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By-Laws
Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Inc.
Orlando, Florida

 Article I – Name

The name of this church shall be Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Inc. also known as Joy MCC. 

Article II – Affiliation

This church is a Member congregation of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC); ascribes to the government, doctrine, vision, mission, and values of UMCC; and agrees to abide by the UFMCC bylaws and decisions made by General Conference. 

A.         Disposition of Assets -- After existing financial obligations to the UFMCC are met, the disaffiliating local church has the right to net assets in accordance with UFMCC bylaws. 

B.         Disaffiliation – A decision to disaffiliate from the UFMCC shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the  present at a Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of disaffiliating and shall be decided in accordance with UFMCC bylaws. 

Article III – Purpose

The purpose of this church is Christian fellowship, worship, witness, and service, borne in the cooperation, program development, and implementation of UFMCC and local church bylaws, Standard Operating Procedures, and Policies. 

Article IV – Members and Friends

A.         Criteria for Membership – Any baptized Christian who has completed a Membership class may become a Member by participating in the Rite of Membership.  A Member in good standing is a Member who registers his/her attendance, provides identifiable financial support, makes a definite service contribution, and demonstrates interest and loyalty.

1.         Membership List – The list of Members in good standing shall be maintained by a Member of the  church staff, in conjunction with the Church Clerk, who shall report changes once a year to the Board of Directors.

2.         Membership Review – A Member shall continue in Membership until such time as the Member requests to be removed from the list of Members in good standing, until death, or until action by the Board of Directors to remove a person from Membership.  Such action by the Board of Directors shall be done according to the following:

  1. A Member who does not have registered attendance identified financial

support, definite service contribution, or demonstrated interest and loyalty within the preceding period of one (1) year may be removed from the list of Members in good standing and placed on a list of inactive Members.

b.         The Board of Directors shall notify the person in writing that the person has been placed on a list of inactive Members and is not eligible to vote at any business meeting of the church.

c.         If the inactive Member has not attended, provided identifiable financial support, and demonstrated further interest or loyalty for a period of two (2) months immediately following notification, the Board of Directors shall have the authority, at its discretion, to drop any such person from the local church Membership roll.

d.         The inactive Member may be restored to the list of Members in good standing by a vote of the Board of Directors without attending Membership classes or publically accepting Membership.

e.         The inactive Member who is not restored during the period of two (2) months immediately following notification shall be considered a former member. 

f.          A former Member may be restored to the list of Members in good standing after completing a Membership class and participating in a public acceptance of Membership. 

3.         Right to Appeal -- A decision by the Board of Directors to drop an inactive    

Member from the local church Membership roll is not subject to appeal. 

B.         Friends of the Church – A person who, for one reason or another, feels unable to become a Member but who supports the goals of the church and wants to be a part of the work of the church may be designated as a “Friend of the Church.”  

1.        List of Friends of the Church – The list of Friends of the Church shall be maintained by church staff. 

  2.       Limitations on Friends of the Church – Friends may serve on appointed committees and may participate in all activities of the church.  Friends may not vote at Congregational Meetings or serve on the Board of Directors.  Friends shall not be considered in determining the number of lay delegates. 

C.         Discipline of Members and Friends – The church cannot condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct or illegal behavior on the part of any Member or friend.  The Board of Directors is empowered to remove by majority vote any Member or friend or take other appropriate disciplinary action.

1.         Right to Appeal – The action of the Board may be appealed at the next regular Congregational Meeting or a Special Congregational Meeting called for that purpose.  The decision of the Congregational Meeting is final.  Pending the outcome of the appeal, the disciplined Member or Friend shall remain under discipline and Members shall retain the right to vote at regular and Special Congregational Meetings, including the Congregational Meeting held to consider the appeal.

a.         Appeal Process - The request for an appeal shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Directors within thirty (30) days following the date when the disciplined Member was dropped from the local church Membership roll.

b.         The Board of Directors may consider the appeal and reverse its earlier decision without taking the matter to the Congregational Meeting.

c.         Should the Board of Directors sustain its earlier decision and the disciplined Member wishes the appeal to continue, the request shall be included as an agenda item for the next regular Congregational Meeting or a Special Congregational Meeting called for the purpose of considering the appeal. 

