Constitution and Bylaws

Preamble

This constitution is set forth and hereby defined for the purpose of aiding the governing bodies of the Cicero Christian Church in conducting ministry, business meetings and of functions and activities.

This Constitution and Bylaws are man-made rules; made to promote harmony and minimize misunderstanding. These rules are not intended to become sacred merely by long usage. As long as they are useful and practicable, let them remain. When the business of the Kingdom and the Church will be promoted by change, let them be changed. Complete harmony and Christian understanding in all things being our aim, let no person willfully change these rules by any but the prescribed method.

Article 1: Name and Location

The name of the church shall be the Cicero Christian Church located in Cicero , Indiana.

Article 2: Identity

The identity of Cicero Christian Church will be a self-governed, non-denominational congregation committed to the purposes and directives as given by Christ and communicated through the Holy Spirit inspired writers of the New Testament. This congregation seeks not to add to the many denominations of Christianity, but does seek to restore the simplicity of faith, practices and church structure as portrayed in the New Testament.

As in keeping with Restoration Movement congregations, we do not claim to be the only Christians, but strive to be Christians only. We seek to be united with all Christians on as broad a basis as is possible without sacrificing Biblical authority. We have no Creed but Christ and no book but the Bible. In Biblical essentials we strive to practice unity. In non-essentials we strive to practice liberty. And in all things we strive to practice love.

Article 3: Mission Statement-Spiritual Purpose

As Spirit-led citizens of the kingdom of God and in grateful submission to Christ, the members of His church purposefully live to extend God’s love and grace to others.

Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s directions, the members of Cicero Christian Church will always endeavor to:

  • reach and teach by our words and deeds each person in our community who is outside of Jesus Christ, and reach out worldwide by our mission supported endeavors;

  • help believers obtain spiritual maturity in Christ through Bible study and personal application;

  • provide for joyful worship of God and fellowship with His family; and

  • maintain an effective influence in our community by practicing Christ-like love.

Article 4: Membership

The membership of this church is open to all persons who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and reveal their love for Him in repentance, confession of their faith, baptism by immersion and submission to His Lordship. Anyone desiring to transfer membership to this congregation may do so by making a confession of faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9,10) and by having been obedient to the Lord Jesus’ commands concerning baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:19-20). A record of membership will be maintained through the church office.

Article 5: Church Governance-Organizational Purpose

This congregation exists as an organization to help individual believers fulfill their spiritual purpose through 1) Worship, 2) Fellowship, 3) Discipleship, and 4) Service.

Section 1: Eldership

The Eldership serves as the “overseers” (I Timothy 3:1, Acts 20:21) of the congregation. They are set apart to help individual believers fulfill their purpose by making sure that all functions, programs, activities, et cetera, of the church enhance, reinforce, further, or otherwise contribute to the spiritual and/or organizational purposes of the church. (Colossians 3:15-17; Acts 20:28-30; I Peter 5:1-4) They are to be sure that all functions, programs, activities, teachings, et cetera are:

  • Consistent with Biblical truth and Biblical guidelines whenever possible.

  • Consistent with the highest possible spiritual principles and moral judgment wherever and whenever specific Biblical guidelines are not applicable. (I Peter 1:15-16)

The Eldership will be comprised of men affirmed by the congregation in light of their meeting the scriptural qualifications seen in the New Testament, especially I Timothy 3: 1-13 and Titus 1:5-9. They will be elected for a three year term and may serve successive terms. There must be at least 3 Elders and five or more Elders are desirable. Candidates desiring to serve as Elders must have been an active member of this congregation for one year, must meet the scriptural qualifications for Elders, must be willing to participate in the nomination process to be coordinated by the Eldership, and must be affirmed by the selection process of the congregation as outlined in the Operation Handbook. The Nomination and Election Process together with the Responsibilities and Expectations for Elders will be detailed in the Operations Handbook.

