by the power of the Holy Spirit.
of the faith.
saved by grace.
pointing others to Christ.
but won’t mind if you don’t.
but provide earplugs, in case you don’t.
because mundane is boring.
A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, John has traveled and ministered extensively across the globe. Prior to joining the staff at the Tabernacle, John played pro soccer for the Charlotte Eagles (USL) and served for over a decade with Missionary Athletes International, leading soccer ministry tours internationally. John is also currently an Itinerant Speaker with Forge and travels nationally speaking to stir Christians to embrace a life of passion and purpose by actually becoming a follower of Christ with all the unpredictability and risk that it entails.
John lives in Buckley, Michigan, with his wife, Darcey, and their children, Isabel, Lilian, Sophie, Gabrielle and Benjamin. The son of missionary parents, John grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He enjoys golf, college football and English Premiere League soccer. On October 16th, 2016, John Vermilya finally shot a buck.
Tim is a Northern Michigan native. He loves to study, preach, listen to loud music, play video games, watch the garden grow and hang out with friends late into the evening/morning. Tim finished High School, has attended a couple of colleges, but has no degree, “other than my experiences in life” as Tim says. Tim is very happily married and still in love with the smartest, most beautiful follower of Jesus he knows. Tim has 4 amazing children: Dan, Marc, Jake and Corrie.
Message from Tim: In our journey through this life there are three choices: we are either moving forward, sliding backward or we are dead. There is no such thing as standing still. Following Jesus is, in my mind, the most intelligent choice as he gives courage to those who move forward, mercy to those who slide backward and life when we die. I am blessed to have my position at the Tabernacle and I absolutely love the people God has put in my life on this part of the journey.
Kit has lived in Northern Michigan since the age of 6 and has loved every minute of it. Kit is the son of a Pastor but chose to go into the secular business field instead of ministry, owning his own business and working in operations of several companies for 12 years until God called him to The Tabernacle to become the Executive Pastor.
Kit lives in Buckley,Mi with his wife of 13 years Heather and their twins, Paige and Brady. Kit enjoys playing golf, watching sports and spending time in the outdoors with fishing and hunting.
Thought: It does not matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water. No matter how troublesome life can become, you are in control of your emotions, decisions and outlooks on situations. Try not to dwell on how empty or full your life, or the lives of others, might be. Believing that God has given you the power to control how much water is poured into the glass of life is a powerful skill.
Brian has been involved in worship for over 10 years. He and his wife Leah have 4 children, Carson, Jordan, Lyla, and Alayna. He loves sports, specifically the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions, and is an avid Michigan fan. He enjoys playing guitar, spending time with family, and playing sports in his free time.
A Message from Brian: God can use anyone of any background. I have never taken a guitar lesson, I have never taken a voice lesson, I do not own a ministry degree, and I probably have no idea what I’m doing. But somehow, God has seen fit to allow me to take on this role. God continues to use uneducated, unqualified, ordinary people just like me and you. So let’s all be unqualified together and do something awesome for His glory!
Tracy has been attending The Tabernacle since 2004 and volunteered in many areas before joining the staff in August of 2016. Tracy discovered her passion for working with children on her first missions trip to Haiti in the spring of 2015. Following that, she began serving with TabKids in the Wednesday night programming, weekend services and with summer camp events. When you partner her energy and enthusiasm, her willingness to have fun and be silly and her passion for Jesus, Children’s Pastor is the perfect fit. Tracy also serves within The Tabernacle for special events and Haiti missions.
Tracy attended Lake Superior State University, studying secondary education and has a strong employment background in business management and team development. She is married to Mike and they have five children. Having only three left at home, Tracy also enjoys being a grandmother of three.
Assistant Care Pastor
Heidi Burgess is eternally grateful to be the wife of Tim Burgess and grateful to serve with him in the campus ministry. Not formally trained for ministry Heidi has spent much of her adult life running hard after Jesus and loving on His people. Heidi loves studying, learning and teaching as well as meeting women for coffee, tea, lunch or a long walk with or without their darling children. Growing up a tom boy, it has taken Heidi awhile to appropriately value girlfriends and is now making up for lost time, loving the women of all walks of life that God puts in her path.
Heidi has four children: Dan, Marc, Jake, and Corrie. Heidi has always had a passion for helping others; whether it be at work or ministry.
Women's Ministry Director
Darcey was born and raised in Buckley and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. Shortly after marrying John, they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked in Medical Technology. She and John served on the staff of Missionary Athletes International for ten years before moving back to Buckley in 2003. Darcey & John have five children: Isabel, Lilian, Sophie, Gabrielle and Benjamin. She is currently the managing Vice-president of the Vermilya Household. Darcey enjoys good coffee and her favorite authors include Henri Nouwen & Brennan Manning.
