CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS, AND FORMS

BUFFALO BAPTIST CHURCH, INC

(Updated, September 2017)

BUFFALO BAPTIST CHURCH CONSITUTION AND BY-LAWS

CONSTITUTION:

PREAMBLE:

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, and to govern this body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other churches.

ARTICLE I. NAME:

This Body will be called Buffalo Baptist Church, Incorporated of Blacksburg, SC, located at 618 Old Buffalo Church Road, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES:

• To be a spiritual organism, empowered by the Holy Spirit, that shares

Christ with all people, everywhere, regardless of background, color, or

creed; in the congregation, community, and throughout the world.

• To be a worshipping fellowship of believers that experiencing an

awareness God through genuine worship, recognizing His person and

responding in obedience to His leadership.

• To experience a maturing relationship with Christ and fellow believers.

• To be a church that ministers unselfishly to our local community and “the

ends of the earth” to the Glory of God.

• To be a purpose driven church that strives to be Christ like in our daily

living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and

possessions to the Lordship of Christ.

• To be a church that intentionally equips disciples to make new disciples.

ARTICLE III. STATEMENT OF FAITH:

The Holy Bible is the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God and the foundation for Buffalo Baptist Church’s statement of faith. The church adheres to doctrine as presented in the “Baptist Faith and Message” adopted in 1963 by the SBC and amended in 2000. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the Gospel of salvation to a lost world.

ARTICLE IV. RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose the membership. It is not subject to the control of other governing bodies, upholds the autonomy of the local church, but recognizes and sustains the obligation and privilege of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist Churches. In so far as practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Broad River Baptist Association and South Carolina Baptist Convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

ARTICLE V. CHURCH COVENANT:

• Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

• We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its spirituality and fruitfulness; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

• We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

• We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

• We moreover engage that if for reasons unforeseen, we must remove from this place, we will, if possible, unite with a likeminded church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant.

ARTICLE VI. FAMILY AND MARRIAGE:

Buffalo Baptist Church, Inc. holds to the following definition of marriage: Marriage is an intimate and complementing union between a naturally born man and a naturally born woman in which the two become one physically, in the whole of life. The purpose of marriage is to reflect the relationship of the Godhead and to serve him. Although the fall has marred the divine purpose and function of marriage, this definition reflects the God-ordained ideal for marriage from the beginning.

Buffalo Baptist Church, Inc. also holds to the following Biblical truths concerning the marriage relationship: God's design for marital relationship is heterosexual, not homosexual, and monogamous, not polygamous. This relational aspect of God's image in marriage has analogues portrayed in Yahweh's relation with Israel (Isa 54:5; Jer 31:32; Ezek 16:8-14; Hosea 2:14-20) as well as in Christ's relation with the church (Eph 5:21-33; cf. 1 Cor 11:1-3; 2 Cor 11:2; Rev 19:7-9). Israel is portrayed as Yahweh's wife (Isa 54:5; Jer 31:32; Ezek 16:8-14; Hosea 2:14-20). Her idolatrous unfaithfulness and disobedience to Yahweh are frequently depicted as spiritual "adultery" (Num 25:1-4; Judges 2:17; Jer 3:20; Ezek 16:15-59; 23:1-48; Hosea 1:2; 2:2-13; 3:3) for which she was punished by captivity. Yahweh "divorced" his "unfaithful wife" (Isa 50:1; Jer 3:8; Hosea 2:2), but ultimately will have compassion and delightfully restore her to faithfulness and holiness (Isa 54; 62:4-5; Ezek 16:53-63; Hosea 2:14-3:1).

New Testament marriage imagery describes the relationship between Christ and his church (cf. 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:21-33; Rev 19:7-9). The church, Christ's bride, is sacrificially loved by Christ, just as a husband should love his wife (Ephesians 5:25 Ephesians 5:28-30 Ephesians 5:33). The husband's responsibility is leadership, even as Christ is the head of the church, his body (Eph 5:23). The wife responds submissively to her husband's sacrificial love like the church submits to Christ's (Ephesians 5:22 Ephesians 5:24 Ephesians 5:33). The husband's love assists her in becoming holy and blameless before God, even as Christ presents the church without blemish to the Father (Eph 5:26-28). Christ's relationship with the church becomes the functional model for a marriage relationship.

Therefore, Buffalo Baptist Church, Inc. and all its facilities will only take part, or host, events relating to couples that have alignment with the Biblical definition of marriage. This includes, but not limited to, weddings, rehearsals and receptions, anniversaries or other celebrations for couples.


BY-LAWS:

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP:

Section 1. General:

This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-governance in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church. The membership of this church reserves the exclusive right to determine who will be members of this church and the conditions of such membership.

Section 2. Candidacy:

The membership of this church will be composed of persons who have given evidence of regeneration by the Spirit of God, who have been baptized by immersion, and who have subscribed to the church covenant, articles of faith, and the constitution of Buffalo Baptist Church, Incorporated.

Candidates for membership into this church shall be presented to the church at any regular Sunday church service, after meeting with the pastor, in the following ways:

• By profession of faith, baptism by immersion, complete New Members class, and

presented to the congregation. The New Members class can be completed

following presentation to congregation if necessary.

• By promise of a letter of recommendation from another Southern Baptist

Church. The candidate will be in watch-care relationship until a letter of

transfer is received.

• By restoration upon a statement or prior conversion experience and

baptism by immersion in a Southern Baptist Church where no letter is

obtainable.

• Any person seeking membership in this church, but who, due to physical

disabilities are unable to be baptized by immersion, may offer themselves for

honorary membership until they can be baptized by immersion or the pastor and

deacon board agree on an alternative method of baptism, which the church

membership would vote to accept or reject. Until some sort of believer’s

baptism is conducted, the candidate would not have voting rights or be able to

hold office. The statement of disability must be verified by the pastor and at

least (2) deacons.

Should there be any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent will be referred to the pastor and deacon board, in writing, to be investigated and a recommendation should be delivered to the church member within thirty days. A majority vote of church members present and voting will be required for the candidate to retain or receive full membership.

Section 3. New Member Orientation:

New church members will be expected to complete a new member’s orientation plan established by church leadership.

Section 4. Voting Rights of Members:

Every member of the church, meeting all requirements, active and in good standing, are entitled to vote at all elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided that the member is present and have satisfied all requirements for membership (including new member orientation) as stated in Section 2.

Section 5. Discipline:

• It shall be the basic purpose of the Buffalo Baptist Church, Inc. to emphasis to its

members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled

member. The pastor and deacons are available for counsel and guidance.

Redemption and reconciliation, rather than punishments, should be the

guideline which governs the attitude of one member to another.

• Should a serious condition exist which would cause a liability to the general

welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will be taken by the pastor and

deacons to resolve the problem. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by the

spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. But, finding that the general welfare

of the church will best be served by the exclusion of the member, the church

may take this action by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting

called for this purpose; and the church may proceed to declare the offender to

either no longer be in “good-standing” or removed from the membership of the

church.

• Any person whose membership has been terminated for any condition which has made it necessary for the church to exclude him may upon his request, after a (1yr) period of healing and observance for repentance and reformation, be restored by recommendation of pastor and deacons, and a majority vote by members present at the called meeting.

