Article I – Organization
A. Leadership of the Church
The leadership of the Church shall be the Elders and Deacons. The Elders shall also serve as the Board of Directors of the Church Corporation, with a minimum of President/Pastor, Secretary and Treasurer as Officers. All members of the Board of Directors are considered equal and no overruling authority shall be inferred by the title “president.”
Elders must be Members of the Church for a minimum of one year. Elders must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not violent but gentle, uncontentious, free from the love of money, one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity, not a new convert, have a good reputation outside the Church, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not fond of sordid gain, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (1Tim 3:1-7; Tit 1:5-9)
Elders are to teach the Word of God, rule the Church of God, and administer church discipline. Elders are to shepherd the flock of God, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; not lording it over those allotted to their charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. Elders are to be on guard for themselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Elders must fully support, uphold, maintain, advocate, and defend as valid the Constitution and Bylaws of the Church. (Mat 18:15-20; Act 20:28; 1Tim 5:17; 1Pet 5:2-3) The Elders shall also serve as the Church Corporation Board of Directors.
C. SELECTION PROCESS
i. The Elders will announce to the Church when nominations for new Elders are being accepted.
ii. A qualified individual may nominate himself or be nominated by any other Member of the Church. The Member making the nomination must know the individual personally, and must first obtain the individual’s consent prior to nominating him. The Elders, as a group, may also nominate a candidate for Elder or Deacon, following the same protocol identified herein.
iii. The Elders will interview each nominee to determine whether he meets the qualifications for an Elder, and to hear his testimony and an explanation of why he desires to serve in this office. After interviewing all nominees, the Elders will submit a list of prospective Elders to the congregation.
iv. The Elders will solicit comments from the congregation on the prospective Elders for a period of not less than two weeks. The Elders will carefully evaluate all comments received and determine which prospective Elders will be presented for affirmation.
v. Prospective Elders will be affirmed into office by a 3/4 vote of the Elders voting under the auspices of a duly called meeting, a presentation to the Church Council (Article I, B. 1. c.) and a 2/3 vote of the membership voting under the auspices of a duly called membership meeting. This affirmation will be recognized by a public commissioning service.
Elders serve for a term of three years commencing on the day of their commissioning. There is a limit of two consecutive terms served, followed by a one year sabbatical. The Elders will determine the schedule for filling vacant offices.
The Elders will determine the total number of Elders needed for service at any given time but the number of Elders shall not be less than two.
Deacons must be Members of the Church for a minimum of one year. Deacons must be men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, men of dignity, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not fond of sordid gain, holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, first tested and found to be beyond reproach, the husband of only one wife, good managers of their children and their own households. (Act 6:3; 1Tim 3:8-12)
The Deacons have a closely related but different function from the Elders. Their responsibilities are delegated to them by the Elders, and includes helping and serving in the day-to-day operations of the Church. Deacons must fully support, uphold, maintain, advocate, and defend as valid the Constitution and Bylaws of the Church. (Act 6:1-6; Phi 1:1)
C. SELECTION PROCESS
i. The Elders will announce to the Church when nominations for new Deacons are being accepted.
ii. A qualified individual may nominate himself or be nominated by any other Member of the Church. The Member making the nomination must know the individual personally, and must first obtain the individual’s consent prior to nominating him.
iii. The Elders will interview each nominee to determine whether he meets the qualifications for a Deacon, and to hear his testimony and an explanation of why he desires to serve in this office. After interviewing all nominees, the Elders will submit a list of prospective Deacons to the congregation.
iv. The Elders will solicit comments from the congregation on the prospective Deacons for a period of not less than two weeks. The Elders will carefully evaluate all comments received and determine which prospective Deacons will be presented for affirmation.
v. Prospective Deacons will be affirmed into office by a 3/4 vote of the Elders voting under the auspices of a duly called meeting, a presentation to the Church Council (Article I, B. 1. c.) and a 2/3 vote of the membership voting under the auspices of a duly called membership meeting. This affirmation will be recognized by a public commissioning service.