John is the son of a Baptist Pastor and grew up in a Christian home. As a teen he rebelled and tried to do things his way until his foster brother, who was his best friend, was drafted and sent to Vietnam. It was there that he lost his life. At that point, John gave his life fully to God.
After working in management for 30 years at Amway, John felt God calling him to full time ministry. God closed the door at Amway and opened a new one in ministry. John, and his wife Barb, had always been involved in ministry their entire marriage. What they felt was a natural fit to go in to full time ministry was not as easy as they assumed it would be. John attended three different colleges, the final one being Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music. John has previously been a Youth Pastor and an Associate Pastor at churches in the Grand Rapids area.
John’s passions are working with people and pointing them to Jesus Christ and whatever else is needed in order to bring God the greatest glory. His life verse is Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”.
John has been married to his wife Barb since 1973. Together, they have 6 children, 4 of which live in Michigan, 1 in Colorado, and 1 who went to live in heaven at 2 1/2 years old.
Director of Human Resources & Adult Ministries
Amanda Patterson joined the staff at The Tabernacle in November 2016. Prior to that, she served extensively in human resources, training and information technology leadership roles in both public and private businesses. Amanda is passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ and matching Christians’ spiritual gifts with areas of need at The Tabernacle and the community. She knows she has produced spiritual fruit when she sees Tab volunteers grow in confidence and skill and new disciples are made.
Amanda has a masters degree in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Howard Patterson, and they have two children, Kaden and Ava
Samantha Anderson first joined the staff at The Tabernacle in 2010. She has served in many capacities at our church, including The Café, The Hub, The Firehouse, Tab Women, special events, and The Meals Team. Currently, Samantha leads a growing office team. She has lived in northern Michigan her entire life and prior to working at The Tabernacle, she stayed home to care for her two sons, Jacob and Gabe. Samantha is married to the amazing, bearded Mike Anderson.
Her favorite bible verse is, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans, 8:38-39, ESV
Mike was born and raised in Bad Axe, Michigan. While growing up in “the thumb,” he developed a love for the outdoors. Football, basketball and track occupied his high school years.
While living in Sault Ste. Marie, he met his wife, Tracy. They moved to Buckley in 2003 and began attending The Tabernacle in 2004. Throughout the years, Mike has volunteered in various ministries, including Tab Groups, international missions, Tabkids, parking and security. As of June 2017, he began serving the church body as facilities manager on staff. Mike brings 17 years of customer service and management experience to the team.
Matthew 28:18 is particularly meaningful to Mike. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Student Ministries Pastor & Guest Services Director
Martin began serving as the student ministries pastor at The Tabernacle in August 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent the majority of his growing-up years in Indian River, Michigan. He went to college at Ferris State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in small business and entreprenuerialship.
The majority of Martin’s professional experience has been in restaurant management, but his heart has been with students. For the past five years, he has served with student ministries at multiple churches, leading small groups and teaching apologetics. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, backpacking, paintball and most sports under the sun.
Martin is married to Cassie Rizzi and they have two children, Meirra and Zianno. Their family verse from the bible is Romans 8:28 and one of his personal favorite quotes is from Dr. Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute: “It is not doubt that is toxic to faith, its silence.”
Campus Pastor - Manistee
Dan grew up in metro Detroit and graduated from William Tyndale Bible College with a B.A. in Youth Studies and Music. He toured around the country professionally with a Christian band, Buck Enterprises, and released a national album. After finishing his music career, he went into full-time ministry, serving at different churches as youth pastor and worship leader. Dan then left full-time ministry and owned several businesses and worked in the power industry for 9 years while working bi-vocationally, alongside his ministry positions.
Dan has always enjoyed the outdoors, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and skiing. He had visited Manistee many times and in 2016, God opened some doors for Dan and his family to move to Manistee, but they didn’t fully know why. He came without a job, so he started a construction company.
Dan is married to Melanie, who has worked alongside him in ministry throughout his entire career. Together they have 3 children: Micah, Annie, and Isaac.
A message from Dan: If we’re seeking God’s will, then we won’t become complacent. God has us on a continual journey and he always has a mission for us if we are willing to listen and obey.
Administrator - Manistee
Christine Snow has been a member of the Tabernacle for 15 years. She has a strong heart for ministry and loves serving in a variety of areas.
Christine has a degree in journalism and photography and over the years has worked as a freelance writer, photographer, editor and travel blogger. She has also helped manage the family’s martial arts and personal defense business.
She has been married to her husband, Lonny, for 28 years. They have four children and one grandchild.