The Elders will serve as the legal Trustees of the church and will select from among themselves the corporate officers of Chairman and Vice Chairman to the Congregational meeting and meetings of the Team Ministries Cabinet. The corporate officers of Secretary and Treasurer will be coordinated by the Elders and affirmed annually by the Team Ministries Cabinet.

Section 2: Team Ministry System

The activities and operations of the Cicero Christian Church shall be through ministry teams, the goal of which is to equip the leaders and members to minister to the congregation, community and world, effectively meeting the objectives of Christ. The ministries of the congregation will be arranged into various ministry areas approved by the Eldership. Each ministry area will be comprised of many ministry teams each to be led by a Servant Leader. New ministry teams may be formed on an as-needed basis utilizing the procedures detailed in the Operations Handbook.

Servant Leaders must meet the scriptural qualifications seen in the New Testament such as John 13:12-17; Matthew 20:25-28 and especially I Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:3. Considering recommendations from the congregation, the Servant Leaders shall be coordinated annually by the Elders.

Qualifications, Selection procedures, Responsibilities and Expectations of Servant Leaders will be detailed in the Operations Handbook.

Section 3: Staffing

The church may employ such people as is needed to help it fulfill its spiritual and organizational purposes  . The Senior Minister in addition to his scriptural pastoral responsibilities will serve as the executive administrator of the Church under the oversight of the Eldership. The church may employ additional staff within the constraints of budget and congregational need. All other staff will serve under the supervision of the Senior Minister, and he may organize the staff as appropriate. Organizational structure will be determined by the Senior Minister, with approval from the Elders.         

When the need to fill a ministerial staff position arises, the Elders shall initiate a ministerial staff search process. The ministerial staff search process may be either formal or informal as determined by the Elders, except in the case of the Senior Minister. The search for a Senior Minister must use a Formal Search process. The Elders shall select a Senior Pastor Search Team comprised of five (5) to seven (7) members with a minimum of two Elders serving. The Elders will select the chair of this Search Team which may or may not be an elder. The Search Team will select only one candidate as a unanimous recommendation to present to the Elders and Ministerial Staff who in turn must send a unanimous recommendation to the Ministry Cabinet. If there is not a unanimous recommendation, a renewed search for a candidate must be conducted by the Search Team.  If a unanimous recommendation is reached, then it is sent to the Ministry Cabinet. The Ministry Cabinets recommendation to the Congregation must carry a simple majority approval of those present and voting. The Congregations recommendation must carry  a simple majority approval of the candidate to the elders who must unanimously approve the Congregational recommendation and report the final decision ASAP. Only congregational members 18 years of age or older may vote. The search for other ministerial staff positions may use either a formal or informal search process.

 The Formal Ministerial Staff search process, for other than Senior Minister, begins with the appointment of a chairperson by the Elders. The Elders and the chairperson will identify  potential members of the Formal ministerial staff search team and organize the team. This Formal Search Team for ministerial staff must consist of at least 5 members and no more than 9, taking recommendations to the ministry staff and elders for unanimous recommendation to be sent to the Ministry Cabinet for simple majority approval. After this process has been completed as identified, it then is sent to the elders for final unanimous approval. If for any reason, the elders are unable to come to unanimous approval, the search team will be required to restart the search for a suitable candidate. This Formal Search Team must include a representative cross section of the church body including, Elders, Cabinet Members, and members from the general congregation.                                                                                                                 .

The Informal Search process will begin with the appointment of a leader by the Elders. The Informal Search Team leader may be a ministerial staff person, a manager or coach in the Team Ministry Cabinet, or another member of the congregation. The Informal Search Team does not have any minimum number of members but may have no more than 9. The leader of the Informal Search Team will be empowered to seek replacement ministerial staff candidates by prayerfully developing a job description, with Elder approval, and seek a candidate who best fits the job description then taking recommendations to the ministry staff and elders for unanimous recommendation to be sent to the Ministry Cabinet for simple majority approval. After this process as identified has been completed, it then is sent to the elders for final unanimous approval. If for any reason, the elders are unable to come to unanimous approval, the search team will be required to restart the search for a suitable candidate.

