Bylaws 2021

Bylaws 2021

Why are We Revising Our Constitution & Bylaws?

Our Constitution & Bylaws were originally adopted in 1986, then revised in 1996, and then again in 2012. In other words, it’s part of the normal cycle of our Constitution & Bylaws to be revised every once in a while to better parallel how the church currently functions. 

With an ever-changing culture, it is more important than ever that we are clear with what we believe as a church. Thus, we’ve added extra clarity on our doctrine and beliefs in our Constitution. 

With Lamar becoming more and more focused around reaching all nations, our Constitution needs to be adjusted to explicitly include those of different language groups, including Lamar en Español and Lamar in Zo. 

With ever-changing mainstream understandings of what it really means to follow Christ and believe upon him, we need to be clearer than ever as to what it means to be a church “member.”  

With so much happening and changing rapidly in our culture, we desperately need strong wisdom as part of the top leadership of our church. And Pastor Ryan, as our Lead Pastor, feels led by God to invite a few biblically qualified, Godly men in our church, to come alongside him as he serves as Lead Pastor. This is what we’re calling an “Elder Team.” 

         These are a few of the reasons we’re wanting to propose revisions to our Church Constitution and Bylaws. 

Please be praying for your pastors, and for the Constitution & Bylaws Committee as we prayerfully work! You can email this committee anytime with questions and suggestions at lamarbaylawscommittee@gmail.com.

Timeline

Jan 2020- Constitution/Bylaws Committee Formed

March 2020- Sermon Series through Titus

April 2020- Sunday Night Equipping Nights (Church Governance & Polity)

May 2020- First Draft of New Constitution/Bylaws Mailed Out

July 12, 2020- Sunday Night Discussion (also live-streamed)

July 19, 2020- Sunday Night Discussion (also live-streamed)

Feb 2021- Second Draft of New Constitution/Bylaws Mailed Out

Feb 28, 2021- Sunday Night Discussion (also live-streamed)

March 21, 2021- Sunday Night Discussion (also live-streamed)

April 18, 2021- Sunday Night Discussion (also live-streamed)

April 25, 2021- Presentation of Final Draft in regular Family Meeting

July 25, 2021- Official Church Vote in regular Family Meeting

First Mailout

Letter

Explanation of Adjustments

Current Constitution

New Constitution Draft

Current Bylaws

New Bylaws Draft

Second Mailout

Letter

Explanation of Adjustments

Current Constitution

New Constitution Draft #2

Current Bylaws

New Bylaws Draft 2

Final Drafts

Final Letter

Explanation of Adjustments

Current Constitution

New Constitution Final Draft

Current Bylaws

New Bylaws Final Draft