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Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of the Association shall be the Acadia Baptist Association.









Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The Acadia Baptist Association exists to exalt our Lord Jesus Christ through assisting all its member churches in fulfilling the Great Commission and to cooperate with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention and all their Boards Agencies and Institutions.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 : This Association shall be composed of messengers elected by the cooperating churches.

SECTION 2 : Each church shall be entitled to five( 5) messengers for the first 50 members or fractional Part thereof and one additional messenger for each additional 50 members or fractional part thereof above the first 50, providing the total number of messengers does not exceed ten (10).

SECTION 3 : Each church shall send a Annual Church Profile to the Associational Clerk, reporting itís accomplishments during the past Associational year.

SECTION 4 : Any church desiring affiliation as a cooperating church with the Association shall present a written application to the Moderator at least 90 days before the Fall Session ends. This application shall show evidence of doctrinal soundness, spiritual unanimity and the intent of the church to be in accord and cooperation with the affiliated churches constituting the Association. The Moderator shall instruct the Credentials Committee to study the matter and present itís recommendation at the Fall Session at which time the Association will act upon the recommendation.

SECTION 5 : This Association shall in no way interfere with the rights of churches it wholly disclaims any authority over them and recognizes them as independent bodies in matters of internal government. lt, however, has authority over its own membership and in justice and propriety has the right to deny seats to or withdraw from messengers representing churches heterodox in faith or disorderly in practice.

SECTION 6 : The Articles of Faith for the Association which shall be the basis of fellowship and cooperation is the Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention at Kansas City, Missouri in May 1963.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE IV: AUTHORITY

SECTION 1 : Under no circumstances shall this Association attempt to assume ecclesiastical authority over the churches. The complete independence and autonomy of each church shall always be fully recognized.

SECTION 2 : The Association recognizes itís responsibility to seat messengers only from churches Which are in conformity with the provisions of Articles II and III.

SECTION 3 : Each church which sends messengers to the Association shall by the election of these messengers recognize itís responsibility to support the Association with attendance, personnel and funds.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE V : GENERAL OFFICERS

SECTION 1 : The general officers of the Association shall be

These officers shall be elected in the Spring Semi-annual meeting, being nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Association.
Nomination can also be made from the floor of that meeting by duly elected messengers.
Those elected will assume office at the close of the Fall Meeting.

SECTION: 2 The general officers along with the Director of Missions, shall make up the Executive Committee of the Association.
The duties shall be as described in the By-Laws, Article IV, Section 1.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions

CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION: 1 The Executive Board of the Association shall be composed of the Association General Officers, Director of Missions, the pastor and one other duly elected member of each church.

SECTION: 2 The Executive Board shall act for the Association when the messengers are not in session, but is not empowered to act contrary to established Associational policy or the Constitution.

SECTION: 3 It shall be the task of the Executive Board to carry out the instructions of the Association and promote the work of the Association throughout the year, to fill all vacancies that may occur among Associational officers and committees, with the approval of the Nominating Committee. It shall be the duty of each member of the board to attend all meetings upon written notice.









Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

SECTION: 1 Standing Committees provided for in the By-Laws shall be nominated by the Committee on Committees at the Fall Meeting and elected by a majority vote of the messengers present. These Committees shall begin their respective duties upon the close of the Fall Meeting.

SECTION: 2 Special Committees: The Moderator shall be at liberty to appoint any special committee that he may deem necessary to facilitate the work of the Association, with such committees operating under his own direction without definite tenure of office. The work of such committees will always be under the authority of the Association or of the Executive Board.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE VIII: MISSION PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS

SECTION: 1 Mission Performance Directors provided for in the By-Laws shall be nominated at the Spring Meeting by the Associational Nominating Committee and elected by a majority vote of the messengers present. In keeping with the spirit of Article II, these elected directors will be expected to attend the State Associational Leadership Planning Conference. These program directors shall begin their duties at the close of the Fall Meeting.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE IX: ASSOCIATIONAL COUNCIL

SECTION: 1 The Associational Council shall be composed of the General Officers listed in Article V, the Director of each Mission Performance Program, Missions Committee Chairman and Baptist Student Union Director at Louisiana State University at Eunice. The Manager of Acadia Baptist Center and the Area Director of Missions, and all Pastors of member churches. The Moderator shall serve as Chairman.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE X: MEETINGS

SECTION: 1 The Association shall meet once each calendar year, in the fall.

SECTION: 2 Special meetings of the Association may be called by the Moderator upon the request of the Executive Board with a fifteen day written notice to the churches. In case of such called meetings, the Association's membership shall consist of the messengers to the last Fall Meeting, unless new messengers are elected and certified by the churches. Those present shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION: 3 In its deliberations, the Association, the Executive Board, Associational Council, and the Committees shall be governed by the most recent revision of Roberts Rules of Order.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE XI: FINANCE

SECTION: 1 The Association shall expect all churches of the Association to provide sufficient funds to support necessary operating expenses, an amount equal to 2% of undesignated receipts is recommended. All monies thus contributed shall be turned over to the Treasurer to be disbursed as authorized by the Association or the Executive Board.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS

SECTION: 1 This Constitution may be amended at the Spring or Fall Meeting, provided the proposed change shall have been presented in writing at previous meeting, and shall be approved by two-thirds of the messengers at the latter meeting.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


BY-LAWS - ARTICLE 1: MEETINGS

SECTION: 1 The Association shall hold the Fall Meeting in October each year.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


BY-LAWS - ARTICLE II: GENERAL OFFICERS

The General Officers of the Association and their duties shall be as follows:

SECTION: 1 MODERATOR: The Moderator shall preside over the meetings of the Association, discharge such duties as are generally incumbent upon such officers of deliberative bodies, and shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees. The Moderator shall also be the Chairman of the Executive Board, Executive Committee and Associational Council of the Association. He shall be assisted by the Area Director of Missions, and his term of service shall be no more than 2 years at a time.