Deacons serve for a term of two years, commencing on the day of their commissioning. There is a limit of two consecutive terms served, followed by a one year sabbatical. Deacons may also take time off between each term, on their own initiative or by recommendation of the Elders. Vacant offices will be filled at the discretion of the Elders.
The Elders will determine the total number of Deacons needed for service at any given time.
The Pastor must meet, as a minimum, the same qualifications established for Elders.
The Pastor is charged with the same duties as established for the Elders. Additionally, he has the primaryresponsibility of biblical preaching and teaching in the Church. The Pastor also serves as an ex officio Elder (Eph 4:11) and the President of the Corporation (Article III. A).
C. SELECTION PROCESS
i. The Elders will appoint a Pastoral Search Committee (“Committee”). The Committee shall be composed of a mix of Elders, Deacons, and other Members of the Church.
ii. The Committee will carefully evaluate Questionnaires sent out by the Committee and returned from applicants.
iii. The Committee shall select and contact one candidate. The Committee shall schedule a series of meetings with the prospective Pastor (and family), the Elders, the Church Council and other open forums. The Committee shall schedule the prospective Pastor to speak at regular worship services for a minimum of two Sundays, as well as some informal gatherings of the Church. These meetings will be held to understand and determine the prospective Pastor’s qualifications and suitability for the position.
iv. The prospective Pastor will be affirmed into office by 1) a 3/4 vote of the Elders voting under the auspices of a duly called meeting which is preceded by a presentation and discussion with the Church Council, and, 2) a 2/3 vote of the membership voting under the auspices of a duly called meeting. This affirmation will be followed by a public commissioning service.
v. Upon taking office the Pastor automatically becomes a Member, an Elder of the Church and President of the Corporation.
The Pastor serves for an indefinite term.
4. Assistants / Associates to the Pastor
The Elders will determine the need for an Assistant or Associate Pastor(s). The selection process is the same as established for the pastor (Article I, A, 3, c). The qualifications will be the same as established for the pastor with additional criteria as determined by the Elders based on the nature of the position. The general duties of the assistants/associates will be determined by the Elders; the specific duties will be assigned by the Pastor.
5. Removal From Office
If an accusation of sin is made against an Elder, Deacon or Pastor, the process for the Discipline and Restoration of members (Article II, D) shall be followed with the following modifications. The truth of the accusation must be corroborated by two or three witnesses. If after Article II, D, step 3—and there is still no repentance, the matter will be brought before the Church Council which will officially contact the brother. The brother will be given written notice of the charges, an opportunity to be heard before the Church Council and any other due process that may be established by the Church Council. The brother will be suspended from exercising the duties of his office, including voting, until the matter is resolved. If the matter still remains unresolved after a minimum period of two weeks, the matter will be brought before the Church Council for a vote of expulsion from office at a duly called meeting and the brother will be removed from office by a 3/4 vote of the Church Council. The Church council shall notify the membership of the change in the Church council. (Mat 18:15-20; Gal 6:1-2; 1Tim 5:1,19)
1. Governing Bodies
Exercise primary spiritual oversight and guidance, determine church policy and doctrine; composed of all the Elders and also serve as the Corporate Board of Directors.
Take care of the various practical and day-to-day needs of the Church as delegated by the Elders; composed of all the Deacons.
C. CHURCH COUNCIL
Discuss and deal with items of mutual interest including business of the Church; composed of all the Elders and Deacons.
Includes those who meet the membership requirements as defined in Article II, A., B., and C. The operational function of the membership is to vote in duly called membership meetings. Only those members 18 years of age and older may vote at duly called membership meetings.
The following actions require a 3/4 vote of the Elders, a presentation to the Church Council, and a 2/3 vote of affirmation by the Church membership:
a. Creation of any paid staff position;
b. Approval of the annual budget and any significant amendments thereto;
c. Approval for outreach support funding including mission entity, the person(s) and amounts;
d. Selection of Elders;
e. Selection of Deacons;
f. Selection of Pastor / Associate / Assistant Pastors.
