ABOUT

OUR STORY

Our story began in 1934 when Rev. and Mrs. W.C. Marcus were directed by God to open the Pentecostal Church of God on the corner of 23rd and Annie Baxter in Joplin, Missouri. They found a vacant building, which had been a dance hall upstairs over a barbershop below. The congregation quickly began to grow and expand.

In 1965, Pastor Paul Dilts became pastor. The old building was in disrepair, and a new one was built. The formal dedication was on June 27, 1971. In November of 1974, Pastor Dilts answered a call to the mission field of Guatemala in Central America.

Many pastors followed, including Wayman Ming, Jr. – who was pastor during the 60th Anniversary. In 1994, Pastor Ming relocated, and in the process, birthed Joplin Family Worship Center on East 7th Street. Pastor Dilts returned from the mission field and purchased the vacant building on Annie Baxter and assumed the position of pastor there.

Pastor Dan Saunders followed Pastor Dilts, and then in 2010, Pastor Josh Pennington was voted in as pastor. That following January, the church voted to change the church name to Christpoint Church. Because of growth and limited space, on December 7, 2014, the church voted to relocate to its current location in Galena, Kansas.

OUR VISION

WHERE ARE WE GOING?
WHAT WE ASPIRE TO BE

It is the vision of Christpoint to be a biblically rooted, vibrant, multi-generational, ethnically diverse, Spirit-filled community of believers who are pursuing God with passion, serving others, developing leaders, and pointing our neighbors, neighborhoods, and the nations to Jesus Christ.

OUR MISSION

WHAT ARE WE TO DO?
HOW TO DO THE VISION

Our mission is to develop disciples who love God with all their head, heart, hands, and feet (Matt 28:19,20 & Luke 10:27).

A Christian is a believer who grows in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God (head), cultivates relationships with God and people (heart), dedicates themselves to the building of His Kingdom through service (hands), and shares the good news of the gospel through word and deed (feet). Hence, cultivating Christ-Centered thinking, Spirit-led affections, generous servitude, and missional living.

OUR POINTS

WHO WE ARE

01

Worship

It’s more than just music.
Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:18-20; Matt. 4:10; John 4:24

Worshiping God is central to our gatherings. We seek to worship God through Bible-centered, Spirit-anointed preaching; inspirational singing; observance of the ordinances (communion and baptism); corporate and personal prayer; personal and public reading of the Scriptures; and the giving of our offerings for the work of the Lord. For some people, worship is synonymous with music, but worship is far more than songs that we sing. True worship actually begins when a person places faith in the person of Jesus Christ, believing in His death and resurrection as sufficient payment for sin. True worship then continues as a lifestyle of responding to God’s revelation of Himself with mind and heart in ways that declare the greatness of who He is. Worship means honoring God by offering our “bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Rom.12:1). In fact, every activity we do inside or outside church can be transformed into an act of worship when we do it for the praise, glory, and honor of God.

02

Community

It’s more than just a gathering.
Eph. 4:1-6; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 2:42

The church isn’t a location; it’s a group of people living in caring relationships who are guided by biblical truth and grounded in spiritual accountability. We are to belong, not just to believe. Community means moving away from living isolated lives and moving toward connecting with one another in authentic fellowship. Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase ‘one another’ or ‘each other’ is used: Encourage one another (Heb.10:25); Teach … Admonish … Forgive … (Col.3:16); Honor … Be Devoted to…(Rom.12:10); Pray for… (James 5:13-16); Accept… (Rom.15:7); Submit to… (Eph.5:21); and Serve one another… (Gal.5:13). All of these can only happen as we value community. Real and lasting life change — spiritual transformation — only occurs in the unity and diversity of authentic relationships.

03

Growth

It’s more than just attending church.
Eph. 4:1-6; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 2:42

Growth is a decision. Spiritual growth is a process whereby we become more like Jesus in word, thought, and deed. True spiritual growth has to do with “being transformed into his likeness” (2 Cor.4:18). What this means is that spiritual maturity is measured as much in our lifestyle as it is in our learning. A commitment to growth is not easy because growth means change, and change is difficult. However, growth means we are living abundantly as the life of Christ is reproduced in our own lives.

04

Service

It’s more than just showing up.
Acts 2:45; Eph. 2:10; 4:11-13; Mark 10:45; 1 Peter 4:10-11

Jesus demonstrated that the most influential life is a life of sacrificial service. In the words of Mark’s gospel, Jesus “came not to be served but to serve” (Mk.10:45). Likewise, we believe that we will influence the world for Christ when resting in and motivated by His great love for us, we extend that love through our own hands and feet in acts of service to others. We are saved to serve, and service happens when each person uses “whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Pet. 4:10).

05

Outreach

It’s more than just you.
Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15, 17

Jesus gave his church a mission: “To go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt.28:19). We are to be witnesses to the whole world of Christ’s coming, His death for our sins, His resurrection, His ascension, and His promise to return. Sharing this good news, in the power of the Holy Spirit, is the responsibility and privilege of every believer in Jesus Christ. Witnessing is not merely talking about Jesus but also stimulating people’s appetites for Christ by the way we live.

