Constitution

(Revised and Restated Effective 2005)

ARTICLE 1: NAME

The name of this Church shall be Euzoa Bible Church of Steamboat Springs, Colorado

(EUZOA means the “Good Life” in Greek).

ARTICLE II: VISION STATEMENT

Our vision is to see the Steamboat Community and beyond become fully devoted to Jesus Christ.

ARTICLE III: MISSION STATEMENT

Euzoa exists to invite people to know Christ and lead them to grow in Christ.

ARTICLE IV: STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Euzoa statement of faith shall be completed and modified as often as deemed necessary by the elders.

ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP

Individuals may be selected to be associated with the church as members. Membership does not carry with it the right to vote on church business except as stated in the constitution and is not intended to create a voting interest under Colorado law. The elders develop policies that will characterize the purpose, qualification, procedures and responsibilities of membership.

ARTICLE VI: CHURCH GOVERNMENT

Section 1. Incorporation

This church is incorporated under the laws of the State of Colorado at Euzoa Bible Church of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The corporation board shall be same as the Board of Elders.

Section 2. General Powers

The corporate powers, business, and administration of the personal property of the corporation shall be exercised, conducted, and controlled by the Board of Elders. The leadership of the church is vested in the Elders. The church’s activities, under the supervision of the Elders, are administered and implemented by the pastors, by other professional staff and by such committees or individuals as the Elders may designate.

Section 3. The Elder Board

The government of this church under the leadership of the Holy Spirit shall be vested in a board of not less than three elders, not including staff members.

3:1 Qualifications

3:1.1 An elder shall be a man who seeks to achieve the Scriptural standards for church overseers (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-3).

3:2 Selection

3:2.1 Upon notification of the need by the Elder Board, recommendations of candidates for the position of elder may be submitted to the Elder Board by any member of Euzoa Bible Church. Recommendations will be accepted prior to each Elder Board meeting.

3:2.2 Opportunities shall be given for the church and Elders to meet with the candidates. Any known reason that the candidate is not qualified to serve as an elder must be presented to the Elder Board within (30) days after the candidate’s nomination

(I Tim 5:19-20).

3:2.3 Upon the unanimous approval by the Elders, the candidate shall be presented to the membership at a meeting that the Elder’s Schedule.

3:3 Tenure

There will be no term limits on serving as an Elder. Each elder should continually examine himself in accordance with the qualifications for elders given in I Timothy. If an elder does wish to take a leave of absence or to resign for any reason, he may do so without question, but must receive unanimous approval by the board upon reapplication.

3:4 Removal

If the Board of Elders wishes to remove an elder, it may do so by unanimous vote of the remaining elders at any duly called meeting of the board at which at least two-thirds (2/3) of the other members are present.

3:5 Quorum

A majority of the Board of Elders shall be necessary to constitute a quorum in order to conduct business. Decisions shall be majority rule unless otherwise specified in the constitution. The Elders shall, however, strive for unity and consensus in all matters, recognizing that Christ, the Head of the Church, is not divided in His will for His church.

3:6 Composition

The Elder Board shall consist of all Elders, the Pastor/Teacher, and other pastoral staff (that meets the necessary qualifications of the office of elder and who are elected to the board). At no time shall the number of pastor/staff elders comprise a majority of the board.

3:7 Responsibilities

The Elders shall be responsible under the Lord, for all areas of church ministry. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

3:7.1 The Elders have overall responsibility for oversight and direction of the church (Hebrews 13:17; I Thessalonians 5:12)

3:7.2 The Elders are responsible to seek, in all matters, the mind of Christ who is the Head of the Church, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22; I Peter 5:2).

3:7.3 The Elders must be able to teach and able to exhort the church in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict the truth, and at the same time be open and welcome to sincerely offered suggestions and grievances from the members.

3:7.4 The Elders shall provide for the maintenance of discipline as elsewhere required in this Constitution (I Thessalonians 5:12; II Thessalonians 3:14-15; Galatians 6:1)

3:7.5 The Elders shall oversee the financial matters, as administered through the Finance Commission and budgeted through the various commissions of the church’s ministry.

3:7.6 The Elders shall appoint Trustees, deacons and deaconesses as is necessary to oversee the ministry of the church.

3:7.7 The Elders are to lead by example (I Peter 5:;2-3; Hebrews 13:7).

3:8 Organization

The Elders, at least annually, shall choose a chairman. The chairman presides as church moderator at business meetings. If the chairman is unable to perform his duties, he shall designate an appropriate member of the Board to function in his behalf.

ARTICLE VII: STAFF

Section 1. Pastor/Teacher (Senior Pastor)

1:1 Qualifications.

Qualifications for the Pastor are to be the same as for the Elder. They are also to be well-trained and exhibit a clear call to the ministry and a giftedness for the pastoral office. (Ephesians 4:11-12)

1:2 Responsibilities

The Pastor is responsible for the performance of the ministries of the pastoral offices. He directs and supervises the work of all other members of the pastoral staff. He assures the continuity of pastoral duties during planned absences. He shall have the primary responsibilities for the worship services of the church, teaching and preaching the Word of God, overseeing the administering of ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and working with the Elders to establish goals for the ministry of the church. In addition, he will be charged with the carrying out of other duties related to the pastoral office. This would include such functions as marriages, funerals, and counseling.