Christine loves spending time outdoors, traveling to new and exciting places and enjoying as much family time as possible.
Ben showed up at the Tabernacle in 2011 and started hanging around asking questions. Leadership decided he wouldn’t go away, and he might as well be given a formal position. In his previous life, he worked in residential construction, excavating, underground pipework, and automotive repair, all the while navigating life without an operating manual.
He now prefers to utilize his acquired skills to build God’s kingdom, assisting people with their physical and spiritual needs. Ben is driven not only by the eternal perspective of what Jesus did on the cross, but also how it directly applies to life right now, using the Bible as an operating manual for navigating the challenges of this world. He believes faith isn’t as complicated as humans like to make it.
Ben listens to music of almost all genres and has had an instrument in his hands since he was very young, although he isn’t great at any one of them. Some simple pleasures of his life are listening to podcasts, workouts, exploring the Great Lakes coastlines, reading historical novels, and sipping cheap gas station coffee.
An unrefined, life-long resident of Kingsley, he is married to his best friend April. They live off a dirt road with their 3 vibrant kids where they drink in sunsets and coffee, all evidence of God’s existence.
The Tabernacle operates with a unique code of values that shape the culture of our church, and how we choose to operate:
We Love Jesus. We worship, follow, and obey Jesus as our prophet, priest, and king. He is our hero, our example, and our Senior Pastor.
We Are About Changed Lives. We help Seekers become Believers, teach Believers to become Followers, and challenge Followers to become Laborers.
We love God And Love People. The Great Commandment is pretty simple really, but we seek to live it out inside & outside the church.
We Will Defend The Big Rocks. We prioritize the “Big Rocks” of Christianity (salvation through faith, baptism, authoritative/inspired scripture), leaving room for differences of opinion on secondary issues of theology.
We Are Dominoes. God uses people to reach people, and we believe that any person can be used by God, as a “domino” in His saving process.
We Are Cracked Pots. We are “jars of clay” that have cracks and imperfections. Saved by grace alone, we are called to show grace to others.
We Are Barbarians. We trust God & take risks, fearlessly living for the King; rejecting religion, apathy, and the safety of the American dream.
We Challenge Men. Men & women are created equal, but men are called out to take responsibility for themselves, their wives, their children, and their church.
We Give Ourselves Away. We give generously, investing our money, time, and resources in the good works God has prepared and saved us for.
We Are All About The Numbers. Every number represents a life. Our lives have been changed, and we intend to change as many lives as we can.
We Let The Holy Spirit Be The Holy Spirit. We correct and rebuke on clear matters of sin, but trust God to convict and guide believers on wisdom issues.
We Are United By What We Are For. What we are against is secondary to what we are for: Jesus, the power of His love, grace, and mercy to all men.
CONSTITUTION and BYLAWS
ARTICLE ONE: NAME
1.1 The title of this organization shall be:
The Buckley Gospel Tabernacle
ARTICLE TWO: PURPOSE
2.1 The purpose of this organization shall be as follows:
Vision: Changed lives
Mission: Love God, love people, make disciples
ARTICLE THREE: STATEMENT OF FAITH
3.1 The Triune God
We believe that the one and only true God is Spirit, self existent, eternal, infinite, personal, and unchangeable; perfect in every good attribute and work; omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; creator and sustainer of all things; eternally existent in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (exodus 31:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, Matthew 28:19)
God the Father
We believe that the Father is self – existent, neither begotten nor proceeding; the external Father of the Lord Jesus Christ; the author of salvation; the Father of all who are begotten into newness of life through faith in Christ. (Psalm 90:2, 1Peter 1:3)
God the Son
We believe in the Deity of Christ; in His eternal generation from the Father, in His incarnation, whereby He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, thereby uniting the divine and the human nature in His one unique person; in His sinless life and His vicarious death to make atonement for the sins of the world; in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the Father; in His present mediatorial work for the believer; and in His imminent coming in power and glory. (Hebrews 1:8, Acts 2:22-25)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the person of the Holy Trinity who lives within the believer. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, empowers us to live a holy life, counsels, comforts and guides us in truth. (John 15:26, Acts 15: 8 and 9)
3.2 The Bible
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God given by divine inspiration, inerrant in the original manuscript, and is the unchanging authority in matters of Christian faith and practices. (John 17:17; 2, Timothy 3: 15-17; and 2 Peter 1: 20 and 21)
We believe that mankind was created by God, in His own image, but because of Adam’s sin (disobediene) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. Man cannot save himself by his own will or works. (Genesis 1: 27; Genesis 3; Romans 5: 12) We believe that gender is sacred as created by God, and that men and women have equal value before God.