All staff employment shall be for an indefinite period, and may be terminated by either the staff person or the Elders upon giving sixty-day written notice, or by mutual consent coordinated with the Eldership in consultation with the appropriate ministry teams. Final terms of employment shall be negotiated by the Elders or their designee(s) with final unanimous approval by the Elders.                                                                                                                           

Section 4: Team Ministries Cabinet

The Servant Leaders of the ministry teams, together with the ministerial staff and Elders, shall constitute the Ministries Cabinet. The Ministries Cabinet will hold at least an annual business meeting for the purposes of approving the corporate officers serving as Secretary and Treasurer and to finalize adoption of the next year’s ministries budget to be coordinated through the efforts of the Finance Ministry team as spelled out in the Operation Handbook.

Regular monthly Cabinet meetings for the purposes of clarifying vision, communicating ministry plans and developing ministry skills are encouraged. The Ministries Cabinet may also conduct business as issues arise and as detailed in the Operation Handbook.

Article 6: Congregational Meetings

The church shall hold an annual business meeting the third Sunday of October. A written notice of this meeting will be given two weeks prior to the meeting. The purpose of this meeting shall be to give status reports and ministry overviews and to transact such business of the congregation as may properly come before it. Special meetings, as required, shall be called by the Elders with notice to be given at the regular services of the congregation. All business meetings of the church and meetings of each ministry team and the Ministries Cabinet will be governed by “Robert’s Rules of Order” unless previously prescribed in the Operation Handbook.

Only members of the congregation who have reached their 18th birthday shall be allowed to vote in the business meetings of the church unless otherwise stipulated in the Operation Handbook. Members shall be encouraged to vote only if they have been active in the last eight months. Voting shall be by special ballot.

A 67% majority of the membership present and voting are required for approval of all items not previously stated under specific issues such as employment or leadership selection.

Article 7: Operations Handbook

An Operations Handbook will be maintained and updated as needed by the Ministries Cabinet. The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a supplement to the Constitution and Bylaws of Cicero Christian Church.

Article 8: Amendments

This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a recommendation from the Eldership and a 67% affirmation of approval of those present from the Ministries Cabinet meeting. Proposed amendments to the bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the member of the Ministries Cabinet at least 15 days prior to the vote on the proposed amendments.

Updates updated by the Team Ministries Cabinet on behalf of the Congregation on September 9, 2012 and becoming effective immediately after adopted. This Constitution and By-Laws replace all former Constitutions and By-Laws, and revisions prior to September 9, 2012.

Note: Based on the introduction of Team Ministry, significant alterations to the Constitution were adopted by the Official Board on March 13, 1995 on behalf of the “Team Ministry Cabinet” and became effective April 10, 1995. Revisions were approved January 24, 2001.

Operations Handbook

A Manual of Operations & Procedures in reference to Leadership Structure & Operations For Cicero Christian Church, Cicero, Indiana Accepted March 13, 1995; Updated April 27, 2001; Updated September 9, 2012.

Purpose: This manual of operations is to serve as a supplement to the by-laws of Cicero Christian Church, Cicero, Indiana.

Article 1: The Bodies of Leadership for Cicero Christian

Section 1: Eldership

  1. Qualifications: I Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; John 21:15-17 & I Corinthians 16:1-2

  2. Authority: Colossians 3:15-17; Acts 20:28-30; I Peter 5:1-4

  3. Duties:

    • The Elders are the overseers of the church and have the Biblical authority to establish the policies which affect the spiritual life of the congregation.

    • The The Elders are to be the shepherds of the members of the congregation and have Biblical responsibility to affirm, encourage, equip, empower and discipline members of the congregation.
    • The The Elders will approve nominees for Elders, servant leaders, teachers as well as any paid staff. A “Servant leader” is defined as a Team Ministry Center Coach responsible for an individual Ministry Team and the Team Servants who staff the individual ministry team, under the authority of a Team Ministry Center Manager.