Section 6. Termination of Membership:

Members shall be terminated due to the following circumstances:

• Death of the member

• Joining another Southern Baptist Church

• Exclusion by action of the church (After Discipline is Rejected with concern to misconduct):

(1) Misconduct based on open and unrepentant sustained sin and rejection of reconciliation laid out by pastor and deacons.

(2) Broken fellowship (active in attendance at least one service per month, active in giving, active Christian living) without just cause and rejection of reconciliation laid out by pastor and deacons.

(3) Habitual divisive behavior and rejection of reconciliation laid out by pastor and deacons.

• Exclusion upon joining a church of a different faith.

ARTICLE II. CHURCH OFFICERS AND STAFF:

All church officers must be members of the church. The officers for Buffalo Baptist Church, Incorporated are as follows *(job descriptions are available via church secretary):

Section 1. Pastor:

The pastor is responsible for leading the church to function as a New Testament church. The pastor will lead the congregation, the organizations, and the church staff in performing their tasks.

The pastor is the leader of pastoral ministries in the church. As such, he works with the deacons and church staff to:

• Lead the church in performing its tasks.

• Lead the church to engage in worship, fellowship, ministry, evangelism, and missions.

• Proclaim the Gospel to all people in all places.

• Pastoral care for church members and others in the community.

The pastor will be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. At least one weeks’ notice will be given to the congregation, prior to trial sermon, and voting on new pastor.

A pulpit committee is to seek out a suitable candidate for the pastorate based on the pastor’s abilities, needs of the church, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The voting for a new pastor will be conducted through ballots and will take place on the same Sunday as the trial sermon is preached. An affirmative vote of 80% of those present is necessary for the pastor to be approved. The pastor, thus elected, will serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the church’s removal of the pastor from office. If the separation is not mutually agreed upon, a meeting will be called and the members present will vote on a majority basis. This process should be avoided if at all possible through mediation with the Director of Missions for Broad River Baptist Association or the Church Relations representative from the State Convention. At least two weeks’ notice should be given by both sides.

Section 2. Church Staff:

The church will call or employ such staff members as the church deems necessary. A job description will be written (by personnel committee consulting with pastor and deacon board) when the need for a staff member is determined. *(These job descriptions will be attached to office copy of Constitution and By-Laws) Staff members, other than pastor, will be recommended to the church body by the personnel committee and will be determined by majority vote. At least two weeks’ notice will be given at time of resignation or termination.

Current Staff Positions:

• Youth Ministry Director

• Children’s Ministry Director

• Music Ministry Director

• Church Custodian

• FLC Custodian

• Pianist

• Organist

*(Job Descriptions will be attached as Appendix “1” to the Constitution and By-Laws)

Section 3. Deacons:

• Deacons will be elected on Sunday Morning (due to largest number of members present) and conducted by secret ballot. Deacons will serve on a three-year rotational basis and must take at least one year break after completing the three-year term. There is no obligation on Buffalo Baptist to constitute as an active deacon a person who comes from another church where he has served as a deacon.

• Deacons shall be elected in accordance with those qualifications set forth in the New Testament. In accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice of the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the church. The task of the deacon is to serve with the pastor and staff in performing ministerial tasks of the church. Deacons are to receive training to serve the families of the church and help ensure members are cared for and persons in the community are ministered to by the church, through the deacons.

• Deacons are responsible for recommending request made by ministries and committees with budget line items for funds needed above the approved budget to the congregation at a regular or called business meeting.*

Deacon Election will be conducted as follows:

1. Candidate for deacon must be 25 years old.

2. Candidate for must have been a Christian and member for 2 years.

3. A list of all eligible men, in accordance with the New Testament requirements, will be presented to the congregation 2 weeks before the vote.

4. If any candidate does not feel he should serve as a deacon in any given year, he can remove his name during the 2 weeks following the distribution of the eligible deacon list.

5. After all eligible men have prayerfully consider serving, and either left or removed their name from candidates, the church will be provided a final list of willing and eligible deacon candidates.

6. The candidates who receive the most votes will serve a three-year term.

*(The Deacon Board has the authority to approve expenditures up to $1000 if urgent)

Section 4 Church Clerk:

PURPOSE: To maintain accurate and timely documentation of all church proceedings, membership and business transactions. The Church Clerk is an elected Corporate Officer of the church, elected for a one-year term, renewable and reoccurring. The Church Clerk works closely with the Church Moderator for church business and parliamentary procedures, Church Ministry Assistant/Secretary for membership records and the Pastor for ministry needs of the congregation. The Church Clerk may serve as the recording secretary for other critical meetings within the church. *Assistant Clerk Will Serve as Clerk if the Clerk Can Not Continue Serving*

DUTIES: 

1. Assists in the preparation of the agenda for all Church Business Meetings, both regular and special called sessions, usually sending proper notice for both according to the Church Bylaws. 

2. Keeps an accurate record of all business transactions/comments/motions made in a Church Business Conference. 

3. Reviews all minutes of the Church Business Conference and provides copies for all attendees to the business session. reads the minutes and accepts corrections. 

4. Maintains an accurate church membership roll so that transfers and drops are performed after church vote or notification is made. 

5. Qualified membership and voting rights of members who meet the church criteria for voting and validates the quorum requirements for each voting session. 

6. Prepares and mails all official church correspondence. 

7. Gives necessary information about new members to the church office, to the person in charge of new member

orientation. 

8. Provides a copy of all church documentation (Bylaws, etc.) to new church members. 

9. Keeps one of two master copies of the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures manuals making sure all changes/amendments are properly recorded between revisions/reprints. 

10. Prepares the Annual Church Profile of reports, submit for church approval and send the ACP Report to the local association office 

Section 5. Church Treasurer:

The Church Treasurer is responsible for the proper receipt, accounting and disbursement of church funds within policies established by the church for adequate financial control  

Purpose: To be responsible for the safe and efficient management of the church funds and accounts. The Church Treasurer is accountable to the Congregation to disburse all funds received into the church treasury in accordance with the current church approved budget and the Policy and Procedures established by the church. The Church Treasure shall not open any account, of any nature, without approval from the church. Church expenses and reimbursements are to be made according to the church budget approved by the church. Money needed by the different ministries and committees (Building and Grounds, youth, children, Benevolence, etc…) and others responsible for budget approved funds up to the amounts approved by the church in the budget. If additional funds are needed, by individual, and they fit into a department, department head must request the funds. If funds are needed that are not in the budget, please see deacons for approval. Church Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee. 

Duties: 

1. Represents the church as a Corporate Officer. 

2. Makes monthly and annual financial reports to the church regarding the budget expenditures and receipts. 

3. Keeps accurate records in appropriate financial journals of all monies received and disbursed. 

4. Needs to be knowledgeable about collecting, counting and recording procedures. 

5. Needs to participate in and report regularly to the appropriate committee (teams, offices, staff and congregational meetings). 