1:3 Accountability.

The Pastor is accountable directly to the Board of Elders for the supervision of his ministry.

1:4 Dismissal.

Any Pastor who conducts himself in a way that impairs his service can be dismissed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the remaining elders at any duly called meeting of the board.

1:5 Term of Office.

The relationship of any pastor and the church is continuous until dissolved by giving at least thirty (30) day written notice, and not more than ninety (90) days notice, in the case of dismissal, the termination is immediate.

1:6 Pastoral Search Committee.

Upon the need to select a pastor, the Elder Board shall select a search committee that will seek resumes of men, consider the merits of the candidate, search their hearts in prayer and select a candidate. The elders will present the candidate to the church body through preaching and other interviews with key leadership groups and the church body.

1:7 The Call.

Upon receiving positive feedback from the body, the elders shall vote to call the candidate to ministry in Euzoa. Such vote must be unanimous.

Section 2. Other Ministry Staff

Other ministry staff positions may be created by the Elder Board and presented to the membership as the need arises. Job description, financial responsibility and ministry designation will be under the guidance of the Elders. The procedure for the calling and dismissal of other full time ministry staff will be the same as for that of a Pastor/Teacher as outlined above. At the discretion of the elders other part time staff may be hired as needed.

Section 3. Deacons and Deaconesses

3:1 Qualifications

Deacons and Deaconesses must be members of Euzoa Bible Church. They must maintain a standard of Christian life consistent with biblical qualifications. (Acts 6:1-5; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8-13; Romans 16:1) They must be gifted for service ministries. They are to be appointed by the Elders to oversee the various ministries charged with carrying out the ministries of the church.

3:2 Responsibilities

Deacons and Deaconesses preside over the ministries to which they are appointed and are responsible for budget planning, calendar and facility co-ordination, and the various ministry tasks related to the ministries. These tasks shall be outlined by the Elders.

3:3 Accountability

Deacons and Deaconesses are accountable to the Elder Board for the fulfillment of their responsibilities.

Section 4. Trustees

4:1 Qualifications

Trustees must be gifted for service ministries. They are to be appointed by the Elders to oversee various ministries’ tasks for the benefit of the ministries of the church.

4:2 Responsibilities

Trustees shall have the oversight of all financial matters of the church and all physical properties of the church. These tasks shall be outlined by the Elders.

4:2.1 Financial trustees shall have the oversight of all financial matters of the church including the preparing and maintaining of the annual budget, salary package considerations of the paid staff, insurances for staff and property and any other legal or financial business of the church.

4:2.2 Property trustees shall have the oversight of all physical properties of the church, including buildings, contents, vehicles and grounds.

4:3 Accountability

Trustees are accountable to the Elder Board.

ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS

Section 1. Meetings in General:

The elders and staff shall convene meetings as needed to accomplish the vision and mission of the church.

Section 2. Business Meetings:

2:1 Moderator.

The Moderator (Elder Chairman) shall preside at all business meetings of the church.

2:2 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the church shall be called in the first quarter of each year as appointed by the elders. At which meeting the congregation shall receive the annual reports of officers, pastoral staff, ministry leaders, and auxiliary organization, and the transaction of such business as is proper to be addressed at the meeting.

2:3 Special Business Meetings

The Elders may call special church business meetings at any time. The type of business to be considered is specified at the time the meeting is called.

ARTICLE IX: FISCAL OPERATIONS

Section 1. Fiscal Year

1:1 The Fiscal Year is January 1-December 31

1:2 Budget:

An annual budget shall be prepared by the Trustee, based upon input from the various ministries, pastoral staff, and the Elder Board. That budget shall be presented to the Elders for approval prior to the annual meeting, and presented to the membership at the annual meeting.

Section 2. Reporting

2:1 The Trustees shall prepare statements of contributions for individuals contributing to the ministry of the church.

2:2 Church receipts, disbursements, and financial status are reported four times a year to the Trustees and Elders.

2:3 The Trustees shall arrange an outside audit of church books and a report shall be submitted to the Elders and the membership annually.

Section 3. Finances

Necessary finances for conducting the affairs of the church, its program and missionary outreaches, shall be obtained through voluntary contributions of members and friends of the organization. Any other fund raising programs must be approved by the Elders.

ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS.

The Constitution may be amended, at any regular or called business meeting of the Elders, by a two-thirds affirmative vote of all elders. Notice of such amendment, stating the proposed change, shall have been posted and announced from the pulpit at services on two successive Sundays.

ARTICLE XI: DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY.

In the case of disbandment and dissolution of the church; the property, or the net proceeds thereof in the case of sale, shall be used for payments of all debts of the church and then for the extension of the Christian missionary cause as voted by membership of the church, but in any event shall be exclusively distributed on to such groups or organizations as shall be qualified under current government tax regulations as charitable or religious non-profit organizations.