    • The The Elders will coordinate and/or delegate evaluation of the paid staff in their job functions.

    • The The Elders will in conjunction with the ministry staff oversee the function of the ministry teams in light of the church’s Mission Statement, stated objectives for the church year and ministry team goals.

    • The The Elders will select from among the Eldership a Chairman and Vice-Chairman to give leadership to the Ministries Cabinet and Congregational Meetings. The Ministries Cabinet consists of the Team Ministry Group Managers, Ministry Center Coaches and Servants on individual Ministry Centers.

    • The The Elders will in conjunction with the Ministries Cabinet coordinate the selection of a Secretary and Treasurer for the congregation.

    • The The Elders will strive to see that all functions, programs, activities, et cetera, of the church enhance, reinforce, further or otherwise contribute to the spiritual and/or organizational purposes of the church. An Elder will be designated as a resource encourager to the teams of each major ministry area.

    • The The Elders will serve as the legal Trustees of the church.

    • The The Elders can delegate responsibility and authority to new ministry team initiatives and to directors who can give encouragement, clarification and communication to the teams within a major ministry area. They can also appoint servant leaders to fill the remaining calendar year leadership needs for a ministry area should a leadership void arise.

  4. Accountability:

    • The Elders are first of all accountable to the Holy Spirit and are to watch among themselves first, then the congregation as stated in Acts 20:28 and I Peter 5:2.

    • The Elders do have accountability to the congregation in the sense that Biblically an accusation can be brought against an Elder or an Eldership. This accusation should be done according to the guidelines of I Timothy 5:19-20, and Matthew 18:15-17 provides Jesus’ directives in approaching such an encounter.

  5. Term: The Eldership has a three year term and an Elder can serve successive terms provided they are reaffirmed through the congregational selection process.    
  6. Selection Process:

    • The Elders will coordinate a canvas of the congregation for names of potential Elder prospects. These prospects will be evaluated in light of the “Qualification” scriptures for Elders and present ministry participation. All candidates should have been a member of Cicero Christian Church for at least one year. The potential candidate’s willingness to be considered should be gained before a member of the congregation places that candidate up for consideration.

    • A nominating committee of three Elders will coordinate the evaluation and selection process.

    • Once the Elders have interviewed prospective candidates, a recommendation will be made by the Elders to the congregation placing the approved candidates up for congregational affirmation.

    • The congregational affirmation process will consist of the congregation being informed through bulletin and newsletter who is ready to be “set apart” to the Eldership. A time period of not less than 2 weeks will be given for individual members to voice personally to the Elders their reasons why someone should not be ordained as an Elder. The absence of any reasons being presented will be considered the congregation’s affirmation of that candidate to the Eldership. An ordination to install them as newly ordained Elder would then be scheduled in a timely fashion.

    • If personal objections are raised about a candidate to the Elders, the Elders will set a time for both the candidate and the concerned person to meet and discuss their differences in a scriptural and compassionate manner (Galatians 6:1-5). The aim of the process is harmony within the body of Christ, unity among members of the body of Christ, a deepening spiritual maturity among believers, a personal accountability for our words and actions and a high respect for those who would be Elders in Christ’s church. After a full hearing of all sides of concern, the Elders will then fulfill their spiritual and Biblical role as “shepherds of the flock of God” and “overseers” when they give final mediation and reach a prayerful decision on the validity of a candidate being ordained to the Eldership.

Section 2: Team Ministry System

The ministries of the congregation will be arranged into at least six major ministry areas including Administration, Worship Support, Outreach, Adult Discipleship, Family Life and Teens & Children. Each major area will be comprised of numerous ministry teams each to be chaired by a servant leader (Ministry Team Coach). This designation for a servant leader reflects the non-gendered biblical usage of the Greek worddiakonos which is transliterated in scripture as deacon. Therefore, the position of servant leader may be filled by either a man or woman.