Article V – Congregational Meetings

Government of the church is vested in its Congregational Meeting, which exerts the right to control of its affairs, subject to the provisions of the UFMCC Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, or documents of legal organization, and the General Conference.  

A.         Time and Place – Annual Congregational Meetings shall be held each year in October.  The time and place of the Congregational Meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors.  The congregational meeting shall include election of board Members and lay delegates (according to provisions elsewhere in the bylaws) and for adoption of the church budget. 

B.         Notification – The Board of Directors shall ensure that Members are notified in writing at least two (2) weeks in advance and sent appropriate documents. 

C.         Voting Rights – Each Member in good standing has the right to vote.  Proxy or any other form of absentee voting shall not be allowed.  A Member must have completed the Membership class and have been presented to the church for Membership at least thirty days prior to voting at a congregational meeting. 

D.         Votes Required for Approval – Decisions, including elections, require approval by a vote of a simple majority of those Members present and voting, unless otherwise required by UFMCC bylaws or otherwise stated in these local church bylaws. 

E.         Quorum – In order to transact business, no less than ten percent (10%) of the Members in good standing must be present. 

F.         Agenda – The agenda for Congregational Meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors. 

1.         Content – The agenda shall include, but not be limited to, election of Members to the Board, election of lay delegates in the appropriate year, presentation of financial reports, approval of the yearly budget, and receiving reports from the Board of Directors and church staff Members, including the Senior Pastor.

2.         Additions to Agenda – Members may request the Board of Directors to add agenda items by submitting additional agenda items to the Clerk no later than two (2) weeks prior to the meeting. 

G.         Elections

1.         All votes for board and lay delegate positions shall be taken by secret ballot.  Votes of affirmation from the floor are permitted when only one Member is running for a position.  The Church Clerk will oversee the count and report of name(s) of the individual(s) who secure the highest number of votes.

2.         If no one declares to run for a vacant position, nominations may be taken from the floor.

3.         In the event that a secret ballot is taken and a majority is not reached on the first ballot, then the two (2) persons receiving the most votes will be resubmitted to the Membership for another vote. 

H.         Special Congregational Meetings – In addition to the bi-annual Congregational Meetings, special Congregational Meetings may also be held.  Special Congregational Meetings are governed by the same rules as those pertaining to the Annual Congregational Meeting.

1.        Calling a Special Congregational Meeting – A special Congregational Meeting may be called either by (a) majority vote of the Board, (b) the Senior Pastor(s), or (c) a petition signed by at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the Members and submitted to the clerk. 

2.        The nature and purpose of the special Congregational Meeting shall be stated in the petition and in announcements and be written into the agenda. No business may be conducted at a special Congregational meeting that is not specifically within the nature and purpose of the Congregational meeting and written into the agenda and notification. 

Article VI – Local Church Administrative Body

A.         Name – The local church administrative body shall be the Board of Directors, which includes the Senior Pastor, and which is authorized to provide administrative leadership for Joy MCC, subject to approval of the Congregational Meeting. 

B.         Responsibilities – The Board of Directors shall be responsible for providing the church and the Elder serving the Region with a set of bylaws, which are subject to approval by Congregational Meeting and the denomination.  The Board of Directors is responsible for all matters pertaining to the documents of legal organization and incorporation, church property, risk management, and physical and financial affairs of the church.  The Board of Directors shall also be responsible for collecting and disbursing funds, keeping adequate church records, and making timely reports to the Congregation and UFMCC.  The Board of Directors will offer assistance to the Pastor including guidance and direction. 