06

Generosity

It’s more than just the money.
James 1.17; Eph. 5:15-16; I Peter 4:10; Rom. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 9:7; Acts 20:35

The gospel is, in and of itself, the greatest act of generosity that humankind has ever been offered. In addition, it is a stark reminder that we do not deserve anything. Everything that we have has been graciously given to us as a display of God’s grace with the purpose of pointing us back to Him. That means that we are not owners, but rather we are stewards of God’s resources. We want to respond to His grace by giving our time, talent, and treasure back to Him.

07

Pentecostal

It’s more than just a feeling.
Luke 3:16; Acts1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 19:1-6

We are committed to fostering an environment in which people can experience the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to scriptural directive(1 Corinthians 12:7-11) (I Corinthians 14) in both private and public settings. We acknowledge that the gifts of the Spirit are essential for spiritual formation and Spirit-formed character is vital to a person’s spiritual growth.

08

Excellence

It’s more than just a job.
Daniel 6:3; Prov. 22:29; Titus 2:7; Phil. 1:9-11; Col. 3:23-24

We seek to honor God who gave His best (the Savior) by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities.

09

Leadership Development

It’s more than just following.
Exodus 18:21; Luke 12:48; 1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Peter 5:2-14

We seek to equip the congregation to execute leadership influence within the church and community. We believe that leadership is both a gift and a skill. Some may be more naturally gifted as leaders; however, everyone can and should be developed as a leader. As a skill, leadership can be learned by anyone willing to learn. We exemplify leadership by serving and laying down our lives for those around us. Jesus was the ultimate example of servant leadership in Mark 10:45. It is the goal of Christpoint Church to develop dynamic servant leadership at every level of ministry by acknowledging the importance of the 5-fold ministry for equipping the saints.

10

Honor

It’s more than just a thank you.
Rom. 12:9-10; I Peter 2:17; Rom. 13:7; I Tim. 5:17-18

Our culture is increasingly becoming one in which individuals have no desire to show honor to each other. The media is filled with dis-crediting, dis-honoring, and efforts to smear people’s reputations. At Christpoint Church, we are committed to learning what it means to truly honor all people, showing no favoritism based on ethnicity, socio-economic background, or status. This in no way means that we don’t realize that as human beings we are flawed at our core and therefore make mistakes. Rather, we choose to dwell on that which is good in people, because all humans are the Imago Dei (image of God). We choose to celebrate what people do well. We choose to encourage and exhort one another, rather than be critical and tear down. We do not rejoice in anyone’s shortcomings.

11

Truth

It’s more than just a creed.
John 14:6; John 17:17; John 18:36-38; I Tim. 3:14-15; II Tim. 3:16 -17

We live in a society filled with philosophical relativity, moral uncertainty, and unconditional tolerance. In contrast, we believe that the Bible contains absolute truth revealed by God and manifest by Jesus Christ. Our preaching, teaching, and life practice are efforts to model this truth.

12

Prayer

It’s more than just words.
I John 5:14-15; Phil 4:6-7; Eph. 6:18; Rom. 8:26; I Thes. 5:16-18; Matt. 6:5-8; John 14:13-14

We commit to living in conscious awareness of God’s presence and in communion with Him through Jesus Christ. Prayer is a mandate and a privilege to praise God for who He is and what He does, to intercede on behalf of others, and to petition God for our needs, knowing He will hear and answer our prayers according to His will. Because we affirm that nothing of eternal value can be accomplished without prayer, we will infuse our daily lives with prayer, especially with others.

NEW GOALS/INITIANTIVES

01

To refine our Next Point Discipleship Process

02

To refine our church systems and structures

03

To maximize technology in its various context

04

To continue to modernize our facilities

05

To implement a spiritual growth plan for our members

06

To implement a financial plan for excellent stewardship

07

To fulfill the mission mandate

08

To increase our Wednesday prayer meeting attendance

09

To increase our volunteer mobilization and to develop and empower a second tier of leadership

OUR LEADERSHIP

Dr. Josh Pennington

Lead Pastor

Dr. Joshua C. Pennington exemplifies a unique blend of pastoral ministry, evangelism, theological teaching, and leadership, both in the pulpit and the boardroom, of which he passionately shares with the Body of Christ.

Pastor Josh became the Lead Pastor of Christpoint Church, where he encourages his congregants to engage God with their head (right thinking—Word), their heart (right affections—worship), their hands (right living—service), and their feet (right direction—mission).  Training and teaching his church and staff how to become true disciples of Christ is his heart’s desire.

Pastor Josh also serves as an adjunct professor for Messenger College of the Pentecostal Church of God, where he was once a full-time professor before accepting the pastoral position at Christpoint.

Prior to coming to Joplin, MO, Pastor Josh served for eight years as the Lead Pastor at New Beginnings Worship Center in Cynthiana, KY.  While there, he also served as the Kentucky District Discipleship Director for the PCG.  Before NBWC, he served in multiple ministry roles as associate, youth, and discipleship pastor.

