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Miami Baptist Church

Logansport, IN

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Miami Baptist Church

1368 N County Road 600 E
Logansport, IN 46947

Ph: (574) 753-0313
Sunday Services
Sunday School
9:00 am
Worship Service
10:00 am
Evening Worship (Casual)
5:00 pm
Weekly Events
Sundays
5:00 pm - Choir Practice
Mondays
4:30 pm - Stretching For the Lord! (exercise group)
Tuesdays
6:30 pm - Bible Study
Wednesdays
4:30 pm - Stretching For the Lord! (exercise group)

Preface

Miami Baptist Church has witnessed the miracle of the Lord's marvelous work for over 150 years. Records indicate that, "On July 25, 1842, a number of neighbors and friends met in the school house that stood about one mile south of our present church building for the purpose of organizing as an arm or branch of the Logansport Baptist Church."

A small frame church was completed in the early 1850s. It stood in the northwest corner of the present Miami Baptist Cemetery. This structure served as a place of worship for the congregation until July 4, 1880. Mr. A. E. Packard relates that, "In 1873 the church voted 18 to 16 to move from the old site of the cemetery to our present church, as most members then lived in the village then known as Hooverville. They then started to build our present church building." Numerous additions and improvements have been made from time to time since its completion.

But, it takes more than brick and stone to make a church; and as one sits reverently at worship in the sanctuary today, he realizes that "the Lord" has indeed "built the house" both physically and spiritually.

This booklet has been prepared with the belief that you are interested in the outreach of the Gospel of Christ. Here you will find our church covenant and constitution. Our basic beliefs regarding the purpose and goals of the Christian faith are revealed in the covenant. The constitution outlines the policies, which govern church membership, organization, and administration.

Preface by Rev. Bryan T. Clemens, Pastor, December 1963 to 1967

Packard, A. E., History of Miami Baptist Church, 1842 to 1957, unpublished manuscript

Constitution Revised, 1979

Joel N. Blanton, Sr., Pastor, October, 1972 to 1982

Constitution Revised, 2001

Jan M. Hobbs, Pastor, 1999 to 2006

Doug Ohime, Pastor, 2007 to 2010

Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the Presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

Church Constitution: Preamble

Placing our faith wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, believing in the teachings and practices of Baptists and in those principles for which they have stood, namely:

  1. the preeminence of Christ as our Savior and Lord
  2. the supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency as our final rule of faith and practice
  3. the right of personal interpretation and the competency of the individual soul in direct approach to God
  4. the separation of Church and State according to the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
  5. a church membership of born again believers
  6. the baptism of believers and the observance of the Lord's Supper as symbolic ordinances
  7. the complete independence of the local church, denominational cooperation, and therefore, affiliation with the American Baptist Churches, USA
  8. the solemn obligation of majority rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all and special privilege to none
  9. the spiritual unity of all believers, for which the Master so earnestly prayed
  10. a world-wide program of missions and evangelism in obedience to the final command of Jesus Christ

We, therefore, band ourselves together as a a body of baptized (immersed) believers in Jesus Christ and adopt for our government, plan of worship, and service, the following articles

Curch Constitution: Article I - Name

The name of this church shall be the Miami Baptist Church of Cass County, Indiana. This church shall be incorporated according to the laws of the State of Indiana as applicable to religious non-profit organizations.

Church Constitution: Article II - Purpose

The purpose of this church shall be the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We shall seek to obtain this end through public worship of God, the preaching of the Gospel, evangelism, missionary endeavor, and Christian education; and through fellowship, praise and consistent Christian living and giving.

Church Constitution: Article III - Membership

Section I: Qualifications

Any person may become a member of this church at any worship service or business meeting by:
Confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and after baptism by immersion; letter from some other church of like faith and order; statement of Christian experience, if previously baptized by immersion.*

* any person, or resident member of the household, who has been excommunicated from any other "Christian" church membership shall be denied membership until said person has gained reinstatement in good standing with his/her original church and presents said reinstatement to Miami Baptist Church Board of Deacons. - Amended December 5, 1988

Section II: Duties

It shall be the duty of each member of this church to strive earnestly to abide by the New Testament teachings as to conduct, worship, giving, and service.