3. Duly Called Elder, Deacon and Church Council Meetings
A. PLACE OF MEETINGS
Regular or special meetings of the Elders, Deacons or Church Council may be held at the principal office of the Church, or any other place that has been designated from time to time by resolution of the Elders, Deacons or Church Council in writing and consented to by a Quorum of the Elders, Deacons or Church Council, as applicable. Such resolution shall be filed with the minutes of the meeting. Any meeting, regular or special, may be held by conference telephone or similar communication equipment, as long as all Elder, Deacon or Church Council Members participating in the meeting can hear one another. All such Elder, Deacon or Church Council Members shall be deemed to be present in person at such meeting.
B. TIME AND NOTICE OF MEETINGS
Regular meetings shall be conducted on a monthly basis and without special notice. Special meetings may be called at other times by the Elders or Deacons with two (2) days notice to the Elders or Deacons by any usual means of communication.
C. WAIVER OF NOTICE
The transactions of any meeting of the Elders, Deacons or Church Council Members, however called and noticed or wherever held, shall be as valid as though taken at a meeting duly held after regular call and notice, if a Quorum is present, and either before or after the meeting, each of the Elders, Deacons or Church Council Members not present signs a written waiver of notice, a consent to holding the meeting, or approves the minutes, by signing the original copy. The waiver of notice or consent shall specify the purpose of the meeting. All waivers, consents and approvals shall be filed with the corporate records or made a part of the minutes of the meeting. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any Elder, Deacon or Church Council member who attends the meeting without protesting before or at its commencement about the lack of notice.
Quorums for the Elders, Deacons and Church Council shall be a simple majority of the then elected Elders, Deacons, or Elders and Deacons for the Church Council present at the beginning of the meeting. A majority vote of Elders, Deacons or Church Council in attendance of a regular or special meeting is required for the transaction of Church business.
5. Full Disclosure of Possible Conflicts
A contract or other transaction between the Church and one or more of its directors, officers or family members thereof (hereinafter “Interested Party”), or between the Church and any other entity, of which entity one or more directors, officers, or trustees (see Article IV) are also Interested Parties, or in which entity an Interested Party has a financial interest – shall be voidable at the sole election of the Board of Directors of the Church Corporation unless all of the following provisions are satisfied:
a. The Church entered into the transaction for its own benefit or for the benefit of another supported organization; and
b. The transaction was fair and reasonable as to the Church, or was in furtherance of its religious, charitable, or educational purposes at the time the Church entered into the transaction; and
c. Prior to consummating the transaction, or any part, the Board of Directors authorized or approved the transaction, in good faith, by a vote of a majority of the Directors then in office, without counting the vote of the interested Director or Directors, and with full knowledge of the material facts concerning the transaction and the Interested Parties’ interest in the transaction; and
d. Prior to authorizing or approving the transaction, the Board of Directors, in good faith, determined after reasonable investigation and consideration, that either the Corporation could not have obtained a more advantageous arrangement, with reasonable effort under the circumstances, or the transaction was in furtherance of the Corporation’s tax-exempt purposes.
6. No Compensation for being Directors / Officers
Whether or not employed by the Church for other purposes, directors, officers, and members of any committee of the Board of Directors shall for their Director/Officer duties be regarded as volunteers and serve without compensation for those duties, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for any reasonable expenses incurred on behalf of the Church. Any Director or Officer barred from receiving compensation under these provisions shall not be barred from serving the Church in any other appropriate capacity and receiving reasonable compensation for such other services.
Article II – Membership
Anyone who professes personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is qualified for membership.
The duties for members in the Church are to help it attain its goals as explained in the GRACE BIBLE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP COVENANT (see Constitution, Article V) and thus fulfill the purpose of the church (see Constitution, Article II).
C. Membership Process
1. Persons interested in joining with the Church should express their desire to an Elder, who will present them with materials explaining how the Church functions including the Constitution and Bylaws.
2. The prospective member(s) will be given time to review these materials and to seek the Lord’s leading in their lives.
3. Following this time, the Elders shall set a date to meet the prospective member(s) to hear their testimony and to answer any questions they might have.
4. A person must also have been baptized as a believer.
5. The prospective member(s) join the Church by signing the GRACE Bible Church Membership Covenant. In so doing they agree to abide by the Church Constitution and Bylaws (i.e. to respect and uphold the doctrines and practices stated in the Constitution, and not to teach against them), including the statement of faith and Covenant.
