5970 Highway 243 ~ PO Box 427
Kaufman, Texas 75142
Kaufman County Cowboy Church
ARTICLE II. MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP
SECTION 1. PASTOR
SECTION 2. PROFESSIONAL MINISTERIAL STAFF
SECTION 3. LAY PASTORS
The role of the Lay Pastor shall be described as follows:
SECTION 4. ELDERS
Elders serve a three (3) year term. Each year, at a time that is agreed upon by the leadership of the church, the church will be asked to submit in writing the names of men who have been a member of the KCCC for at least one (1) year to fill any vacancies among the Elders. The Pastor and existing Elders will screen the names to ensure that the nominees meet the qualifications set forth above. If it is determined that a nominee is qualified, his name will be placed before the church as a candidate. However, if the Elders, the Pastor, or the nominee determines that he is not qualified, then he will not be a candidate.
Once a list of qualified candidates has been assembled, an election by written ballot will be held. The candidates' names shall be placed on a secret ballot and those church members present and voting shall be asked to mark three (3) names. The candidates receiving the most votes will serve as Elders until the next election unless precluded by death, resignation, or removal. An Elder may not serve more than one (1) three (3) year term. He is free to serve as an Elder again after one (1) year rest from service.
SECTION 5. ELECTED LEADERSHIP
ARTICLE III. SUPPORT STAFF
The Pastor and Personnel Team may suggest employment and termination of other employees as necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the church.
ARTICLE IV. MINISTRY TEAMS
SECTION 1. GENERAL MINISTRY TEAMS
SECTION 2. STANDING CONGREGATIONAL TEAMS
SECTION 3. SPECIAL TEAMS
Special teams are teams such as a Building Team or a Pastor Search Team. The establishment of such teams comes from special elections in a regular church conference that are under the direction and supervision of the Elders. Persons serving on a special team must have been a member of KCCC for not less than one (1) year. All such teams will be selected by secret ballot after the church body has had reasonable opportunity to nominate and pray over the matter
ARTICLE V. CORPORATE OFFICERS
SECTION 1. PRESIDENT
The Pastor shall serve as the President and overall representative and overall administrator of the corporation. He will assist as moderator at church conferences and be responsible for ensuring that the daily business affairs of the church are appropriately and effectively executed.
SECTION 2. TRUSTEES
SECTION 3. CLERK/SECRETARY
SECTION 4. VACANCIES
SECTION 2. CHURCH CONFERENCES
SECTION 3. CONTRACTS
The Trustees shall execute and deliver any contract or instrument in the name of the church, which may be authorized by the church to be so executed and delivered. In this connection, the church body as a whole shall be the ultimate authority for all actions taken by the church and no other person, organization or corporate officer shall have any authority to contract or otherwise bind the church without express authorization from the church body.
SECTION 4. BOOKS AND RECORDS
The church shall keep and maintain a complete and accurate record of all financial accounts, membership lists, and church conference minutes at its principle office. Any member, or his agent or attorney may inspect all books and records of the church, for any purpose at any reasonable time.
SECTION 5. PROHIBITION AGAINST SHARING IN CORPORATE EARNINGS
No member, officer, or person connected with the corporation, or any other private individual shall receive at any time any of the net earnings of pecuniary profit from the operations of the corporation, provided that this shall not prevent the payment to any such person of a reasonable compensation for services rendered to or for the corporation in effecting any of its purposes as shall be fixed by the church; and no such person or persons shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon the dissolution of the corporation. All members of the church shall be deemed to have expressly consented and agreed that upon such dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the corporation, after all debts have been satisfied, then remaining in the hands of the officers of the church shall be distributed, transferred, conveyed, delivered, and paid over, in such amounts as the church may determine or as may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction upon application of the church, exclusively to charitable, religious, or educational organizations affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas or Kauf - Van Baptist Association which would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.
SECTION 6. EXEMPT ACTIVITIES
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, no member, officer, or representative of the corporation shall take any action or carry on any activity by or on behalf of the corporation not permitted to be taken or carried on by any organization exempt under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended, or by any organization contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (C)(2) of such code and regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.
ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths (3/4 - 75%) vote of the members present at a church conference called for that purpose. Any member of the church may propose amendments. Proposed amendments for church consideration shall be in written form and mailed thirty (30) days prior to the church conference to the last known address of all members eligible to vote. Amendments will be numbered, dated and attached to the original instrument.
Matthew 18: 15-17
A Brother Who Sins Against You
15"If your brother sins against you, [a] go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'[b]17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Timothy 3: 1-7
Overseers and Deacons
1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, [a] he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?). 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
Titus 1: 6-9
6An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer[a] is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
THEOLOGICAL STATEMENT OF KAUFMAN COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH
1963 Baptist Message of Faith
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE
The 1962 session of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in San Francisco, California, adopted the following motion: “Since the report of the Committee on Statement of Baptist Faith and Message was adopted in 1925, there have been various statements from time to time which have been made, but no overall statement which might be helpful at this time as suggested in Section 2 of that report, or introductory statement which might be used as an interpretation of the 1925 Statement. “We recommend, therefore, that the president of this Convention be requested to call a meeting of the men now serving as presidents of the various state Conventions that would qualify as a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Committee under Bylaw 18 to present to the Convention in Kansas City some similar statement which shall serve as information to the churches, and which may serve as guidelines to the various agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is understood that any group or individuals may approach this committee to be of service. The expenses of this committee shall be borne by the Convention Operating Budget.”
Throughout its work your committee has been conscious of the contribution made by the statement of “The Baptist Faith and Message” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. It quotes with approval it affirmation that “Christianity is supernatural in its origin and history. We repudiate every theory of religion which denies the supernatural elements of our faith.” Furthermore, it concurs in the introductory “statement of the historic Baptist conception of the nature and function of confessions of faith in our religious and denominational life.” It is, therefore, quoted in full as part of this report to the Convention:
“(1)That they constitute a consensus of opinion of some Baptist body, large or small, for the general instruction and guidance of our own people and others concerning those articles of the Christian faith which are most surely held among us. They are not intended to add anything to the simple conditions of salvation revealed in the New Testament, viz., repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
“(2)That we do not regard them as complete statements of our faith, having any quality of finality or infallibility. As in the past so in the future Baptists should hold themselves free to revise their statements of faith as may seem to them wise and expedient at any time.
“(3)That any group of Baptists, large or small have the inherent right to draw up for themselves and publish to the world a confession of their faith whenever they may think it advisable to do so.
“(4)That the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Confessions are only guides in interpretation, having no authority over the conscience.
“(5)That they are statements of religious convictions, drawn from the Scriptures, and are not to be used to hamper freedom of thought or investigation in other realms of life.” The 1925 Statement recommended “the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, revised at certain points, and with some additional articles growing out of certain needs . . .”
Your present committee has adopted the same pattern. It has sought to build upon the structure of the 1925 Statement, keeping in mind the “certain needs” of our generation. At times it has reproduced sections of that Statement without change. In with instances it has substituted words for clarity or added sentences for emphasis. At certain points it has combined articles, other minor changes in wording, to endeavor to relate certain doctrines to each other. In still others (e.g., “God” and “Salvation”) it has sought to bring together certain truths contained throughout the 1925 Statement in order to relate them more clearly and concisely. In no case has it sought to delete from or to add to the basic contents of the 1925 Statement. Baptists are a people who profess a living faith. This faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.” Therefore, the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is Jesus Christ whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. A living faith must experience a growing understanding of truth and must be continually interpreted and related to the needs of each new generation. Throughout their history Baptist bodies, both large and small, have issued statements of faith which comprise a consensus of their beliefs. Such statements have never been regarded as complete, infallible statements of faith, nor as official creeds carrying mandatory authority. Thus this generation of Southern Baptists is in historic succession of intent and purpose as it endeavors to state for its time and theological climate those articles of the Christian faith which are most surely held among us. Baptists emphasize the soul’s competency before God, freedom in religion, and the priesthood of the believer. However, this emphasis should not be interpreted to mean that there is an absence of certain definite doctrines that Baptists believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified. It is the purpose of this statement of faith and message to set forth certain teachings which we believe.