Constitution


Adopted Apr 28, 2008

ARTICLE I – Name

This body shall be called “The Albert Association of Convention Baptist Churches Inc.”

ARTICLE II – Mission

  1. Mission – The Mission of the Albert Association of Convention Baptist Churches Inc. is:
    TO HELP CHURCHES MAKE DISCIPLES Matt. 28:18-20
  2. Vision – The Vision of the Albert Association of Convention Baptist Churches Inc. is:
    TO PROMOTE SPIRITUAL ONENESS Eph. 4:2-6
  • Unity
  • Prayer for church ministries
  • Outreach (Evangelism)
  • Teach (Discipleship)
  • Evangelize our Communities (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • Serve our Communities (Matt. 25: 31-36)
  • Provide Training opportunities (Eph. 4: 11-16)

3.  The Vision Team will assist all the Association Teams with developing Strategies that support the Association Mission and Vision. (see Appendix 1)
4.  Doctrine — The doctrinal beliefs of this Association shall be those of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, as expressed in the Basis of Union – 1905. (see Appendix 2)

ARTICLE III – Membership

1) Delegates

  • Each Member Church is expected to elect two delegates and two alternates. Two Delegates will attend and vote on behalf of their local congregation at the Association Council Meetings. The delegates are liaison officers between their Church and the Association. The Alternates go in place of the Delegate who is unable to attend Association Meetings. Delegates and Alternates are to be elected at a local Church Business Meeting. The names of the elected Delegates and Alternates will be made available to the Association Secretary / Clerk.
  • Any member in good standing of a church in this Association shall be entitled to attend any Association Business Meeting.
  • All Pastors currently serving in Member Churches are voting delegates to the Association Council Meetings.
  • Team Leaders are Delegates.
  • A person recognized as a delegate under this section and serving in multiple positions in the Association is only entitled to one vote when a vote is called by the chair.

2) Member Churches

Member Churches shall be Baptist Churches in the County of Albert, in the Province of New Brunswick and shall therefore be listed with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.

3) Voting

All questions before the Association shall be decided by a majority vote except in the instance of:

  • Admitting new churches into Association fellowship
  • Dissolving connections with churches

These instances shall require a two-thirds majority. These also require written application two weeks prior to a regularly called meeting.

ARTICLE IV – Officers

The Association Executive Team consists of the following:

Executive Director | Moderator | Secretary/Clerk | Treasurer | Vision/Mission Team Chair | Licensing Team Chair | Youth Team Chair | Nominating Team Chair | Pastoral Care Team Chair.

ARTICLE V – Duties of the Officers

It is recognized that the Association member churches have a responsibility to assist the team chairs and the nominating team in finding qualified candidates for the teams noted below in order for them to fulfill their mandates:

  • Executive Director – Gives leadership to the Executive.
  • Moderator – Chairs the meetings.
  • Secretary / Clerk – Leads the Communication Team.
  • Financial Team Leader – The Association Treasurer chairs the finance team in the procurement and distribution of funds. The finance team will select a person to be assistant treasurer.
  • Vision/Mission Team Leader – Brings Spirit led input to the overall direction of the kingdom work happening in our area.
  • Licensing Team Leader – Leads the team responsible to promote and develop high standards of ministry practice.
  • Youth and Children’s Team Leader – Gives leadership to our collective youth ministries including Christian Education, Camp Wildwood, Youth Mission Tours and Young Life Ministries. Support for staff and volunteer youth workers.
  • Nominating Team Leader – Leads the nominating team in discerning who the Lord is calling to serve on various teams in our common work.
  • Pastoral Care Team Leader – Provides support and promotes spiritual and practical health and care for our pastoral leadership.
  • Team job descriptions (see Appendix 3)

ARTICLE VI – Times of Meetings

  1. Association Council – Holds three regular meetings; February, September, and November or as determined by the Executive Team.
  2. An inspirational celebration will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in the spring. This will be a celebration of God’s goodness and a time of equipping the churches.
  3. At the fall executive meeting, the Executive Team will evaluate the effectiveness of the previous year. They may involve the Regional Minister to moderate this evaluation.
  4. The Executive Team can call a special meeting by giving two weeks notice to all church pastors, clerks and known delegates.

ARTICLE VII – Terms of Office and Replacement of Team Members

  1. Team members shall be elected for a period of two (2) years and shall be eligible for re-election at the close of that period. No member of any Team or the holder of any office in the Association shall serve longer than six (6) years consecutively but may be re-elected after a lapse of one (1) year.
  2. Any member of a Team who moves from a church served by The Association shall automatically cease to be a member of such Team, and a replacement shall be made by the Executive Team next in session, if not sooner replaced as hereinafter provided.
  3. Any member of a Team who has lost “good standing” or membership with his/her local church shall automatically cease to be a member of such a Team.
  4. The Executive Team reserves the right to remove any or all members of a Team by majority vote. This authority is only exercised after attempts of reconciliation have been exhausted.
  5. Process to replace vacant positions:

Any team vacancies may be filled, if it seems prudent to do so, by The Executive Team, after seeking nominations from the Nominating Team. The Nominating Team must seek input on possible replacements from the respective team chair during this process. Any persons appointed in this way will serve until the next duly called meeting of the Association, and his/her name shall be added to the report of the Nominating Team, if he/she is willing to complete the unexpired term.

ARTICLE VIII – Process to Amend Constitution

This constitution may be altered, amended or cancelled at any Association Council meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present, provided notice of such intention has been given at the previous duly called meeting.

ARTICLE IX – Quorum

A quorum for the transaction of business at a duly called business meeting shall consist of not less than twenty five Delegates representing not less than eight Member Churches.

ARTICLE X – Statement on Rules of Order and Standards of Meetings

The Association Moderator who is appointed by the executive team shall follow the “Rules of Order for the Conduct of Meetings” as written in <i“A Manual for Worship and Service” prepared for Canadian Baptist Churches 1998 edition pages 151-156. (see Appendix 4)