C.         Qualifications – Members of the Board of Directors must be Members in good standing of Joy MCC for at least one (1) year and have experience in the areas of financial planning, administration, or policy development.     

1.        Team Participation – Members of the Board of Directors must participate in at least one additional team or ministry supporting Joy MCC.

2.        Background Check -- Anyone applying for a position on the Board of Directors must agree to a background check as part of the application process and receive a satisfactory report.  Background checks will consist of both criminal and credit reports.  

D.         Composition – There shall be eight (8) Members, including the Senior Pastor.

E.         Term of Office The term of office for members of the Board of Directors, except the Pastor, shall be two-year staggered terms, with half being elected at each Congregational Meeting.  Members of the Board of Directors may be elected to three (3) consecutive terms but must be out of office for one (1) year before being eligible to be elected again to the Board of Directors.  The intent of this section is for a Board Member to take one year off after three (3) consecutive terms, but not to put a limit to the amount of total terms a person can serve on the Board of Directors during the person’s membership at Joy MCC.

F.         Meetings – The Board of Directors shall meet at least once a month no fewer than ten (10) times a year.  Except for executive sessions, meetings shall be open to the congregation and to the public to attend as observers without voice or vote.

1.         Minutes – Minutes and financial reports shall be available to Members of the church within two (2) weeks after each meeting.  These minutes will not have been approved by the Board of Directors and adopted as correct but they will be available to Members. Minutes shall include a record of those present and decisions made.  A copy of the minutes shall become part of the permanent church records. 

G.         Quorum – No less than a majority of the Members of the Board of Directors must be present in order to transact business. 

H.         Officers – The official officers of the church are Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Clerk, and Treasurer. The term of office for officers, except for Moderator, shall be one (1) year, beginning the first of the month following election.

1.         Election of Officers – During the first Board of Directors meeting following elections to the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors shall elect from among its members persons to fill the positions of Vice-Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer.

a.                   Moderator – The Senior Pastor shall serve as Moderator of the Board of Directors and shall be responsible for conducting all Congregational meetings.  The Moderator can delegate the responsibility of conducting Board meetings and Congregational meeting to another Board member at the discretion of the Moderator.

b.         Vice-Moderator – The Vice-Moderator shall serve as Moderator of the Board in the absence or upon the request of the Pastor.

c.          Clerk – The Clerk shall be responsible for ensuring the maintenance of official correspondence and church records, and for ensuring that accurate records are kept of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Congregation.  The Clerk is the officer authorized to receive petitions submitted to the Board of Directors.

d.         Treasurer – The Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring the preparation and maintenance of all financial records.  This shall include a monthly financial report to the Board and an annual financial report to the Congregation.  The monthly and annual financial reports shall reflect receipts, disbursements, and outstanding financial obligations.

I.          Attendance – Board Members are required to attend all Board of Director’s meetings.  If attendance is not possible, the Board Member should give proper notification to the Moderator and delegate any function for which the Member is responsible.  Any Member of the Board of Directors who misses two (2) meetings during a twelve (12) month period may be subject to removal by the remaining Members of the Board of Directors.

J.         Vacancies – In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the Board may appoint a qualified Member to fill the vacancy until the next Congregational Meeting, when an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term.  The Board of Directors will notify the congregation of a vacancy and ask for applications from interested Members in good standing.  The vacancy shall be filled from those who apply for the position.  

K.         Discipline – The church cannot condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of duty on the part of any Member of the Board of Directors.

1.        The Board of Directors may remove by a majority vote of the full Board of Directors any of its Members guilty of the above, with the exception of the Pastor who must be disciplined in accordance with the UFMCC bylaws.

2.         Any Board Member who is absent two (2) consecutive, regularly scheduled Board meetings may be subject to removal by the Board.