Education and life-long growth are core values of Pastor Josh. Early on, he graduated from the Valor Christian College Pastoral Ministry Program.  Continuing his education, he then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Georgetown College 2004 and his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary 2009.  Most recently, Pastor Josh completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO 2018.  His dissertation is titled: The Ministry and Activity of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts: A Pattern of Church Health.

Pastor Josh desires to develop leaders, grow disciples, and witness the power of Pentecost perpetuated throughout the Church.

When not serving the community of Christpoint, Pastor Josh loves trying new restaurants, hosting friends and family at his home, riding roller coasters across the country, and studying early church history.

Brandon Atwell

Connection Pastor

Brandon Atwell began serving in youth ministry in 1995 and hasn’t looked back. Prior to marrying his wife, Mandee, in 2005, he served as youth pastor, worship leader, and as children’s pastor. After getting married, Brandon has been fortunate to have been on staff for churches in MO, TX, and KS serving primarily in student pastoral roles, but also as an administrative pastor, worship pastor, and associate pastor. Besides these traditional roles, Brandon has also served as the campus pastor/executive assistant at Teen Challenge Kansas City Girls’ Home, at the Oklahoma Adolescent Teen Challenge, and at the Freedom Dream Center. Because of this distinctive combination of pastoral experience, Pastor Brandon was appointed the Administrative Pastor at Christpoint Church in 2017

and then as the Connection Pastor in 2021. Brandon strives to encourage, empower, and enable men and women to reach their potential in Christ. He utilizes the ability to incorporate detailed organizational skills with a passion for practical ministry to facilitate the daily operations of Christpoint Church while continuing to focus on the needs of people. Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from Missouri Southern State College 1998 and his Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary 2005. He currently carries his ordination with the Pentecostal of God. When Brandon isn’t focusing on the needs of Christpoint Church, he loves hanging out with his daughter, Brylynn, and his son, Callen, backpacking, spending time with the family in Branson, riding bicycles, watching the NBA, playing Super Mario Bros with Mandee, and watching Superhero movies.

Shawn Taylor

Worship Pastor

Shawn Taylor has been serving in worship ministry since his teenage years. Raised in Cynthiana, KY, Shawn began assisting in worship at his home church, New Beginnings Worship Center, and was soon leading in churches, camp meetings, and youth camps throughout the area. He began serving Pastor Josh Pennington at the age of 17 and has been with him since. Upon moving to Joplin, MO, Shawn began leading worship in the chapel services of Messenger College where he attended. Shawn then became the worship pastor for Christpoint Church in 2010. It’s also at Christpoint where Shawn met his amazing wife Danae who he married in March 2021. Currently, in addition to serving in his pastoral role at Christpoint, he regularly travels to various ministry venues to assist or lead others into the presence of God. His genuine approach has a cross-generational appeal that showcases his love for Christ in a way that blends both classical and contemporary styles. Pastor Shawn’s heart for worship is contagious to anyone around him; his love of people, ability to make them laugh, and desire to seek God cultivates a true environment for worship. When not leading others at Christpoint, Shawn loves watching and playing sports, going on crazy adventures with Danae, playing fantasy football, carpentry, eating his mom’s cooking, spending time in the outdoors, and watching Kentucky Basketball.

Ronnie Storey

Care Pastor

Ronnie Storey grew up in a Christian home in the unknown town of Mt. Morris, MI; it was here that he developed his “never-to-be-satisfied” passion for the Detroit Lions. He moved to Joplin MO in 2009 to attend Messenger Bible College and began serving at Christpoint Church two years later in 2011. For 10 years, he was the Student Ministries Pastor, but in 2021 felt God calling he and his wife, Rhaina, in a new and fresh direction at which time he transitioned to become the newly appointed Care Pastor for Christpoint Church. Ronnie’s desire to love and serve, coupled with his unique blend of wit, humor, compulsive positivity, and passion for Jesus is exactly what is needed in focusing on the care needs of the congregation. As he and Rhaina minister together to meet these care needs, it’s undeniable to see that their passion is truly being the hands of Jesus. Additionally, Ronnie’s knowledge of IT and computer technology ensures that any technical issues at Christpoint Church are quickly resolved. In 2012, he graduated from Messenger College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. When Ronnie and Rhaina aren’t visiting the homebound or those in the hospitals, they love traveling, spending time with friends and family, dining at Indian restaurants, anything Star Wars, watching the aforementioned Detroit Lions lose, and hanging out with their adorable son, Wyatt.

Stephanie Sullivan

KidsPoint Pastor

Stephanie Sullivan grew up near the rice fields of Arkansas in the small town of Carlisle. Her journey of following Christ began on her eighth birthday at kid’s camp and she’s only grown stronger since. Stephanie began ministering in her church’s children’s and youth program when she was 14, often hitching rides or catching the bus to get there. Five years later, she married her high-school sweetheart, Lewis (our Missions & Outreach Pastor), and they soon became the youth ministers at the same church he grew up in. In 2017, Stephanie became the Kidspoint Pastor for Christpoint Church and believes because of her own experience as a child, that ministering to children is worth every effort. She has a passion for seeing families grow spiritually, children changed, and bus ministries thrive. To aid in fulfilling this passion, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries from Evangel University in 2020. She also realizes that true ministry must first begin with her own five children, Layleigh, Drake, Levi, Selah, and Leah. When not serving the children of Christpoint, Stephanie loves reading, eating Sonic Shakes, drinking Dr. Pepper, eating Mexican food, photography, hosting friends and family, listening to pod-casts, and spending time with her kids and Lewis.

