Proposed Bylaw Amendments – Vote on March 12

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On March 12, as part of the Sunday am Service, the congregation will be asked to vote on the following amendments to SCCC’s Constutution and Bylaws, which are proposed to clarify issues in the 2016 ratified by-laws.

Two amendments follow: all proposed amendments are written in red.

1. Motion to amend Article Three, Section I, C of the Bylaws approved at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation in February, 2016.

C. Term of Office – the Pastor-Elder:

  • shall be called for an indefinite term
  • may resign by giving the Church a sixty [60] day notice in writing
  • Remove this bullet point and replace with the bullet point which follows:                  may be dismessed by a unanimous vote of the Elders (excluding the Pastor-Elder). This decision must be based on the Pastor-Elder’s inability to conform to the qualifications and responsibilities as defined in Article Two, Sec. I, II, & III of these By-Laws
  • The Pastor Elder may be dismissed ­for cause at any time by a unanimous vote of the Elder Board (excluding the Pastor-Elder) or dismissed by a majority of the Elder Board (excluding the Pastor-Elder) and two-thirds (2/3) vote of the congregation at a called congregational meeting.  Any dismissal decision by the congregation must be based on the Pastor-Elder’s inability to conform to the qualifications and responsibilities as defined in Article Two, Sec. I, II, & III of these By-Laws. The congregation shall have two week notice by email to all attendees and must be convened during the months of November, December, January, February, or March.  Votes shall be by anonymous ballot and must be cast in person.
  • upon dismissal the Church will continue its financial obligation to him for sixty [60] days.
  1. Motion to amend Article Three, Section II, B of the Bylaws Approved at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation in February, 2016.

Section II, B. Terms of Service:

  1. Terms of Service:
  • Elders are affirmed by the Congregation.
  • Every Elder (excluding the Pastor-Elder), beginning with the longest serving, will stand for reaffirmation every three years in staggered intervals with not more than two (2) elders standing for reaffirmation in any year.
  • Elders will serve until they are removed from the Board or not reaffirmed or until their relationship with SCCC is ended
  • a member of SCCC may bring an accusation against an Elder to the Elder Board for consideration
  • the Elder Board shall fully investigate any accusation brought by a member
  • an Elder may be removed for cause by unanimous vote of the sitting Elders(excluding the Elder being voted upon)
  • Elders may elect inactive status or resign
  • an Elder electing inactive status shall not have a vote in Elder decisions but may participate in discussions and services as available

 

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