3.        A petition submitted to the Clerk and signed by fifteen percent (15%) of the Members in good standing of the congregation may also initiate such a procedure.

a.         Right to appeal – A disciplined Member of the Board of Directors may appeal the action to the congregation at its next regular Congregational Meeting or at a Special Congregational Meeting which may be called for this purpose.  The decision of the Congregational Meeting is final. Until the Congregational Meeting considers the appeal, the position held by the disciplined Member of the Board of Directors shall be considered vacant. 

L.         Limitation of Liability – No director or officer of the church shall be liable for any act or failure to act by any other director or officer of the Church or by any employee of the Church.  No director or officer of the Church shall be liable for any loss arising from any fault in the title to any property acquired by the Church.  No director or officer of the Church shall be liable for any loss arising from any fault in any security in which the Church might invest, or from bankruptcy, insolvency, or wrongful act by any person to whom the Church might entrust any of its property.  No director or officer of the church shall be liable for any loss due to error of judgment or oversight on his/her part, or for any other loss whatsoever occurring in the carrying out of the duties of his/her office, unless this loss arises from the director’s or officer’s own willful neglect or fraudulent or criminal actions. 

M.        Indemnity – The church shall protect every director and officer of the church against all costs arising in relation to his/her relations with the Church, unless they are occasioned by his/her own willful neglect or fraudulent or criminal actions.

Article VII – Ministry Teams

A.         Ministry Teams – The church shall have as many ministry teams as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors and the Pastor.  These teams may be appointed or be volunteer in Membership.      

Article VIII – Pastor

A.         Role – The Pastor is the UFMCC clergy person with a license to practice who has been called by God and elected by the church to be responsible for the duties of teacher, preacher, and spiritual leader until such time that the relationship is terminated.  The Pastor shall also fulfill such other roles and responsibilities as are stated in the UFMCC bylaws and the policies of Joy MCC.

1.         Interim Pastoral Leader– In the event that a UFMCC clergy person is not available to serve as Pastor, the Board of Directors may appoint an Interim Pastoral Leader(s), who shall be subject to a background check. The term of the Interim Pastoral Leader shall be one (1) year unless changed by the Board of Directors.  If the term of office is changed by the Board of Directors the specific time period must be specified.  If the Interim Pastoral Leader is a Member(s) of Joy MCC, then the Interim Pastoral Leader shall have the authority to fulfill all of the roles and responsibilities of Pastor. 

B.         Responsibilities – The Pastor shall have authority for ordering all worship services of the church; determining when other worship services will be held; appointing compensated and uncompensated church staff, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors; and determining compensation, vacation periods, and titles of church office staff, subject to approval of the Board of Directors.  The Pastor shall serve as personnel director and as the primary spokesperson of the church to the community.  The Pastor may delegate such duties as seem wise. 

C.         Pastoral Covenant – The Board of Directors and Pastor(s) shall develop a covenant between the Pastor and the church.  The covenant shall include a job description and address such matters as compensation that is consistent with equitable local standards, benefits, allowances, and leave.  All provisions of the covenant shall be subordinate to the bylaws of the UFMCC.

1.        Conference Expenses – To the best of its ability, the congregation shall fund the Pastor’s transportation, registration, and per diem at General and Regional Conferences. 

D.         Pastoral Vacancy – In the event of a vacancy in the position of Pastor, a Pastoral Search Committee shall be responsible for presenting a qualified candidate for election at a Congregational Meeting.  The Pastoral Search Committee shall develop and implement the pastoral search process, in consultation with the Senior UFMCC staff.

1.         Composition of Pastoral Search Committee – The Pastoral Search Committee shall consist of the Members of the Board of Directors and four (4) additional members elected at a Congregational Meeting following the process outlined in article V.G.

2.         If a Member elected by the congregation resigns from the Pastoral Search Committee, prior to the completion of the process, the remaining Members of the committee may appoint a successor.