Doug & Connie Spears

Discipleship Pastors

Doug and Connie Spears have served in virtually all areas of church ministry since (and before) they were married in 1981.  Throughout the years, their understanding and knowledge of discipleship has increased exponentially as they’ve served in churches of varying size, denominational background, and geographic location.  Pastors Doug and Connie have joyfully served in youth ministry, Christian education, worship ministry, pulpit ministry, children’s ministry, small group ministry, connections ministry, as special events leaders, evangelistic ministry, board and finance ministry, and as church custodians in six different churches throughout their marriage.  Because of their uniquely broad level of experience, Doug and Connie were appointed Discipleship Pastors at Christpoint Church in 2019. Doug and Connie love without condition, teach without fear, and serve without hesitation, sharing grace in whatever they do.  They desire that everyone comes to an understanding of what Scripture means, who God is, and how Christianity works.  They know that these concepts are better implemented through the use of small groups and they passionately encourage this method of community ministry. Their knack for building relationships not only aids in teaching spiritual growth, but also in helping them to train leaders.  Doug and Connie seek to elevate everyone they come into contact with and because of this, spiritual growth surrounds them.  When not serving the Christpoint body, Pastors Doug and Connie love traveling across the USA.

Lewis Sullivan

Missions & Outreach Pastor

Lewis Sullivan, the oldest of eight kids, grew up in the mega metropolis of Humnoke, Arkansas. Although there were many things to do in this large city, growing up in the Sullivan household meant attending church every time the doors were opened. This led to him “vividly” remembering being saved at an early age; Lewis would say, “four,” but his mom says, “six,” and we all know that mom knows best! Thankfully, Lewis is carrying on the Sullivan tradition of attending church whenever the “doors are opened” with his five kids, Layleigh, Drake, Selah, Levi, and Leah. In addition to attending church with his kids, he also has the privilege of not only attending with, but also working beside his high school sweetheart, Pastor Stephanie, our Kidspoint Pastor! Lewis has been active in ministry since his teens; he’s worked in youth ministry, music ministry, teaching ministry, small group ministry, serving Pastor Stephanie with whatever she needs, and as a member of Christpoint’s Finance Team, to name a few, but his passion is truly Missions and Outreach. In 2021, Lewis was appointed as the Missions & Outreach Pastor for Christpoint Church. Though he’s never vocationally been on the missionary field, he loves missions and especially desires to see the local congregation understand and take ownership of their role in the mission. Lewis brings a unique blend of teaching experience,

relational evangelism, quick wit, and logical biblical reasoning to help members of the church see how they can reach their neighbors, neighborhoods, and the nations. In addition to serving at Christpoint, Lewis is an engineering manager at Eagle Picher where he actively uses his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He’s also currently pursuing his Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. When Lewis isn’t wearing one of his many hats at Christpoint, he loves sitting and thinking, lively debates, playing a plethora of instruments especially piano, spending time with his amazing wife and kids, and living in the inevitable heartache of loving Arkansas Razorbacks football.

OUR BELIEFS

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are ancient creeds of the Early Church. These creeds summarize the fundamental beliefs we hold as Christians, especially the deity of Jesus, and they also connect us to all believers around the globe. When we recite these creeds, we are not just reciting Scripture; we are also affirming that there is but one universal Church that functions as the one Body of Christ and the worship of the one true God.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried. The third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son,and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.

The Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).

The Godhead

We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and Preserver of all things (Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16). In the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons of one individual essence, who are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal; namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1,2, 18; 10:33; 14:26; 15:26; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 9:14). The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father, and He accepted earthly limitations for the purpose of incarnation, being true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide and to teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8).

Humankind, The Fall, and Redemption

People are created beings, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam and Eve’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore people to God (1 John 3:8).

Salvation

Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through Holy Spirit conviction. Godly sorrow works repentance and makes possible the experience of the new birth, and Christ formed within us is the gift of eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7). Salvation is the gift of God topeople, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Individuals are free moral agents and can at any time after the new birth experience turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with eternal separation from God as a consequence.

The Church

The true Church, built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), is the Body of our Lord (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27) with Christ as the Head (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18). Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again of the Spirit (John 3:6) and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), who are living an overcoming Christian life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:27). To the Church, through its members, are delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27, 28), which are necessary for the successful evangelization of the world and the perfecting of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11, 12). This universal, invisible, sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1, 2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 21:9b, 27). It is this Bride for whom Jesus Christ will return, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch her away and take her to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

The Ministry

God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and specifically endues the one called with the talents and gifts specific to that office or offices (Ephesians 4:11, 12). Under no circumstances should anyone be ordained or set apart to any such office unless the calling is distinct and evident.