6. Needs to assure there are adequate records documenting the assets of the church for insurance and other purposes. 

7. Can make recommendations through the Finance Committee and Trustees concerning the investment of funds. 

8. Needs to ensure that all governmental taxes, reporting forms and regulations are met on a timely basis. 

9. Needs to coordinate issuing monitoring and collection of church credit cards, limits, uses and payments. 

10. Keeps church staff and appropriate committees informed of any trends or changes in fiscal matters. 

11. Instills and preserves a high financial confidence throughout the congregation. 

12. Serves as an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee.

ARTICLE III. COMMITTEES AND COORDINATING TEAMS:

All church committee and team members will be recommended by the nominating team and elected by the church unless otherwise specified in the following descriptions:

SECTION 1. CHURCH COUNCIL

• The primary function of this team will be to will be to recommend to the congregation suggested objectives and church goals; review and coordinate ministry plans recommended by church officers, organizations, and committees; to recommend to the congregation the use of leadership, calendar time and other resources according to ministry priorities; and to evaluate program achievements in terms of church goals and objectives.

• The leadership team/church council, unless otherwise determined by vote of the church, will have as regular members: the pastor, youth ministry director, music ministry director, children’s ministry director, Sunday school director, WMU director, men’s ministry director, activities director, and Chairman of the Deacons. Additional elected officers of the church may serve as ex-officio members.

• All matters agreed upon by the leadership team/council, calling for action not already authorized, will be referred to the church for approval or disapproval.

BUFFALO BAPTIST CHURCH COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS (alphabetically)

SECTION 2. ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR

PURPOSE: To plan and coordinate church-wide receptions, socials and banquets that do not come under any specific departments of the church, and to be available for any other social activities when called upon. The Activities Director will be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church.

DUTIES: Working with the Pastor and church council, the Activities Director has as its duties the following:

1. Determine times when church socials or receptions are needed and coordinate these activities. Working with the leadership of the following planned church events (Valentine Social, Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving Dinner/Fall Festival, Christmas Dinner and Christmas Play).

2. Assist in the planning and submission of budget funds to support activities of Buffalo Baptist. 3. Enlist additional people to help with each activity.

4. Help with other social activities as the need arise

SECTION 3. ASSOCIATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: Every church of Broad River Baptist Association is allowed their pastor and two members to participate in the winter and summer executive meeting. The church will select two members and an alternate for this committee. These members will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Attend the two evening meetings at the association. 

2. Report new information and decisions made at the executive meetings to church leadership.

SECTION 4. AUDIO TECHNICIAN

PURPOSE: The audio tech is to operate the sound systems during each service that takes place in the sanctuary or youth worship center. The head audio engineer (as well as the techs) will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES:  

1. Research and recommend the audio needs for the worship center and other facilities. 

2. Enlist and train sound operators for worship services and special events. 

3. Provide a maintenance program for upkeep of the equipment. 

4. Evaluate constantly the audio ministry of church and recommend changes in the audio system. 

5. Make recommendations to the Budget (Finance) Committee for maintenance of and new equipment needs.

SECTION 5. BAPTISM COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: To assist the ministerial staff in the instruction of candidates, preparation for the service, the dressing of candidates and the administration of the Ordinance of Baptism.

The Baptism Committee with each member being nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church.

DUTIES: Working with the Pastors, the Baptism Committee has as its duties the following: 

1. To assist baptismal candidates in preparing for and participating in the Ordinance of Baptism, and to assist them as needed following baptism to prepare to return to the worship service. 

2. To provide support and encouragement to baptismal candidates, especially those who feel insecure. 

3. To make sure that the baptistery area is clean and in proper working condition and to ensure that baptismal robes, towels and other supplies are available and in appropriate condition for use and are returned to their proper place after each baptism.

SECTION 6. BENEVOLENCE COMMITTEE

Structure of the Committee: Three (3) people will be nominated to serve on the “Good Samaritan Fund” by the nominating committee and voted on by the congregation. Members will serve a one (1) year term that is renewable annually.

PURPOSE: To study the benevolence needs in the church families and community, to design a plan for meeting spiritual and physical needs, and to administer the plan in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. This committee will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

Duties: 

1. Develop Ministry guidelines to follow. Make recommendations to the church as to what kind and how much assistance will be provided. 

*(However, when this committee helps the less fortunate it will remain undisclosed!)

2. Make a thorough study of all needs for assistance in the church membership and in the community. Work closely with the Pastor, Deacons, and other leaders, and members of the Church in locating and meeting these needs. 

3. Determine available community agencies that provide various types of assistance. Refer persons to appropriate agencies as they have help available. 

4. Decide on criteria for considering requests for help and investigate all requests. 

5. Recommend to the finance committee and church (if necessary), requests for budget allocations and resources needed for ministering to needs of people. 

6. Review and evaluate periodically all assistance being provided. 

7. Involve church members in benevolent ministries when possible. 

8. Prepare and present annual budget to the finance committee. 

SECTION 7. BY-LAWS RESEARCH COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: This committee serves the church by updating the By-Laws as amendments are made and helping to keep the church functioning by these governing documents. This committee will be nominated by the nominating committee and voted on by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Determine the content for the Constitution and Bylaws. 

2. Locate and compile all written copies of Policies and Procedures the church has already approved. 

3. Interview all program leaders, council chairpersons, committee chairpersons and staff to discover what policies and procedures are being used that have not been written down. 

4. Codify all policies and procedures that are being used, but have not been written down as discovered by the interviews conducted in step. 

5. Compile and assimilate a comprehensive first-draft document for committee consideration of a proposed Constitution and Bylaws. 

6. Agree on a comprehensive first-draft document. 

7. Take the comprehensive first-draft document, section by section, back to the program groups, councils, committees, and staff affected by the documents to obtain additional input. 

8. Make necessary changes to each section of the document after completing step 7 and agree on them in committee. 

9. Bring each section of the completed document to the church for approval and implementation. 

10. Receive suggestions, input, matters referred from the church, etc., and make recommendations back to the church on

these issues and other matters concerning Constitution, Bylaws and Policies. 

SECTION 8. CEMETERY COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: The Cemetery Committee will be responsible for cemetery layout and plot assignment in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. The committee members will be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Church.

DUTIES:

1. Make periodic inspection of headstones and sunken ground.

2. Inform the Property Committee of maintenance needs.

3. Maintain record of plot layout and assignments.

SECTION 9. CHRISTMAS DINNER

PURPOSE: The team will consist of volunteers compiled by the team leaders nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. This team will work with the Pastor, Activities Director, and the church council to determine the date and time for the Christmas Dinner.

DUTIES:

1. Assemble a team of volunteers.

2. Work with church leadership to determine the best date and time for the event.

3. Work with Finance Committee on cost of event.

4. Present the information to be publicized within the church (at least a month in advance).

SECTION 10. CHRISTMAS PLAY/CANTATA

PURPOSE The team will consist of volunteers compiled by the team leaders nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. This team will work with the Music Ministry Director, Pastor, Activities Director, Youth Ministry Director, and Children’s Ministry Director and the church council to determine the date and time for the Christmas Play that involves multi-ministries in the church as near the Christmas Holiday as possible.

DUTIES:

1. Assemble a team of volunteers.

2. Work with church leadership to determine the best date and time for the event.

3. Work with Finance Committee on cost of event.

4. Send information home with church members at least one month in advance of the event.

5. Present the information to be publicized within the church (Theme, Date, Time, Flyer, Facebook Ad., etc.).

SECTION 11. CHURCH SIGN

PURPOSE: Makes periodic changes to outside church sign to highlight messages and current information about our church. This volunteer will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Important dates and events should be posted. 

