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  • 1. Key Documents
  • 2. Constitution and By-laws Preamble The Bible not this constitution is the primary rule of faith for CrossWinds Church. This constitution and bylaws are meant to help us live for the mission and glory of God with order. The goal is that is will give helpful structure to our mission. I. Name The name of this church shall be CrossWinds Church. This Church freely associates with Converge Michigan and Converge Worldwide. II. Business Location The address of the principal office of this church shall be: 37 Wadsworth Wyoming MI 49548. III. Purpose The purpose of CrossWinds Church is treasure Jesus and to make his name and glory known. IV. Structure CrossWinds will be organized as one church with multiple locations where each location will have a high degree of autonomy, but will be united by common accountability, vision, leadership, budget and DNA. V. Articles of Faith We Believe: The Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original
  • 3. writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13). The Godhead We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14) The Person and Work of Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished ¬our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1). The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemp¬tion (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). The Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12). Salvation We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
  • 4. Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15). The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsi¬bility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift (s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11). The Church We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25– 27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). VI. Nonprofit Status and Liquidation This church is not organized for profit. In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the church, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the trustees to Converge Michigan, Converge Worldwide or both. VII. Amendment
  • 5. This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended provided the proposed amendment shall have been presented in writing at a regular church business meeting and then circulated to the membership. Amendments to this Constitution and Bylaws shall be two-thirds vote of members of the church who are qualified to vote and are present in the business meeting with a quorum to discuss and vote for this matter. BYLAWS I. Church Membership A. Qualifications: Membership of CrossWinds shall consist of people have made a profession of their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who, having been scripturally baptized by immersion, and are in agreement with the Articles of Faith, and Covenant of the church. B. Reception: Membership in the church may be attained by majority vote of the elders in one of the following manners: • By scriptural baptism by immersion after profession of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. • By a statement of faith of their prior experience of conversion and scriptural baptism by immersion in another evangelical church of like faith and practice. • By restoration to the church membership after having been dropped. C. Termination: Membership in this church shall be terminated when a member:
  • 6. • Is dropped from the roll of membership when he or she joins another kind of church. • Dies • Is dismissed by a vote of the elders due to reasons and circumstances provided in the church discipline. The elders will do all they can to counsel the member for restoration prior to action of dismissal or a request of the member to be dismissed from the church membership. D. Rights and Responsibilities of Members: Members in good standing shall • Have the right to affirm the call of non-pastoral elders • Approve the budget at the annual business meeting. It shall be the duty of church members to: • Uphold the Articles of Faith, Constitution and Bylaws, and Covenant of the Church. II. Church Officers All church officers must be members of the church in good standing. A. Lead Pastor: 1. The qualifications for pastor shall be consistent with those listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. His training, skills, and experiences are needed in this area of leadership. 2. His responsibilities: (a) These generally fall into the following areas: Preaching, teaching, vision, leadership development, Church planter
  • 7. recruitment, leading the organization and being a catalyst for church planting locally and globally. (b) He shall lead the church, the organizations, and all leaders of the church in performing their tasks in worship, proclamation, education, and evangelism. (c) The Lead pastor shall be given the right to hire his own staff. (d) The Lead Pastor shall be accountable to the Elder team. 3. Call: (a) A pastor shall be chosen and called whenever a vacancy occurs. (b) The Elders shall serve as the search team whenever a vacancy occurs. (c) The Elders will recommend only one candidate at a time. (d) The pastor's election shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one week notice shall be given to the members. (e) An affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of those present is necessary for a choice. 4. Terms of Service: (a) The chosen pastor shall serve until the relationship is terminated by either his request or that of the church. In either case, at least sixty (60) days’ notice shall be given unless otherwise mutually agreed.
