Effingham Union Church
This corporation shall have the powers granted to corporations under
the corporate laws of the State of Kansas for religious, charitable,
and other organizations and corporations not for profit; PROVIDED,
that the officers and members of this corporation shall be bound by
and subject to the constitutions and the general authority
requirements of The United Methodist Church and the United
Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
Whenever the constitutions of the two said denominations differ, the
mandatory provisions of one shall apply in all cases when the other is
permissive. Whenever there are conflicting mandatory provisions
(except as provided hereafter in Article II-G), the Board of Directors
shall petition the judicatories of immediate jurisdiction to overture
their respective highest courts to resolve the conflict either by
authoritative interpretation or by constitutional amendment.
A. Any member of the First United Methodist Church of Effingham,
Kansas, and of the First United Presbyterian Church of Effingham,
Kansas, shall be a member of the Effingham Union Church by virtue of
his/her rights as a member of such church.
B. All persons shall be entitled to attend the church worship services
and to participate in its programs. All baptized persons may be
admitted into its membership by Confession of Faith, Reaffirmation of
Faith, or by Letter of Transfer, and by the Minister bringing them
before the congregation, administering the vows, and receiving them
into the fellowship of the Church.
C. It shall be the duty of each member of the Effingham Union Church
to advance the objectives of the church:
1. By regular attendance
2. By giving financial support and
3. By giving such service as may devolve upon said member.
D. Non-participating members shall be contacted annually by the
Membership Committee to determine interest in continuing as a member.
Any member who fails to respond after three (3) years shall be removed
from the active roll.
E. The church shall maintain a joint membership roll to be in the custody
of the Board of Directors: PROVIDED, initially, such roll shall
designate the denomination of such members by (M) for United Methodist
and (P) for United Presbyterian; thereafter, no such designations
shall be used for persons added to the membership roll unless
specifically requested by such member.
F. The Board of Directors shall report an equal share of the total
membership to the United Methodist Church and to the United
Presbyterian Church. A similar report of the church school
members, baptisms, etc., and of financial expenditures shall be made
by the Board of Directors to each such denomination.
G. All members shall be under the discipline of the Board of Directors
according to rules agreed upon in harmony with the Constitutions of
each denomination where they coincide, and in harmony with the
mandatory provisions of the Constitution of one denomination where the
other is permissive, and at the choice of the Board of Directors where
they may be contradictory.
GOVERNING BODY AND OFFICERS
A. The governing body shall be the Board of Directors consisting of
twelve (12) members of the church, who shall also serve as the Board
of Trustees. The members shall be elected by the congregation
for three (3) year terms; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, at the first election six
(6) members elected shall be United Methodist of which two (2) shall
be elected for a one (1) year term, two (2) shall be elected for two
(2) year terms and two (2) shall be elected for three (3) year terms
and six (6) members elected shall be United Presbyterian of which two
(2) shall be elected for one (1) year terms, two (2) shall be elected
for two (2) year terms and two (2) shall be elected for three (3) year
terms; provided, further, that no person shall serve on the Board of
Directors for consecutive terms, either full or partial, aggregating
more than six (6) years.
B. The Board of Directors shall have the powers of the Session of the
United Presbyterian Church and of the Administrative Board of The
United Methodist Church; that at all times at least two (2) of the
members of the Board shall be ordained Ruling Elders; that all of such
members shall be eligible to membership and office in the higher
judicatories of both denominations.
C. The Board shall elect from its membership a Chairman,
Vice-chairman, and Secretary to serve for one (1) year. Any
officer may be re-elected for consecutive terms.
D. Should any vacancy occur in any elective position, the Board of
Directors shall confer with the Nominating Committee to fill such
vacancy until the next annual meeting of the membership.
E. Appeals or complaints against the actions or administrative acts of
the Board of Directors may be taken under the constitutional
provisions of only one denomination, according to the choice of the
complainant, and once being complained to one judicatory, no other
denomination shall accept jurisdiction in the same matter.
Subsequent appeals or complaints shall be in the courts of the
membersí original choice, and decisions so finally made shall be
binding on the Board of Directors and on the members.
F. The Board of Directors shall meet with the District Superintendent of
The United Methodist Church and a Representative from Presbytery at
least once a year, to discuss and determine together the condition and
development of the Union congregation and the response which the
District Superintendent or Presbytery should make toward the church in
the way of resources, guidance, and hope.
A. The Minister of the Effingham Union Church shall perform the duties
which usually pertain to that office. As a guide of the
spiritual and temporal affairs of the church, he/she shall be an
ex-officio member of all organized groups, auxiliaries, and
committees. The minister shall be a member of the Board of
Directors with the right of participation and voting.
B. The Minister shall be a full and responsible member of each
judicatory of immediate jurisdiction and shall be subject to
discipline of such judicatories.
C. The Minister shall be selected in the manner approved and in use by
either The United Methodist Church or the United Presbyterian Church
in the United States of America. Reasonable effort shall be
taken to alternate among the two said denominations.
D. The Minister shall participate in the denominational Pension Plan
of one of the denominations. If he/she is already participating
in one plan, he/she shall remain in that plan. If he/she is not
a member of any, he/she shall choose between them.
E. The Minister shall be subject to the discipline of the judicatories
of jurisdiction, provided that when one shall begin an action, it
shall invite a committee from the other to join the commissioner,
prosecutor, or prosecuting committee in formulating and pressing the
charges. In the event of appeal, the case shall be finally
decided by the highest court to which the appeal taken in the church
which commenced the action, and that decision shall be equally binding
on the judicatories of jurisdiction.
F. The Minister
shall not be a self-avowed and practicing homosexual, nor shall he/she
perform same-sex unions.