candidates shall be voted on and the one receiving the highest shall be elected.
Terms of Office
The Board of Directors shall serve for terms of one (1), two (2) and three (3) years. The Board shall decide immediately after the 1982 election which members shall serve for which term. They shall elect from among them, one (1) to serve as Chairperson of the Board, who shall serve in said position for two (2) years.
Other offices may be created and provided for, as needed, by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors hereby creates a missions board for both foreign and domestic outreach and a youth department within the structure of this Fellowship.
Vacating of Office
Any office may be declared vacant by an act of a majority of the Board of Directors at a regular or special meeting. Grounds for such action shall be:
A. Unscriptural conduct.
B. Departure from the tenets of faith either in words or conduct.
Exclusion from the Fellowship
A member of this Fellowship may have their membership canceled and that member shall be excluded from further identity with the Fellowship for any of the reasons stated in A or B of Section VI of the By-Laws.
Dismissal of a Member, Officer or Board Member. A member, officer or Board Member facing the dismissal of such membership shall be notified of such pending action by notice signed by the President of the Fellowship and two (2) other Board Members. Such notice shall be served by registered mail to the last known address of the one involved. It shall also contain a provision for a hearing before the Board if so desired and the decision of the Board shall be final. Such hearing shall be requested by return mail or within five (5) days after notice is received. If no request for a hearing is made, that membership is terminated.
All property, real or chattel or movable, shall be taken, held, sold, transferred or conveyed in the corporate name of the Fellowship.
No real or chattel or movable property of this Fellowship shall be sold, leased, mortgaged or otherwise alienated without the same having been authorized by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors. No real or chattel or movable property of this Fellowship shall be sold, leased, mortgaged or otherwise alienated without the same having been authorized by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.
The President and Secretary of this Fellowship shall certify in any such conveyance that the same has been duly authorized as previously stated. Such certification shall be evidence thereof.
All members shall be expected to keep ministerial fees up-to-date and are requested to assist, maintain and develop the Fellowship with offerings.
All funds shall go through the Treasurer’s office for proper accounting, deposit and disbursement. All disbursements shall be made by check and must be signed by the office secretary and one other officer of this corporation.
The finance committee shall work with the Treasurer and the budget committee in preparing reports for the annual meeting and such other reports as may be required. They shall oversee and develop sound fiscal policies, shall be appointed by the President and be confirmed by the Board of Directors.
There shall be a budget committee appointed by the President and shall serve as directed. They shall prepare a budget for the Fellowship at least three (3) months prior to the annual meeting. Said budget to be for the following year and to be delivered to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting.
There shall be a credentials committee appointed by the President who shall develop a regulatory set of guidelines that shall apply for those seeking credentials with this Fellowship. Said guidelines to be equally considered in maintaining the credentials of this Fellowship.
Amendments to these By-Laws may be made at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds percent majority vote or not less than eight (8) present.