  • 8. B. Site Pastors 1. Site Pastors shall serve as the church planters and lead pastor of their local congregation. 2. The site pastor shall be the lead pastor of their local congregation. They shall have full responsibility for their congregation this includes preaching, teaching, vision, leadership development. 3. The site pastor shall impart the DNA of CrossWinds to the local congregation. 4. The site pastor shall be a member of the CrossWinds elders team. 5. The site pastor shall recruit his own team and leaders, these leaders will be approved by the Elder team. 6. They will be accountable to the Lead pastor 7. Site Pastors/Church planters shall hired by the board of elders. C. Other Pastoral Staff Other pastoral staff shall be meet the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and shall be selected by the Lead pastor and approved by the Elder team. They will operate according to a job description. They may be a part of the elder team if the elder team so chooses. D. Elders 1. Qualifications (a) A church Elder must meet the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. (b) A Elder shall demonstrate an exemplary Christian testimony in private, family, and public life; a committed Christian leader
  • 9. and partner of the pastor; supporter and promoter of the church faith, practice, programs, and ministries. 2. Selection: (a) All site pastors shall be members of the Elder team (b) Other pastors may be placed on the elder team as the elder team feels lead. (c) Non-Pastoral elders, in the event that any are selected will be presented to the congregation for approval. (d) The Lead Pastor shall be the Chairman of the elder board and be responsible for setting the agenda. V. Church Meetings A. Worship Services: The church shall meet regularly for the worship of God, for preaching, instruction, evangelism. B. Regular Business Meetings: There shall be one business meeting a year for the purpose of approving the budget and casting vision. . C. Quorum: The quorum consists of those who attend the business meeting, provided it is a stated meeting or one that has been properly called. At least one-fourth of the members shall constitute a quorum. VI. Licensing A. Licensing:
  • 10. Any member of the church who has shown by his life and has felt the call to the gospel ministry may by the consensus of the elders be licensed by the church to the Christian ministry. VII. Church Discipline A. Should any unhappy difference arise among members, the aggrieved member shall follow in a tender spirit, the rules given by our Lord in Matthew 18:15-17. B. Should any case of gross breach of covenant, or of public scandal occur, the Elders shall endeavor to resolve the conflict; and if this effort fails, shall report the case to the church. C. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance, but should an adverse decision be reached, the church may proceed to admonish or declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church. D. Any person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored by vote of the church, upon evidence of his repentance and reformation.
  • 11. Church Covenant Introduction “…Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12: 1-2 As Christians, we are members of God’s household (Eph. 2:19) called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ. A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. A healthy church requires the same: members who are sacrificially committed and well-equipped to do the works of service that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10; 4:12). CrossWinds Church holds its members in high regard; we expect them to lead as missionaries of the gospel to the culture. God, in his sovereignty, placed us in this city, among these people, in this century, for a reason (Acts 17:26-27). “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” -Romans 12: 3-8 Being a member of CrossWinds Church is really about being part of a family. All members are disciples of Jesus, unified by their identity in Christ. This unity is expressed in the way they collaborate in loving God, loving fellow Christians, and loving non-Christians. Members who enter into a covenant with their local church are called to a higher degree of responsibility and service. At the same time, the elders and deacons are covenanted to assist members first and foremost, to love and lead, provide counsel and aid, and pray for, teach, and guide them. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” -1 Peter 4: 8-10
  • 12. What is a covenant? A covenant is a promise by which we obligate ourselves to one another in such a way that the obligation of one party is not dependent on the faithfulness of the other (Ezek. 20:44; 36:22; Ps. 76:11; Hos. 2:19-20; 3:1; 2 Tim. 2:13). The CrossWinds Church covenant includes a statement of faith, a statement of biblical doctrine, the obligations of CrossWinds Church to its members, and the obligations of members to CrossWinds Church. Though the covenant does define the relationship between members and the church, it is first and foremost a promise made to God as a commitment to his glory and his bride, the church (Eph. 5:25). Statement of faith • I am a Christian saved from the eternal wrath of God by faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, through his death and resurrection, by which I am assured of eternal life (John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:23-26). • I believe Jesus Christ is exactly who he claimed to be (Isa. 53:6; Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:70; John 4:25-26; 6:29; 8:58; 11:25-27; 14:6-7; 15:5). • I have repented of my sins and have been made a new creation in Christ (1 John 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17). • In obedience to Scripture, I have been baptized to personally identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and to publicly demonstrate my commitment as a disciple of Jesus (Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21). Statement of biblical doctrine • I agree with the core beliefs of CrossWinds Church, which are founded upon historic creeds (e.g. Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed) and expressed in the our doctrinal statement. • I understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace; I will adhere to CrossWinds Church’s position on primary theological issues, and I will not be divisive over secondary issues (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb. 13:7, 17). • I agree that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the ultimate doctrinal authority on all matters (Is. 55:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; Heb. 4:12). • I understand that CrossWinds Church doctrine is also communicated and specified through various channels, such as sermons, published materials, and other writings distributed by CrossWinds Church.