Section III: Status Of Membership

  • Letters of transfer, for the purpose of uniting with any evangelical Christian church, shall be granted to members in good standing upon recommendation of the Board of Deacons followed by a vote by the church.
  • Any member having been granted a letter, shall thereafter cease to be a member of this church.
  • A member who has failed to contribute either spiritually or materially to the work of the church for a period of two years, without valid excuse, may, after notification by letter from the church clerk, as authorized by the Board of Deacons, be placed on an inactive list and automatically assume the status of a passive member.
  • A member may change from passive to active membership by request and upon recommendation of the Board of Deacons

Church Constitution: Article IV - Organization

Pastor
It shall be the duty of the pastor to be ex-officio member of boards and committees, direct the services of worship, visit the sick and troubled, and administer the ordinances. The pastoral office may be vacated either by:
  1. resignation on the part of the pastor accepted by the church
  2. upon the recommendation of the Official Church Board or the Board of Deacons confirmed by a vote of three-fourths majority of the active members present at a special meeting of the church. Either party shall give 60 days notice of intended dissolution unless upon special agreement of both parties. In the event of a pastoral vacancy a special meeting shall be called by the moderator to act upon the dissolution and to elect a pulpit committee (of three or five church members) to seek a new pastor. This committee shall make its report to the church.
When voting on a new minister, the members vote a minimum of 48 hours after the trial sermon. - Amended April 18, 1999
Moderator
The moderator shall preside at all business meetings of the church and shall be elected by the church for the term of one year. The moderator may meet with boards and committees as an ex-officio member. The moderator shall vote only in case of a tie. The moderator shall also name a nominating committee for church officers of five members and approved by the church at the April quarterly meeting.
Vice-Moderator
The vice-moderator shall be elected by the church for a term of one year, and shall serve in the absence of the moderator.
Clerk
The church clerk shall be elected by the church for a term of one year and shall keep an accurate, up-to-date record of resident and non-resident members. The clerk shall record the minutes of the business meetings, and prepare annual denominational and associational letters and reports. Upon the church's instruction, the clerk shall receive and grant letters of membership or transfer.
Assistant Clerk
The assistant church clerk shall be elected by the church for a term of one year and shall serve in the absence of the clerk.
Treasurer
The church treasurer shall be elected by the church for a term of one year. The treasurer receives all money to pay the obligations as authorized by the church budget, the church finance committee, or as directed by vote of the church. The treasurer shall keep a systematic account of all funds and render quarterly and annual reports at the regular business meetings.
Assistant Treasurer
The assistant treasurer shall be elected by the church for a term of one year, and shall assist and serve in the absence of the treasurer.
Superintendent of Church School
The superintendent of the church school shall be elected by the church for a term of one year with term of office beginning with the church school year. He/She shall supervise the church school
Assistant Superintendent of Church School
The assistant superintendent of church school shall be elected by the church for a term of one year and shall serve in the absence of the superintendent

Church Constitution: Article V - Boards & Committees

Section I: Official Church Board

  • Membership shall consist of the following:
    • Pastor
    • Moderator
    • Church Clerk
    • Chairman of the Board of Deacons
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    • Chairman of the Board of Christian Education
    • President of the Sr. ABY
    • President of the ABW's Ministries
  • The Moderator shall serve as Chairman of the Official Church Board
  • Six members other than the moderator shall constitute a quorum
Meetings
The Official Church Board shall meet quarterly upon a designated time agreeable to a quorum. Special meetings shall be convened when necessary at the request of the moderator, by the pastor, or by vote of six members of the board, notice having been read from the pulpit at the morning service on the preceding Sunday, or after written notice has been mailed to every board member at least forty eight hours before the time of the meeting.
Duties
The Official Church Board shall study all controversial matters arising within the church and as an advisory body of the church shall make recommendations in all matters not within the duties of any other department, board, or committee. Its recommendations shall not become effective without the approval of the church.

