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Revised October 2005
Revised October 2006
Revised November 2008
The name of the organization shall be known as Denton Baptist Association Incorporated. The principal office shall be located in the county of Denton and in the state of Texas. Offices in other locations may be established by the Association when deemed necessary.
|A.||Qualifications of Membership
|B.||Application for Membership
|D.||Removal of Churches from the Membership of the Association
The Executive Board of the Association serves as the governing body of the Association. As such, it shall be composed of members from each member church; it shall conduct the business of the Association; it shall develop and administer a budget for the Association; it shall employ a staff; it shall authorize and approve legal matters; it shall approve new member churches; it shall review the work of the Association; and it shall organize itself in such a way as to effectively carry out the intended purposes and mission of the Association.
Membership of the Executive Board shall be from the member churches and shall be based on the following matrix:
The coordination and implementation structure of Denton Baptist Association shall be composed of Councils, Committees, Teams, and Task Forces. All Councils, Committees, Teams, and Task Forces shall have at least one member of the Executive Board as a member. Because the members of Teams and Task Forces are formed for a limited time and the members are not voted upon by the Executive Board, the leader or facilitator of a Team or a Task Force is to be a member of the Executive Board.
|A.||Councils – The Councils of Denton Baptist Association shall relate directly to the mission of the Association in assisting churches in fulfilling their mission and in working collectively in fulfilling the Great Commission. Councils will enable the work of various committees, teams, and task forces to be coordinated so that the mission and vision of the Association remain the focus. Councils will meet at least quarterly.Councils may be approved or dissolved by the Executive Board.The Vision Council (a.k.a. Vision Focus Team) will be composed of the officers of the Association (the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board), the staff, three ministers and three lay persons.|
|B.||Committees – The Committees of Denton Baptist Association shall relate directly to the administrative work of the Association. Members of committees are elected for one-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive one-year terms. The Nominating Committee will be recommended by the officers of the Executive Board: Chair, Vice Chair, and Clerk, to the Executive Board. The Nominating Committee will recommend those to serve as officers and members of standing committees.
The standing committees of the Association are Finance, Personnel, Membership, and Nominating.The Executive Board shall approve the formation or deletion of committees as deemed necessary to facilitate the work of the Association.
|C.||Teams – The Teams of Denton Baptist Association shall relate to the strategic implementation of the Associational vision. Teams may be formed by councils as needed. Teams may be formed for a short term purpose or for a long term goal. Each team will have an appointed team leader who must be a member of the Executive Board although team members are not required to be members of the Executive Board.|
|D.||Task Forces – A Task Force may be formed with the approval of the Executive Board. A task force is formed when there is a special need or purpose with a specific event or project, and timeframe attached. The Chair of the Executive Board shall appoint individuals to serve on the approved task force with the task force leader being a member of the Executive Board.|
|A.||The Personnel Committee shall recommend to the Executive Board job descriptions for all approved professional and support staff positions. The Personnel committee and the Finance Committee shall jointly recommend compensation and benefit plans for all staff. The job descriptions and benefit plans shall be part of the Administrative Manual.|
|B.||Professional Staff:1. Executive Director
2. Other Professional Staff
|A.||Budget and Finance
|C.||Fiscal Year – The Association’s fiscal year will be January 1 through December 31.|
|A.||The Executive Director shall be the legal officer of the Association.|
|B.||The Executive Director and one of the Trustees of the Association are authorized and empowered to execute contracts, agreements, and conveyances on behalf of the Association to the extent authorized by resolution of the Executive Board.|
|C.||In the event the Executive Director is unavailable or incapacitated, the Trustees of the Association as a group are authorized to serve in the role of the legal officer.|
|D.||When the Executive Director position is vacant, the Executive Board shall elect an interim legal officer.|
These Bylaws may be amended at an Executive Board meeting by a seventy percent (70%) vote, provided that the recommended changes have been publicized prior to the meeting.
In all business matters not covered by these Bylaws, decisions shall be made according to Robert’s Rules of Order (latest revision edition.)