  • 13. Obligation of CrossWinds Church to its members • We covenant that your elders and leaders will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4). • We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5). • We covenant to care for you and seek your growth as a disciple of Christ, in part by equipping you for service (Eph. 4:11-13) and praying for you regularly, particularly when you are sick (James 5:14). • We covenant to provide teaching and counsel from the whole of Scripture (Acts 20:27-28; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17-18). • We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28-31). • We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5; Gal. 6:1). • We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church members (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:12). My obligation to CrossWinds Church as a member • I have read and understood the CrossWinds doctrinal statement and will not be divisive to its teaching. I also understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb. 13:7, 17). • I have read and understand CrossWinds definition of a disciple and will endeavor by the Grace of God to exemplify that document. • I covenant to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final arbiter on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). • I will maintain a close relationship with the Lord Jesus through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and practice of spiritual disciplines. My relationship will be evident through my participation in weekly worship services, communion, CrossWinds community, service, and a life that glorifies Jesus (Ps. 105:1-2; Ps. 119:97; Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3). • I will steward the resources God has given me, including my time, talents, and treasure (Prov. 3:9-10; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-26; Eph. 4:1-16; 5:15-18). This includes regular financial giving, service, and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful, and voluntary (Rom. 12:1-8; 2 Cor. 8-9; 12:7-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11). • I will not function in leadership or as a member in another church family (Heb. 13:17). • I covenant to submit to discipline by God through his Holy Spirit, to follow biblical procedures for church discipline in my relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ, to submit to righteous discipline when approached biblically by brothers and sisters in Christ, and to submit to discipline by church leadership if the need should ever arise (Ps. 141:5; Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:5-8; Gal. 6:1-5 8; 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:9; 3:10-11; Heb. 12:5-11; Rev. 2:5-7, 14-25).
  • 14. • I agree, by God’s grace, to walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus Christ, who has saved me from my sin that I could live a new life (2 Cor. 5:17); I will practice complete chastity before marriage and complete fidelity in heterosexual marriage by abstaining from practices such as cohabitation, pornography, and fornication (Job 31:1; Prov. 5; Rom. 13:12-14; 1 Cor. 6:9-7:16; Heb. 13:4); I will refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, and other sinful behavior as the Bible, my pastors, and my conscience dictate (1 Cor. 8:7; Gal. 5:19-21). Should I sin in such a manner, I agree to confess my sins to Christian brothers or sisters and seek help to put my sin to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5; 1 John 1:6-10). My commitment to the mission of CrossWinds Church CrossWinds Mission Statement: The mission of CrossWinds Church is to treasure Jesus and to make his name and glory known in urban neighborhoods from Wyoming to the “ends of the Earth.” I have read the mission statement of CrossWinds Church and commit to live out this mission as a diligent, faithful disciple of Jesus, that my identity would be in him, my worship would be for him, my fellowship would be through him, and my interaction with the culture would be for his glory. I understand that this covenant obligates me to the members of CrossWinds and is an acknowledgement of my submission to the elders of the church. I accept the responsibility to notify CrossWinds leadership if at any time I can no longer commit to this covenant, or if I have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding CrossWinds Church.
  • 15. Doctrinal Statement We Believe: The Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13). The Godhead We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14) The Person and Work of Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished ¬our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1). The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemp¬tion (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). The Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12). Salvation We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on
  • 16. Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15). the Ministry and Spiritual Gifts We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsi¬bility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift (s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11). The Church We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25– 27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
  • 17. Definition of a Disciple A disciple is one who makes Christ his treasure, and seeks his pleasure in God’s Glory. Therefore a disciple: • Seeks to give God the Glory in every area of his/her life. • Honors God with their time, gifts and money. • Spends regular time in study of the Bible and in prayer. • Loves and serves the local church. • Honors and loves their spouse and demonstrates Biblical order in their home. Realizing that marriage is a covenant that is meant to demonstrate and communicate the Gospel. • Honors and loves their children and is the first and primary teacher of the gospel to their children. • Shares their faith regularly. Lives life on mission. • Grows in Grace and demonstrates the Fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23