  1. Qualifications: John 13:12-17; Matt. 20:25-28; and especially I Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:3

  2. Duties:

    • Servant leaders are empowered by the Elders to chair, to coordinate, to mobilize and to motivate the congregation’s participation in ministry activities related to their particular ministry areas.

    • Servant leaders will be a regular participating member of the Ministries Cabinet.

    • Servant leaders will in conjunction with the ministerial staff be expected to be positive encouragers to the congregation and especially to those they lead in ministry planning and endeavors. The primary goals of each servant leader are to involve people in ministry and to nurture them as those people serve. These goals are as important as accomplishing the various ministry tasks.

    • Servant leaders will strive to maintain the integrity, vision and mission of the church as they implement their various ministries.

    • Servant leaders will seek to insure that activities are communicated and coordinated with other appropriate ministry teams and the Elders and staff.

    • Servant leaders will see that their ministry team meets regularly and that the “Communication Minutes Form” is turned into the church office following each meeting.

    • Servant leaders will perform other duties as may be assigned by the Elders.

  3. Expectations of a Team Coach:

    • To be consistent and committed in living the Christian lifestyle with a commitment to prayer as a top priority.

    • To catch the vision of Cicero Christian Church and be loyal to its leadership, committed to accomplishing the great things God has called us to do.

    • Be dependable and accountable to those placed in leadership over you.

    • To be led and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

    • To work faithfully and diligently each week in doing the work God has called and gifted us to do.

    • To be a member of Cicero Christian Church, and to complete any necessary training programs for leaders.

    • To be faithful in regular biblical giving.

    • To maintain a solid family life.

    • To follow established procedures of communication flow between teams, and with the Elders and staff.

  4. Team Qualities and Attitudes - 10 Commandments for Team Ministry Teams & Coaches

    • You shall strive for excellence in all aspects of the teams work and leadership.

    • You shall meet expectations in all aspects of team work.

    • Integrity of the team and its individual members shall be a priority.

    • Each team shall recognize its accountability to the leadership of the church.

    • Every team shall follow through on its given and assumed responsibilities.

    • Each team and leader shall demonstrate an attitude of love and compassion while committing to unity.

    • Each team shall strive to make sure it cares for people above tasks and territory.

    • Each team shall keep the mission and philosophy of ministry for the church foremost in all discussions and decisions.

    • Every team leader must maintain a willingness to receive training and be willing to teach others.

    • The spiritual giftedness and passion of people shall match specific ministry areas.

  5. Selection of Servant leaders

    • Servant leaders shall serve as ministry chairs for one year terms and may serve successive terms.

    • Beginning after mid September a nominating committee of at least 3 people shall be coordinated by the Elders and not necessarily comprised of all Elders for the purpose of receiving, evaluating and recommending servant leaders.

    • The congregation will be informed by newsletter and bulletin of the start of the nomination process, the ministry positions to be considered and the qualifications and expectations of all servant leaders.

    • Nominations for ministry area leadership positions can be submitted by the congregation, by the Ministries Cabinet and by recruitment from the Elders, Team Ministry Managers, staff and ministry teams. Whenever possible, it would be good for the various ministry areas to be continually grooming future potential ministry coaches, thus giving continuity to ongoing solid ministry. Nominees should be asked concerning their willingness to be a servant leader in light of the scriptural qualifications, duties and expectations for servant leaders. All willing candidates will be interviewed either by written or verbal means. The servant leaders nominating team will make their recommendations to the Elders for further insight, adjustment and approval. The finalized recommendation must then be affirmed by the congregation following the same concept utilized in selecting Elders. The recommended servant leaders will be presented through newsletter and bulletin to the congregation. Members concerned with a particular servant leader’s qualifications to be a leader will be asked to direct their concerns to the Elders within a two week time span. All concerns will be mediated in a timely fashion through the Eldership and will involve the concerned member and the particular servant leader candidate. The Elders will give final mediation with their prayerful participation and the goal being the building of a strong, united and maturing body of Christ.

