A combined church extension committee of the
Protestant Reformed Churches of Doon, Edgerton and Hull
The Protestant Reformed Churches of Doon, Edgerton and Hull
believe that in obedience to the command of Christ, the King
of the Church, to preach the blessed Gospel to all creatures,
baptizing and teaching them to observe all things which Christ
has commanded, it is the explicit duty and sacred privilege
of said churches to carry out this calling according to the
measure of our God-given ability.
We believe that this mission activity includes the work of church
extension, and church reformation, as well as the task of carrying
out the Gospel to the unchurched and heathen. However, we are
convinced that our present duty lies primarily in the field
of church extension and church reformation.
With a view to this persuasion, the here-following constitution
has been drawn up, and any enlargement of the scope of labors
would imply changes and enlargements of the present draft constitution.
ARTICLE I Name
The name of the committee governed by this constitution shall
be: The Reformed Witness Committee, a combined church extension
committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches of Doon, Edgerton
ARTICLE II Purpose
This committee shall labor on behalf of the consistories of
these three churches to disseminate our distinctive Protestant
Reformed views, based on the Word of God and the Reformed confessions,
among those in this area outside the scope of our churches.
ARTICLE III Supervision
The consistories of the above-mentioned churches shall assume
the full responsibility for this work. Hence the elders, laboring
within the scope of this constitution, shall give written account
to their respective consistories under whose jurisdiction they
function. To this end the elders shall furnish their consistories
with a monthly written report.
ARTICLE IV Membership
The committee shall consist of nine members as follows:
a. Three members shall be appointed by each consistory, an elder
and two members from each congregation.
b. The ministers of each congregation shall be advisors and
meet regularly with the committee.
c. Term of office: Three years for each member; each consistory
will make this appointment.
ARTICLE V Officers
The committee shall choose its own functionaries annually by
ballot. These functionaries shall consist of President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, and Vice-Secretary-Treasurer.
These functionaries can be chosen from any of the three churches.
Duties of each office
A. President must be an elder from one of the three churches.
His duties are to open with prayer and read scripture. He must
also preside over the meeting and preserve good order. He must
assign duties to each sub-committee as needed.
B. Vice-President must be an elder. He shall assume duties of
the President when the President is absent.
C. Secretary shall maintain accurate records of each meeting
and read these minutes at each meeting for approval of the members.
He shall see to it that the members receive a copy of the minutes
within two weeks of the previous meeting and also supply an
agenda for the next meeting. The Secretary, in certain instances,
may be asked to help with correspondence.
D. Treasurer shall be responsible for payment of distributions
and the keeping of receipts and maintaining good records of
these receipts and distributions. He must supply a report to
be read at each meeting and an annual report to be read in January
of each year.
E. Corresponding Secretary shall maintain a supply of the pamphlets
and literature that are available. He must fulfill requests
and answer correspondence with interested parties. He shall
also attend to the mailbox and inform the RWC of his correspondence
by way of a written report to be read at each scheduled meeting.
F. Vice-all shall assume duties of either the secretary or treasurer
in their absence.
ARTICLE VI Meetings
The committee shall meet every other month on a regular basis.
In addition, if any committee member desires to call a special
meeting, he may confer with the president and secretary and
together determine whether there shall be a special meeting.
In case it is considered necessary, the secretary shall inform
the other members of the committee meeting both as to time and
place. The annual meeting shall be the first of the calendar
ARTICLE VII Duties
The duties of the committees are:
a. To disseminate Protestant Reformed truths suitable to the
purpose outlined in this constitution.
b. To consider any suggestion from the consistories.
c. Make recommendations to the consistories for activities in
keeping with Article II of the constitution.
d. To maintain contact and cooperation with the denominational
ARTICLE VIII Amendments
Any amendment to this constitution must be submitted to the
consistories for approval.
ARTICLE IX Inurement of Income
No part of the net earnings of the committee shall inure to
the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees,
officers or other private persons except that the corporation
shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation
for services rendered.
ARTICLE X Legislative or Political Activities
No substantial part of the activities of the committee shall
be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to
influence legislation, and the committee shall not participate
in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution
of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate
for public office.
ARTICLE XI Operational Limitations
Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the
committee shall not carry on any other activities not permitted
to be carried on (a) by a committee exempt from Federal income
tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States
Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a committee, contributions to
which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any
future united States Internal Revenue Law).
ARTICLE XII Dissolution Clause
Upon the dissolution of the committee, the Board of Trustees
shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of
all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets
of the committee exclusively for the purposes of the committee
in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized
and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious
or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt
organization or organizations under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any
future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of
Trustees shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed
of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in
which the principal office of the corporation is then located,
exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations
as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated
exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE XIII Purposes
Said committee is organized exclusively for charitable, religious,
educational, and scientific purposes within the meaning of section
501 (c) 3 of the Code.