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.

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.