SECTION: 2 VICE,MODERATOR: The Vice-Moderator shall render assistance to the Moderator as seems proper and necessary, and shall preside over the meetings of the Association at the request of the Moderator, or in the absence of the Moderator. Should the Moderator leave office for any cause, the Vice¨ Moderator shall be elected by the Executive Board to serve through the next Fall Meeting. He shall be Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board and Executive Committee.

SECTION: 3 CLERK: The Clerk shall keep accurate records of all the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Board, receive the Annual Church Profile from the churches, superintend the printing and distribution of the Annual, and prepare a Book of Reports for the Fall Meeting. The Clerk will assist the Moderator in conducting an Obituary service during the Annual Meeting.

SECTION: 4 TREASURER: The Treasurer shall receive, preserve and disburse all monies received at the direction of the Association or Executive Board. He shall present a financial report to the churches and the Association as requested by the Association or Executive Board.

SECTION: 5 DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS: For the purpose of co-operation the Director of Missions, shall be considered a General Officer of the Association and an ex-officio member of all committees.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


BY-LAWS - ARTICLE III: EXECUTIVE BOARD

SECTION: 1 The Executive Board shall meet regularly as calendared by the Associational Council, but no less than twice each year.
Ten members, representing at least five churches, at any meeting, regular or called, shall constitute a quorum.
Special meetings may be called by the Moderator provided all members of the Executive Board shall have been notified in writing at least one week prior to the time of the proposed meeting.








Alan Knuckles
Director of Missions


BY-LAWS - ARTICLE IV: COMMITTEES

The Standing Committees of the Association and their duties shall be:

SECTION: 1 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Executive Board performs administrative or executive functions for the Association as assigned. The committee shall be composed of the General Officers and the Area Director of Missions.
It's duties are to:

  1. serve for the Executive board or Association in specific, delegated or assigned matters:
  2. take action as needed in emergencies within the policy framework of the Association or Executive board.


SECTION: 2 ANNUAL MEETINGS COMMITTEE shall be the Executive Committee of the Association, along with the Associational Music Director, and shall assist the Association in planning and conducting the regular and called meetings of the Association in session.
Its duties are to:
  1. propose to the Executive Board an order of business for the sessions of the Association;
  2. enlist personnel for the Associational sessions;
  3. publicize the complete order of business for sessions of the Association to the churches at least seven days in advance;
  4. in cooperation with the Moderator and other program personnel, arrange for all facilities needed for the sessions;
  5. receive invitations from churches and suggestions for program emphases and personnel for future sessions; and
  6. propose at each Fall Session the meeting place and preacher for sessions for the next year.


SECTION: 3 BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE of the Association shall be the Associational Council, working with the Stewardship Director, and shall do the following:
  1. develop and recommend an overall financial development plan;
  2. develop and recommend an Associational budget based on the plans of the Association's various programs and ministries;
  3. plan and direct the effort to seek giving commitments from the churches;
  4. conduct studies and make recommendations concerning proposed expenditures not included in the budget;
  5. review budget adjustment if needed; and
  6. develop and recommend financial policies and procedures, including provisions for auditing.


SECTION: 4 CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE assists the Association in determining when churches are of like faith and order and can properly seat messengers at the Association Meetings. The committee shall be composed of three members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.
Its duties are to:
  1. counsel with churches seeking to seat messengers at Association meetings (namely, their articles of faith or doctrinal positions, church covenant, polity; including constitution and by-laws, and relationship to the denomination); and
  2. arrange for and conduct proper registration of messengers and visitors at the sessions, and report registration as requested.



SECTION: 5 JOINT ASSOCIATIONAL OFFICE TRUSTEES shall be composed of the three duly elected Moderators of Acadia, Louisiana and Mt. Olive Associations. The trustees shall be subject to the Articles of Incorporation of the Joint Associational Office.
Its duties are to:
  1. administer the offices of the Director of Missions and the Associations;
  2. develop, plan, and approve all programs and activities related to the work of the Joint Associational Office;
  3. employ the office secretary and other approved staff upon recommendation of the Director of Missions;
  4. approve the purchase of equipment, and furniture, and location of offices;
  5. request budget support from the Associations and the Louisiana Baptist Convention;
  6. assist the Director of Missions in coordinating the work of the Associations; and
  7. report the proceedings and work of the Joint Associational Office to the member Associations.


SECTION: 6 NOMINATING COMMITTEE leads in coordinating the selection of all Association elected leaders except staff members.
The Committee shall be composed of six members to serve at three year term on a rotating basis.
Must present recommendations to Moderator & D.O.M. by September 1st, prior to the Fall Annual Meeting. Its duties are to:
  1. select, interview, enlist and recommend
    1. Associational Officers,
    2. Mission Performance Program Directors and
    3. all standing Committees
      • the Woman's Missionary Union shall present a recommendation for its officers to the Association through the Nominating Committee, at the Spring Executive Board Meeting each year;
    4. approve workers before they are invited to work in program organizations;
    5. distribute Associational leadership according to priority and needs;
    6. assist Associational program leaders in discovering and enlisting qualified persons to fill positions in their respective organizations as requested; and
    7. present workers to the Association for election.



    SECTION: 7 RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE assist the Association in the study of resolutions for adoption by the Association or Executive Board. The committee shall be composed of thee members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.
    Its duties are to:
    1. receive, review, and recommend all proposed resolutions or public statements; and
    2. All actions of this committee shall be subject to the approval of the Association or its Executive Board.


    SECTION: 8 MISSIONS COMMITTEE develops missions awareness and understanding in the Association and in the churches. The committee shall receive requests from sponsoring churches desiring Associational support for missions, evaluate these requests, and make recommendations to the budget and finance committee. It shall review for adoption and approval all Applications for Supplement to the Louisiana Baptist Convention as required by them for Supplements. The Committee shall be composed of at least six members who shall serve three years on a rotation basis. Each member of this Committee shall be assigned a specific area of responsibility such as: Chairperson, Church Missions Committee Leader, Missions Survey Leader, Mission Church Growth Leader, Mission Starting Leader, Church and Community Ministries Leader, World Hunger Response Leader. (Other leaders may be added as needed.)