E.         Termination of Relationship – The Pastor and congregation may choose at any time to terminate their relationship through mutual agreement.  Unilateral failure to renew the Pastor’s contract shall not constitute removal of the Pastor from office.  No petition for removal of the Pastor based on irreconcilable differences is valid unless preceded by the process of conflict resolution, as referred to in Article IX. 

Article IX – Conflict of Interest & Business Ethics

It is imperative that there not be, or appear to be, a conflict of interest with any of the personal or business dealings of JoyMetropolitanCommunityChurch or its representatives.  To avoid any perception of a conflict of interest in the administration of the church or in the business of the church the following rules apply.

A.         Incentives –

1.         Any incentives to do business with a particular firm should be lawful and ethical and accrue to the benefit of Joy MCC, such as in the form of discounts, not to any individual.  Gifts to individuals from companies with which Joy MCC does business may not exceed $50.00 in value.

2.         No business is to be transacted with any company in which the person authorized to approve the transaction has a financial interest unless approved by the Board of Directors.

3.         Representatives of Joy MCC are not to offer gifts of significant value ($50.00 or more) to individuals in any attempt to have them do business with Joy MCC or to affect recommendations about business.

            4.        Exceptions

a.         Business Lunches – They are considered an ordinary, accepted and time-efficient method of business communication.

b.         Support of associations or groups where funds or gifts may be donated for certain events.

c.         Open houses or banquets held for a group of people to communicate our offerings or services.

 B.        Leadership – A Member of the Board of Directors may not be a church employee, clergy candidate or formation student. 

Article X – Conflict Resolution

When there are conflicts or difficulty within the church that cannot be resolved, including conflicts between and among the Pastor, Member of the congregation, Member of the Board of Directors, or a Lay Delegate or a petition signed by a minimum of thirty-three percent (33%) of the Members in good standing may invite intervention by Senior UFMCC staff to resolve the conflict, in accordance with UFMCC bylaws. 

A.         Removing the Pastor from Office – The church shall follow the process as outlined in the UFMCC bylaws for removing the Pastor from office for disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, dereliction of duty, or when irreconcilable differences arise that cannot be resolved through mutual agreement. 

1.         Any petition to initiate the process of removing the Pastor(s) from office must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Directors and be signed by at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the Members in good standing.

2.        The Board of Directors may initiate the process of removing the Pastor from office by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the full Board of Directors. 

3.         The Clerk shall send a copy of the completed petition or motion of the Board of Directors to the UFMCC Staff within three (3) days.

4.        The Pastor shall remain fully compensated until the final action of the congregation.

Article XI – Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination & Harassment

A.         Sexual Misconduct --

1.         Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Inc. specifically forbids and condemns any and all inappropriate behavior with children or minors at any time and herewith adopts a no tolerance policy toward any professional or lay minister, staff Member, volunteer, agent or assign of Joy MCC, Inc., its subsidiary committees, boards and organizations substantially accused of any such impropriety.  It is the responsibility of the Pastor and his/her staff to promptly report all such allegations to the proper and appropriate civil authorities and to completely assist in any investigations arising there from.

2.         Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Inc. specifically forbids and condemns any and all inappropriate behavior with any Member or friend of the church by a professional or lay minister or staff Member of Joy MCC, Inc.  Claims for sexual misconduct should be immediately reported to the Pastor, or if the offending party was a Pastor, the incident should be reported to the Vice Moderator of the Board of Directors who will follow the guidelines for such complaints in UFMCC policies and bylaws.  Any official complaint of misconduct shall be reported to the Vice Moderator of the Board of Directors within 24 hours of learning of the complaint. 

