Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. Now in our 34th Year of Ministry.

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Updated 3-8-2016

The Ray Of Hope Church government, the polity of the congregation is published on these pages for the public to review.
The members of Ray Of Hope Church worked together over a five year period from 1996 – 2001 to develop this structure for guiding our congregation's interactions. These By-laws were developed further by action of the Congregation on September 18, 2011.  We believe you will find this model of "church" to be inspiring and very uplifting. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

These By-laws represent the motions passed at the Annual Meeting of January 2000, the Annual Meeting of January 2001, the September 2001 Congregational Meeting, and the September 18, 2011 Congregation Meeting.

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Below is the Table of Contents of the Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. By-laws. Each line of the outline will take you to sub pages where the article is written out for your study.

 

ARTICLE 1 NAME & PURPOSE

1.01 Name

ARTICLE 2 ORGANIZATION

2.01 Legal Status
2.02 Terms.
2.03 Definition of Terms for Secretary of State

ARTICLE 3 MEMBERSHIP

3.01 Membership
3.02 Inquiries Class.
3.03 Procedures Prior to Admission as a Member
3.04 Requests of Former Members for Membership
3.05 Declination of Membership Request.
3.06 Voting Rights of Members.
3.07 Attendance by Persons Not Members.
3.08 Friend of Ray Of Hope Church Status
3.09 Effect of Concurrent Membership in Other Churches
3.10 Expectations of Members
3.11 Policy of Courteous Behavior
3.12 Membership Termination
3.13 Membership List.
3.14 Unbecoming Conduct for Church Leadership
3.15 Perceived Power
3.16 Definitions. "Sexual Contact"; "Touching"; "person in a leadership position"
3.17 Policy Permitting Conduct of a Sexual Nature Between a Church Leader and Another
3.18 Unbecoming Conduct for Members and Friends
3.19 Disloyalty
3.20 Dereliction of Duty

ARTICLE 4 OFFICERS

4. 01 Designation of Titles
4.02 Election to Council Office
4.03 Resignation or Abandonment of Office by Holder.
4.04 Procedure to Fill Vacancy
4.05 Immediacy of Action to Fill Vacancy
4.06 Duties of Each Office

a. Moderator
b. Vice-Moderator
c. Clerk
d. Treasurer

4.07 Officer’s Oversight Duty
4.08 Annual Reports


ARTICLE 5 CHURCH COUNCIL

5.01 Purpose
5.02 Regular Election to Council Membership
5.03 Special Election to Fill Council Vacancy
5.04 Change of Size
5.05 Eligibility Requirements for Council Membership
5.06 Variation from Normal Procedure; Membership Concurrence
5.07 Nomination Process
5.08 Election to Council by Membership
5.09 Term of Office
5.10 Council Members to Hold But One Major Position
5.11 Conflict of Interest
5.12 Duties of Council Members
5.13 Removal From Office


ARTICLE 6 CONDUCT OF COUNCIL BUSINESS

6.01 Moderator
6.02 Regular Meetings
6.03 Place of Meetings
6.04 Special Congregational Meetings
6.05 Conduct of Meetings
6.06 Open Attendance at Council Meetings; Exception
6.07 Conduct of Meetings
6.08 Agenda
6.09 Submission of Council Agenda Items
6.10 Order of Consideration of Motions
6.11 Quorum and Unanimity in Voting


ARTICLE 7 COUNCIL COMMITTEES

7.01 Council Committees
7.02 Appointment to Chair
7.03 Request to Serve
7.04 Term of Office
7.05 Meetings With and Reports to Council
7.06 Teaching Posts
7.07 Council Committees - Areas of Concern
7.08 Local Leadership Committees


ARTICLE 8 RITES/SACRAMENTS/ORDINANCES/RITUALS

8.01 Rites/Sacraments/Ordinances/Rituals
8.02 Baptism
8.03 Holy Communion
8.05 Affirmation of Faith
8.07 Altar Call/Prayer Time/Come Forward For Prayer
8.08 Profession of Faith
8.09 Ordination
8.10 Installation/Affirmation of Appointed Clergy
8.11 Vows To Religious Life
8.12 Exorcism/Cleansing/Discernment of Spirits
8.13 Funeral/Memorial Service/Service Of Resurrection
8.14 Laying On Of Hands/Anointing With Oil.
8.15 Forgiveness/Confession/The Ministry Of Reconciliation
8.16 Blessing
8.17 Celebration Of Christ’s Work of Holy Union/(and) Holy Matrimony
8.18 Reaffirmation or Renewal of Holy Union/Holy Matrimony Vows.
8.19 Dissolution of Holy Union and Holy Matrimony


