Restoration Fellowship Network
Constitution and Bylaws

Adopted by the Family Council July 1, 2021

PREAMBLE 

Restoration Fellowship Network is an association of microchurches united by a common understanding of the core story of Scripture, a commitment to a common purpose, a shared group of values, and a mission that drives all we do as a body of believers.

ARTICLE I General Conditions

Section 1. Restoration Fellowship Network is an unincorporated nonprofit association in South Carolina with affiliates in other locations, states or countries. It operates as a church, a faith based, tax-exempt organization. However, personal funds distributed directly by individuals for ministry purposes are not tax deductible.

Section 2. An associated microchurch is one that has at least 4 adults that have signed a Covenant of Commitment, expressing a desire to be part of the Restoration Fellowship Network. They also need to have met 18 or more times in the prior 6 months to qualify as an associated microchurch.

Section 3. We affirm the priesthood of all believers as well as the construct of being a spiritual family. However, we recognize three categories of adults (18 and over) based on their level of participation in microchurch activities during the previous 6 months: 1) Visitors are those who attend less than 1/3 of microchurch activities; 2) Associate Members are those who attend 1/3 to 2/3 of microchurch activities; 3) Full Members are those attending 2/3 or more of microchurch activities; These categories are unrelated to whether a person is a Christian or not, or whether they have signed the Covenant of Commitment, but they do have bearing on church servant leadership and the selection of servants as discussed in Article II.


ARTICLE II Restoration Fellowship Servant Leadership

Section 1. Each associated microchurch may select one person, male or female, from among their full members to act as their Ministry Servant to the Family Council for the upcoming ministry year that begins January 1st. This person will be selected only by associate and full members. There is no limit on the number of one year terms a person may be selected to participate on the Family Council. The person selected must sign the Covenant of Commitment, generally agree with the Expanded Statement of Beliefs, and meet the qualifications for Deacons (ministry servants) and Elders (overseers) found in 1st Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9.

Section 2. Before February 1st, those chosen as Ministry Servants for the calendar year will spend time in prayer and fasting to select from their number those who will also serve as Family Overseers for the calendar year. The number selected will be between 1/3 and 1/2 of the total Family Council. These individuals may be male or female.

All Family Council members will still be identified as Ministry Servants. Some will additionally be identified as Family Overseers. The primary difference between Ministry Servants and Family Overseers is one of gifting and focus rather than character.

Those selected as Family Overseers will specifically address spiritual issues that affect the health of the Community. They are tasked with keeping the Fellowship focused on our common Beliefs, Purpose, Values, and Mission. They are the final decision making body of the Fellowship related to spiritual matters. They will meet without the other Ministry Servants at times for issues specifically related to spiritual well-being.

The Ministry Servants will address the temporal/physical needs of the church body and will be assigned areas of responsibility by the Family Council. They may form a ministry group from other Restoration Fellowship members to fulfill the assigned areas of responsibility. They will participate in decision making for general church issues that are not specifically spiritual in nature.

Section 3.  Family Overseers and Ministry Servants of Restoration Fellowship Network will meet at a designated place and time to confer in all matters pertaining to the spiritual life and business of the collective microchurches. These meetings will occur at least quarterly but may meet as often as necessary to fulfill the purposes of the church. As noted, the Family Overseers may meet on their own for specifically spiritual related issues. There will be at least a one month notice of these meetings. Unscheduled meetings may convene upon consent from a majority of the Family Council which consists of all Family Overseers and Ministry Servants, or a majority of the Family Overseers for spiritual specific related meetings. 

Section 4.  A quorum is considered to be at least 3/4 of the full Family Council, or of the Family Overseers for their separate meetings. Any decisions must have a quorum in attendance to be voted on, and at least a 2/3 majority vote to be enacted. Attendance via video teleconferencing counts as attendance. Proxy votes in writing are allowed but any member can hold no more than one proxy vote.

Section 5.  Any changes to the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws, or Statement of Beliefs must be presented in writing at least a month in advance to each member of the Family Council. Any changes to the Statement of Beliefs will be voted on by the Family Overseers.

Section 6.  A person may be removed from the Family Council for a variety of reasons. This can occur through voluntary resignation, occur due to the individual not maintaining full membership status, or occur through action by the the remainder of the Family Council because the member no longer meets the qualifications for being a Family Overseer or a Ministry Servant. If vacated, the position will remain vacant until new selections are made for the next calendar year.


ARTICLE III Statement of Belief

A. GOD. We believe that only one person is God, and that He is a literal corporeal being— almighty, eternal, immortal, and the Creator of all things.  

B. JESUS CHRIST. We believe that Jesus Christ, who began life when born of the virgin Mary, is the sinless and only begotten Son of God.

C. THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s divine power and influence manifest in God’s mighty works and in the lives of His people, rather than a person.

D. THE BIBLE. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, given by divine inspiration. It is the only authoritative source of doctrine and practice for Christians.  

E. MAN. We believe that man was created innocent, but through disobedience to God fell under condemnation of death—the cessation of all life and consciousness. All persons, being both sinful and mortal, are in need of salvation.  

F. SALVATION. We believe that salvation is by the grace of God, through the atoning blood of Christ. It consists of God’s forgiveness of sin, the imparting of His Spirit to the believer, and finally the gift of immortality at the resurrection when Christ returns. The stages in receiving God’s salvation are:  

    1. Belief of the things concerning Jesus Christ and the Gospel of the Kingdom;  
    2. Sincere repentance and confession of sins;  
    3. Baptism—which is immersion—in the name of Jesus Christ;
    4. Indwelling of the believer by Christ through God’s Spirit;  
    5. Growth in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and of God our Father. 

G. THE CHURCH. We believe that the Church is a body of people who have been called out from among all nations through obedience to God’s means of salvation. Christ is the Head of the Church; and the nature, work, and government of the Church are set forth in the New Testament.  

H. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. We believe that the Christian life is primarily a life of consecrated discipleship to Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior, and Teacher. It will be exemplified by love, prayerful dependence on God, and exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit, obedience, stewardship, and joyful living.  

I.  RETURN OF CHRIST AND KINGDOM OF GOD. We believe that the Kingdom of God will be established on earth when Christ returns personally and visibly to reign as King over the whole earth. At the final judgment and destruction of the wicked, he will establish the “new heavens and a new earth” wherein there will be no more death and God will be all in all.


ARTICLE IV Finances

Section 1. At least one Ministry Servant shall be identified as the Treasurer and tasked with forming a ministry group to manage the joint finances of Restoration Fellowship Network. They are authorized by the Family Council to receive all monies, to disburse the same, and to keep an accurate account thereof. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to keep safely all funds in the possession and control of the Fellowship, to make a complete annual report to the Family Council of the receipts and disbursements, and update the finances at each meeting of the Family Council. The annual report should be made available to any member upon request or to arrange for access via a website or email.            

Section 2. The Family Council shall appoint a competent auditor whose duty shall be to examine the books and other financial records of the treasurer and to make a full report of their condition in writing to the Family Council at least once yearly, or at such other time or times, as may be required. Said auditor shall in no case be a member of Restoration Fellowship Network.


ARTICLE V Dissolution Clause

Section 1. In the event of the dissolution of Restoration Fellowship Network, the Family Council, after paying or making provision for payment of all of the liabilities of the Fellowship, shall dispose of all of the assets of the Fellowship by distributing any assets exclusively to organizations qualified as exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(a) and which are in agreement with the Statement of Faith contained in this document.