CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
WHEREAS, Jesus Christ commissioned His true church, "Go ye
into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15),
and said, "Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you" (Matthew 28:18-20), and
WHEREAS Jesus Christ commanded Peter, "Feed my sheep" (John
21:16,17), and whereas Jesus Christ said, "I will build My church"
(Matthew 16:18), of which He was to remain the Perpetual, Living,
Spiritual Head (Ephesians 1:22), and whereas Christ inspired the Apostle
Paul to write, "And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ ... " (Ephesians 4:11,12), and
WHEREAS, Jesus Christ promised He would never leave nor
forsake His church (Matthew 28:20),
We, therefore, proclaim that we are members of the spiritual
organism that is the body of Christ, the church, and do hereby dedicate
ourselves to fulfilling the task of fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION Jesus
Christ placed upon His church; a two-part commission which includes
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God to the world as a witness and
caring for the flock of Christ, "... Till we all come in the unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto
the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;" (Ephesians 4:13),
and proclaim that we will strive to live according to every word of God
(Matthew 4:4), being examples to our brethren in the church and our fellow
citizens in the world of whatever race, color, creed, faith, or political
persuasion; being "subject to the powers that be" in our lands insofar as
the laws of human
governments do not conflict with the
Divinely-revealed laws of God (Acts 5:29); that we will earnestly strive
to maintain the "faith once delivered to the Saints" (Jude 3), and that we
will, insofar as we are humanly capable, obey God's commands that we
"...grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby [we] are sealed unto the
day of redemption [and that we shall] let all bitterness, and wrath, and
anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from [among us], with
all malice: and [that we will be] kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven [us]"
We do further covenant with God and
with each other that, in obedience to the example and commands of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ, we humbly accept, as a primary prerequisite to
become and remain a member of the body of Christ, the church, that we must
always be prepared to forgive one another, even as God has forgiven each
one of us.
This church, a legally-incorporated
body, and a non-profit corporation, shall be known as THE INTERCONTINENTAL
CHURCH OF GOD.
The primary mission of this church
shall be to fulfill the two-part commission of Christ given to His
apostles, and incumbent upon every generation of His church, to preach the
good news of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness, and
to "feed the flock of God ... taking [accepting] the oversight thereof,
not by constraint [compulsion], but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but
of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
examples to the flock" (I Peter 5:2,3).
FURTHER, the mission of this church shall be:
(1) To ordain qualified ministers and
servants in the church according to the Divinely-revealed pattern for the
purpose of furthering the primary purpose of the church; i.e., to feed the
flock of God as stated in ARTICLE II, and in the PREAMBLE and COVENANT.
(2) To raise up local churches of
converted, baptized believers as God adds to His church through His
calling as expressed by Christ Himself Who said, "Come unto Me, all ye
that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)
and Who said to His disciples, "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields,
for they are white already to harvest" (John 4:35), and Who inspired Luke
to write, "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved"
(3) The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
recognizes that there are many different functions within the ministry
(servants) of the church, including, but not limited to, prophets,
evangelists, pastors and teachers, "helps, governments," deacons and
deaconesses. Further, the church is cognizant of its Christ-ordained
powers of "binding and loosing" within the confines of Holy Writ, and
declares that the expression "helps, governments" allows the ministry of
the church to "ordain" or "appoint" those who are qualified to serve the
brethren in any capacity deemed necessary in order to fulfil the mission
of the church.
(4) The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
hereby adopts as its doctrines the
whole word of God,
in its most ancient manuscripts, and declares that it is in accordance
with the doctrines of the CHURCH OF GOD, INTERNATIONAL, founded by Garner
Ted Armstrong in Tyler, Texas, in 1978, which doctrines are set forth in
the booklet authored by Garner Ted Armstrong entitled, "Everything You've
Always Wanted To Know About The Church Of God, International, and Weren't
Afraid To Ask," and as set forth in the entire inventory of books,
booklets, brochures, articles, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, radio,
television, and sermon tapes produced by Garner Ted Armstrong from the
date of the incorporation of the Church of God, International in 1978
until his disassociation with said church organization as of December
31st, 1997. Further, the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD hereby adopts the
"Statement of Beliefs" as published by the Church of God, International on
or before March 14th, 1998,
(5) The church will establish and
maintain such organizations for the youth of the church as expedient and
required, such as Sabbath schools, field trips, sports and/or arts and
crafts competitions, and strive to provide for the youth of the church as
many programs and activities as are possible within the church's financial
and physical means.
THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
declares that it is in affiliation with, and in support of the
evangelistic outreach programs of the "Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic
Association," so long as said Association continues to adhere to the truth
of the Gospel as set forth in ARTICLE II, and so long as said Association
cooperates with the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD in referring those
requesting baptism and/or church affiliation to the local churches or
hosted fellowship groups of the ICG.
In return for such referrals, the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
recognizes that it is incumbent upon each chartered church, non-chartered
local congregation or hosted fellowship group to remain staunchly faithful
to the doctrines of both bodies, and to remain in close cooperation and
mutual support with the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association.
Thus, both legal entities form an inseparable part of the two-part
commission Christ gave to His church, and both legal entities consider
themselves identical parts of the spiritual body of Christ, the Church of
God, of which Christ is the living Head.
THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
declares that it is an "open arms, open door" church. Any person,
regardless of nationality, race, color, creed, religious or political
persuasion, is welcome to fellowship with the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF
GOD at any of its regular worship services, Bible studies, annual
festivals or other church occasions, so long as all such persons refrain
from espousing, preaching, teaching, handing out tapes, literature, or
materials of any kind which set forth anything contrary to the doctrines
and practices of the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD, and so long as such
fellowship remains passive, worshipful, cooperative and cordial. The ICG
has no prohibitions regarding who may attend its worship services,
recognizing the need of those of all nations, deceived of Satan
(Revelation 12:9), following the way of this present world and the "works
of the flesh" (Galatians 5:19-21) to hear the truth of the gospel of the
Kingdom of God, and the way of salvation preached by Jesus Christ.
The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD, as
expressed in the COVENANT, is established for the purpose of fulfilling
the Great Commission of Jesus Christ; that of preaching the gospel to
every person, and baptizing those who believe, with special emphasis on
the second part of Christ's Great Commission: that of feeding the flock.
The ICG fully accepts the responsibility of each of its members to be a
"light to the
world," like a "beacon on a hill" which "cannot be
hid", and accepts that each minister or lay member should always " ...
sanctify the Lord God in [our] hearts: and be ready always to give an
answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear, Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak
evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your
good conduct in Christ" (I Peter 3:15,16). Further, the church recognizes
the responsibility of each lay member to live his or her life as a witness
and an example to the world; to engage in personal evangelism through
prayer, through personal example, and through participating actively
through the local church in helping support evangelistic campaigns, Bible
studies, lectures, seminars, or church social events to which the general
public is invited.
FURTHER, the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD encourages each
individual member to participate in telephone campaigns, placing
advertisements, distributing waybills, announcements, or literature, and
zealously taking part in all local efforts to attract people to the
evangelistic outreach programs of the GTAEA, as well as local church
programs designed to build the church. This may include, but are not
limited to, word of mouth invitations, distribution of GTAEA and/or ICG
literature or printed materials from the local church, placing of
advertisements in publications of any kind, purchasing billboards, setting
up fair booths, and reaching out to the general public through any and
every Biblically sanctioned means.
The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD eschews the practice of
"going from door to door" and attempting to teach those who have not
asked, or force literature upon those who have not asked for it. Thus,
each church member and each hosted fellowship group or chartered church
considers itself an active part of the body of Christ, assisting in every
Godly, Scripturally authorized way in proclaiming the Good News of
Christ's soon-coming Kingdom to this earth, but does not attempt to force
its faith, hope and belief upon others.
THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD recognizes the absolute
sovereignty of each individual, and the deeply PERSONAL nature of the
relationship of each individual lay member to Jesus Christ, Who is the
Living Head of the church. All members are in VOLUNTARY association with
the church and its ministry. Each minister, local church and/or hosted
fellowship group is in VOLUNTARY association with the BOARD OF DIRECTORS
and the church at large.
