We mentioned in our Church Foundations series that we would share an “essentials” version of our Bylaws initially and then, upon receiving legal counsel, we would finalize our full bylaws, which would be complete with all the necessary legalese.
That full version is now available here: Bylaws – Immanuel Church 5.19.18
There are two types of revisions to note:
- Legalese. All the legalese has been added back in. These additions are standard clauses for the formation of a church.
- Grammar. Most of the changes to the “essentials” portion are changes in capitalization.
The most significant change to the content of the “essentials” portion of the bylaws is the change in voting age. We originally had age 16 or up; the age minimum has now been moved to 18. This was a recommended change due to the age of legal and voting responsibilities in our country. To be clear, anyone under the age of 18 who has met all the eligibility requirements for membership may become a member, but the age to vote will be 18.
If you have any questions, please let us know.