Water Baptism

Baptism in water is by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28:19), and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11) is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation of time, and is received subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:38, 39; 10:44-48). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit himself gives utterance as the initial physical sign and evidence (Acts 2:4).

Sanctification

The Bible teaches that without holiness no person can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The Lord’s Supper

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a commandment of our Savior, and being a memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian believers (1 Corinthians 11:27). The time and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each congregation (1 Corinthians 11:26). Only unfermented grape juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.

Divine Healing

Healing is for ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15). It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is a privilege of the believer.

The Resurrection of the Just

The Bible promises, “This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner” (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent; when He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

The Coming of the Lord

We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial. We further contend that this position alone admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension, and provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the unsaved.

The Coming of the Lord

We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and premillennial. We further contend that this position alone admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension, and provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the unsaved.

Hell and Eternal Retribution

The ones who physically die in their sins without Christ are hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore have no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The Lake of Fire is literal (Revelation 19:20). The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

Marriage

Marriage is the covenant union between a natural born man and a natural born woman, instituted and ordained by God as the lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife (Genesis 1:27-28; Mark 10:6-9).

Christpoint Church Bylaws

ARTICLE ONE: NAME

The name of this church will be Christpoint Church.

ARTICLE TWO: ORDER

In order to facilitate the conduct of business in an orderly and satisfactory manner, business meetings will be governed by the accepted rules of parliamentary procedure in keeping with the spirit of Christian love, courtesy, and fellowship.

It will be recognized that the purpose of all rules and forms is to serve the will of the church rather than to restrain it, to facilitate and not to obstruct the expression of its deliberative sense.

ARTICLE THREE: MISSION, VISION, AND CORPORATION

Section 1: Mission and Vision Statement

Mission:

Our mission is to develop disciples who love God with all their head, heart, hands, and feet, (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 10:27).

Vision:

It is the vision of Christpoint Church to be a biblically-rooted, vibrant, multi-generational, ethnically diverse, Spirit-filled community of believers who are pursuing God with passion, serving others, developing leaders, and pointing our neighbors, neighborhoods, and the nations to Jesus Christ.

Section 2: Corporation

Christpoint Church is a Christian/religious corporation, founded and registered in the State of Missouri not for gain or individual profit; and its property, real or personal, will only be used for the furtherance of its stated mission and vision.

All funds of Christpoint Church will be deposited to the credit of Christpoint Church in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as Christpoint Church may select.

ARTICLE FOUR: STATEMENT OF FAITH

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are ancient creeds of the Early Church. These creeds summarize the fundamental beliefs we hold as Christians, especially the deity of Jesus, and they also connect us to all believers around the globe. When we recite these creeds, we are not just reciting Scripture; we are also affirming that there is but one universal Church that functions as the one Body of Christ and the worship of the one true God.

  1. APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

  1. NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; He became incarnate by the Holy Spiritand the virgin Mary and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried. The third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son,and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Section 1: The Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).

Section 2: The Godhead

We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and Preserver of all things (Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16). In the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons of one individual essence, who are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal; namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit(Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1,2, 18; 10:33; 14:26; 15:26; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 9:14). The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father, and He accepted earthly limitations for the purpose of incarnation, being true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide and to teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8).

Section 3: Humankind, The Fall, and Redemption

People are created beings, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s and Eve’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore people to God (1 John 3:8).

Section 4: Salvation

Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through Holy Spirit conviction. Godly sorrow works repentance and makes possible the experience of the new birth, and Christ formed within us is the gift of eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7). Salvation is the gift of God topeople, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Individuals are free moral agents and can at any time after the new birth experience turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with eternal separation from God as a consequence.

Section 5: The Church

The true Church, built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), is the Body of our Lord (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27) with Christ as the Head (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18). Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again of the Spirit (John 3:6) and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), who are living an overcoming Christian life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:27). To the Church, through its members, are delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27, 28), which are necessary for the successful evangelization of the world and the perfecting of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11, 12). This universal, invisible, sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1, 2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 21:9b, 27). It is this Bride for whom Jesus Christ will return, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch her away and take her to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Section 6: The Ministry

God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and specifically endues the one called with the talents and gifts specific to that office or offices (Ephesians 4:11, 12). Under no circumstances should anyone be ordained or set apart to any such office unless the calling is distinct and evident.

Section 7: Water Baptism

Baptism in water is by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28:19), and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Section 8: The Baptism inthe Holy Spirit

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11) is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation of time, and is received subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:38, 39; 10:44-48). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit himself gives utterance as the initial physical sign and evidence (Acts 2:4).

Section 9: Sanctification

The Bible teaches that without holiness no person can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Section 10: The Lord’s Supper

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a commandment of our Savior, and being a memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian believers (1 Corinthians 11:27). The time and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each congregation (1 Corinthians 11:26). Only unfermented grape juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.

Section 11: Divine Healing

Healing is for ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15). It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is a privilege of the believer.

Section 12: The Resurrection of the Just

The Bible promises, “This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner” (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent; when He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

Section 13: The Coming of the Lord

We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and premillennial. We further contend that this position alone admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension, and provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the unsaved.

