But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?
A hypocrite is someone who professes to believe one way but acts differently. Jesus had no use for hypocrites and gives a scathing speech against them in Matthew 22 and 23. Many people say they don’t want to go to church because church is full of hypocrites. This used to be truer than it is today. In years gone by, people would want to be seen in church to make a good impression. If a church is busy and active in service to God, hypocritical people tend to shy away. We’re sure there are still some who profess one thing and act differently. All we can do is hold each other accountable in love and remind ourselves that our Lord gave us a great example of living what he preached. As a people friendly church, we are committed to being true to our faith inside of church and out.
Season for healing:
Eccles. 3:1 (NRSV)
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
There are a great many people who have been hurt by the church, by people in the church, and/or by rigid church doctrine. While we believe that God has a marvelous, beautiful, exciting, and challenging plan for each one of us, we also believe there is “a time for every matter under heaven.” It may be your time just to rest and heal. We are committed to allowing as much time as needed for that to take place. You may be invited to take part in an activity or program of the church. This is because we value you and you are important to God and us. But, if you are not ready, WE WANT YOU TO SAY “NOT NOW” AND WE WON’T PRESSURE OR QUESTION YOU ONE BIT. Sit, relax, and worship as long as you need. We’ll wait on you.
1 Cor. 2:2 (NRSV)
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
This is a simple statement of faith by the apostle Paul to a church he founded in Corinth, Greece. Paul didn’t have a complicated church theology and was committed to welcoming people just as they were. He once said “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.” We at Bolindale Christian have a simple, very traditional, straightforward Christian doctrine. We WARMLY welcome all ideas and insights on scripture and church history you may have. We all become richer and more blessed when we share our beliefs with each other. We belong to a small, American born denomination called the “Christian Church, Disciples of Christ”. Bolindale Christian was founded in 1926 and has always been a mainstream Christian Church. For more information on us and our denomination, we invite you to visit www.bolindalechristianchurch.org and www.disciples.org
Museum for saints or hospital for sinners:
This is a famous and centuries old question for the church: are we a museum for the saints or a hospital for the sinners? Scripture can be found to support both types of church philosophy. But, a church that is preoccupied with being without spot or blemish before God is a very different church than one who welcomes the poor, hurting, and downtrodden sinners. We know if you are a new person, you are not going to know the traditions and customs of the church. While we are all interested in becoming more like God, we are completely determined to be a church that can be called a “hospital for sinners”. We welcome everyone from all walks of life. Our church practice of communion every Sunday is open to all. We know you might feel uncomfortable until you get to know us and we will NOT think any less of you while we grow together. In fact, we want to hear your opinions because we may want to change how we do things too. At Bolindale, U R only a stranger here once. (Motto from the early days of the church and still our motto today.)
God is here; ready to connect with you in a fresh new way.
BYLAWS (Approved!) 1.The fiscal year of the church begins on July 1, with new officers beginning positions after summer break (July, August) or September 1.A vacancy in the office of Treasurer or Church Clerk must be filled immediately. a.In the event of vacancy the assistant of either position will be moved to Treasurer or Clerk and by special election an assistant treasurer and or assistant Clerk will by elected by a majority vote of the general board. b.All other positions will be filled as stated in the constitution during annual elections. 2.Fiscal Audit:There will be a fiscal audit of church finances completed each year.This audit will take place after June 30 and be reported to the board the first Board Meeting each September.This audit will contain the following. a.Income b.Expenses ∑Salaries ∑Utilities ∑Taxes property/federal ∑Good Samaritan ∑Supplies ∑Miscellaneous expenses c.Income comparison report (year to year) d.Expense comparison report (year to year) 3.The general board shall be as stated in the Constitution and shall uphold qualifications as stated there in: a.Shall generally hold its regular meeting on the second Sunday of each month as directed by the general board. b.Shall hold special meetings as required on call of the Board Chair or upon written request of twelve or more members of the general board. c.Shall consider eleven members of the general board as constituting a quorum. d.Shall observe the following order of business: ∑Meeting called to order by presiding officer. ∑Devotion and prayer. ∑Reading and approval of previous minutes. ∑Ministers report ∑Treasurerís report ∑Elderís report ∑Trustees report ∑Other ∑Unfinished business ∑New business ∑Adjournment 4.The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the board shall be selected by the general board at the June meeting as last order of new business. 5.The key duties of the presiding officer are to: a.Keep order. ∑Unruly members will be reminded of proper rules of debate. ∑Step two member will be called to order. ∑Step three member will be named. ∑Step four a penalty will be called for. ∑The Chair has the power to remove a nonmember at any time during a meeting, and this person has no right to appeal the chairís decision. (However, a member can make an appeal on behalf of the nonmember.) b.Be fair and impartial. c.Protect the rights of all members. d.To follow duties found in job description booklet. 6.Conduct:Respectful, responsible, co-operative, loving, and always growing in maturity befitting a house of Worship to the Lord our Savour. a.Sexual misconduct and harassment will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and discreetly by the Elders in accordance with local, state and federal laws. b.Any allegations of abuse to a minor must be reported to the Minister and Chairman of the Elders so it may be dealt with according to State and Federal law. From this date January 10, 2010 and by majority vote, there shall be no plaques or nameplates or any memorial to church members placed in the Sanctuary of the church.All shall be placed in memorial hall. 7.Ministry Groups a.Ministry groups may be formed or ended at any time. b.Because we believe in the priesthood of all believers, we recognize that God may call any person connected with the church to lead or help with a ministry.It shall be the policy of the Bolindale Christian Church to help any person discern a call from God and fulfill that call in the best possible manner. ∑As a result of this policy, all ideas presented by anyone connected with the church shall be heard in an open and accepting manner with the overriding direction to be to help that person or persons fulfill their call. ∑The person or persons may discuss their idea(s) or call with the pastor, an elder, or any officer of the church.Ideas will then be shared with the pastor, the chair of the elders, the chair of the board, and the chair of the trustees.The idea may be shared by the person themselves (preferred) or by the officer with whom they have been talking.The pastor, chair to the elders, chair of the board, and the chair of the trustees can the work with any other person(s) in the church to help bring the idea to reality. ∑Ministry Groups or any other ministry may be started without approval of the official board.This is to encourage the formation of ministries.The board shall give any ministry at least thirty (30) to ninety (90) days to mature (depending on how frequently the ministry happens) before offering any changes or recommendations. 1.A ministry cannot interfere with Sunday Service. 2.If the church needs to finance the ministry, then the Pastor, Chair of the Elders, and the Chair of the Trustees will present and seek approval of the financial need from the official board. C.Ministries or ministry groups may also be formed by action of the official board.The board should ensure that the pastor, the chair of the elders, the chair of the board, and the chair of the trustees are in agreement with the action. These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members of the general board present and voting in a regular or special meeting of the board.