2. Special services or sermon series should be posted. 

3. Recognition of special accomplishment or events (such as a birth, graduation, call to Ministry, etc.…). 

4. Messages to engage the community  

SECTION 12. EASTER EGG HUNT

PURPOSE: The team will consist of volunteers compiled by the team leaders nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. This team will work with the Pastor, Activities Director, and the church council, and Children’s Ministry Director to determine the date and time for the Easter Egg Hunt that follows the morning service or as near the Easter Holiday as possible.

DUTIES:

1. Assemble a team of volunteers.

2. Work with church leadership to determine the best date and time for the event.

3. Work with Finance Committee on cost of event.

4. Send information home with children and parents at least one month in advance of the event.

5. Present the information to be publicized within the church.

SECTION 13. FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Structure of the Committee: Five (5) members selected by the nominating committee and elected by the church to serve three-year terms. The Pastor, Treasurer, and Chairman of Deacons will serve as Ex-officio members of the committee.

PURPOSE: To prepare and present a budget to the Church in consultation with the Pastor, Deacons, and church leaders, that reflect all income and expenses for operation and support of all programs, committees, offices and missions in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. The budget will be presented the first week of November for the congregation to vote.

DUTIES: 

1. To develop a budget based the expenditures and receipts of the previous year. 

2. Consult with ministerial and volunteer leadership to ensure the budget accurately and adequately represent the needs and purposes of the church. 

3. To promote the Great Commission through a Gospel centered budget. 

4. To approve expense reports and reimbursement request. 

5. To ensure both the reconciliation the budget and financial statements are correct monthly. 

6. To amend the budget as needed for unexpected costs or contributions. 

7. Consistently monitor that BBC is spending the budget in a Kingdom honoring manner. 

SECTION 14. FINANCIAL SECRETARY 

The Financial Secretary is accountable to the Congregation, Church Treasurer and the Finance Committee to receive and record funds that come into the church treasury. 

PURPOSE: The Financial Secretary position primarily receives the funds that come into the church treasury, records the funds, deposits the funds and forwards information about the deposit to the Church Treasurer.  The Financial Secretary is responsible to the Treasurer and Finance Committee. 

DUTIES: 

1. To work according to the guidelines and policies and procedures proposed by the Congregation and Church Bylaws. 

2. To receive funds from whatever source, providing permanent receipt in a numeric receipt pad, record them, and report them to the Church Treasurer, the church and its leadership (Finance Committee) as provided in the church policies. 

3. To collect offerings received during worship services at the conclusion of the program/event, making certain that more than one person is involved in collecting and counting the money. 

4. To ensure money is deposited in a bank as soon as possible after it is received. All deposits should be made within three (3) days of receipt. 

5. To establish a procedure to collect and record money received through methods other than regular offering, including money received through the mail. 

6. To produce individual charitable-gift receipts summaries of all donations received during a calendar year and mail within the first two weeks of January each year. 

7. To be accountable to the congregation through its designated committees/teams, elected officers and paid staff leadership. 

8. To disburse all money contributed to the local church budget, keeping accurate records of how money is spent within the approved church budget.

SECTION 15. FLOWER COMMITTEE  

PURPOSE:  This committee will recommend policies and procedures for acquiring, arranging, and disposing of flowers and decorations for worship services and special events. This committee will consist of two (2) members nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Recommend policies related to providing flowers for sick and bereaved members and special occasions for the church. 

2. Work with the Stewardship (or Budget) Committee in requesting the flower and decorations committee financial support in the annual budget. 

3. Acquire, place, and dispose of flower arrangements and special decorations. 

4. Serve as a resource team in planning, designing and renovation of existing or new worship and storage space.

SECTION 16. GRADUATION RECOGNITION

PURPOSE: The purpose of this team is to honor the graduating class (high school and college) of the church. This team will be nominated by the nominating committee and voted on by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Determine how graduates will be recognized during the service. 

2. Determine what gifts will be given to the graduates from the church. 

3. Work with Pastor, audio and media, as well as musicians for graduates to march in at the beginning of the service and other special music and recognition. 

SECTION 17. GRAPHIC DESIGN

PURPOSE: This member will work with ministerial staff and publicity to promote ministries and original series studies. It is a position of guidance and sharing possible ideas for church promotions. The position is not intended to have all work completed by graphic design volunteer, but rather to have someone to gain insight from and advice of how ministers can complete the work themselves. Position will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Working with Pastor, ministerial staff, and lay leadership to Create graphical content for all areas of Buffalo Baptist Church  

2. Help the staff to conceptualize, design and edit creative content  

3. Help train new volunteers to create creative content

SECTION 18. HOMEBOUND OUTREACH

PURPOSE: To ministers to Buffalo Baptist Church members and others who are no longer able to attend church activities on a regular basis. This team will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. The deacons will serve in this ministry (joining the other volunteers that make up the team) through the Deacon Family Ministry. 

DUTIES: 

1. Encouragement through mailing cards, making phone calls, and personal visits.  

2. The deacon family ministry will also involve visiting and communicating on regular basis with our homebound members. 

3. Taking DVDs of the services and Bulletins.

SECTION 19. HOMECOMING COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: Committee will consist of Pastor, Chairman of Deacons, Music Ministry Director, and Sunday School Director. To provide a day of worship and fellowship annually for Church members, former Church members, former Church staff, families, friends of members and community residents and to help the Church membership understand and appreciate its Baptist heritage and preserve church historical records in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Committee is responsible for organizing the homecoming event including: 

A. Announcing event. 

B. Contacting formers members and staff. 

C. Coordinating food service. 

D. Coordinating with Pastor, the morning worship service. 

E. Coordinating all special arrangements.  

2. Presenting a budget to the Budget Committee for the event. 

3. Lead the Church in the observance of Baptist Heritage Emphasis during the year. Each June has been designated as Baptist Heritage Month by the Southern Baptist Convention.  

4. Collect and safeguard the records of the Church. 

5. Make sure the Church keeps accurate records and information of its current progress. 

6. Help all the members of the Church to appreciate their Church through an understanding of its past. 

7. Develop and recommend to the Church, any policies and procedures regarding its historical materials. 

8. Lead the Church to preserve its minutes and other valuable records. 

9. Develop annually, committee goals and a budget and present both to the Finance Committee

SECTION 20. IRON CITY BOARD REPRESENTATIVES

PURPOSE: Every member church of Iron City Ministries is allowed, their pastor and two members to participate on the general board. The church will select two members to serve on the ICM board. These members will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Attend the quarterly meetings at ICM. 

2. Report new information and decisions made at the ICM board meetings to church leadership. 

SECTION 21. KITCHEN COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: The church kitchen committee works with the church council and various ministries to develop the scheduling, menu selection, purchasing, preparation, serving and clean up involved in food services. 

DUTIES: 

1. Train and supervise kitchen staff members and volunteer servers. 

2. Plan menus for special ministries and meals, youth Wednesday night meal and special occasions as requested. 

3. Purchase all necessary food items (usually the meat). 

4. Maintain high standards of sanitation in the kitchen area to comply with local health and sanitation laws. 

5. Maintain an up-to-date inventory of food and kitchen supplies. 

6. Arrange for servicing, repairing and replacing equipment in the kitchen as needed (This may be in conjunction with properties and grounds). 