Section 14: Hell and Eternal Retribution

The ones who physically die in their sins without Christ are hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore have no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The Lake of Fire is literal (Revelation 19:20). The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

Section 15: Marriage

Marriage is the covenant union between a natural born man and a natural born woman, instituted and ordained by God as the lifelong relationship between one man as husband and one woman as wife (Genesis 1:27-28; Mark 10:6-9).

ARTICLE FIVE: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1: Lead Pastor

The lead pastor will be the spiritual overseer of the church and will direct its activities.

The Lead Pastor Qualifications:

The lead pastor will be a person of no less than 25 years of age, who is born again, who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues, and who is a licensed minister of the Gospel (1 Timothy 3:2-7).

The Lead Pastor will:

  1. Shepherd and guide Christpoint Church to fulfill God’s promise and purpose.
  2. Develop and cast vision for the direction of Christpoint Church.
  3. Arrange for and supervise all Christpoint Church services and special meetings.
  4. Oversee the day-to-day administration of Christpoint Church and facilities either directly or indirectly through the pastoral staff, administrative staff, and volunteer staff.

The Lead Pastor will share and/or delegate all leadership responsibilities such as:

  1. Recruiting, hiring, and overseeing all the pastoral staff and administrative staff.
  2. Participating in the nomination process for voluntary leadership.
  3. Serving as chairperson of the Finance Committee.
  4. Serving as an ex-officio member of all other committees and groups.

Section 2: Pastoral Staff

All pastoral staff will serve at the discretion of the lead pastor. The pastoral staff will assist the lead pastor in the daily administration of Christpoint Church and in caring for the congregation.

The Pastoral StaffQualifications:

  1. Be a member, or pursuing membership if hired from outside of Christpoint Church, and no less than 21 years of age.
  2. Have been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  3. Be a person of maturity whose life is lived according to the Word of God (1 Timothy 3:2-7).
  4. Cannot be an elder or member of the Finance Committee.

The Pastoral Staff will:

  1. Be accountable to the lead pastor.
  2. Be responsible for but not limited to the ministry area that has been placed within their care.

Section 3: Treasurer

The Treasurer Qualifications:

  1. Be a member or must become a member of Christpoint Church and is no less than 21 years of age.
  2. Has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  3. Be appointed by the lead pastor with the consultation of the elders.

The Treasurer will:

  1. Keep records of all business meetings and preserve all books.
  2. Be a custodian of the seals and deed and will surrender all Christpoint Church property entrusted to him/her immediately upon vacating office or if asked to do so by the lead pastor.
  3. Be authorized to sign all legal documents and to perform other customary functions that may be directed by the Finance Committee.
  4. Be custodian of all church funds, keeping accurate records of all receipts and disbursements.
  5. Give reports periodically as requested by the lead pastor or financecommittee.
  6. Receive and disburse all Christpoint Church funds and will do all other duties designated for that office.
  7. May accept on behalf of Christpoint Church any contribution, gift, bequest, or device for any purpose of Christpoint Church (Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38; 1 Corinthians 16:1; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

Section 4: Finance Committee

The Finance Committeewill provide non-vocational verification that Christpoint is operating with financial transparency. An external audit by an Independent CPA Firm will be done annually.

Officers:

The Finance Committee will be chosen from the membership of Christpoint Church.  The Finance Committee will consist of an odd-numbered group consisting of no less than three and no more than seven. Individuals will be nominated by the lead pastor andelders. The election will be by a majority vote at an annual business meeting.

Finance Committee Qualifications:

  1. Be a member of Christpoint Church and be no less than 21 years of age.
  2. Be a person of maturity whose life is lived according to the Word of God.
  3. Has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  4. Demonstrated faithfulness to Christpoint Church in attendance and in financial contributions.  They will be loyal in support and participate in related group activities and services.
  5. Demonstrate biblical and general leadership attributes, capabilities, potential, and financial stewardship.
  6. Be in agreement with the lead pastor and the program of Christpoint Church.
  7. Not be the spouse or immediate family member of a currently sitting member of the Finance Committee.
  8. Not be a member of the pastoral staff.
  9. A maximum of only one elder may sit on the Finance Committee.

Responsibilities of the Finance Committee:

  1. Review and recommend an annual operating budget: annually, the Finance Committee will review the proposed operating budget for the ensuing year as presented by the lead pastor. After review and amendment, if necessary, the Finance Committee will approve the final budget. The approved operating budget formally confers spending authority for operating costs to the Lead Pastor and Pastoral Staff, subject to the policies and procedures of Christpoint Church.
  2. The Finance Committee will provide guidance on any significant modifications to the budget that occur during the year.
  3. The Finance Committee will set all salaries, bonuses, and any other forms of compensation or benefits for all officers of Christpoint Church, including the lead pastor.
  4. Review financial statements quarterly.
  5. All checks, drafts, or orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness in the name of Christpoint Church will be signed by such officer(s), agent(s) of Christpoint Church, and in such a manner that will be determined by resolution of the Finance Committee; such instruments may be signed by two individuals chosen from two of the following three groups: 1. Treasurer 2. Lead Pastor or whomever he or she designates from the pastoral staff 3. Finance Committee Representatives.