D. Discipline and Restoration of Members
One of the greatest responsibilities of a Church is exercising loving pastoral care over those who are members of the body of Christ. If members are drifting or falling spiritually, they need patient encouragement and help, and perhaps warning and intervention as well (1The 5:14).
This is a pastoral role which expresses God’s love and care for each individual. Since one of the greatest dangers to a church is that of losing its safety and health, a church must address spiritual slippage/regression in its members. Otherwise, it may become an unsafe or unhealthy place and people can no longer depend on it for help or healing. Therefore, at Grace we seek to help and encourage those individuals to full restoration of their spiritual health and Christian walk.
Scripture clearly explains that those who are members of a body of believers are to submit themselves to the authority of those whom God has placed in leadership over that Church body. Accordingly, any member of the Church who is found to walk in a way unworthy of Christian conduct, contrary to the Word of God, is subject to disciplinary procedures such as are outlined in Mat 18:15-20; Rom 16:17; 1Cor 5; 2Cor 2:5-11; Gal 6:1-2; and 1Tim 5:19-20.
When it has been determined that a member of the Church is found continuing in unrepentant sin the following steps shall be followed
1. Members shall individually, lovingly, quietly and privately approach their fellow member and Scripturally confront them with their sin
2. If there is no repentance, then take one or two witnesses, one of which should be an Elder and confront them again
3. If once again there is no repentance, the matter will be brought before the Church membership by the Elders
4. If there is still no repentance, the member will be removed as a member of the Church and separated fromfellowship with the body.
A member that is truly repentant and seeks forgiveness shall be gently and lovingly forgiven and reconciled with the body. See Policy and Procedures Manual (see Bylaws, Article IX) for additional guidance.
E. Termination of Membership
Membership may be terminated by (1) absence from the Church for more than one year with no response to inquiries from the Elders, (2) recommendation of the Elders due to an unrepentant response to church discipline, or (3) a letter from the Member to the Elders requesting withdrawal of membership.
F. Duly Called Membership Meetings
1. Annual Membership Meeting
An Annual Meeting of the Members shall be held in November of each year, unless otherwise set by the Elders. Notice shall be given via letter, Church bulletin or from the pulpit—or any combination thereof—at least two consecutive weeks prior to the meeting. The purpose of this meeting shall be to elect Elders and Deacons for the upcoming calendar year. Any other appropriate business may be conducted at this meeting, when approved by the Elders and proper notice is given to the Members.
2. Other Congregational and Special Meetings
Other congregational and special meetings may be called at any time and for any purpose by the Elders. Notice shall be given via letter, Church bulletin or from the pulpit—or any combination thereof—at least two weeks prior to the meeting. The notice shall specify the date, time, place and general nature of the business to be conducted. The purpose of one such meeting will be to vote on an annual budget.
Article III – Officers of the Corporate Board of Directors
A. President / Pastor
The Pastor shall serve as the President of the Church Corporation and shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors.
The Church Corporation Secretary, elected by the Board of Directors, shall be an Elder and be responsible for minutes of any duly called meeting where church business is conducted, notifications of meetings, and membership rolls. The actual function of some of these duties may be delegated by the Board of Directors.
The Church Corporation Treasurer, elected by the Board of Directors, shall be an Elder. The Treasurer shall oversee all monies collected and distributed by the Church and shall oversee financial reports to the Board of Directors. He shall ensure that the congregation is informed on a monthly basis of the status of the Church finances. The actual function of some of these duties may be delegated by the Board of Directors. Proper records and books concerning incoming and outgoing funds shall be kept and such records and books shall be available for auditing or inspection. If required by the Elders, the treasurer shall give the Church a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as shall be satisfactory to the board for the faithful performance of the duties of his office and for the restoration to the Church, in case of death, resignation, retirement or removal from office of all books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of whatever kind belonging to the Church. If the Elders do not deem a bond is necessary they should provide this decision in writing to the Treasurer.