MEMBERSHIP and BASIS FOR FELLOWSHIP: Since Jesus Christ said,
"No man can come unto Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him"
(John 6:44), and since each member is "added to the church" following
repentance, water baptism, and the laying on of hands (Acts 2:38; Romans
6; Acts 19:3-6), it is recognized that each member of the church is drawn
by the Spirit of God, personally convicted by the Holy Spirit of God, and
is then joined to the spiritual body of Christ through the rite of baptism
and the laying on of hands by Christ's ministers and servants who are
authorized to perform baptismal rites. Thus, at the instant of begettal by
the Holy Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:13), a "new creature in Christ" is
begotten (II Corinthians 5:17), and is automatically a "member" of
Christ’s body, which is the church. THEREFORE, the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH
OF GOD rejects traditional concepts of "joining" the church through
application, required periods of indoctrination or study, placing one's
"letter" in the church, or any other method requiring documentation, and
accepts as members those who declare their membership and affiliation,
whether from a previous baptism and church association, or as a result of
having been baptized by an authorized representative of the
INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD, or by voluntary association and attendance
with local churches, fellowship groups and annual Holy Days of the church.
The most important criterion for fellowship is the spirit of
forgiveness and tolerance; an absence of judging or condemning others, and
a willingness to be obedient to Christ's instructions in Matthew 18 of
going to one's brother (or sister) in the case of any conflicts and
resolving the issue in dispute. Fellowship with the church may not be
denied because of "personal problems" in one's private life such as a
smoking habit. Rather, it is the belief that all such persons need the
buttressing of church worship services and fellowship with brethren of
like mind who are themselves striving to live a life of overcoming Satan's
wiles, their own human natures, and the world around them.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHURCHES, FELLOWSHIP GROUPS, OR
CORPORATE BODIES: The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD is an "open arms,
open door" church. Therefore, it welcomes cooperation with any other
church body, insofar as such body desires. The ministry of the church
shall not prohibit members of the church from attending church services
with any other church, Bible study or fellowship group. However, the
church will not allow guest speakers from any other churches who espouse
doctrines or concepts not held by the ICG, or who engage in proselyting on
of any other groups. The ICG specifically welcomes
the ministry and membership who are Sabbath-keepers, and who recognize
their need to attend the annual Holy Days of the church, including the
"Feast of Tabernacles" in the Autumn.
The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD
welcomes close cooperation with any independently-incorporated church
groups, and does not regard an independently incorporated local church as
estranged, or in competition. The ICG will not seek to bring any
independently-cooperating church under its corporate documents, or under
its organization or church structure. As an "open arms, open door" church,
the ICG hopes that any such independently-incorporated local church will
freely fellowship with the ministry and membership of the ICG; that its
ministers will be invited to participate in any conferences of the
ministry of the ICG; that its ministers will be invited to participate in
the speaking schedule at the annual Holy Days of the church, and that its
members will be welcome at any regular Sabbath service or annual Holy Day
of the ICG.
DISFELLOWSHIPMENT; The INTERCONTINENTAL
CHURCH OF GOD rejects the traditional concept of "excommunication" or
"marking" as practiced by various religious hierarchies. Instead, the
church accepts the admonition of Jesus Christ, "... if thy brother shall
trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him
alone: if he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother. But if he will
not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more that in the mouth of
two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall
neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglects to hear
the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican" (Matthew
18:15-17). Further, the IGC accepts the admonition of Paul, "Now I beseech
you, brethren, mark [take note of] them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans
16:17). Paul wrote to the lay membership, thus placing the responsibility
for avoiding heretics or unruly persons on the shoulders of the
individual. Each minister or host of a fellowship group is charged with
the responsibility of keeping peace in the local group, and may, as
required, deny fellowship to any person who is disorderly or contentious,
or who attempts to espouse contrary doctrines or practices. The ministry
of the church shall adhere to Paul’s instructions to Timothy, "If any man
teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness:
"He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting
about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife,
railings, evil surmisings,
"Perverse disputings of men of corrupt
minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from
such withdraw thyself" (I Timothy 6:3-5).
The church urges each lay member to obey
God's word which commands us,
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, YE WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL,
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, let
thou also be tempted (Galatians 6:1).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Section One: Limitations of Power
A. The Board of Directors accepts as
its fiduciary responsibility the sacred trust of guarding, preserving and
maintaining the spiritual, philosophical and ideological underpinnings of
the church, i.e., the goals, missions and purposes of the church.