7. Work with the activities director, ministerial staff, and lay leadership on table and room arrangements for all meals and social functions. 

8. Maintain accurate records of supplies, costs and operation.

SECTION 22. LORD’S SUPPER COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: To prepare for the Lord's Supper each time it is scheduled.

The Lord's Supper Committee will be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. The Pastor is an ex-officio member of this committee.

DUTIES: Working with the pastor and church council, the Lord's Supper Committee has as its duties the following:

1. Coordinate the provision of an adequate supply of Lord’s Supper elements (juice and bread)

2. Prepare the Lord's Supper (i.e. fill juice and bread trays, set up in sanctuary) whenever it is

scheduled.

SECTION 23. MEDIA TEAM (Head Engineer and Techs)

PURPOSE: This team exists to serve God by assisting church leaders and groups within the church to create a pleasing and presentable atmosphere in which to worship using sound, lights, and video. Working with Ministry staff to present the gospel through the use of media and technology. This team is nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Check for updates to software and hardware that can cause problems with the service. 

2. Monitor equipment and let Pastor, Music Director, Finance, or Properties know if new equipment is necessary. 

3. Work with Ministerial Staff to create schedules for services both in sanctuary and youth worship center.  

4. Use social media (as it is available) to stream services live and place them on the BBC Facebook page.  

SECTION 24. MOTHERS DAY AND FATHERS DAY ACTIVITIES

PURPOSE: The purpose of this team is to honor the mothers and fathers of the church. This team will be nominated by the nominating committee and voted on by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Determine how mothers and fathers will be recognized during the service. 

2. Determine what gifts will be given to the mothers and fathers or if a donation will be made in their honor to non-profit ministries from the church. 

3. Work with Pastor, and ministerial leadership to plan the service.

SECTION 25. NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

Structure of the Committee: Five (5) members – This committee consists of four (4) church members nominated and voted on by the congregation and the Sunday School Director is nominated by the nominating committee, presented to the church, and elected by the congregation. 

PURPOSE: To lead the Church in filling all Church-elected leadership positions filled by volunteers. 

DUTIES:

1. Select, interview, and enlist church program organization leaders, church committee members, church committee chairpersons, and general church officers.

2. Approve volunteer workers before they are invited to serve in church-elected leadership positions.

3. Distribute church leadership resources according to priority needs.

4. Assist Church leaders in discovering and enlisting qualified persons to fill church- elected positions of leadership in their respective organizations.

5. Present volunteer workers to the church for election.

6. Nominate special committees as assigned by the Church. 

SECTION 26. NURSERY COORDINATOR

PURPOSE: To provide quality childcare to both members and visitors with infants under the age of four. This volunteer is selected by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Nursery coordinator will serve one-year term. 

2. It is the coordinator's responsibility to work in cooperation with the Children's Ministry Director to ensure quality care for the children entrusted to BBC during worship services. 

3. She should report to the nursery to assist the transition between Sunday School and church service. 

4. Assist in receiving children attending worship service only. 

5. Make sure the assigned workers are in place, find substitutes or cover the room yourself. 

6. In the event that the assigned coordinator cannot attend services that day arrange for another committee member to cover the responsibility. 

SECTION 27. PASTOR APPRECIATION COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: This committee serves to encourage the pastor and his family by recognizing the sacrifices the entire family makes in serving their community of faith. The committee will be made-up of the chairman of deacons, the music director, and volunteers. 

DUTIES: 

1. Form a committee to oversee the planning on your event.   

2. Plan dates, details, theme, and responsibilities.  Most churches start out with a date (usually sometime in October) choosing a theme for the event.  This allows the committee to brainstorm on various ideas and start delegating responsibilities early enough to make the event successful. 

3. Plan for the necessary resources and funding for your event.   

4. Make the proper announcements to the church and community.  This is a great opportunity for the church to show its community love and respect for their pastor. Most people want to be in a church that is caring. 

5.  Meet regularly to monitor your progress.  A sound plan includes completion to the end.  avoiding “surprises” should be a goal. 

6. Recognize everyone who has donated items or time to make Pastor Appreciation a success!  From entertainment to cleanup, everyone should be recognized.

SECTION 28. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Structure of the Committee: Five (5) members – This committee consists of three (3) people recommended by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Church. 

PURPOSE: The personnel committee serves the Church in matters related to employed personnel administration in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. 

DUTIES:

1. Hire and dismiss paid employees (with the exception of the pastor)

2. Survey the need for additional church staff positions.

3. Prepare and update, as necessary, job descriptions for all employed personnel.

4. Prepare and maintain an organization manual relating to Church employed personnel.

5. Recruit, interview, and recommend to the church, new employees according to established Church Policy and staff criteria.

6. Develop and recommend a salary schedule and benefits plan for non-ministerial personnel.

7. Develop and recommend Church Policies and Procedures for employed personnel.

8. Evaluate performance of non-ministerial personnel according to personnel policies.

9. Prepare and submit a budget annually to the Budget Committee for non-ministerial personnel salaries and benefits.

SECTION 29. PROPERTY AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: This committee will consist of six (6) members. The Church Property Committee is responsible for the upkeep, proactive care, and repairs to all existing church facilities and property. To assist the Church in the maintenance of all properties in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. The committee is recommended by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES:  

1. Inspect all Church property and equipment periodically and maintain an inventory.

2. Recommend to personnel committee employment, training, and supervision needs of maintenance personnel.

3. Develop and recommend policies and procedures about maintenance and insurance.

4. Assist Church in maintaining proper and adequate furnishings for church programs and activities.

5. Assist other Church committees in responsibilities relating to Church property.

6. Review duties periodically and recommend appropriate changes.

7. Prepare recommendations for Budget Committee.

SECTION 30. PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: Publicity is a key to the success of Buffalo Baptist events and ministries. The publicity committee is responsible for the visual promotions and reminders of Buffalo Baptist within the local church and within the community where the church is located.

DUTIES:

1. The publicity committee is responsible for developing and placing any of the following that applies to specific events:

2. Reminders in the weekly church bulletins of new events and ministries

3. Ads in the local newspaper in the week or two leading up to Buffalo Baptist special event (complete with the theme for the event)

4. Bulletin board display

5. Publicity for new ministries Buffalo Baptist starts including missions, studies, small groups, and events determined by church council leadership team.

6. The publicity committee should work with the church council and pastor to make sure that Buffalo Baptist’s theme is being prominently promoted on the church’s Facebook Page and other social media presence.

7. The publicity committee is responsible for coordinating: placement of all posters, fliers, and other visual reminders throughout the church in advance of events and ministries.

8. Updates to the church Facebook Page or social media presence for the next event or activity for Buffalo Baptist.

9. If a new worship series is being promoted at Buffalo Baptist, it would be helpful to have input from publicity to help ministers and leaders in creative ideas for handouts, fliers, and bulletin inserts.

10. If the church is beginning new ministries as a way of connecting to the community of Buffalo Baptist, then the publicity committee should work with pastor to have any graphic/visual art posted throughout the facilities and on social media.

