Core Beliefs and Church Constitution

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Living Streams Church—Christ-Centered, Spirit-Filled, Bible-Based

OUR MESSAGE

We preach and teach the Good News that Jesus Christ offered His sinless life on the Cross to pay the penalty of sin and to give eternal life to all who trust in Him.

Unless we’re born again by the Holy Spirit through the free gift of salvation, we are under the judgment of God and deserve eternal wrath. Romans 3:10, 3:23, 10:9, 10:13

OUR VIEWS

NON DENOMINATIONAL
By this, we mean that all denominations are welcome to participate on the basis of our doctrinal position. Church membership is a requirement to be part of our general activities.

OUR MISSION

  • To share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this area.
  • To make the Bible understandable and relevant to the everyday situations of life.
  • To strengthen families through Christian teaching and fellowship.
  • To provide a place of worship in the community.
  • To be a ministry center for people who want to be a part of our family.
  • To be a family to those who want to be part of our family.

OUR INVITATION

Come and join us as we meet each Sunday morning at:

10:30AM – Praise, worship and teaching.
108 North Park Street
Woodland Park, CO 80863

 

LIVING STREAMS CHURCH CONSTITUTION

Article 1 — Statement of Faith

We believe in:
1. The scriptures of both the Old and New Testament as the only inspired, infallible and completed Word of God and the final authority in faith and practice.
II Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1-2, II Peter 1:21
2. The Trinity, three Persons in One.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19
3. The human and divine natures of Christ.
Galatians 4:4, John 10:30
4. The virgin birth.
Luke 1:27-31
5. The personality of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26; 6:13
6. The total inability of man to save himself.
Psalm 51:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10
7. The sovereignty of God.
Ephesians 1:11
8. Salvation by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Ephesians 2:8-9
9. The sacrificial, substitutionary and sufficient death of Christ for the sins of all who repent and place their trust in Him.
Romans 5:19, I Peter 2:24, Mark 20:45
10. The sanctification of believers which is the work of God’s grace whereby they are renewed in the whole man after the image of God and are progressively enabled to die to sin and live to righteousness.
II Thessalonians 2:13, Ephesians 4:24, Romans 8:1
11. The supernatural nature of the miracles recorded in scripture.
Acts 2:22
12. The independence and autonomy of the local church.
Acts 14:23
13. Two ordinances, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper, both of them symbolic and without saving merit.
Acts 2:38, I Corinthians 11:26
14. The priesthood of all believers.
I Peter 2:9, Ephesians 4:11-12
15. The bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the unsaved.
Matthew 25:31,32,46

Article 2 — The Church’s Purpose

1. To love God with all our heart, mind and strength by becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.
2. To love our neighbors in this community and in this world by making disciples of Jesus Christ here and among all nations, by baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all that Jesus, our Lord, commanded. To this end, we are committed to the WORSHIP of God by celebrating Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. His real presence in the Spirit and His Voice in the preaching of the Gospel. We are committed to the NURTURING of each other by encouraging prayer, Bible study, Christian Service and by the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament. We are committed to the OUTREACH to all people by serving their needs, physical and spiritual, in an effort to bring them to a living, joyful and transforming faith in Jesus Christ.

Article 3 — Incorporation

Living Streams Church was incorporated as Living Streams Church on January 14, 2014 under the laws of the State of Colorado.

Article 4 — Affiliation

We are independant and non-denominational.

Article 5 — Membership

Section 1: Requirements of Membership
1. A personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour, having trusted in His finished work on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life.
2. A desire to share one’s talents and gifts in the common service of our Lord through this local church.
3. Read, understand and agree with the Church Constitution.
4. Be committed to the purpose and faith position of this Church.

Section 2: Removal from Membership Role
A member of this church who is absent from the Services from this church for one year will be contacted by the team to discuss the member’s desires concerning this church. Such a member may be dropped from the rolls at the discretion of the team.

Section 3: Discipline of Members
Members of this church who shall err in Doctrine or conduct shall be subject to dismissal in accordance with Matthew 18:15-18. Before such dismissal, however, it shall be the duty of any member of this church who has knowledge of the erring member’s heresy or misconduct to warn and correct said member in private. If said member does not heed this warning, then the warning member shall again warn and correct the erring member. If said erring member still refuses to heed this warning, the matter shall be brought to the attention of the Church.

Article 6

Section 1: Designation of Officers
The general church officers shall be Pastors, Board Members and Team Leaders.

Section 2: Selection of Officers
1. Candidates for the pastoral office shall be nominated by the Board. The pastoral office shall be filled in all cases by ballot at a regular or called congregational business meeting. A three-fourths affirmative vote of all members present shall be required to fill the pastoral office.
2. The Board shall choose a candidate to present to the church only from those who have followed the stipulated process. The Board shall present only one candidate at a time to the congregation.
3. Candidates for the office of Board Member and confirmed by a majority vote of the congregation at a regular meeting or at a specially-called meeting. the Board shall select a Board chairman by vote at the first meeting of each calendar year.
4. Team Members will be appointed by the Board as the need of the congregation dictates.

