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Instruments Church ByLaws & Statement of Faith

 

Article 1- Name

The name of this organization shall be Instruments Church. (IC)

Article 2 - Mission

To reach people who are lost, hurting or disconnected from God and bridge the gap with God’s love in a presence-driven church, including instruction and discipleship through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Word.

Article 3 -Purpose & Objectives

Worship

Hospitality & Fellowship

Service & Ministry

Discipleship

Article 4 - What We Believe

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.

  • It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives. Our decisions will be influenced by the Bible: God's Word, and biblical principles.

  • We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

  • We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

  • We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts and the guidance to use them for His glory.

  • We believe in the power and significance of the worldwide Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, inspiration, teaching, prayer and the ‘breaking of bread’.

  • We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve all people. “So use your whole body as an ‘instrument’ to do what is right for the glory of God.” Romans 6:13

  • We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to serve our family, friends and community at home and abroad.

  • We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

 

Article 5 - Core Values

 

Love:

By living in the shadow of the perfect love of God, we grow closer to Him and each other. We believe that love is an action word that manifests itself through integrity, loyalty, honor, forgiveness, service, compassion and respect. As a church we love God and strive to model His example to care for and welcome, unconditionally and indiscriminately all people He brings to us.

Growth:

As the inspired Word of God and our handbook for life, we place high empasis on the teaching of the Bible so that our faith may grow as growth is a sign of life. We believe the marks of a maturing church are faith, hope and love. Our heart’s desire is that every guest, worshipper and leader who encounters our church experiences a maturing in their faith and in turn lives the life God has intended.

Excellence:

God is a good good Father and in turn we strive to offer only our best selves in work and worship. As ambassadors for Christ on assignment from the most high God we seek excellence in all of our endeavors for the Lord. Excellence is reached through diligent preparation and critical valuation of all that we do. Our allegiance to excellence means we embrace professional and spiritual education, leadership and development with humble hearts.

 

Creativity:

We embrace the inspiration and giftedness imparted by the Holy Spirit to all children of God for ministries of teaching, service, generosity, administration, music and dance. Our unique gifts enable us to offer a fresh contribution to the world and the IC Team.

Impact:

It is our sincere ambition to love all peoples whom the Lord brings into our midst. To serve with generosity and humility the body of Christ and communities here and abroad is our means to affect individuals for Christ. May we do all things for His glory.

Article 6 - Governance

Instruments Church is a non-denominational church led by the IC Team made up of teachers, lay pastors and volunteers. We retain the right of exclusive self-government without outside interference from or control by other church groups or denominations.

Article 7 - Organization

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors will be Believers and like minded individuals to work collaboratively with the President and IC Team to establish progams, future plans as well as other duties as required. It will consist of not more than 6 members who will serve 2 years. The Board will meet twice annually conducting routine business.

 

President/Director - Lay Pastor

The director will oversee all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare and administration in the church. The director will lead the church and it’s leaders (IC Team) in performing tasks in worship, education and evangelism not merely as an overseer but as an equal participant in the work of the kingdom. The Director will secure professionals for counseling and crisis intervention as needed.

 

Associate Director - Lay Pastor

The associate director shall oversee all aspects of training and organization of the IC Team while assisting the director as needed. The Associate Director will be the head of creative ministries used for worship, education and community outreach evangelism.

 

Staff, Instruments Church Team

The members of the IC Team (church leadership inclusive of the director and associate director) will be lay pastors and professed Christ followers with a heart for the body of Christ and the worldwide community. No church membership is required, simply a heart for the work of God in this sin filled hurting world.

 

Article 8 - Sacraments

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience when believers remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death and respond in repentance of wrong doing in order to better serve in the kingdom. In addition, Baptism is a public confession of faith which tells the world that you are indeed a Christ follower seeking His mercy and redemption and desiring His Lordship over your life.

 

Article 9 - Community & Worldwide Outreach

  • Worship, Prayer & Bible Study to teach, correct and encourage all who wish to participate in this walk of Christian faith.

  • Instruments Ballet to equip the next generation of leaders with confidence, passion and discipline for God’s service.

  • Ruth Ministries to provide women and children worldwide with Christ’s love through food, financial support and training.

  • Instruments Community Ballet ministering to our communities by using their talents to share and serve.

  • Facility Rental to share the space God has given us with the appropriate liability waivers and fees as required.

 

Article 10 - Meetings

The IC Team will meet once a month to discuss and plan for education, current events and issues. All church meetings will occur twice annually except in the event of urgent church business.

 

Article 11 - Church Calendars

The church year will follow educational guidelines of September thru August with the church fiscal year beginning in January and ending in December.

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