Section II: Board of Deacons

  • Deacons and Deaconesses shall constitute one board to be known as the Board of Deacons. Membership shall consist of six deacons and three deaconesses. Two deacons and one deaconess shall be elected each year to serve a term of three years. A member of this board may not serve two consecutive terms.
  • The chairman and secretary shall be selected by the constituents of this board. The chairman shall render a written report at the annual church meeting in January.
Meetings
Meetings shall be held at least once a quarter. The chairman may call special meetings, when the need arises.
Duties
It shall be the duty of this board, together with the pastor, to have charge of the spiritual welfare of the church, act as a standing committee on membership and discipline, visit the sick, help the needy, and in the absence of the pastor, secure speakers for the pulpit. This board shall make recommendations to the finance committee as to financial needs of the pastor, have charge of pulpit supply remuneration, and disbursing monies in the Deacon's Fund. This board shall further assist in the ordinances and also be in charge of ushering. The primary duties of the deaconesses shall be the preparation of the Lord's Supper, and assisting women candidates in the ordinance of baptism.

Section III: Board Of Trustees

  • Membership shall consist of five members elected for one year each
  • The chairman shall be selected by the constituents of this board. The chairman shall render a written report, including itemized expenses, at the annual church meeting in January
Meetings
Meetings shall be held at least once a quarter. The chairman may call special meetings, when the need arises.
Duties
It shall be the duty of this board to transact legal business with the approval of the church; have charge of hiring and supervising the custodian and all church property physical upkeep; shall supervise the opening, closing, heating, or cooling and securing of the building(s) for Sunday services; serve as an auditing committee to audit the treasurer's books at the beginning of each church year and report on same to the church. This board shall act for the church in the areas of incorporation, taxes and insurance.

Section IV: Board Of Christian Education

  • Membership shall consist of the following: the Superintendent of Church School, the assistant superintendent, one member of the Board of Deacons, one church member from the American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABW) and one member of the church, all selected by the church nominating committee for ability and interest in this area of work for a term of one year.
  • The chairman shall be selected by the constituents of this board. The chairman shall render a written report at the annual church meeting in January.
  • This board shall submit to the Finance Committee a written estimate of the financial needs of the educational activities of the church to be incorporated in the annual church budget.
Meetings
It shall be the duty of this board to superintend and coordinate the total educational work of the church school, Vacation Bible School, and church training activities; it shall study and approve teaching materials for the church. It shall act as a nominating committee of all other church school officers and teachers, and directors of Vacation Bible School. This slate shall be submitted, for approval by the church, at the July quarterly business meeting.
Duties
Meetings shall be called by the chairman and shall be held at least once a quarter.

Section V: American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABW)

  • The American Baptist Women's Ministries shall be considered the primary missionary organization of the church for educating members and enlisting them in mission activities.
  • The president shall be a member of the church, nominated by the American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABW), and approved by the church.
  • The president shall render a written report at the annual church meeting in January.
Meetings
Meetings shall be planned by the American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABW) as an integral part of the church program of activities.

Section VI: Youth Organizations

  • The youth organizations of the church shall be Sr. A.B.Y., Jr. A.B.Y., and Busy Bees.
  • The sponsors shall be nominated by the nominating committee and approved by the church at the July quarterly meeting.
  • The sponsors shall render written reports of their group's activities at the annual church meeting in January
Meetings
The meetings and activities of these groups shall be planned within each organization.