    The following Association Officers shall serve as ex-officio members of this Committee:

    SECTION: 9 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE shall make all member churches aware of Scholarships, sponsored by the Association, and communicate the process and procedures for application and qualification. This committee shall have the authority to grant said scholarships. The committee shall be composed of three members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.

    SECTION: 10 COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE shall consist of three members serving for three year terms in rotation. The moderator of the Association will submit a name at the Annual meeting to fill the vacancy occurring at that time. The Association will be asked to approve his nomination. Vacancies occurring during the year to the Committee on Committees shall be fill by the moderator with the approval of the Executive Board or Association in session.
    The duties of the Committee on Committees shall be:
    1. To select and recommend at the fall meeting of the Association all annually occurring vacancies on each of the Standing Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Committees. and Nominate two representatives to serve on the Acadian Baptist Center Board, as required by ABC's constitution.
    2. Be responsible for filling any unexpired vacancies that may occur during the year on standing committees or boards. These recommendations are to be made at the fall or spring meeting of the Association.


    SECTION: 11 STUDENT MINISTRY COUNCIL for BSU at LSU-E shall be nominated by the Committee on Committees, assisted by the BSU Director of LSU-E, an approved by the Association at the Annual Meeting.








    Alan Knuckles
    Director of Missions


    BY-LAWS - ARTICLE V: MISSIONS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS AND DIRECTORS DUTIES

    Each Missions Performance Program Director shall enlist and train persons to assist in carrying out the function and program tasks as specified in Convention Literature or as the Director deems necessary. All enlisted persons shall be subject to approval by the Association or Executive Board. Director's are encouraged to attend the Associational Leadership Planning Conference in their area of work to prepare for leading the Association.



    SECTION: 1 SUNDAY SCHOOL:
    The principal function is to assist and challenge churches to improve and enlarge all areas of their Bible Teaching/Reaching Program through:
    Program tasks are to help churches:
    1. reach persons for Bible Study;
    2. teach the Bible;
    3. witness to persons about Christ, and lead persons to church membership;
    4. minister to Sunday School members and nonmembers;
    5. lead members to worship; and
    6. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


    SECTION: 2 DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING:
    The principal function is to assist churches in starting, improving, and expanding Christian discipleship through their Discipleship Training Programs.
    Program tasks are to help churches:
    1. equip church members for discipleship and personal ministry;
    2. teach Christian theology and Baptist doctrine, Christian ethics, Christian history, and church policy and organization;
    3. equip church leaders for service; and
    4. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


    SECTION: 3 MUSIC MINISTRY:
    The principal function is to enhance the redemptive mission of churches through:
    Program tasks are to help churches:
    1. provide worshipful musical experiences in congregational services;
    2. develop musical skills, attitudes, and understanding;
    3. witness and minister through music; and
    4. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


    SECTION: 4 BAPTIST MEN:
    The principal function is to:
    1. assist and engage men and boys in missions activities;
    2. teach missions to men and boys;
    3. lead men and boys to develop personal ministry; and
    4. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination


    SECTION: 5 WOMEN'S MISSIONARY UNION:
    The principal function is to assist churches in promoting missions and in establishing, enlarging, and strengthening WMU work.
    Program tasks are to help churches:
    1. teach missions;
    2. engage in mission action and personal witnessing;
    3. support missions; and
    4. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


    SECTION: 6 EVANGELISM:
    The principal function is to lead the Association to address the priority of evangelism in its area.
    Program tasks:
    1. church evangelism committee development;
    2. evangelism strategy development;
    3. mass evangelism;
    4. personal evangelism;
    5. rural and small church evangelism;
    6. specialized evangelism;
    7. renewal evangelism;
    8. evangelism prospect discovery.


    SECTION: 7 STEWARDSHIP:
    The principal function is to: Program tasks:


    SECTION: 8 PASTORAL MINISTRIES:
    The principal functions are:
    1. to assist churches in the development of pastoral ministries, deacon ministry, vocational guidance and church administrative services;
    2. to conduct special projects and activities which enable churches to fulfill their mission; and
    3. to minister to the distinctive needs of pastors, deacons and church staff persons;
    4. Plan and promote the regular monthly pastors Conference, in co-ordination with the Associational Council. Program tasks are to help churches:
      1. lead the church in the accomplishment of its mission;
      2. proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers;
      3. care for the churches members and other persons in the community; and
      4. interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


    SECTION: 9 MEDIA LIBRARY:
    The principal function is to: Program tasks are to:

    SECTION: 10 FAMILY MINISTRY:
    The principal function is to: Program task is to:

    SECTION: 11 SINGLES MINISTRY:
    The principal function is to:

    SECTION: 12 YOUTH MINISTRY:
    The principal function is to strengthen youth ministry in the churches through awareness, training and special events for youth and youth leaders.
    Program task is to:
    1. work with an Associational Youth Committee made up of adults representing
      • Youth Sunday School,
      • Youth Church Training,
      • Youth Mission,
      • Youth Music and
      • Recreation;
    2. plan a balanced slate of special events such as rallies and retreats;
    3. provide youth leader training events in cooperation with the Association and State Convention; and
    4. build a support team of youth ministry persons.


    SECTION 13: BOLD MISSION PRAYER:
    The principal function is to:
    • assist church prayer ministers, providing information and ideas for an effective prayer ministry.
    • To lead the Association in special prayer emphasis during the year.


    SECTION 14: MORAL & SOCIAL CONCERNS:
    The principal function is to inform the churches of all moral issues that we need to address.