B. The Board of Directors further
accepts as its secondary fiduciary responsibility to hold in trust any
physical assets of the church, and will be responsible for having an
annual audit and publishing the auditor's report.
C. The powers of the Board do not
extend to the private lives or worship of its membership, except that the
Board retains the power to revoke the credentials of any minister and/or
host of a fellowship group who refuses to support the stated goals and
mission of the church, causes division or dissension among the brethren,
or who abandons the doctrines of the church.
D. It is recognized that the
INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD does not represent the body of Jesus Christ
in its entirety, but is a body of believers from that larger body who have
associated themselves together in a legal corporation to accomplish a
specific mission as set forth in this constitution and in these by-laws.
E. The Board of Directors shall never
appoint a "Council of ministers" or any other committee of any kind to
which it delegates control over the board.
F. The Board of Directors shall
consider all ordained ministers of the church to be fully qualified to
assess and appraise the spiritual qualifications of those among them in
the local churches and fellowship groups, and to recommend, in writing,
any such individuals for ordination or appointment to the Area
Coordinators. An Area Coordinator may ordain any qualified man to the
office of teaching elder or deacon, or any qualified woman as a deaconess,
and may, at his own discretion, appoint other local officers as may be
required for the peaceful and orderly conduct of worship services and
other activities of the
Section Two: CHAIRMAN:
A. The Chairman shall serve for a term of five years, and may
be re-elected by majority vote for any number of terms.
B. The Chairman shall preside over all regular and special
meetings of the Board, and shall also serve as the President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Church.
C. The Chairman shall approve all ordinations or appointments
recommended by the Area Coordinators and the ministry except in the case
of teaching elders, deacons or deaconesses, as set forth above.
D. The Chairman shall perform, as his primary duty toward the
church, the faithful preaching of the doctrines of the church at all
worship services or evangelistic campaigns, and through books, booklets,
articles, magazines, newsletters or literature of any description, and
through electronic media of any description, including the Worldwide Web,
E-Mail, and video and audio-taped sermons which shall be distributed to
the local churches and hosted fellowship groups at their request.
E. In the event of the partial disability or death of the
Chairman, the Board shall receive recommendations from the Area
Coordinators and the entire ministry of the church, and after fasting and
prayer, shall choose a successor by acclamation. Should the Chairman be
partially disabled, but sound of mind, he shall make known to the ministry
of the church and the Board his recommendation for a successor. Such
successor shall be appointed only by a unanimous vote by the board.
Section Three: DUTIES OF DIRECTORS
A. The Chairman shall preside over all regular and special
meetings of the Board.
B. The Vice-Chairman shall preside over all meetings of the
Board in the event of the absence of the Chairman, or in the event of
illness, disability, or death.
C. A Secretary shall keep all minutes of Board meetings.
Section Four: COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
A. The Corporation shall be controlled by a
Board of Directors which shall consist of a minimum of five (5) and a
maximum of seven (7) officers, who shall also be trustees.
B. The officers of the Board of
Directors shall consist of the Chairman, a Vice Chairman and a Secretary.
Section Five: ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS
A. Candidates for Board membership may
be recommended from the ministry, hosts, or lay members at any time by
sending such recommendation in writing to the Chairman and the entire
Board. Recommendations shall include a biographical sketch, at least three
written references, a recent photograph, and a written recommendation by
at least two ordained ministers of the church.
B. No person may be considered for
membership on the Board who has not been a member of the church for at
least ten (10) years, and who has been in regular attendance at church
worship services and annual Holy Days.
C. No person may be considered for
membership on the Board who is not willing to support the goals, mission,
and doctrines of the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD without reservation,
and who is not in agreement with the association of the ICG with the
Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association.
D. An Area Coordinator may not be
appointed as a Director, since this would represent clear conflict of
interest, in that the Board of Directors must approve the appointment of
each Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinators are not a self-perpetuating
body, but a group of peers, serving the brethren in their respective areas
Section Six: Board Meetings
A. The Board shall be required to meet
at least once annually.
B. The Chairman may call special
meetings as required.
C. Any member of the Board may request
a meeting of the Board at any time, in writing, and the Board shall
acknowledge such request and schedule a meeting within one week or other
reasonable period of time from the receipt of such request.
Section Seven: TERMINATION OF DIRECTORSHIP
A. Each member of the Board shall be elected to serve for a
term of five (5) years.