Section VII: Finance Committee

  • Membership shall consist of the following:
    • Church Treasurer
    • Assistant Treasurer
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    • Treasurer (church member) of the American Baptist Women ministries (ABW)
    • A member of the Board of Deacons
    • A member of the Board of Christian Education selected by the nominating committee
  • The Chairman shall be selected by the constituents of this committee and shall report to the church from time to time.
  • All church organizations and committees may submit financial needs to this committee to be included in the annual church budget
Duties
The duties of this committee shall be to act as a budget committee, to study, anticipate and supervise financial needs and expenditures of the church.

Section VIII: Nominating Committee

  • This committee shall consist of five members named by the moderator and approved by the church at the April quarterly meeting, and shall post a list of nominees for church offices at least two weeks prior to the election of such officers at the July and October quarterly business meetings.

Section IX: Institutional Committee

  • Membership shall consist of three members elected by the church for a term of one year.
  • This committee shall render a written report at the annual church meeting in January.
Duties
This committee shall plan and supervise activities with area institutions

Section X: Music Committee

  • Membership shall consist of:
    • Music Director
    • Assistant Director
    • Choir Director as ex-officio
    • Organist
    • Pianist
    • One member-at-large
  • This committee shall be elected for one year.
  • The chairman shall be selected by the constituents of this committee. The chairman shall render a written report at the annual church meeting in January
Duties
This committee shall have general supervision of the church music.

Section XI: Special Committees

Special committees may be appointed for a special purpose by the moderator, or any board, or any committee or any combination thereof, as approved by the church.

Church Constitution: Article VI - Installation

Officers shall take office on the first day of January of each year. (Exceptions: Superintendent of Church School, Assistant Superintendent, and A.B.Y. sponsors who take office September 1.) When vacancies occur during the year, the original nominating committees shall have the responsibility for nominating replacements.

Church Constitution: Article VII - Meetings

Section I: Worship and the Lord's Supper

  • Stated meetings for worship shall be held each Sunday morning during the year unless otherwise voted by the Board of Deacons with the approval of the church.
  • Serving of the Lord's Supper shall be observed regularly the first Sunday of each quarter unless circumstances prevent, at which time the Board of Deacons shall select another Sunday in the quarter.

Section II: Annual Meetings and Quarterly Business Meetings

  • Annual meetings for the election of officers and for other business shall be held on the second Thursday of July and October each year.
  • Stated meetings for business shall be held on the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October of each year. Annual reports from all committees and boards shall be submitted in the January meeting.
  • The moderator, or six members of the Official Church Board may, by giving two weeks notice, call a special meeting of the church.
  • The quorum for church business meetings shall be fifteen members of the church.
  • Each active member, 15 years or older, of the church who is present shall be entitled to cast a vote at any time a vote is taken.

Church Constitution: Article VIII - Ratification and Adoption

This constitution shall be made available to the membership of the Miami Baptist Church for a period of no less than four weeks for consideration and discussion before a vote for ratification and adoption is taken. At the special business meeting called to ratify the constitution, voting shall be by show of hands. A vote shall be taken on each section. A section shall be ratified when it receives thee-fourths vote of those present at the special meeting.

Church Constitution: Article IX - Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths vote of members present at any regular or duly notified business meeting, a copy of the proposed amendment(s) having been posted on the church bulletin board and the meeting announced for at least thirty days.

December 5, 1988
Any person, or resident member of the household, who has been excommunicated from any other "Christian" church membership shall be denied membership until said person has gained reinstatement in good standing with his/her original church and presents said reinstatement to Miami Baptist Church Board of Deacons.
Change the Women's Missionary Society (WMS) to American Baptist Women (ABW) and Baptist Youth Fellowship (BYF) to American Baptist Youth (ABY).
April 18, 1999
When voting on a new minister, the members vote a minimum of 48 hours after the trial sermon.
January 10, 2001
Change the American Baptist Women (ABW) to American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABW).

Church Constitution: Article IX - Rules of Order

Questions of parliamentary order not provided for in the Constitution shall be determined by Roberts Rules of Order (latest edition). This constitution was adopted by the church in special business meeting May 10, 1979.