    SECTION 15: BI-VOCATIONAL MINISTRY:
    The principal function is to:
    • provide fellowship opportunities for Bi-Vo pastors.
    • To make sure that the Association is aware of their special needs, and
    • to promote National, State and Local programs that will minister to those needs.


    SECTION 16: BCM-LSU-Eunice MINISTRY:
    • The principal function is to keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of the Baptist Student at LSU-E.
    • To coordinate the calendars' of the BCM and the Association.


    SECTION 17: ACADIAN BAPTIST CENTER:
    The principal function is to:
    • keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of Acadian Baptist Center.
    • To coordinate the calendars' of the camp and the Association.


    SECTION 18: VOLUNTEER CONSULTANT:
    The principal function is to:
    • relate to volunteers in the local churches, and
    • keep them abreast with the State and National volunteer programs and needs.


    SECTION 19: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:
    The principal function is to:
    • assist our churches in conducting VBS each year, by training their workers and providing assistance as needed in VBS work in the local church.


    SECTION 20: LA. COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE:
    The principal function is to:
    • keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of Louisiana College.
    • To coordinate the calendars' of Louisiana College and the Association, by informing the Association of special events at LC that might be of interest to member churches.








    Alan Knuckles
    Director of Missions


    BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VI: ASSOCIATIONAL COUNCIL

    • -SECTION: 1 The Associational Council shall normally meet quarterly and at such other times as it, the Moderator or the Director of Missions deem necessary.


    • SECTION: 2 It shall be the duty of this group to coordinate the work of the Association and to recommend the creation or elimination of programs of work. The Council shall recommend to the Fall Meeting a calendar of activities & budget for the Associational Year.








    Alan Knuckles
    Director of Missions


    BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VII: SCHOLARSHIPS

    • Scholarship policies of the Association are printed in the Annual Book of Reports, published by the Association each year.
    • Number of scholarships and amounts are set each year in the adopted budget of the Association.








    Alan Knuckles
    Director of Missions


    -BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS

    These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association by a majority vote of the messengers present.

    Amended September 30, 2008 at the Annual Meeting, to remove the Semi-Annual Meeting and replace it with an Executive Board Meeting.









    Alan Knuckles
    Director of Missions


    CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

    CONSTITUTION


    ARTICLE I: NAME

    The name of the Association shall be the Acadia Baptist Association.



    ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

    The Acadia Baptist Association exists to exalt our Lord Jesus Christ through assisting all its member churches in fulfilling the Great Commission and to cooperate with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention and all their Boards Agencies and Institutions.



    ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
    • SECTION 1 : This Association shall be composed of messengers elected by the cooperating churches.


    • SECTION 2 : Each church shall be entitled to five( 5) messengers for the first 50 members or fractional Part thereof and one additional messenger for each additional 50 members or fractional part thereof above the first 50, providing the total number of messengers does not exceed ten (10).


    • SECTION 3 : Each church shall send a Annual Church Profile to the Associational Clerk, reporting itís accomplishments during the past Associational year.


    • SECTION 4 : Any church desiring affiliation as a cooperating church with the Association shall present a written application to the Moderator at least 90 days before the Fall Session ends. This application shall show evidence of doctrinal soundness, spiritual unanimity and the intent of the church to be in accord and cooperation with the affiliated churches constituting the Association. The Moderator shall instruct the Credentials Committee to study the matter and present itís recommendation at the Fall Session at which time the Association will act upon the recommendation.


    • SECTION 5 : This Association shall in no way interfere with the rights of churches it wholly disclaims any authority over them and recognizes them as independent bodies in matters of internal government. lt, however, has authority over its own membership and in justice and propriety has the right to deny seats to or withdraw from messengers representing churches heterodox in faith or disorderly in practice.


    • SECTION 6 : The Articles of Faith for the Association which shall be the basis of fellowship and cooperation is the Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Conventiont Kansas City, Missouri in May 1963.


    ARTICLE IV: AUTHORITY

    • SECTION 1 : Under no circumstances shall this Association attempt to assume ecclesiastical authority over the churches. The complete independence and autonomy of each church shall always be fully recognized.


    • SECTION 2 : The Association recognizes itís responsibility to seat messengers only from churches Which are in conformity with the provisions of Articles ll and lll.


    • SECTION 3 : Each church which sends messengers to the Association shall by the election of these messengers recognize itís responsibility to support the Association with attendance, personnel and funds.


    ARTICLE V : GENERAL OFFICERS


    • SECTION 1 : The general officers of the Association shall be Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Clerk, and Treasurer. These officers shall be elected in the Spring Semi-annual meeting, being nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Association. Nomination can also be made from the floor of that meeting by duly elected messengers. Those elected will assume office at the close of the Fall Meeting.


    • SECTION: 2 The general officers along with the Director of Missions, shall make up the Executive Committee of the Association. The duties shall be as described in the By-Laws, Article IV, SECTION 1.


    ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE BOARD


    • SECTION: 1 The Executive Board of the Association shall be composed of the Association General Officers, Director of Missions, the pastor and one other duly elected member of each church.


    • SECTION: 2 The Executive Board shall act for the Association when the messengers are not in session, but is not empowered to act contrary to established Associational policy or the Constitution.


    • SECTION: 3 It shall be the task of the Executive Board to carry out the instructions of the Association and promote the work of the Association throughout the year, to fill all vacancies that may occur among Associational officers and committees, with the approval of the Nominating Committee. It shall be the duty of each member of the board to attend all meetings upon written notice.


    ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES


    • SECTION: 1 Standing Committees provided for in the By-Laws shall be nominated by the Committee on Committees at the Fall Meeting and elected by a majority vote of the messengers present. These Committees shall begin their respective duties upon the close of the Fall Meeting.


    • SECTION: 2 Special Committees: The Moderator shall be at liberty to appoint any special committee that he may deem necessary to facilitate the work of the Association, with such committees operating under his own direction without definite tenure of office. The work of such committees will always be under the authority of the Association or of the Executive Board.