Section 5: Elders

The Elders Qualifications:

  1. Be appointed by the Lead Pastor.
  2. Be a member of Christpoint Church and is no less than 25 years of age.
  3. Be a person of maturity whose life is lived according to the Word of God.
  4. Has been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
  5. Not be a member of the pastoral staff.
  6. A maximum of only one elder may sit on the Finance Committee.

The Elders will:

  1. Assist with ministerial responsibilities as needed and requested by the lead pastor.
  2. Advise and give counsel to the lead pastor regarding the ministry of Christpoint Church. The elders will hold the lead pastor morally and spiritually accountable, while maintaining strict confidentiality regarding this accountability. The elders will operate in this advisory capacity exclusively for the lead pastor.
  3. Admonish, edify, and encourage the lead pastor in his or her calling through prayer and support.
  4. Be consulted by the lead pastor in the appointment of the pastoral staff.
  5. In conjunction with the lead pastor, provide a nomination list for the Finance Committee.

ARTICLE SIX: ELECTIONS, VACANCIES, AND APPOINTMENTS

Section1: Lead Pastor

Election:

In the case of the lead pastor position becoming vacant, the Finance Committee and the elders will constitute the Pastoral Search Committee, which shall be chaired by a member of the committee. The committee will recommend a candidate to Christpoint Church to be voted upon at a specially called business meeting.  The candidate will be elected by a two-thirds vote quorum.  The newly elected lead pastor will be elected for an initial one-year term.  After the one-year term is complete, the lead pastor can be voted in for a two-year term.  Upon completion of the two-year term, the lead pastorcan be elected for a five-year term, continuing thereafter in increments of five years.

Vacancies:

  1. Vacancies occur for the following reasons: retirement, resignation, death,asked to resign.
    1. Being asked to resign requires a specially called business meeting by the elders.
    2. The lead pastor may be voted out by a 75% vote of the voting quorum.
  2. In the case of the lead pastor being voted out, their termination will be effective immediately. In the event that the lead pastor should voluntarily resign, it is asked that the lead pastor give Christpoint Church a two-week notice.
  3. When there is a vacancy in the lead pastor position, the elders will arrange for interim speakers until a new lead pastor is elected.

Section2: Finance Committee

Election:

  1. The Finance Committee will be elected from within the membership of Christpoint Church. The Lead Pastor and the Elders will nominate potential members and then present the list of qualified nominees to the voting membership of Christpoint Church.  The nominee(s) will be elected by a two-thirds vote at an annual business meeting of Christpoint Church or at a meeting specifically called for the purpose of an election.
  2. Finance Committee terms of office will be for two years from the time of election except in the case the newly appointed committee member is fulfilling the unexpired term of a former Finance Committee Member. They may serve two consecutive terms, but must be off for one year prior to reelection.

Vacancies:

  1. If for any reason, a quorum of the elected committee is to be vacated, a special business meeting will be called to fill the vacated positions.
  2. If an individual vacates their seat, the lead pastor and elders will appoint their replacement. The appointee will serve until the next business meeting.
  3. Any Finance Committee member not working in harmony or within the best interests of Christpoint Church can be removed by the lead pastor in consultation with the elders.

Section 3: Appointments

Pastoral Staff

  1. The lead pastor in consultation with the elders will appoint the pastoral staff. The lead pastor will review their appointment annually.
    1. In the absence of a lead pastor, the pastoral search committee may retain some or all pastoral staff positions until a new lead pastor is received and implemented.

Directors

The pastoral staff in consultation with the lead pastor will appoint directors of the various departments.

Treasurer

The lead pastor in consultation with the elders will appoint the treasurer.

Paid Staff

No paid positions will be filled without the prior commitment of requisite funding from the Finance Committee.

Any appointee deemed not fit to serve can be removed by the lead pastor in consultation with the elders.

ARTICLE SEVEN: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1:The Standard of Membership

The standard of membership at Christpoint Church will be:

  1. Having made a public confession of faith as evidenced by water baptism.
  2. Pursuing scriptural holiness.
  3. Wholeheartedly subscribing to the Statement of Faith as set forth in the Christpoint Church Constitution.
  4. Having completed Intro Point
  5. Having completed the CORE Class
  6. 18 years of age or older
  7. Complete and submit a membership application, which will be reviewed by Christpoint leadership.
  8. Following and supporting the mission, vision, core values, and strategy of Christpoint Church.

Section 2:Removal of Membership

  1. Any member of Christpoint Church, without reasonable cause,who is willfully, perpetually, and deliberately absent from regularly scheduled services and not showing proper financial support for a period of at least three months may be temporarily suspended from active voting membership.
  2. Any member of Christpoint Church, without reasonable cause, who is willfully, perpetually, and deliberately absent from regularly scheduled services and not showing proper financial support for a period of at least six months shall be disqualified from membership upon the yearly review of the membership roll by the lead pastor and elders.
  3. Any member of Christpoint Churchexhibiting conduct contrary to Scripture may be considered for disqualification from membership.

