Aviano Baptist Church is in the process of rewriting our Constitution. This page is to give you a little information about why a Constitution is necessary for a church and why we are rewriting ours.
Why does a church need a Constitution? Much like the Constitution of a country, the church Constitution defines the core beliefs and principles that are important to the church. It also defines the organizational structure, the offices of the key leaders, and the qualifications of each. Finally, a Constitution defines the church from a legal standpoint as a non-profit organization.
Why is ABC rewriting the Constitution now? The current Constitution (adopted in 2008) has some weaknesses that we need to address. The current Constitution was written in an attempt to streamline what was contained in the document and make it reflect the current ministries of the church at the time. In streamlining it, however, several important things were dropped out--the qualifications of the pastor and deacons and the requirement to annually audit our finances, for example. Additionally in outlining the ministries that were in place in 2008, it included details that make it too restrictive and don't allow for change and growth--for example, the Constitution states that AWANA will be conducted on Sundays at 5:15pm so in order to change the day or time, the Constitution needs to be amended.
Click the link below to review the draft of the new Constitution. We believe this document provides us with the guidance and structure we need to function but also gives leadership the latitude to adjust ministries to meet the needs of the community. We will be having a Special-Called Business Meeting on 22 August after the service to vote on approving the Constitution. Contact Pastor Barry or any of the deacons if you have questions.