    ARTICLE VIII: MISSION PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS


    • SECTION: 1 Mission Performance Directors provided for in the By-Laws shall be nominated at the Spring Meeting by the Associational Nominating Committee and elected by a majority vote of the messengers present. In keeping with the spirit of Article II, these elected directors will be expected to attend the State Associational Leadership Planning Conference. These program directors shall begin their duties at the close of the Fall Meeting.


    ARTICLE IX: ASSOCIATIONAL COUNCIL


    • SECTION: 1 The Associational Council shall be composed of the General Officers listed in Article V, the Director of each Mission Performance Program, Missions Committee Chairman and Baptist Student Union Director at Louisiana State University at Eunice. The Manager of Acadia Baptist Center and the Area Director of Missions, and all Pastors of member churches. The Moderator shall serve as Chairman.


    ARTICLE X: MEETINGS


    • SECTION: 1 The Association shall meet once each calendar year, in the fall.


    • SECTION: 2 Special meetings of the Association may be called by the Moderator upon the request of the Executive Board with a fifteen day written notice to the churches. In case of such called meetings, the Association's membership shall consist of the messengers to the last Fall Meeting, unless new messengers are elected and certified by the churches. Those present shall constitute a quorum.


    • SECTION: 3 In its deliberations, the Association, the Executive Board, Associational Council, and the Committees shall be governed by the most recent revision of Roberts Rules of Order.


    ARTICLE XI: FINANCE


    • SECTION: 1 The Association shall expect all churches of the Association to provide sufficient funds to support necessary operating expenses, an amount equal to 2% of undesignated receipts is recommended. All monies thus contributed shall be turned over to the Treasurer to be disbursed as authorized by the Association or the Executive Board.


    ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS


    • SECTION: 1 This Constitution may be amended at the Spring or Fall Meeting, provided the proposed change shall have been presented in writing at previous meeting, and shall be approved by two-thirds of the messengers at the latter meeting.


    BY-LAWS

    ARTICLE I: MEETINGS


    • SECTION: 1 The Association shall hold the Fall Meeting in October each year.


    ARTICLE II: GENERAL OFFICERS
    The General Officers of the Association and their duties shall be as follows:

    • SECTION: 1 MODERATOR:
      The Moderator shall preside over the meetings of the Association, discharge such duties as are generally incumbent upon such officers of deliberative bodies, and shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees. The Moderator shall also be the Chairman of the Executive Board, Executive Committee and Associational Council of the Association. He shall be assisted by the Area Director of Missions, and his term of service shall be no more than 2 years at a time.


    • SECTION: 2 VICE,MODERATOR:
      The Vice-Moderator shall render assistance to the Moderator as seems proper and necessary, and shall preside over the meetings of the Association at the request of the Moderator, or in the absence of the Moderator. Should the Moderator leave office for any cause, the Vice¨ Moderator shall be elected by the Executive Board to serve through the next Fall Meeting. He shall be Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board and Executive Committee.


    • SECTION: 3 CLERK:
      The Clerk shall keep accurate records of all the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Board, receive the Annual Church Profile from the churches, superintend the printing and distribution of the Annual, and prepare a Book of Reports for the Fall Meeting. The Clerk will assist the Moderator in conducting an Obituary service during the Annual Meeting.


    • SECTION: 4 TREASURER:
      The Treasurer shall receive, preserve and disburse all monies received at the direction of the Association or Executive Board. He shall present a financial report to the churches and the Association as requested by the Association or Executive Board.


    • SECTION: 5 DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS:
      For the purpose of co-operation the Director of Missions, shall be considered a General Officer of the Association and an ex-officio member of all committees.


    ARTICLE III: EXECUTIVE BOARD
    • SECTION: 1 The Executive Board shall meet regularly as calendared by the Associational Council, but no less than twice each year.
      Ten members, representing at least five churches, at any meeting, regular or called, shall constitute a quorum.
      Special meetings may be called by the Moderator provided all members of the Executive Board shall have been notified in writing at least one week prior to the time of the proposed meeting.


    ARTICLE IV: COMMITTEES
    • SECTION: 1 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Executive Board performs administrative or executive functions for the Association as assigned. The committee shall be composed of the General Officers and the Area Director of Missions.
      • It's duties are to:
        • (1) serve for the Executive board or Association in specific, delegated or assigned matters:
        • (2) take action as needed in emergencies within the policy framework of the Association or Executive board.


    • SECTION: 2 ANNUAL MEETINGS COMMITTEE shall be the Executive Committee of the Association, along with the Associational Music Director, and shall assist the Association in planning and conducting the regular and called meetings of the Association in session.
      • Its duties are to:
        • (1) propose to the Executive Board an order of business for the sessions of the Association;
        • (2) enlist personnel for the Associational sessions;
        • (3) publicize the complete order of business for sessions of the Association to the churches at least seven days in advance;
        • (4) in cooperation with the Moderator and other program personnel, arrange for all facilities needed for the sessions;
        • (5) receive invitations from churches and suggestions for program emphases and personnel for future sessions; and
        • (6) propose at each Fall Session the meeting place and preacher for sessions for the next year.


    • SECTION: 3 BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE of the Association shall be the Associational Council, working with the Stewardship Director, and shall do the following:
      • (1) develop and recommend an overall financial development plan;
      • (2) develop and recommend an Associational budget based on the plans of the Association's various programs and ministries;
      • (3) plan and direct the effort to seek giving commitments from the churches;
      • (4) conduct studies and make recommendations concerning proposed expenditures not included in the budget;
      • (5) review budget adjustment if needed; and
      • (6) develop and recommend financial policies and procedures, including provisions for auditing.


    • SECTION: 4 CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE assists the Association in determining when churches are of like faith and order and can properly seat messengers at the Association Meetings. The committee shall be composed of three members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.
      • Its duties are to:
        • (1) counsel with churches seeking to seat messengers at Association meetings (namely:
          • their articles of faith or doctrinal positions,
          • church covenant, polity; including constitution and by-laws,
          • and relationship to the denomination);
        • (2) arrange for and conduct proper registration of messengers and visitors at the sessions, and report registration as requested.