Section3:Revisal of Membership Roll

The Lead Pastor and the Elders will be authorized to revise the membership roll of Christpoint Church prior to the annual business meeting.

Section4: Transfer of Membership

Christpoint Church members who desire to be transferred to another congregation may apply to the secretary or the administrative pastor for a letter of transfer, which will be granted at the approval of the lead pastor and the elders. The lead pastor and the secretary of Christpoint Church will sign said letter.

ARTICLE EIGHT: DEPARTMENTS

Section1: Worship Department

The responsibility of the Christpoint Worship Department is to recognize, create, facilitate, and amplify a culture of worship.

Section 2: Connection Department

The Connection Department is responsible for leading and executing the Connection Strategy of Christpoint Church.

Section 3: Discipleship Department

The Discipleship Department is responsible for leading and executing of the discipleship strategy of Christpoint Church.

Section 4: Missions Department

The Missions Department is responsible for overseeing the missions strategy both locally and globally.

Section 5: Youth Department

The Youth Department is responsible for discipling students in grades 6 through 12.

Section 6: Children’s Department

The Children’sDepartment is responsible for discipling children from birth to grade 5.

Section 7: Administration Department

The Administration Department is responsible for the daily business, operations, and administrative affairs of Christpoint Church.          

ARTICLE NINE: ORDER OF BUSINESS

            There will be a minimum of one business meeting annually held on or before the last Sunday of February. The regular order of business for the annual business meeting or any specifically called business meeting of Christpoint Church will adhere to the following:

  1. Call to order
  2. Prayer
  3. Roll of membership
  4. Reading of the previous meeting minutes
  5. Departmental reports
  6. Financial reports
  7. Unfinished business from previous meeting(s)
  8. Voting on officers
  9. New business
  10. Adjournment

ARTICLE TEN: TRANSACTIONS OF THE CHURCH

Section1:Contracts and Legal Instruments

Subject to any conflicts of interest of these bylaws, the lead pastor, elders, or Finance Committee may authorize an agent to enter into a contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name and on behalf of Christpoint Church.  This authority may be limited to a specific contract or instrument, or it may extend to any number and type of possible contracts and instruments.

Section2: Deposits

All funds of Christpoint Church shall be deposited for the credit of Christpoint Church in banks, trust companies, or other depositories that the Finance Committee approves. The office of the bookkeeper will be authorized to maintain a petty cash balance not exceeding $200.00.

Section3: Gifts

The Finance Committee, elders, bookkeeper, and the lead pastor may accept on behalf of Christpoint Church any contribution, gift, or bequest.  The Finance Committee and lead pastor may make gifts and give charitable contributions that are not prohibited by these bylaws, the articles, state law, or any requirements for maintaining Christpoint Church’s federal and state tax status.

Section4: Ownership and Distribution of Property

            All real and chattel property of Christpoint Church will be deeded to and held in the name of Christpoint Church, a non-profit corporation.

Christpoint Church will hold, own, and enjoy its own personal and real property, without any right of reversion to another entity, except provided in these bylaws.

Upon the dissolution of Christpoint Church, the Finance Committee will, after all the liabilities of Christpoint Church have been paid, dispose of all of the assets of Christpoint Church exclusively for the purpose of Christpoint in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of Christpoint in such manner, or religious purposes as will qualify as an exempt corporation or organization under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or of the corresponding provisions of any future United States Revenue Law) as the Finance Committee determines.

No part of the net earnings of Christpoint Church will inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, officers, trustees, or any person except that Christpoint will be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, and to make payments in the furtherance of Christpoint.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or these By-Laws of Christpoint, the church will not carry on any activity not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax, under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (or by the corresponding section of any future Revenue Code of the United States of America) or (b) by a corporation, contributions of which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or by the corresponding section of any future United States Revenue Law).

ARTICLE ELEVEN: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Section1: Amendments to Bylaws

These bylaws may only be altered, amended, restored, or repealed, and new or restated bylaws may only be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the membership of Christpoint Church who are in attendance and constitute a quorum at any regular or specially called meeting for that purpose.

Section2: Parties Bound

The rights, obligations, and duties established by these bylaws are intended to apply to Christpoint Church, as well as its members, Finance Committee, elders, pastors, directors, employees, and agents of Christpoint Church, as well as to any of their heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors, or assigns.

ARTICLE TWELVE: EMERGENCY POWERS AND BYLAWS

In the event of an emergency or catastrophic event by which the majority of individuals who hold governing offices of the Christpoint Church Governing Body have died or become unavailable including by reason of illness, incapacity, incarceration, kidnapping, or an event that permanently separates those individuals from Christpoint Church (such event, an “Emergency”), the lead pastor, elders, and Finance Committee, or if these are unavailable then the next-highest-ranking staff member may: (x) modify lines of succession to accommodate the incapacity of any Finance Committee member, elder, pastor, director, employee or agent; and/or (y) relocate the principal office, designate principal offices or regional office, or authorize others to do so.