    • Servant leadership responsibilities will follow the calendar year.

    • Servant leaders in conjunction with the Elders and Ministerial Staff will formulate the membership of their particular ministry teams.

    • Decisions That Teams Can Make

      The goal of a ministry system is to unleash the church for ministry. Our goal is stated “every member a minister.” As the church is unleashed for ministry, we desire to move as much decision making as possible out to those who are doing the various ministries. We want to encourage teams to function on faith not fear, to expect great things from God as they attempt great things for Him. We want teams to know that it is OK to fail when trying to do better. In fact some of life’s greatest lessons are learned after failure.

      • Teams should keep in mind that all we endeavor to do should tie in to some point of our mission statement.

      • Any activity should not compromise, but rather, further enhance the ministries of Cicero Christian Church.

      • Any endeavor should be initiated with a sensitivity to the help and interaction that is available from other ministry areas. The aim should always be to compliment and not compete with other ministry endeavors.

      • The annual budget planning process is designed to make teams proactive, not reactive in ministry. Each ministry area is asked by the Elders through their appointee(s) to make its budget requests for each coming year with a rational for expenditures and a projected time for fund expenditures.

      • When there is doubt about the wisdom or acceptance of a ministry idea, teams are encouraged to seek advice from their staff or elder resource representatives.

    • Formation of New Ministry Teams

      • New ministries can be launched in one of three ways: 1) a member of the congregation perceives a need and develops a strategy to meet the need and is given empowerment (direction, help and resources) by the Elders and ministerial staff; 2) the Elders or staff perceives a need and recruits and equips leadership for the new ministry and 3) a particular ministry area becomes too large to be effective and a strategy is devised to divide into additional ministry areas.

      • Each new ministry must be accountable to the leadership of the church.

      • Each new ministry must have an approved leader in light of scriptural qualifications and congregational expectations as presented under servant leaders. The Elders can appoint an interim servant leader for newly forming ministry areas who will give leadership to the ministry until the next nomination process for all servant.

Section 3: The Ministers and Paid Staff

  • Employment of ministers and support staff will be conducted as detailed in the Church By-Laws.

  • The duties of ministers and support staff will be coordinated through the Elders in conjunction with input of selected staff and from the appropriate Ministries Cabinet Team(s).

  • The ministerial staff will be required to give regular planning and evaluative reports and forecasts to the Elders and Ministries Cabinet.

  • The job descriptions and evaluation processes will be maintained and conducted by the Elders and will include input from individual staff members, servant leaders and Elders using written and/or verbal methods.

  • Any staff expansions will necessitate input and feedback from the Elders, appropriate Ministries Cabinet Team, staff and congregation.

  • Each ministerial staff person will have responsibility to be the designated staff resource encourager to the teams of their identified major ministry areas. These responsibilities will be coordinated through the Elders in conjunction with the other staff personnel.

  • A monthly business expense and income analysis report is to be turned in to the treasurer by the full time ministerial staff.

  • All vacation time scheduled is to be report to the Office Manager via the monthly report form when it is given to the treasurer.

Section 4: Team Ministries Cabinet

The Servant leaders of the various ministries teams (Ministry Team Coaches), together with the ministerial staff and Elders (Team Ministry Center Managers) constitutes the Ministries Cabinet.

  • The Ministries Cabinet will have meetings for the purposes of clarifying vision, communicating and coordinating ministry plans, maintaining an overview of ongoing ministry endeavors and to develop additional ministry skills. These meetings will be held on a day established by the Cabinet. These meetings can be occasionally rescheduled following a recommendation from the Chairman and approved by a simple majority vote of the cabinet at a regularly scheduled meeting.

  • Special meetings of the Ministries Cabinet can be called by the Chairman or upon request of the Minister, or by 2/3 of the membership of the Ministries Cabinet.