    • SECTION: 5 JOINT ASSOCIATIONAL OFFICE TRUSTEES shall be composed of the three duly elected Moderators of Acadia, Louisiana and Mt. Olive Associations. The trustees shall be subject to the Articles of Incorporation of the Joint Associational Office.
      • Its duties are to;
        • (1) administer the offices of the Director of Missions and the Associations;
        • (2) develop, plan, and approve all programs and activities related to the work of the Joint Associational Office;
        • (3) employ the office secretary and other approved staff upon recommendation of the Director of Missions;
        • (4) approve the purchase of equipment, and furniture, and location of offices;
        • (5) request budget support from the Associations and the Louisiana Baptist Convention;
        • (6) assist the Director of Missions in coordinating the work of the Associations; and
        • (7) report the proceedings and work of the Joint Associational Office to the member Associations.


    • SECTION: 6 NOMINATING COMMITTEE leads in coordinating the selection of all Association elected leaders except staff members. The Committee shall be composed of six members to serve at three year term on a rotating basis.
      • Its duties are to;
        • (1) select, interview, enlist and recommend Associational Officers, Mission Performance Program Directors and all standing Committees (the Woman's Missionary Union shall present a recommendation for its officers to the Association through the Nominating Committee), at the Spring Executive Board Meeting each year;
        • (2) approve workers before they are invited to work in program organizations;
        • (3) distribute Associational leadership according to priority and needs;
        • (4) assist Associational program leaders in discovering and enlisting qualified persons to fill positions in their respective organizations as requested; and
        • (5) present workers to the Associations for election.


    • SECTION: 7 RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE assist the Association in the study of resolutions for adoption by the Association or Executive Board. The committee shall be composed of thee members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.
      • Its duties are to;
        • (1) receive, review, and recommend all proposed resolutions or public statements; and
        • (2) All actions of this committee shall be subject to the approval of the Association or its Executive Board.


    • SECTION: 8 MISSIONS COMMITTEE develops missions awareness and understanding in the Association and in the churches. The committee shall receive requests from sponsoring churches desiring Associational support for missions, evaluate these requests, and make recommendations to the budget and finance committee. It shall review for adoption and approval all Applications for Supplement to the Louisiana Baptist Convention as required by them for Supplements. The Committee shall be composed of at least six members who shall serve three years on a rotation basis. Each member of this Committee shall be assigned a specific area of responsibility such as:
      • Chairperson,
      • Church Missions Committee Leader,
      • Missions Survey Leader,
      • Mission Church Growth Leader,
      • Mission Starting Leader,
      • Church and Community Ministries Leader,
      • World Hunger Response Leader
      • (Other leaders may be added as needed.)
        • The following Association Officers shall serve as ex-officio members of this Committee:
          • Moderator,
          • WMU Director,
          • Baptist Men and Boys Director
          • Sunday School Director.
            • The Chairperson of this Committee shall be a member of the Association Council.


    • SECTION: 9 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE shall make all member churches aware of Scholarships, sponsored by the Association, and communicate the process and procedures for application and qualification. This committee shall have the authority to grant said scholarships.
      • The committee shall be composed of three members to serve a three year term on a rotating basis.


    • SECTION: 10 COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES shall consist of three members serving for three year terms in rotation.
      • The moderator of the Association will submit a name at the Annual meeting to fill the vacancy occurring at that time.
      • The Association will be asked to approve his nomination.
      • Vacancies occurring during the year to the Committee on Committees shall be fill by the moderator with the approval of the Executive Board or Association in session.
        • The duties of the Committee on Committees shall be:
          • 1.To select and recommend at the fall meeting of the Association all annually occurring vacancies on each of the Standing Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Committees. and Nominate two representatives to serve on the Acadian Baptist Center Board, as required by ABC's constitution.
          • 2. Be responsible for filling any unexpired vacancies that may occur during the year on standing committees or boards. These recommendations are to be made at the fall or spring meeting of the Association.


    ARTICLE V: MISSIONS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS AND DIRECTORS DUTIES
    • Each Missions Performance Program Director shall enlist and train persons to assist in carrying out the function and program tasks as specified in Convention
    • Literature or as the Director deems necessary.
    • All enlisted persons shall be subject to approval by the Association or Executive Board.
    • Director's are encouraged to attend the Associational Leadership Planning Conference in their area of work to prepare for leading the Association.


  2. SECTION: 1 SUNDAY SCHOOL:
    • The principal function is to assist and challenge churches to improve and enlarge all areas of:
      • their Bible Teaching/Reaching Program through:
        • planning,
        • training,
        • administration,
        • consultation,
        • program interpretation,
        • and cooperative projects.
        • Program tasks are to help churches:
          • (1) reach persons for Bible Study;
          • (2) teach the Bible;
          • (3) witness to persons about Christ, and lead persons to church membership;
          • (4) minister to Sunday School members and nonmembers;
          • (5) lead members to worship; and
          • (6) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.
  3. SECTION: 2 DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING:
    • The principal function is to assist churches in starting, improving, and expanding Christian discipleship through their Discipleship Training Programs.
      • Program tasks are to help churches:
        • (1) equip church members for discipleship and personal ministry;
        • (2) teach Christian theology and Baptist doctrine, Christian ethics, Christian history, and church policy and organization;
        • (3) equip church leaders for service; and
        • (4) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


  4. SECTION: 3 MUSIC MINISTRY: The principal function is to enhance the redemptive mission of churches through establishing, conducting, enlarging and improving their music ministries.
    Program tasks are to help churches;
    • (1) provide worshipful musical experiences in congregational services;
    • (2) develop musical skills, attitudes, and understanding;
    • (3) witness and minister through music; and (4) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