SECTION 31. SANCTUARY DECORATING COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: The Sanctuary Decorating Committee will plan for and implement the decoration of the sanctuary of the church. This committee is nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. Lead in making decisions regarding the interior décor of all church sanctuary. 

2. Create or purchase floral arrangements as needed for the foyer, sanctuary, hallways, bathrooms, outside entrances, and the fellowship hall.  

3. Purchase table coverings, placemats, etc. as needed for special occasions. 

4. Change arrangements, wreaths, and other decorative items by seasons and for special occasions. 

5. Decorate tables in the fellowship hall for church-wide fellowship meals. 

6. Remove and store all decorative items immediately after their use. Store linens and table coverings in the fellowship hall storage room; store floral and decorative arrangements in the room(s) designated and marked as storage for decorations. 

7. Be aware of the use of decorative items by other committees and groups in the church; provide directions for their care and storage. 

8. Lead in clearing out and organizing the storage areas as needed. 

SECTION 32. SENIOR ACTIVITIES

PURPOSE: To plan and schedule activities for senior adults of BBC in accordance with the purpose statement of the Church. These volunteers are nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church.

DUTIES:

1. Plan a schedule of recreational activities, trips, retreats, seminars for older adults of the Church that provide: a. Spiritual growth and Fellowship.

2. Encourage and seek opportunities for older adults to participate in programs and services of the church.

3. Plan programs and activities for older adults to learn to cope with the problems of aging.

4. Prepare annually committee goals and a budget for carrying out the goals and submit to the Budget Committee. 

SECTION 33. SHOWER COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: The Shower Committee will plan and implement activities relating to wedding and baby showers as directed in the shower policies and procedures. This committee will form two sub-committees to prevent burnout from the number of showers possible each year. These volunteers will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church.  

DUTIES: 

1. Contact the couple regarding the church hosting a wedding shower for them. Ask them to provide three possible dates that would be convenient. 

2. Determine which of the three dates will work best for the committee and the church calendar. 

3. Contact the church council thirty days in advance in order to schedule the shower. 

4. Notify the couple of the date. Ask them if they would like invitations sent to other guests. If so, obtain names and addresses and send invitations three weeks before the shower 

5. Notify the church secretary in order that the information may be placed in the bulletin for two weeks before the actual date of the shower. 

6. Prepare the fellowship hall the day before the shower, if possible, by setting up tables and chairs, and decorating the room. The decorative items maintained and stored by the Decorating Committee may be used.  

7. Provide punch, cake, mints, nuts, napkins, plates, cups, and any extra desired refreshments. 

8. Make arrangements for church members or friends of the couple to see that special guests are made welcome, to keep the guest book, to assist with serving refreshments, to help with the opening of gifts as needed, to be responsible for arranging gifts on a display table after they have been opened, and to assist the couple in getting gifts to their vehicle at the conclusion of the shower. 

9. Assign someone the responsibility of beginning the shower with a word of welcome, a prayer, and an introduction of family members who are guests.

SECTION 34. SPORTS ACTIVITIES

PURPOSE: The purpose of this committee is to plan and coordinate recreation and sports teams for the Church members with desire to participate in church league teams and sports and recreational activities in accordance the purpose statement.

DUTIES:

1) Plan a schedule of recreational activities that provide:

a) Spiritual growth.

b) Fellowship.

c) Instruction in Christian living.

2) Enlist and train coaches to provide spiritual leadership in a recreational environment.

3) Encourage participants to be witnesses to the un-Churched.

4) Plan opportunities for participants to be included in regular church activities.

SECTION 35. USHER COMMITTEE

PURPOSE: To be responsible for seating and comfort of the congregation, the greeting and introduction of visitors, the prevention of interruptions and distractions in accordance with the purpose statement. Nominating Committee will recommend and the church will elect the members.

DUTIES:

1. Man sanctuary doorways prior to services, greeting people and passing out bulletins. And directing families with infants and children to the Nursery and/or Children’s Church.

2. Make distribution of hand-outs during Church conferences and congregational

assemblies where hand-outs are used.

3. Receive offerings.

4. Help maintain order during services and church activities.

5. Be alert to the needs of persons during services.

6. Seat people during services.

7. Provide information to persons concerning church services, programs, and facilities.

SECTION 36. VALENTINE PARTY

PURPOSE: The team will consist of volunteers compiled by the two team leaders nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by the church. This team will work with the Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children’s Ministry Director, and Activities Director and the church council to determine the date and time for the event around the Valentines Day Holiday.

DUTIES:

1. Assemble a team of volunteers.

2. Work with church leadership to determine the best date and time for the event.

3. Plan an event for all ages and relationship status (child, youth, adult, single, married, divorced, widowed).

4. Work with Finance Committee on cost of event.

5. Present the information to be publicized within the church (at least one month in advance).

SECTION 38. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR

PURPOSE: The Vacation Bible School leader plays a key role in directing the church’s largest outreach program for children and their families. The VBS Director will plan, promote, and builds a team of volunteers and ministerial staff to ensure the Gospel is presented to the children in attendance. The VBS Director will be dominated by the nominating committee and elected by the congregation of the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. In consultation with the children’s coordinator, they recruit volunteers

2. Represents VBS on the children’s ministries committee

3. Develops a VBS budget with the help of the children’s coordinator

4. Plans the VBS space which rooms of the church will be used and for what

5. Plans the VBS time—the date, time of day, and program schedule

6. Takes responsibility for working with the Publicity Committee to ensure the VBS information gets out to the community. 

7. Leads the team in follow-up events

8. Demonstrates a concern for child safety by completing the volunteer ministry information form and returning it when asked, and by observing the guidelines for volunteers and caregivers 

9. Delegates leadership of the learning stations to able and responsible leaders; holds them accountable (stations include Bible learning, craft, games, etc.).

10. Makes routine staff assignments, as follows:

A. Family visitation ministry—organizing VBS staff to visit students at home

B. Follow-up ministry—sending birthday cards and invitations to follow-up events

C. Hospitality ministry—providing daily snacks, organizing food for parent night and follow- up

D. Guiding ministry—training and mentoring teen and adult guides who are each assigned a group of five students to accompany throughout VBS (guides and assists station leaders when asked, but does not teach)

E. Music ministry—learning VBS songs, leading the singing at VBS and follow-up events

F. Publicity ministry—communicating and publicizing VBS at church and in the media

G. Registration and record keeping—maintaining and updating student files, name tags

H. Welcoming ministry—greeting, finding name tags, showing students where to go

SECTION 39. VAN MAINTENANCE

PURPOSE: The van maintenance shall be made up of a volunteer member of Buffalo Baptist Church. This member will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church. 

DUTIES: 

1. The committee is required to check all fluid levels, tire wear/pressure, windshield wipers (replace/fill as necessary).

2. Carry vehicle for safety inspection and maintenance as necessary. 

3. Fuel vehicle anytime the gauge goes under ½ tank. 

SECTION 40. VIDEO TEAM (HEAD ENGINEER and TECH)

PURPOSE: The committee oversees the purchase and maintenance of audio-visual equipment and supplies. Videos the service and makes DVDs available of Sunday morning services. Tape duplication services provide outreach and support the church’s ministries. The Video Engineer (and Tech/Assistant) will be nominated by the nominating committee and elected by the church 

DUTIES:

1. To setup to video equipment before Sunday services.

2. To purchase the resources necessary to complete the recording, burning, and delivering the finalized DVDs for members and guest to share.

