South Fork Church
Weaverville, North Carolina
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant withone another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinance, disciplines and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human orgins; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvatoin of our kindred, acquaintances and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly amusements that lead to sinful behavior. We will be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to adi each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure reconciliation without delay.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
1 - Each member of the church shall be entitled to vote on all matters and only members at least sixteen years of age shall be entitled to vote
2 - All church administration meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer for divine guidance and blessing.
3 - All appointments for public worship and bible study and the arrangements thereof including time and place and the use of the property belonging to the church for purposes other than the stated appointments shall be under the control of the congregation.
4 - All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the statement of faith.
5 - The following order shall be observed at the regular church administration meetings:
Devotions & prayer
Reading of minutes
Reception of members
Dismissal of members
Report of officers
Reports of standing committees
Reports of special committees
Election of officers
6 – These bylaws may be altered, suspended, or amended at a regular church administration meeting by a majority vote of the members present and voting.
7 – Robert’s Rules of Order shall be followed in the church rule for conducting its business meetings.