  5. SECTION: 4 BAPTIST MEN: The principal function is to:
    • (1) engage men and boys in missions activities;
    • (2)teach missions to men and boys;
    • (3) lead men and boys to develop personal ministry; and
    • (4) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination


  6. SECTION: 5 WOMEN'S MISSIONARY UNION: The principal function is to assist churches in promoting missions and in establishing, enlarging, and strengthening WMU work.
    • Program tasks are to help churches;
      • (1) teach missions;
      • (2) engage in mission action and personal witnessing;
      • (3) support missions; and
      • (4) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


  7. SECTION: 6 EVANGELISM: The principal function is to lead the Association to address the priority of evangelism in its area.
    • Program tasks:
      • (1) church evangelism committee development;
      • (2) evangelism strategy development;
      • (3) mass evangelism;
      • (4) personal evangelism;
      • (5) rural and small church evangelism;
      • (6) specialized evangelism;
      • (7) renewal evangelism;
      • (8) evangelism prospect discovery.


  8. SECTION: 7 STEWARDSHIP: The principal function is to assist churches in the development of individual and corporate stewardship.
    • Program tasks: to make clear Biblical teachings on stewardship and to raise the level of individual giving and corporate mission giving in light of those teachings.


  9. SECTION: 8 PASTORAL MINISTRIES:
    • The principal functions are:
      • (1) to assist churches in the development of pastoral ministries, deacon ministry, vocational guidance and church administrative services;
      • (2) to conduct special projects and activities which enable churches to fulfill their mission; and
      • (3) to minister to the distinctive needs of pastors, deacons and church staff persons;
      • (4) Plan and promote the regular monthly pastors Conference, in co-ordination with the Associational Council.
        • Program tasks are to help churches:
          • (a) lead the church in the accomplishment of its mission;
          • (b) proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers;
          • (c) care for the churches members and other persons in the community; and
          • (d) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.


  10. SECTION: 9 MEDIA LIBRARY: The principal function is: to assist churches in the establishment, development, and improvement of church media library services.
    • Program tasks are:
      • to help churches to educate persons in the use of media
      • promote media and media services to support the church in the achievement of its mission.


  11. SECTION: 10 FAMILY MINISTRY: The principal function is to assist in development of family ministry programs and to conduct family ministry activities which can better be accomplished on the Associational level.
    • Program task is:
      • to minister to the distinctive needs of, senior adults, and families.


  12. SECTION: 11 SINGLES MINISTRY: The principal function is to assist in development of singles ministry programs and to conduct singles ministry activities which can better be accomplished on the Associational level.
    • Program task is to minister to the distinctive needs of single adults.


  13. SECTION 12: YOUTH MINISTRY: The principal function is to strengthen youth ministry in the churches through awareness, training and special events for youth and youth leaders.
    • Program task is to:
      • (1) work with an Associational Youth Committee made up of adults representing Youth Sunday School, Youth Church Training, Youth Mission, Youth Music and Recreation;
      • (2) plan a balanced slate of special events such as rallies and retreats;
      • (3) provide youth leader training events in cooperation with the Association and State Convention; and
      • (4) build a support team of youth ministry persons.


  14. SECTION 13: BOLD MISSION PRAYER: The principal function is:
    • to assist church prayer ministers, providing information and ideas for an effective prayer ministry.
    • To lead the Association in special prayer emphasis during the year.


  15. SECTION 14: MORAL & SOCIAL CONCERNS: The principal function is to inform the churches of all moral issues that we need to address.


  16. SECTION 15: BI-VOCATIONAL MINISTRY: The principal function is to provide fellowship opportunities for Bi-Vo pastors. To make sure that the Association is aware of their special needs, and to promote National, State and Local programs that will minister to those needs.


  17. SECTION 16: BCM-LSU-E MINISTRY: The principal function is to keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of the Baptist Student at LSU-E. To coordinate the calendars' of the BCM and the Association.


  18. SECTION 17: ACADIAN BAPTIST CENTER: The principal function is to keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of Acadian Baptist Center. To coordinate the calendars' of the camp and the Association.


  19. SECTION 18: VOLUNTEER CONSULTANT: The principal function is to relate to volunteers in the local churches, and keep them abreast with the State and National volunteer programs and needs.


  20. SECTION 19: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: The principal function is to assist our churches in conducting VBS each year, by training their workers and providing assistance as needed in VBS work in the local church.


  21. SECTION 20: LA. COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE: The principal function is to keep the Association and its' member churches informed of ministry and needs of Louisiana College. To coordinate the calendars' of Louisiana College and the Association, by informing the Association of special events at LC that might be of interest to member churches.


  22. ARTICLE VI: ASSOCIATIONAL COUNCIL
    • SECTION: 1 The Associational Council shall normally meet quarterly and at such other times as it, the Moderator or the Director of Missions deem necessary.

    • SECTION: 2 It shall be the duty of this group to coordinate the work of the Association and to recommend the creation or elimination of programs of work. The Council shall recommend to the Fall Meeting a calendar of activities & budget for the Associational Year.

    ARTICLE VII: SCHOLARSHIPS
    • Scholarship policies of the Association are printed in the Annual Book of Reports, published by the Association each year. Number of scholarships and amounts are set each year in the adopted budget of the Association.

    ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
    • These by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association by a majority vote of the messengers present.


    Amended September 30, 2008 at the Annual Meeting, to remove the Semi-Annual Meeting and replace it with an Executive Board Meeting.


    Acadia Baptist Association BY-LAWS (2014 Recommended Admendments

    Proposed Amendments for 2014 Annual Meeting

    Amendments at September 30, 2014 Annual Meeting: (Amendments are in Red)

    ARTICLE I: MEETINGS

    SECTION: 1 The Association shall hold Fall Meeting in October each year

    *Amended as follows:

    The Association shall hold an annual called meeting each year.