Article IV Trustees
The Board of Directors may appoint Trustee(s), if desired and necessary by law, to receive and hold title to real, personal, and mixed property received by the Church, and to perform such other acts and services as are directed by the Board of Directors of Grace Bible Church.
Article V – Board of Directors, Committees and Advisory Boards
A. Board Committees
The Board of Directors, by majority vote of all Directors in office, may appoint two or more persons from among its own number to serve as special and standing Board committees, such as the Board may determine are necessary, which shall have such powers and duties as shall from time to time be prescribed by the Board. Except as otherwise provided by Virginia law, the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or by a Resolution of the Board of Directors, each Board committee may exercise the authority of the Board. These committees shall not incur any expenses on behalf of the Church without prior authorization of the Board or as allowed in the approved Church budget.
B. Advisory Committees
The Board of Directors may establish such advisory committees as are determined are necessary or useful for the business and operations of the Church Corporation. These committees shall not exercise the authority of the Board, shall have no vote or governance role, and shall have only such advisory duties and authorities as shall from time to time be prescribed by the Board. These committees shall not incur any expenses on behalf of the Church without prior authorization of the Board or as allowed in the approved Church budget.
C. Committee Rules and Procedures
All members of Board Committees and Advisory Committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. Rules governing procedures for meetings of any committee shall be established by the Board, or in the absence thereof, by the committee itself. Actions taken by any committee shall be promptly reported to the Board, but need not be ratified by the Board unless otherwise required by statute, these Bylaws, or committee procedures imposed by the Board. The Board shall have authority to make appointments to each committee, to designate the chair thereof, to fill vacancies in, to change the size or membership of, and to discharge any such committee as it deems appropriate. The delegation of duties or authority to any committee shall not operate to relieve the Board or any member of the Board from any responsibility imposed by law.
Article VI – Fiscal Matters
The Board of Directors shall select banks, trust companies, or other depositories in which all funds of the Church not otherwise employed shall, from time to time, be deposited to the credit of the Church.
All checks or demands for money and notes of the Church shall be signed by such officer or officers or such other persons as the Board may from time to time designate.
C. Fiscal Year
The Board shall have the power to fix, and from time to time to change, the fiscal year of the Church. Unless otherwise established by the Board, the fiscal year shall be January 1st through December 31st.
The Board may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Church, in addition to the officers so authorized by these Bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of or on behalf of the Church. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. The Board may seek legal counsel prior to entering a contract. All contractors and vendors of the Church may be asked to sign policies or contracts containing a dispute resolution clause.
The Board may establish on behalf of the Church any endowments for the general purposes or for any special purpose of the Church.
F. Designated Contributions
The Church may accept any designated contribution, grant, bequest or device consistent with its general tax exempt purposes, as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. As so limited, donor designated contributions will be accepted for special funds, purposes or uses, and such designations generally will be honored. However, the Church shall reserve all right, title and interest in and to and control of such contributions, as well as full discretion as to the ultimate expenditure or distribution thereof in connection with any funds (including designated contributions) to assure that such funds will be used to carry out the Church’s tax exempt purposes.
G. Budget and Audit
The Board or designees shall prepare and submit to the Church for approval at a duly called membership meeting – for the purpose of budget ratification – an inclusive budget, indicating by items the amount needed and sought for expenses of the Church. The Board shall conduct or arrange for an annual audit of a type and nature they deem appropriate.
H. Collections of Offerings
The Board will ensure that all collections are secured, counted and recorded by a minimum of two non-related members.
Article VII – Settlement of Claims / Disputes within or against Church
In any claim or dispute arising between or among Church members, pastors, staff, or employees, the dispute shall be resolved by the Church Elders, or, a duly appointed team designated by the Elders. Christian mediation should be attempted but if it does not resolve the dispute then legally binding Christian Arbitration may be employed by the Board or individuals selected by the Board. A decision shall be reached after prayerful consideration, in a spirit of humility, with each Arbitrator seeking that which most glorifies God and regarding one another before himself.
Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. Members, pastors, staff, employees or third party vendors/contractors shall understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any claim or dispute arising within the Church or against the Church and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another or the Church for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision. In that case, judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered by any court having competent jurisdiction, in conformity with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Article VIII – Property Rights
All property, real, intellectual, or chattel, shall be taken, held, sold, transferred or conveyed in the Church’s name, with Trustees’ authorization if required by law and shall not be sold, leased, mortgaged, or otherwise alienated without authorization of the Board and Church members if required herein. If the congregation or members of the congregation become disassociated with the Church, they may not use the Church’s name and/or logo and may not in any way represent themselves as being a member or associated with the Church.
Article IX – Church Policies and Procedures
As the Church develops policies and procedures they shall be assembled in a manual overseen by the Elders. This manual shall include all Church policies and procedures for the administration and operation of the Church. The manual shall be kept in the Church office and made available for use by any member of the Church. Any Church member may initiate suggested additions, revisions, or deletions to the manual by submitting them to the Church Council in writing. The paid staff employees and volunteers of the Church shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of the Manual. The paid staff employees shall be under the supervision of the Pastor or someone designated by the Pastor.
Article X – Indemnification
Any person made or threatened to be made a party to any action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal by reason of the fact that he, his testator or intestate, is or was a Director or officer, employee or agent of the Church, may be indemnified by the Church, and the Church may advance his related expenses, to the full extent permitted by law. The Church may purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify: (a) itself for any obligation which it incurs as a result of the indemnification specified above; and (b) its Directors and officers.
Article XI – Records and Reports
The Church Corporation, by its Secretary, shall maintain the following records and reports:
A. Correct books and records of governing documents, financial accounts and annual reports, financial and otherwise.
B. Written minutes of the proceedings of its membership and Church council meetings.
C. The current membership rolls, which rolls shall set forth the member’s names and addresses, contribution statements for contributors and other members information for at least five years past.
D. All such records shall be kept at the Church’s principal office in a fire proof safe or file cabinet, or, offsite data backup. The Church may also maintain any other records as may from time to time be deemed necessary or useful in the pursuit of its purposes.
Any voting Member of the Church may inspect the records (reports from completed quarterly cycles) of the Church within normal business hours, in the offices of the Church, upon written request delivered to an Officer of the Corporation or Trustee of the Church at least five (5) business days prior to the proposed date of inspection. Copies of any disclosed records of the Church shall be made available to the Member upon payment of a reasonable charge per page for such copies. Individual records of contributions and personnel records shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure.
Article XII – Construction, Definition and Rules of Procedure
Unless the context requires otherwise, Virginia law shall govern the construction of these Bylaws. In conducting the affairs of this Church, the Church may elect to be governed by parliamentary procures set forth in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (Revised Ed) unless the Articles and Bylaws state otherwise.
Article XIII – Constitution and Bylaws Amendments
Amendments to this Constitution and Bylaws shall be recommended by a 3/4 vote of the Elders, shall be presented to the Church Council, and then to the church membership for their ¾ majority vote for Constitutional amendments and 2/3 majority vote for Bylaws amendments. Neither the Statement of Faith nor this article shall ever be amended.
Article XIV – Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of this church, its assets shall be distributed to bona fide non-profit religious organizations selected by the Elders and approved by the membership in the same manner specified for constitutional amendments as outlined in the Articles of Incorporation.
Article XV - Marriage
We consider marriage ceremonies to be God-honoring worship services. Therefore, in accordance with our beliefs about family, marriage, and sexuality found in Section K - Sub Section #1, no person employed by and/or acting on behalf of Grace Bible Church will officiate or participate in any event involving an unbiblical marriage, civil union, alternative marriage, or like kind of declaration or ceremony. Furthermore, no Grace Bible Church facilities, property, and/or other assets will be used for such purposes. The same principles that guide our marriage policy also guide our marriage, family, and personal counseling procedures. All counseling will be biblically based and no counseling will be advised which is contrary to Scripture. Our hiring practices will also be reflective of biblical principles. Grace Bible Church’s policies prohibit the church from hiring anyone whose beliefs and/or daily conduct, including their sexual conduct, are characterized as sinful and unrepentant according to God's Word and are contrary to our belief statements.