North Shore Constitution
NSBC CONSTITUTION FINAL 8-8-12
Ammendment Added 9-13-15
NORTH SHORE BIBLE CHURCH
Article I – Name
The name of this church shall be North Shore Bible Church (NSBC), having its primary place of worship in Manson, Washington.
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of North Shore Bible Church is to develop Christ-like people who are experiencing the abundant life offered by Christ. Our focus is loving God, loving others, serving together and reaching out to those who don’t yet know Jesus. Our ultimate goal is to do all things for the honor and the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Article III – Statement of Faith
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, perfect in every way and eternally existing in a unit of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Being all-knowing, sovereign and loving, God purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to lavish upon them the riches of His grace. (Deu. 6:4; Matt. 28:19-20; Eph. 1:3-4)
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally-inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation and the ultimate authority for how we should conduct our lives today. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet.1:20-21)
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image in a perfect environment, but Adam and Eve sinned when tempted by Satan. Because we are descended from Adam, all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
(Gen.1:26; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:17-19)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, who was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our Shepherd, High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 1:18-23; 1 Cor. 15:1-5; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitutes the only ground for salvation.
(Rom. 5:6-9; 1 Cor. 15:20-28; 2 Cor. 5:20-21)
We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith, and not a matter of human effort or merit. God gives His righteousness to those who repent and rely on Christ alone for their salvation, and makes them a part of His eternal family.
(Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11-12)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit’s central ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in all He does. The other ministries of the Holy Spirit include: convicting the world of its need for Christ, regenerating sinners, indwelling believers and baptizing them into union with Christ and adopting them as heirs of God’s kingdom. The Holy Spirit also illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. (John 16:8-11; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18-21)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His body here on earth and is composed of all people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. The universal church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be comprised only of believers. The Lord Jesus Christ mandated two ordinances for the church -- baptism and the Lord’s Supper --which visibly and tangibly express the Gospel. (Eph. 1:18-23; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Rom. 6:1-11)
We believe that God’s purpose is to complete the work of salvation that He began in those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. To that end, spiritual growth is a process that should progress over the course of a lifetime and that involves loving God, loving others, and serving and reaching out to those who don’t yet know Jesus. It also involves compassion for the poor and justice for the oppressed. The Christian life is not lived in our own strength but through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. (Gal. 5:16; Col. 1:28; 1 John 3:13-18)
We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and Godly living as we eagerly wait our blessed hope. (Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16)
We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and will judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to eternal condemnation and the believer to eternal joy with the Lord in the new heaven and new earth. (Rev. 20:1-15; 21:1-27; 22:1-5)
Marriage, Gender & Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully created each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1st Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe everyone regardless of their lifestyle choices should be treated with kindness, dignity and respect (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, North Shore Bible Church and its staff will only participate in weddings between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of North Shore Bible Church shall only host weddings and events between one man and one woman.
Article IV – Church Structure
The structure of North Shore Bible Church can be described with the following phrases:
- Board Protected
- The Elders provide oversight and direction for all church ministries, ensuring that NSBC is making every effort to fulfill the Great Commission.
- Staff Led
- The Staff lead and equip the congregation in implementing the ministries of the church.
- Congregation Serving
- The congregation is actively involved in serving others within the church.
- Community Served
The congregation is actively involved in serving others outside the church, in the Chelan valley and beyond, through acts of compassion, such as encouraging ministry to the needy and distressed.
Jesus Christ is the sole Head of North Shore Bible Church, the Leader before whom all human leaders must bow. He communicates His will for the church through His Word, the Bible, and through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Voting members of the North Shore Bible Church congregation shall be the overall governing body of the church. The membership votes to approve:
- Elder Board members
- Calling of or termination of the Senior Pastor
- Calling of all other Pastors and staff directors.
- Changes to the Constitution or Bylaws
- An annual church budget
- Acquiring or selling real property
- Any discretionary purchase that exceeds 5% of the annual budget
- Borrowing money
- Formal association with other churches and organizations.
The Elder Board, made up of men who are members of North Shore Bible Church and who meet the biblical qualifications of an Elder, shall be the highest authority under the congregation.
According to the Scripture, their role is one of oversight and shepherding. Elders are to serve as representatives of God in leading the people into obedience to God’s Word. Their responsibilities include:
- Praying for the individuals and the ministries of NSBC.
- Determining the overall vision and direction of the church.
- Maintaining the NSBC Operations and Policy Manual and ensuring that it is up to date and fully implemented.
- Ensuring the church’s teaching and practices reflect biblical truth.
- Providing avenues for pastoral care, conflict resolution, discipline, and restoration.
- Providing direction on all financial matters.
- Partnering with the Senior Pastor, to ensure the vision and values determined by the Elders are being carried out.
The Elder Board shall consist only of elected Elders and the Senior Pastor. Other paid staff members cannot serve as Elders.
The Leadership Team is comprised of the Senior Pastor, pastoral staff and all ministry leaders. Leadership Team members will direct the various ministries under their supervision, recruit support staff and fill vacant positions as authorized by the Elder Board. They will also make recommendations to the Elder Board, the Finance Committee, and the congregation as appropriate in all matters affecting the various ministries of the church.
Article V – Membership
All individuals who desire membership must complete a New Member Orientation during which they will learn about the requirements and the expectations for members of our church. Members must have received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, agree with the church’s statement of faith, and agree to support the vision, strategy and structure of the church. All members must sign the Membership Covenant in which they pledge to protect the unity of the church, encourage the growth of the church, serve the church family, support the testimony of the church and be affirmed as members by vote of the Elder Board. Details regarding membership are included in the Bylaws of the church.
Article VI – Amendments
Constitutional amendments require a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote by the Elders before they can be presented to the membership. Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any duly called Annual Business Meeting or Special Business Meeting of the congregation by a three-fourths (3/4) majority of votes cast. Proposed amendments shall be made available in written form at least four weeks prior to the time of voting. Voting shall be done by secret ballot.