    ARTICLE II: GENERAL OFFICERS

    SECTION: 2 VICE-MODERATOR: The Vice-Moderator shall Render assistance to the moderator as seems proper and necessary, and shall preside over the meetings of the association at the request of the Moderator, or in the absence of the Moderator. Should the Moderator leave office for any cause, the Vice-Moderator shall assume the role of moderator to serve the remaining term of the moderator, until the next called associational meeting. He shall be Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board and Executive Committee.

    *Amended as follows:

    The Vice-Moderator shall render assistance to the Moderator as seems proper and necessary, and shall preside over the meetings of the Association at the request of the Moderator, or in the absence of the Moderator. Should the Moderator leave office for any cause, the Vice-Moderator shall assume the role of moderator to serve through the remaining term.

    He shall be Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board and Executive Committee.

    SECTION: 3 CLERK:

    The Clerk shall keep accurate records of all the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Board,

    *Amended as follows:

    The Clerk shall keep accurate records of all the proceedings of the Association and the Executive Board,

    SECTION: 4 TREASURER:

    The Treasurer shall receive, preserve and disburse all monies received at the direction of the Association or Executive Board. He shall present a financial report to the churches and the Association as requested by the Association or Executive Board.

    *Amended as follows:

    The Treasurer shall receive, preserve and disburse all monies received at the direction of the Association or Executive Board. The Treasurer shall present a financial report to the churches and the Association as requested by the Association or Executive Board.

    ARTICLE III: EXECUTIVE BOARD

    SECTION: 1 The Executive Board shall meet regularly as calendared by the Associational Council, but no less than twice each year. Ten members, representing at least five churches, at any meeting, regular or called, shall constitute a quorum.

    Special meetings may be called by the Moderator provided all members of the Executive Board shall have been notified in writing at least one week prior to the time of the proposed meeting.

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 1 The Executive Board shall meet regularly as calendared by the Associational Council, but no less than twice each year. Ten members, representing at least five churches, at any meeting, regular or called, shall constitute a quorum. Special meetings may be called by the Moderator or associational council provided all members of the Executive Board shall have been notified at least one week prior to the time of the proposed meeting.

    ARTICLE IV: COMMITTEES

    The Standing Committees of the Association and their duties shall be:

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 1 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Executive Board performs administrative or executive functions for the Association as assigned. The committee shall be composed of the General Officers and the Area Director of Missions.

    It's duties are to:

    • (1) serve for the Executive board or Association in specific, delegated or assigned matters:
    • (2) take action as needed in emergencies within the policy framework of the association or Executive board.
    • (3) to inform the associational council of any action taken.

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 3 BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

    of the Association shall be the Associational Council, <deleted working with the Stewardship director>

    and shall do the following:

    • (1) develop and recommend an overall financial development plan;
    • (2) develop and recommend an Associational budget based on the plans of the Association's various programs and ministries;
    • (3) plan and direct the effort to seek giving commitments from the churches;
    • (4) conduct studies and make recommendations concerning proposed expenditures not included in the budget;
    • (5) review budget adjustment if needed; and
    • (6) develop and recommend financial policies and procedures, including provisions for auditing.

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 6 NOMINATING COMMITTEE

    leads in coordinating the selection of all Association elected leaders except staff members.

    The Committee shall be composed of six members to serve at three year term on a rotating basis.

    Must present recommendations to Moderator & D.O.M. by September 1st, prior to annual fall meeting.

    Its duties are to:

    • (1) select, interview, enlist and recommend Associational Officers, Mission Performance Program Directors and all standing Committees
      • (the Woman's Missionary Union shall present a recommendation for its officers to the Association through the Nominating Committee), at the Spring Executive Board Meeting each year;
    • (2) approve workers before they are invited to work in program organizations;
    • (3) distribute Associational leadership according to priority and needs;
    • (4) assist associational program leaders in discovering and enlisting qualified persons to fill positions in their respective organizations as requested; and
    • (5) present workers to the association for election.

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 10 COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEE

    shall consist of three members serving for three year terms in rotation.

    The moderator of the Association will submit a name at the annual called meeting to fill the vacancy occurring at that time. The Association will be asked to approve his nomination.

    Vacancies occurring during the year to the Committee on Committees shall be filled by the moderator with the approval of the Executive Board or Association in session.

    The duties of the Committee on Committees shall be:

    • 1.To select and recommend at the fall meeting of the Association all annually occurring vacancies on each of the Standing Committees, with the exception of the Committee on Committees. and Nominate two representatives to serve on the Acadian Baptist Center Board, as required by ABC's constitution.
    • 2. Be responsible for filling any unexpired vacancies that may occur during the year on standing committees or boards. These recommendations are to be made at any meeting of the association.

    *Amended as follows:

    SECTION: 11 STUDENT MINISTRY COUNCIL for BCMat LSU-Eunice

    shall be nominated by the Committee on Committees, assisted by the BCM Director of LSU-Eunice, and approved by the Association at the Annual Meeting.

    *Amended as follows:

    ARTICLE V: MISSIONS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS AND DIRECTORS DUTIES

    Each Missions Performance Program Director shall enlist and train persons to assist in carrying out the functions and program tasks as the Director deems necessary.

    All enlisted persons shall be subject to approval by the Association or Executive Board.

    Director's will attend the Leadership Planning Conference in their area of work to prepare for leading the Association.

    SECTION: 1 SUNDAY SCHOOL / SMALL GROUPS:

    The principal function is to assist and challenge churches to improve and enlarge all areas of their Bible Teaching/Reaching Program through planning, training, administration, consultation, program interpretation, and cooperative projects.

    Program tasks are to help churches:

    • (1) reach persons for Bible Study;
    • (2) teach the Bible;
    • (3) witness to persons about Christ, and lead persons to church membership;
    • (4) minister to Sunday School members and nonmembers;
    • (5) lead members to worship; and
    • (6) interpret and undergird the work of the church and the denomination.