B. A Director may be removed by default if he or she fails to
attend annual board meetings except in the case of reasons of health,
accident, family illness or other emergency.
Section Eight: BOARD BUSINESS
A. Each annual meeting of the Board shall be for the purpose
of assessing the spiritual condition, growth, and activities of the
church, receiving the annual financial report, and assessing future plans.
It is acknowledged that the Board is not an executive body; that the
President is the Chief Executive Officer, and shall manage the day to day
business of the church, and that the Board shall not "micro-manage" the
B. The Chairman shall present to the Board an annual "State
of the Church" report, including but not limited to the spiritual
well-being and physical growth of the church; attendance at local worship
services and annual Holy Days, and any other relevant appraisal of the
progress of the church during the past year.
C. The Chairman shall present to the Board projections for
future growth, adoption of any church programs including Sabbath Schools,
youth programs, local building programs, purchase of local church
buildings, and/or an annual appraisal of cooperative local evangelistic
efforts in concert with the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association.
D. The salaries of all executives of the church shall be set
by the Board. All salaries shall be within comparable standards for the
ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL CHURCHES:
A. A chartered local church of the INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF
GOD shall consist of not less than twelve (12) persons, of which ten (10)
must be of legal age.
B. A church charter will be issued to
any local church which is served by an ordained minister, or a deacon
and/or host who has been issued speaking credentials. Charters will be
submitted to the appropriate Area Coordinator, consisting of a signed
petition from the minister, elder, deacon or host, and issued by
headquarters upon receiving a recommendation from the Area Coordinator.
Speaking credentials shall be in the form of a certificate issued by the
Board, and may be issued upon petition by any local church or hosted
fellowship group to the nearest Area Coordinator, following his
recommendation to and approval by the President.
C. Worship services of each local
church shall consist of the standard format of services as conducted over
the past fifty years in the (former) parent organization, the Worldwide
Church of God (The Radio Church of God), and the Church of God,
International; i.e., a song service (optional, if no piano or music, or no
qualified song leader), opening prayer, announcements, a short sermonette
(optional; not to exceed twelve minutes), another congregational hymn,
followed by a sermon and/or video sermon tape, closing hymn and prayer.
D. No host or volunteer may bring
sermonettes or sermons without having been authorized to do so either by
the President of the Church, the nearest Area Coordinator, or the minister
of record, or until he has been issued speaking credentials. All
preachers, speakers or teachers shall speak at the pleasure of a majority
of the group assembled. No preacher, speaker or teacher, regardless of
ordination or speaking credentials, may impose himself upon a local church
or hosted congregation in which the majority of those attending do not
wish to hear him speak. Any conflict in this regard should be referred to
the Area Coordinators for advice and counsel, and to the President. The
decision of the President, upon carefully appraising the wishes of the
majority of any local church or hosted fellowship group and the advice of
the Area Coordinators, shall be final.
E. No host or volunteer, regardless of
whether holding speaking credentials, may preempt a sermon tape from
church headquarters if a majority of the hosted group prefers to view a
tape. Hosts are authorized to call the meeting to order, open with prayer,
make any announcements necessary, and fulfill all the voluntary duties as
host, but may not deliver sermons unless possessing the Speaking
F. The INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD,
adhering to Holy Writ, expressly forbids women to preach, or speak to the
church during worship services, except that women can speak during
seminars or conferences when scheduled, or can teach other women and
children as permitted by scripture.
G. It shall be the policy of the
INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD to obtain building sites and construct or
purchase local church buildings as God provides the financial resources.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AREA COORDINATORS
Each Area Coordinator is a peer among equals, selected from
among the ministry of the church for the purpose of overseeing the
ministers, chartered or unchartered churches. hosted fellowship groups or
individual lay members in his assigned area. It is understood that, as God
adds to His church, He will raise up more members and ministers, and that
the original areas assigned to each Area Coordinator will eventually be
reapportioned to admit such expected growth. The Board has delegated
far-reaching authority and responsibility to the Area Coordinators, who
are in turn accountable to the Board. The responsibilities of the Area
Coordinators are as follows:
(1) Responsible for the spiritual well-being and doctrinal
faithfulness of each chartered or unchartered church, hosted fellowship
group, or individual lay member in his assigned area.