3. To monitor the equipment for needed upgrades or repair. 

*Assistant Will Cover All Duties If the Head Video Engineer Is Unavailable*

ARTICLE IV. PROGRAM ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1. General:

All organizations of the church will be under church control, all officers elected by the church and reporting regularly to the body.

Section 2. Sunday School:

There will be Sunday School, divided into classes for all ages and groups, conducted under the direction of the Sunday School Director for the study of God’s Word.

The task of Sunday School shall be to teach scripture systematically; reach persons for Christ and church membership; perform the functions of the church within its constituency; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination, and ultimately to equip disciples.

Section 3. Women’s Missionary Union:

There will be a W.M.U. with such officers and organizations as needed. The tasks of the W.M.U. are to teach and promote missions, engage in mission actions, support world missions through pray and giving; provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination.

Section 4. Women’s Small Group Bible Study:

The Women's Ministry at Buffalo is for all women. We want to meet ladies right where they are and come along side them - encouraging, supporting, praying and equipping them in their journey with God. We want to grow our faith and demonstrate His love and grace through our lives and relationships. We want deeper, Christ-centered relationships with each other through women's small groups, prayer meetings, fellowships and mentoring.  We want to encourage and equip women to faithfully and fully use their God-given gifts to glorify God.  As we worship and serve the Lord together, we want every woman to feel loved and accepted for who she is in Christ so that she is transformed and empowered to live out Christ's love and grace. We meet every Sunday Evening at 6pm in the class directly behind the sanctuary.

Section 5. Forge Men’s Ministry:

The mission of the Men's Ministry at Buffalo Baptist Church is to provide men with the resources to develop Godly character and help equip them to influence their world for Jesus Christ. Forged

Men’s Ministry meets every Sunday evening at 5:50pm

PURPOSE

• To bring men into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

• To unite men in Bible study, prayer, ministry, fellowship, and accountability.

• To become a supportive environment that touches the lives of the

entire church family.

• To become a magnet for service and a resource for other church

ministries and missions.

Section 5. Ignite Student Ministry:

Ignite Student Ministry is for students in grades 6-12. We are passionate about middle and high school students loving God with their whole heart and reaching out to others with God’s love making disciples throughout the world. Through each of our Bible studies, worship services, teaching times, service projects, and special events, our desire is that students would fall in love with their savior and learn how to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that their peers do the same.

Ignite Worship and Bible Study Times:

Sunday 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

Wednesday 7:00 pm

Section 6. Spark Kidz Ministry: 

Spark is a children’s ministry for kids 5 to 11 years old. This ministry strives to set the building blocks for a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Kids will learn the importance of praise and worship via video lessons, song and group activities.  Spark also meets on Sunday Nights in the FLC for more fellowship and discipleship opportunities.  

Spark Worship and Bible Study Times: 

Sunday 9:00 am (Sunday School FLC), 10:00 am (Report to FLC) and 6:00 pm (FLC) 

Wednesday 7:00 pm (FLC) 

Section 7. Church Music Program:

The Buffalo Baptist Music Ministry serves the purposes of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, encouraging believers in their walk with Christ, leading the congregation in worship and providing an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship experience. The Music Ministry spreads the Word of God through musical expressions. The divisions of the Music Ministry of Buffalo are as follows: 

*Adult Choir (5pm Sun. Night), Praise Team, and Individual Worship in song 

ARTICLE V. ORDINANCES:

Section 1. Baptism:

A person who receives the Lord Jesus Christ through faith; who professes Him publicly at any worship service and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord shall be received as a candidate for baptism.

• Baptism will be by immersion in water.

• Baptism will be conducted by the pastor and whomever led them to Christ as authorized by the church.

• Baptism will be administered as an act of worship during the worship service.

• A person professing Christ and failing to be baptized after a reasonable time shall be counseled by the pastor and/or deacons. If negative interest is ascertained the candidate will be removed from those waiting to be baptized.

Section 2. The Lord’s Supper:

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Christ and the anticipation of His second coming.

The pastor and deacons shall be responsible for the administration of The Lord’s Supper.

ARTICLE VI. CHURCH MEETINGS

Section 1. Worship Services:

The church shall meet regularly each Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening, and Wednesday Evening for preaching, instruction, evangelism, and for the worship of God. These meetings will be open for the entire membership of the church and for all people and will be conducted under the direction of the pastor.

There will be no services on Sunday Evening for the following Sundays:

• Memorial Day

• Easter

• Christmas (if it falls on Sunday)

• Mother’s Day

• Father’s Day

• Pastor Appreciation Day

• Wednesday Evening before Thanksgiving will be a combined service for Blacksburg area churches at First Baptist Blacksburg that Tuesday Night.

Section 2. Regular Business Meetings:

Regular Business Meetings will be held monthly on a designated Sunday Evening. As a general rule, the meeting will be held on the third Sunday Evening of the month.

Section 3. Special Business Meetings:

A special called meeting may be held to consider business of a significant nature. A one week notice of the subject, date, time, and location must be given for a special called business meeting unless extreme urgency renders such notice impractical.

Section 4. Parliamentary Rules:

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of Buffalo Baptist Church, Incorporated.

Section 5. Methods of Election:

• Deacon elections begin with a list of eligible deacons within the church body. These men have two weeks to leave their names as candidates or to remove their names from the list. Once the list is finalized the church votes the eligible deacons will serve a three-year term.

• Nominating Team/Committee candidates are nominated by ballot from the congregation. This list is taken by the pastor who contacts the top eight nominees who will serve. Once the top six vote getters willing to serve are identified, the church votes and the top three are elected.

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS:

Changes to the constitution and by-laws may be made at any regular business meeting of the church, provided each amendment has been presented in writing at a previous meeting and copies of the proposed amendment are furnished to each member present. Amendments to the constitution shall be by majority vote of all members of the church present and entitled to vote.

ARTICLE VIII. APPENDICES:

The following documents and forms will be attached to the Constitution and By-Laws each calendar year. The Constitution, By-Laws, and Appendices should be checked yearly for needed updates and additions. These additions should be added to the master copy and kept in Church Office.

Appendices:

1. Job Descriptions (Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Music Ministry, Custodians, etc.)

2. Medical Consent Form (Every child, student, and volunteer needs a completed form)

3. Guidelines and Policies Governing the use of Buffalo Baptist Church Facilities

4. Nominating Committee Report for the Calendar Year

5. Budget for the Calendar Year

APPENDIX 1

Job Descriptions:

Buffalo Baptist Church Custodian

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

The custodian will be responsible to the church for the cleaning and general janitorial work of the church.


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian.

2. Strong organizational skills.

3. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.

4. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

5. practices and a high degree of professionalism.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. The custodian will open and close the church for regular services.

2. Also be responsible for opening church for funerals, Bible School and revival

services.