Section 3: Qualifications of Officers
1. Pastors and Team Members are to be men/women of a spiritual character in keeping with I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and I Peter 5:1-4.
2. All Team Members of the Church are to give evidence of their burden and gifts for the specific ministry to which they are called. They are to be committed to the aims, purposes and doctrinal position of this church. All Team Members must be willing to commit themselves to the training program determined by the Board appropriate for their respective officers.

Section 4: Duties of Officers
1. PASTORS–It shall be the duty of the pastor to expositionally preach and teach the Bible. They shall also administer the ordinances and tenderly watch over the membership and spiritual interest of the church.
2. TEAM LEADERS–It shall be the duty of the Team Members to assist the pastors in the watch care of the spiritual interest of the church. they shall superintend all the affairs of the church not actually in the charge of other officers. The pastors and Board shall constitute the Board. The Board shall be responsible for the securing of all part time employees of the church. Board Members are to be involved in the life of the church as financial and advisory:
A. Examples to the saints. I Timothy 4:12, Titus 2:7, Hebrews 13:7
B. Shepherds of the flock. I Peter 5:1-4, Acts 20:28
C. Guardians of truth. II Timothy 4:2, Titus 2:15, II John 10:11
D. Overseeing the work of the church. I Timothy 3:1-2, 5:17; Hebrews 13:17. The decisions of the Board Members shall be reached after prayerful consideration by unanimous vote in a spirit of humility, with each Board Member regarding one another before him/herself.

Section 5: Terms of Office
1. PASTORS–The pastors shall be elected for an indefinite term. The relationship may be dissolved after a notice by either the pastor of the church in accordance with the following stipulations:

2. The pastor may resign by giving notice at any regular Church meeting. Following, church vote will be needed to accept the resignation. The pastor will continue to serve for at least one month if the pastor and Board agree. Should it occur that a considerable number of the church members believe that the ministry of the pastor is completed, a special meeting of the Church may be called by the Board for the purposes of a vote of confidence. The meeting will be conducted according to the following process:

A. The church members involved will make their request known to one or more Board Members.
B. The Board will discuss with the pastor and decide if a congregational vote is in order.
C. Should the Board decide to call for a church vote, a vote of 55% of members present for the pastor will be required to be considered a vote of confidence.
D. Should the vote of confidence not be sustained, it shall thereby be due notice to the pastor that the term of office shall cease at any time not more than two months from the date of the vote.

3. BOARD–The Board shall be elected for an indefinite term of office. A Board Member may resign by giving notice at any regular Board meeting. Board Members are expected to resign if they are not able to be active in their duties or no longer meet the Biblical requirements. The Board may recommend to the congregation to remove a Board Member from office. This is to be done only after all Biblical directives for discipline have been followed. A majority vote of the congregation will be sufficient to remove a Board Member.

4. TEAM MEMBERS–Team Members are appointed by the Board for specific tasks and will serve for the duration of their appointed time and may be relieved of their task at such time the Board considers the appointed work completed.

Article 7 — Meetings

1. The Board may call a meeting of the congregation at such time they deem it is necessary. Anyone desiring a congregational meeting is to make their request known to the Board.
2. A called business meeting of the congregation shall be announced for two Sundays prior to the meeting.
3. A quorum for business meetings other than for a vote on property or for an amendment to the Constitution shall be those members present.
4. Any member in good standing and at least 16 years old shall be able to vote.
5. A member must be in attendance in order to vote. There will be no proxy or absentee votes.
6. The annual meeting of the Church will be held the second Sunday of each year following the monthly Pot Blessing meal. The following reports will be given:
A. Annual Treasurer’s report audited by the Board.
B. The Board’s report on status and goals of the Church.
C. Any other reports deemed necessary by the Board.

Article 8

All deeds, bills of sale, mortgages and any other instrument intended to convey or encumber property of Living Stream Church shall be required to be submitted to the congregation for approval by the Board at a duly-called business meeting.

Congregational approval shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the membership present at the business meeting providing at least 50% of the resident members are present at the meeting.

Article 9 — Amendments

This Constitution may be amended in accordance with the following procedure:

1. All amendments must be presented first to the Board for approval before being submitted for a congregational vote.
2. Once approved by the Board, the amendment will be presented to the congregation at a meeting called as specified under Article 7.
3. Congregational approval shall require a three-fourths majority vote of the membership present at the business meeting providing at least 50% of the resident members are present at the meeting.

Article 10 — Special Services: Marriage

Requirements for the special service of marriage in Living Streams Church performed by a pastor on staff:

Anyone petitioning for marriage to be performed by a pastor of Living Streams Church and/or utilizing the facilities of Living Streams Church must be a member in good standing of Living Streams Church with a minimum membership period of six months.