(2) Responsible as an organizer, counselor, teacher,
spiritual example and friend.
(3) Responsible for putting in place church development
programs, such as developing local church mailing lists, conducting
leadership seminars, establishing speaking clubs, ladies’ clubs, youth
clubs and activities, approving those who are capable of being song
leaders, appointing or approving those who are authorized to deliver
sermonettes, approving the issuance of Speaking Credentials, and approving
any others whom he may deem qualified to assume positions of leadership in
the local churches.
(4) Responsible for seeking out, working with and developing
potential teachers and speakers. As Paul instructed Timothy to "ordain
elders in every church", so the Area Coordinator, together with other
ministers in his area, shall determine the qualifications of men who can
be ordained as "teaching elders" or deacons, and may also ordain
deaconesses. An Area Coordinator does not require approval by the Board
for ordaining men and women to such offices as stated above.
(5) Ordinations above the level of "teaching elder" will be
upon approval of a clear majority of the Area Coordinators, and are
subject to final approval by the Board.
(6) Responsible for approving as "hosts" those he feels are
qualified to lead an hosted fellowship group; for raising up new churches;
for promoting local and regional evangelistic campaigns, leadership
seminars, and youth activities.
(7) Responsible for preserving and maintaining the "faith
once delivered to the Saints", and dealing with any aberrations in
doctrine, divisions or dissensions which might arise among the churches in
his area, bearing in mind what Paul commanded Timothy, "Preach the word:
be instant [keep at it] in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort
with all longsuffering [patience] and doctrine. For the time will come
when they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they
shall turn away from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (I
Timothy 4:2-4). Responsible for pointing out to his fellow Area
Coordinators, and to the Board of Directors, any false teacher and who
would lead the flock away from the doctrines and practices of the
Intercontinental Church of God.
(8) Responsible for maintaining careful financial records (he
may wish to appoint his wife, an assistant pastor, a deacon, or
responsible lay member to assist him) so that brethren can receive full
benefit allowed by the Internal Revenue Service under Tax Code 501(c)3 for
deduction of charitable contributions to the church and/or the
(9) Responsible for faithful attendance at the Church's
annual "Feast of Tabernacles", and encouraging all those in his area to do
so. Responsible for programs to assist the poor and elderly to attend the
feast, and responsible for helping to search out and locate potential
feast sites for the future.
(10) Each Area Coordinator is accountable only to his peers
and to the Board of Directors if he should act contrary to the policies,
doctrines and practices of the church. Otherwise, he has full authority to
act within the "job description" as explained above, and the Board of
Directors pledges not to interfere, intervene, or "micro-manage" the
activities of any Area Coordinator who is acting within the parameters of
A. This CONSTITUTION and these BY-LAWS of the
INTERCONTINENTAL CHURCH OF GOD may not be amended except at a meeting of
the full Board of Directors, and only after any proposed amendment has
been submitted to the Board in writing.
B. Adoption of constitutional amendments shall only occur
upon a unanimous vote by all members of the Board.
This corporation is a non-profit church, and is not formed
for the pecuniary gain or profit of its Directors, Officers, Ministers or
Members. No dividend shall be paid and no part of the income of this
corporation shall be distributed to its Directors or Officers, Ministers,
Members, or Associates, excepting that reasonable compensation in the form
of salaries or reimbursement shall be paid to administrative officials of
the corporation or reimbursements and/or salaries paid to ordained
ministers of the church for services rendered. All salaries and benefits
must be approved by the Board. No bonuses shall be paid to any Director,
Officer, Minister or Member, and no Officer, Minister, Member or Employee
of the church may borrow from the corporation at any time.
DISSOLUTION: In the event of dissolution of this corporation,
after all debts and obligations are satisfied, no portion of the assets or
financial instruments of any kind shall accrue to the personal benefit of
any Director, Officer, Minister, Employee or Member. In the event of
dissolution, any assets or financial instruments shall be transferred to
such Church, Evangelistic Association, Religious Organization or Charity
as shall be determined by the Board, so long as such body is a non-profit
corporation with identical or similar goal and purposes, and so long as
such Church, Evangelistic Association, Religious Organization or Charity
has been approved as a Tax-Exempt organization under appropriate Federal
(Internal Revenue) Statutes and State Law.