B.         Discrimination & Harassment – Every Member, guest, minister, volunteer, contractor and /or individual associated with Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Inc. has the right to be free from discrimination or harassment because of age, color, creed, culture, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or perceived sexual orientation, parenthood, ability, military status, or HIV status.  This policy is to be strictly enforced among all employed staff and/or contractors and strongly encouraged among Members, guest and volunteers.  Physical and emotional harassment of any Member, guest, minister, staff, volunteer, contractor, vendor or any employee may be grounds for immediate termination of services for cause and removal from the grounds or any facility under the jurisdiction temporary or otherwise of Joy MCC, Inc., its subsidiary boards and organizations.  Complaints shall first be made to the Pastor in writing.  If the discrimination or harassment was perceived to have been committed by the Pastor the complaint should be given to the Vice Moderator of the Board of Directors. 

Article XII – Lay Delegate

The churchshall elect one (1) lay person for every one hundred (100) Members in good standing, or part thereof, to serve as lay delegate.  The lay delegate(s) shall be a Member in good standing of Joy MCC, have a proven record of identifiable service to and financial support of the church. 

A.         Election – The lay delegate(s) shall be elected at the Fall Congregational Meeting preceding General Conference. A majority of the votes cast shall be required to elect. 

B.         Term of Office - The term of office of lay delegate shall be three (3) years.  A lay delegate shall not serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms without a one year break between terms two (2) and three (3). 

C.         Duties – The duties of the lay delegate shall be to represent the congregation at General Conference, and network gatherings, to communicate with the congregation regarding UFMCC concerns and policies, to make a report to the congregation at Congregational meetings and to provide a written report for inclusion in church publications after General Conference. 

D.         Funding - Lay Delegates will be responsible for obtaining all funding for General Conference. 

E.         Alternate Lay Delegate – The church shall elect two (2) Alternate lay delegates.  The election, term of office, and funding shall be the same as for lay delegates.

1.        Notification to Alternate Lay Delegate – When a lay delegate is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of lay delegate, the lay delegate shall immediately inform the Clerk of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall select which of the Alternate lay delegates shall serve in the absence of the lay delegate. If an Alternate lay delegate is unable to serve, the Board of Directors shall appoint another person to serve in the absence of the lay delegate.

2.         Duties – The duties of the Alternate lay delegate shall be to stay informed of UFMCC concerns and policies and to be prepared to assume the duties of any lay delegate who is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of lay delegate, including but not limited to representing the congregation at General Conference. 

F.         Attendance –

1.         An elected lay delegate is expected to attend all business meetings and all relevant conferences/seminars during General Conference.

2.         If the church Membership drops and more lay delegates were elected than can be officially seated at General Conference, the Board of Directors will make the final decision as to which lay delegates are seated to represent Joy MCC.  This decision will be based on initial number of votes received when electing lay delegates, participation at Joy MCC and fundraising participation in anticipation of the Conferences. 

G.         Discipline – The church cannot condone disloyalty, unbecoming conduct, or dereliction of duty on the part of any lay delegate or Alternate lay delegate.  Therefore, the Board of Directors may remove by a majority vote of the full Board of Directors any lay delegate or Alternate lay delegate guilty of the above.  A petition presented to the Board of Directors and signed by twenty-five percent (25%) of the Members in good standing of the congregation may also initiate such a procedure.

1.         Appeal of Discipline – A disciplined lay delegate or Alternate lay delegate may appeal the action to the congregation at its next regular Congregational Meeting or at a special Congregational Meeting which may be called for this purpose. The decision of the Congregational Meeting is final.  Until the Congregational Meeting to consider the appeal, the position held by the disciplined lay delegate shall be filled by an Alternate lay delegate.

2.         Background Check – Anyone being considered as a lay delegate or Alternate lay delegate must agree to a criminal background check as part of the application process and receive a satisfactory report.

H.         Temporary Appointment –the Pastor may appoint, on a temporary basis, any Member of Joy MCC to act as an interim lay delegate if the elected lay delegate(s) or alternate lay delegate(s) is/are not available. 