  • The Ministries Cabinet will hold an annual business meeting in conjunction with the finalized budget recommendation from the Finance team. At this meeting the cabinet will approve the budget for the coming year (75% of those present and voting). The Cabinet will also approve those nominated for Secretary and Treasurer and Servant Leaders (Team Ministry Coaches) for the coming year (75% of those present and voting).

  • The Ministries Cabinet will be included in all decisions as outlined in the church bylaws such as hiring, amendments to the By-Laws and Operation Handbook, etc.

  • The Ministries Cabinet shall communicate plans and events between team coaches, encourage each other, share ideas, assimilate new members in ministry involvement, advise on the need for policies and ministry adjustments, and consider changes to the Operation Handbook.

  • The Ministries Cabinet shall coordinate the setting of ministry goals for the coming year and communicate those goals to the congregation through announcements, newsletters, bulletins, flyers, etc.

  • The Cabinet will encourage ways to celebrate the accomplishment of the church’s ministry goals and successes.

  • The Cabinet will strive to build congregational unity through communication, coordination and cooperation.

  • The agenda for all Cabinet and congregational meetings will be coordinated through the Chairman or Vice Chairman in absence of the Chairman. Items for consideration should be presented to the Chairman or elders in written form at least 10 days before a scheduled meeting.

Section 5: Secretary

  1. The secretary will keep a record of attendance at all regular Cabinet meetings.

  2. The secretary will keep a record of the decisions and transaction of Cabinet and congregational meetings.

Section 6: Treasurer

  1. The treasurer will coordinate the collection, counting, recording and reporting of the monies, including but not limited to the treasury monitoring requisitions against individual team budgets for accountability and regularly reporting his assessment of the budgeting process associated with Cicero Christian Church.

  2. The treasurer will disperse monies in accordance to the approved budget and by direction of the Ministries Cabinet.

  3. The treasurer will make available upon request a monthly financial review for the Ministries Cabinet and Elders.

  4. The treasurer will be a member of the Team Ministry Finance team and may also chair that team.

  5. The treasurer will periodically encourage the Ministries Cabinet to select an acceptable means of conducting an audit of the church financial records and report systems.

  6. The treasurer in conjunction with the Finance team will coordinate the year end tax statements and offering envelope systems of the congregation.

Article 2: The Annual Unified Budget

The Elders and/or their designated appointee(s) will be the coordinators of the annual budget process. Beginning after mid September this group will begin accepting budget requests for the coming calendar year from each of the ministry teams. This group will tally the various requests and make recommendation to the Elders and Ministries Cabinet of what they project to be a realistic budget for the next calendar year. This projection should be based on past congregational giving history, anticipated stewardship growth of the congregation and the possible impact of an annual stewardship educational initiative among members of the congregation. Should the requested budget and the projected budget be incompatible, this group will then be asked by the Elders to approach the teams of the Ministries Cabinet for their self-imposed budget reductions until a more realistic budget compromise can be achieved. The final budget recommendation will need to be ready for the annual business meeting of the Ministries Cabinet which should be scheduled no later than mid December. The Ministries Cabinet must approve the final budget by a 67% vote of those Cabinet members present and voting.

Article 3: Amendments

The items contained in the Operation Handbook are intended to be helpful to the effective ministry endeavors of the Ministries Cabinet of Cicero Christian Church. Should any of these guidelines begin to limit effective ministry or plateau the ongoing develop of Christ’s church in Cicero, then please make the necessary changes to the Operations Handbook to insure continued effective ministry. These guidelines can be amended by recommendation from the Elders and affirmed by a 67% majority of Cabinet members present and voting at any Ministries Cabinet meeting. All revision must be promptly recorded and documented.

Adopted by the Official Board on behalf of the to be empowered “Team Ministry Cabinet” on March 13, 1995 and becoming effective April 10, 1995; updates adopted by the Ministries Cabinet of Cicero Christian Church on April 27, 2011 and on September 9, 2012 and thus became effective on behalf of the church immediately after adoption. This operation manual is to compliment not replace the church bylaws.