ARTICLE 9 MINISTRY AND CLERGY

9.01 Province
9.02 Universal Priesthood Of Believers
9.03 Authority of All Believers (Priesthood of Christ, the Body Of Christ)
9.04 Clergy Legally Recognized to Serve
9.05 Responsibilities
9.06 Qualifications
9.07 Ray Of Hope Church Vocational Ministry Training Program
9.08 Qualifications for the Director of the Vocational Ministry Training Program
9.09 Ordination Process to becoming a Clergyperson of Ray Of Hope Church
9.10 Initial Period
9.11 Review of Application #1
9.12 Entry Into Program
9.13 Assignments and Education
9.14 Participation in Vocational Ministry Colloquium
9.14.1 Absence From Required Events By Vocational Ministry Candidates
9.14.2 Suspension From The Vocational Ministry Training Program 9.15 Temporary License
9.16 Purpose of Temporary License
9.17 Authorization Granted
9.18 Steps Following Request For Ordination
9.19 Timing of Ordination
9.20 Transfer of Professional Clergy Credentials
9.21 Indications of Commitment to Service of the Lord
9.22 Deacons
9.23 Apostles/Bishops/Pastor to the Pastors
9.24 Evangelist
9.25 Prophets
9.26 Teachers
9.27 Pastors/Shepherds
9.28 Clergy Confidentiality
9.29 Other Gifts and Callings
9.30 Church as Spiritual House
9.31 Annual Clergy Credentials Renewal
9.32 House of Clergy
9.33 Sole Guardian of Church Theology
9.34 Presentation of Theology
9.35 Relationship to Vocational Ministry Program
9.36 Co-endorsement of Authorized Ministry
9.37 Discipline
9.38 Disciplinary Procedure
9.39 Judiciary Committee action
9.40 Appointed Clergy; Status as Employee or Independent Contractor
9.41 Compensation
9.42 Continuing Education Duty of Appointed Clergy

ARTICLE 10 STATEMENT OF FAITH

10.01 Short Form Statement.
10.02 Long Form Statement.
10.03 Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Statement Of Purpose
10.04 Duty to Support Theology
10.05 Open Door Policy

ARTICLE 11 LOCAL LEADERSHIP COMMITTEES

11.01 Appointment of Local Leadership Committees
11.02 Primary Function
11.03 Local Governing Body
11.04 Matters of Theology and Ministry
11.05 Financial Responsibility
11.06 Formation of Local Leadership Committee
11.07 Conduct of Business
11.07.1 Election Of Local Leadership Committee Members
11.08 Officer
11.09 Flow of Reports
11.10 Flow of Local Leadership Committee Reports to the Council
11.11 Monthly Time of Local Leadership Committee Meetings/Agenda
11.12 Budget
11.13 Budget Review and Adoption
11.14 Local Bank Account
11.15 Required Weekly Worship Service
11.16 Other Worship Services
11.17 Physical Space for Worship
11.18 The Liturgical Calendar


ARTICLE 12 CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS

12.01 Name
12.02 Annual Meeting
12.03 Special Congregational Meetings
12.04 Notice of Annual & Special Congregational Meetings
12.05 Meeting Rules of Conduct
12.06 Quorum
12.07 Order of Business
12.08 Absentee and Proxy Voting
12.09 Participation by Other Than Members At Meetings

ARTICLE 13 ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND OTHER DRUGS

13.01 Alcohol
13.02 Tobacco
13.03 Other Drugs


ARTICLE 14 CHANGES IN CHURCH POLICIES

14.01 Church Policies

ARTICLE 15 INDEMNIFICATION

15.01 Indemnification of Council Members


ARTICLE 16 FISCAL YEAR

16.01 Fiscal Year

ARTICLE 17 ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

17.01 Adoption of By-laws
17.02 Amendments
17.03 Required Vote

 

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