I.          Implementation – Lay delegates elected at the Fall Congregational Meeting of 2010 shall serve until the Fall Congregational Meeting of 2012 (the Fall Meeting preceding General Conference 2013).  Lay delegates elected at the Fall Congregational Meeting of 2010 shall be eligible for re-election at the Fall Congregational Meeting of 2012. The special term served from 2010 to 2012 shall not be considered in determining eligibility in accordance with Article XII Section B of these bylaws. 

Article XIII – Church Finances

A.         Authorized Signatures – Any church bank or other financial accounts shall require two signatures for withdrawals.  The Board of Directors shall grant signature authority at its discretion. 

B.         Deposit of Funds – All funds of the church shall be kept in a bank, credit union or savings and loan association, trust company or other depository the Board of Directors may select.  Designated funds shall be kept in an account separate from general funds for proper control and accounting. 

C.         Limit on Expenditures –

1.         The Pastor shall have the authority to commit church funds within the approved budget in any amount not to exceed five percent (5%) of the annual budget; any expenditure greater than that amount requires the approval of the Board of Directors.  Any single expenditure greater than $1,000 requires notification of the Board of Directors within seven (7) days of the expenditure.

2.         The Board of Directors shall have the authority to commit church funds within the approved budget in any amount not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the annual budget; any expenditure greater than that amount requires congregational approval.  Any single expenditure greater than $5,000 by the Board of Directors requires notification of the congregation within seven (7) days.  This notification may be made through regular church publications.  

D.         Fiscal Year – For the purpose of reporting to UFMCC, the fiscal year of the church shall be the calendar year.  

E.         Church Budget – The Board of Directors shall be responsible for presenting to the Annual Congregational Meeting for approval an annual operating budget that reflects anticipated receipts and disbursements.  The approved budget may be amended, as needed, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors, which shall immediately notify the Members of the Church that such amendment has been made.

1.        Budget Year – The annual budget of the church shall cover the period from January 1 through December 31.  The budget is to be published to the congregation a minimum of two weeks prior to the October congregational meeting.

 F.        Assessments – The Board of Directors shall report quarterly to the UFMCC the number of Members in good standing for each month within the quarter and shall remit the Board of Pensions assessments as set by General Conference.  The report and remittance are due to the Board of Pensions on or before the tenth (10th) day of the month following the quarter reported.

 G.        Tithes – The Board of Directors shall report all church receipts each month to the UFMCC, and with that report shall remit a percentage of the funds reported.  The percentage of funds to be remitted shall be determined by General Conference.

 H.        Bequests/Gifts to the Church

1.         Bequests and gifts to JoyMetropolitanCommunityChurch will be used in such a manner as to be responsive to the desires of the bequestor, as well as consistent with the needs, ministries, philosophies and doctrines of the church.

2.         It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to assure that bequests to Joy MCC are distributed to an account or fund of the Church.

3.         The Board of Directors will determine whether the bequest is consistent with the best interests of the Church, and does not involve a liability or financial responsibility that cannot be accepted by the Church.

4.         The church Clerk will be responsible for maintaining a file for each bequest given to the Church.

Article XIV – Adoption and Amendments

A.         Adoption – These bylaws shall become effective immediately upon approval by the Regional Elder and then adoption by the Congregational Meeting. 

B.         Amendments – These bylaws may be amended or repealed at any duly convened Congregational Meeting.  Proposed amendments or repeals shall be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Board of Directors no later than thirty (30) days prior to the Congregational Meeting the proposal is to be considered.  Adoption of the amendment or the repeal shall require approval by a two-thirds (2/3rds) affirmative vote and is subject to approval by the Regional Elder.  Amendments that are necessitated by amendments made to the UFMCC bylaws shall not require approval by the congregation. 

C.         Prior Bylaws – These bylaws will take place of all previous bylaws associated with Joy Metropolitan Community Church.  A plan for implementation will be developed by the Board of Directors and presented with the revised bylaws to a Congregational Meeting for approval.  These bylaws will not require anyone to resign from a current ministry or position within the first year of implementation.

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