Proposed Constitutional Changes, Sept. 2022

Our Bridges Elders have identified several items in our church constitution that need attention. Primarily, the proposed changes will bring us into alignment with our practice. None of the changes concern doctrinal matters. Please read through the proposed changes and their explanations. Any questions should be directed to Dan Stockum (dan@bridges.church) or Todd Kjos (todd.kjos@gmail.com) before the Annual Meeting on September 25, 2022. A vote will take place at the Annual Meeting to confirm these changes, but time for discussion will not be feasible.

 

Change #1

ARTICLE IV – ORGANIZATION OF THE CORPORATION

Section 5 – Treasurer

Old text: A Treasurer shall be appointed from the Board of Elders.

Proposed new text: A Treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Elders.

Explanation: The change brings us into alignment with our historical practice and allows for someone other than an elder to be the treasurer. Historically, the treasurer has been a church member, deacon, or elder.


Change #2

ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH

Section 1 – OfficersSection 1 – Officers

Old text: The officers are the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastors, Assistant Pastors, Elders, and Financial Secretary. Officers appointed by the Board of Elders are Treasurer, Church Clerk and such assistants as may be determined by the Board of Elders. All officers shall be members of this Church.

Proposed new text: The officers shall be appointed by the Board of Elders. All officers shall be members of this Church.

Explanation: The change removes specific titles of officers, which can change over time and do not always align with the officer functions. It allows for appropriate individuals to fill an officer role (whether they be elders, pastors, or other members) as may be required at the time in the collective judgment of the Board of Elders.


Change #3

ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH

Section 2 – Selection, Terms and Duties of Officers

Old text: The Board of Elders shall consist of not less than seven and not more than twelve elected men. They shall be at least twenty-one years of age and members in good standing. The Elders shall be elected for a term of three years; one-third of the Board shall be elected each year. Elders may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, but may be re-elected after an absence from the Board of Elders of at least one year.

Proposed new text: The Board of Elders shall consist of not less than seven and not more than twelve elected men. They shall be at least twenty-one years of age and members in good standing. The Elders shall be elected for a term of three years. Elders may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, but may be re-elected after an absence from the Board of Elders of at least one year.

Explanation: The change removes the phrase,  “one-third of the Board shall be elected each year” because the number of elders reaching the end of their service term is not necessarily always one-third of the board. However, given that elders are elected for three year terms with a two term limit, there will be change in the composition of the elder board nearly every year.


Change #4

ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH

Section 2 – Selection, Terms and Duties of Officers

Old text: F. The Treasurer shall be appointed from the Board of Elders.

Proposed new text: F. The Treasurer shall be appointed by the Board of Elders.

Explanation: This is the same as Change #1; it appears twice in the Constitution.


Change #5

ARTICLE V – ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH

Section 2 – Selection, Terms and Duties of Officers

Old text: E. The Financial Secretary shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the membership and shall serve for one fiscal year or until his elected successor assumes office.

Proposed new text: E. The Financial Secretary shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the membership and shall serve for one fiscal year or until an elected successor assumes office.

Explanation: The change substitutes the phrase “his elected successor” to “an elected successor” because the financial secretary does not need to be male.