3. The custodian will give the church a good cleaning once each week.

4. Do touch up cleaning for Wednesday night services.

5. Mop tile floors when needed.

6. Wax tile floors when necessary.

7. When wax becomes built up: use stripper to clean floors. (Check with deacons

about securing professional help when it becomes necessary to strip fellowship

hall floors).

8. Do touch up cleaning in sanctuary before and after funeral.

9. Clean additionally if needed during Bible School and revival.

10. Be responsible for the heating and cooling of each service.

11. Custodian will be responsible for purchasing cleaning supplies. (Church will

reimburse.)

12. The Buffalo Baptist Custodian will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off

the first calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

13. The Buffalo Baptist Custodian will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

14. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.


Family Life Center Custodian

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

The Family Life Center Custodian is responsible for maintaining a clean environment assuring all areas of custodial/janitorial duties for the building are complete on a regular basis. All supplies needed to complete these duties will be provided by the church.


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian.

2. Strong organizational skills.

3. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.

4. Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.

5. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

practices and a high degree of professionalism.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Vacuum and dust the Pastor’s Office and classrooms once per month.

2. Completely clean both bathrooms once per week (sweep, mop, clean sinks,

mirror, showers and toilets, assure adequate supply of paper products).

3. Sweep and mop the kitchen, dining area, foyer and hallway weekly.

4. Mop the gymnasium once per month and spot mop as needed.

5. Sweep the gymnasium twice per month.

6. Wash glass doors and windows once per week.

7. Assure the building is clean prior to major events, i.e. Wedding, Association

Meeting, Concert, Banquet, etc.

8. Assure all doors are locked, lights are turned off and heat is set to predetermined

temperature when finished cleaning.

9. Empty all trashcans twice per week.

10. The FLC Custodian will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off the first

calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

11. The FLC Custodian will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

12. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.


Secretary & Financial Secretary

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

The Secretary and Financial Secretary will be responsible for the weekly operations, transactions and correspondence of the church.


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian.

2. Strong organizational skills.

3. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.

4. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

practices and a high degree of professionalism.

5. Proficient in the use of a computer and Microsoft Office


RESPONABILITIES

1. Prepare weekly Bulletins

2. Prepare monthly calendar

3. Prepare monthly prayer list and weekly updates in the bulletin

4. Prepare letters and other correspondence for the church when there is a need

5. Type miscellaneous reports for the various committees when requested

6. Acknowledge all memorial and special gifts to donors when given to the church

7. Order all church literature and other materials when requested

8. Report copier maintenance reading each month

9. Contact copier company for supplies and repairs

10. Collect mail from post office each day and route it to the designated recipient

11. Purchase copier paper, stamps and other office materials as needed

12. Send Bulletins to homebound members when requested

13. Report all church accidents or claims to insurance company

14. Make phone calls for deacons, properties committee and other when related to

business of church

15. Write checks for all bills and purchases of the church business

16. Keep all financial records

17. Prepare financial statement for church members each month

18. Maintain bank statements from all banks

19. Keep all records of business transactions for seven years

20. Take staff’s monthly payroll sheet to CPA for FICA and State Tax filing each month

and pick up

21. Prepare a quarterly financial statement for the finance committee each quarter

22. Prepare a year-end financial statement at the end of each year

23. The Secretary will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off the first

calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

24. The Secretary will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

25. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.


Children’s Minister

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

To minister, teach and love the children of Buffalo Baptist


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian.

2. Love for children and families

3. Feels a call by God into Ministry.

4. Strong organizational and leadership skills

5. Ability to build and lead volunteer teams

6. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

practices and a high degree of professionalism.

7. The Children’s Minister will become a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.

8. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Directly work alongside volunteers and directors to implement programming

and ministry for children ages 4 years - 5th grade, including Sunday Nights,

Wednesday Nights, summer programming, special events, etc…

2. Choose and prepare curriculum for each program stated above that is for each

age level.

3. Create environments, activities, trips and programming for each age group that

will facilitate learning and encourage spiritual growth on a preferred quarterly

basis.

4. Organize fundraisers for activities and trips in order to create avenues to allow all

children and opportunity to participate.

5. Recruit, train, schedule and lead teams of volunteers.

6. Provide care for children families within the church including hospital visits and

follow-ups

7. Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new children and families.

8. Assist with ministries such as VBS, Fall Festival, Baby Dedications, Children’s

Church, etc....

9. The Children’s Minister will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off the first

calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

10. The Children’s Minister will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

11. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.


Youth Minister

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

To minister, teach and love the youth of Buffalo Baptist


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian.

2. Love for children and families

3. Feels a call by God into Ministry.

4. Strong organizational and leadership skills

5. Ability to build and lead volunteer teams

6. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

practices and a high degree of professionalism.

7. The Youth Minister will become a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.

8. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Directly work alongside volunteers and directors to implement programming and

ministry for youth ages 6th - 12th grade, including Sunday Nights, Wednesday

Nights, summer programming, special events, etc . . .

2. Choose and prepare curriculum for each program stated above that is for each

age level.

3. Create environments, activities, trips and programming for each age group that

will facilitate learning and encourage spiritual growth on a preferred quarterly

basis.

4. Organize fundraisers for activities and trips in order to create avenues to allow all

youth and opportunity to participate.

5. Recruit, train, schedule and lead teams of volunteers.

6. Provide care for children families within the church including hospital visits and

follow-ups

7. Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new children and families.

8. Assist with ministries such as VBS, Fall Festival, Baby Dedications, Children’s

Church, etc…

9. Participate in Student Impact, Jerusalem Project and plan or participate in

Student Conferences.

10. Assist in coordinating van pick-ups.

11. Assist in closing FLC on Sunday and Wednesday Nights.

12. The Youth Minister will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off the first

calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

13. The Youth Minister will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

14. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.


Music Director


PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

The Music Director is responsible to the Pastor of the church for planning, conducting and evaluating the Music Ministry.


QUALIFICATIONS

1. Born again Christian who feels a call by God into ministry.

2. Strong organizational and leadership skills.

3. The Music Director will become a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.

4. The Music Director is to be faithful in Sunday School, Discipleship Training,

Wednesday Night Prayer Services and practices.

5. Must possess an excellent verbal and relational skills; sound time management

practices and a high degree of professionalism.

6. Most possess a current Driver’s License and have available transportation that is

properly insured.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Direct the planning, coordinating, operating and evaluation of a broad Music Ministry.

2. Direct music groups and congregational singing.

3. Coordinate the performance schedule of music groups and individual’s in activities of the church.

4. Supervise maintenance of and additions to music library. Provide music materials, supplies, instruments and other music equipment for use    in church’s program.

5. Be aware of current music methods, materials, promotion and administration, utilizing them when appropriate.

6. Prepare and administer the Music Ministry budget.

7. The Music Director will be allowed one Sunday and Wednesday off the first

calendar year for vacation with pay. Two Sundays and two Wednesdays off each year thereafter. Three Sundays and three Wednesdays off each year after 10 years.

8. The Music Director will notify Pastor in case of an emergency when they will be absent from any service.

9. The Music Director will be allowed 3 services each calendar year with pay for absence due to sickness.

10. Absence not covered under sick or vacation will be without pay.

11. Participation in funerals and weddings will be at the discretion of the Music

12. Director after consultation with the family, Pastor and the choir.