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Constitution of the Reformed Witness Committee
 


A combined church extension committee of the
Protestant Reformed Churches of Doon, Edgerton and Hull

PREAMBLE
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 and Hull.

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 year.

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 mission committee.

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.