Salvation is accomplished by Grace, through Faith. Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God, as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the relationship between God and man which has been broken by man’s sin of disobedience. Belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing him as Lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. (John 3: 16-18; Romans 3: 22-24; Romans 10: 9-10; and Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit to cleanse the heart, indwell the person of the believer, and direct and empower a life dedicated to the will of God. (1 Corinthians 1: 30-31; Philippians 2: 12-13; and 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
3.6 The Church
We believe that the invisible and universal church is an organism composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been called out from the world, seperated from sin, and vitally united by faith to Christ, it’s head and sovereign Lord. (Ephesians 1:22,23; Hebrews 12:23)
3.7 The Second Coming of Christ (Heaven and Hell)
We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are unrepentant, will be judged by God in His perfect justice and doomed to eternal punishment. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown but may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all of God’s children. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)
ARTICLE FOUR: CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
The bible teaches the observance of two ordinances:
We believe that baptism by water is the symbol of one’s union by faith with Christ in death, burial, and resurrection; constitutes a public confession of faith in Christ; and is the answer of a good conscience toward God. Baptism, preferably by immersion, is for those who give evidence of having been born again, and is restricted to those of an age of accountability. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Peter 3:21)
b) The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s supper is a memorial of Christ’s death; a center of communion and fellowship; a testimony to saving faith; and a visible seal of Christ’s redemptive covenant. It is to be observed only by the true child of God, and is open to all true believers. The scriptures strongly urge that one examine himself before partaking of this ordinance. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
We believe the overarching aim of discipleship is for the Christian to live a life of obedience to God, summarized in the following scriptures:
The Great Commandment – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30)
The Great Commission – ” Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything i have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“My command is this: love each other as i have loved you.” (John 15:12)
We believe that Scripture teaches that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone (Romans and Galatians). We also affirm that the true believer’s life will display the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work (Galatians 5) and be marked by obedience.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-17)
“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)
4.3 Christian Conduct
Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent, in essentials – unity; in opinions – liberty; and in all things- love.
We believe that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within covennant marriage between one man and one woman. The Bible deems all other sexual activities as sin. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
We believe that marriage is defined solely as the union of one man and one woman. This union was originated by God and affirmed by Jesus. This definition excludes same-sex, transgender and polygamous unions. (Genesis 2:20; Matthew 19:4-6)
We will faithfully follow these scriptually supported definitions of gender, sexuality and marriage in the teachings and practices of this church, her staff and members. At the same time, The Tabernacle will provide an environment that welcomes people who struggle with sexual sin. We seek to love all people in Jesus’ name, pointing them towards Christ’s power to forgive and heal.
On matters of discipleship, conduct and practice, members should always remember the personal and communal implications as set forth in the following scriptures:
“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12)
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:3-5)
Jesus’ Prayer For All Believers “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)
Obedience, prayer, worship, and in the strengthening that comes, the follower of Christ is expected to personally pursue God in obedience, prayer, worship, and in strengthening that comes through the fellowship of believers. Furthermore, members are expected to submit to the organizational leadershiip and spiritual accountability of the church elders and pastors, and to pray faithfully for them. Members are expected to participate as they are gifted and able in the edification of the church body. (Romans 12)
The Christian must carefully consider the teachings of scripture, which is our authority on matters of Christian conduct, and to faithfully obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. On moral issues that are clearly set forth in scripture, the member is expected to strictly adhere. On matters that are unclear or open to interpretation, the member is expected to, “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters… to not put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way,” and to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:1, 13, 19)
Please also consider the following guiding scriptures: Romans 12:1, Galatians 5:1-5, Colossians 3:12-14, Psalm 139, Matthew 5:32, Romans 1:24-31, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, James 4:11, 5:9, 1 Peter 1:15-16.
THE BY-LAWS OF THE BUCKLEY GOSPEL TABERNACLE
ARTICLE ONE: MEMBERSHIP
1.1 Requirements for Membership
A prospective member of this church, with regular attendance for 6 months, must heartily subscribe to the statements of faith and discipleship as outlined in Article Three and Four of the Constitution. He must be a believer in God, have repented of sin, displayed faith in the pardoning grace of Jesus Christ, and seek to grow in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 10:9-10) The prospective member shall be asked to attend a membership meeting and/or fill out the following forms: Response and Testimony, Skills, Talents, Hobbies and the Covenant of Membership. A prospective member shall be of the age of 16 or older.
1.2 Admission of Members
a) The name of the person desiring membership shall then be presented to the Executive Board by the Pastoral Staff Team.
b) The Prospective member’s name shall then be presented to the Executive Board as a whole, along with the completed forms for membership as needed and any recommendations deemed necessary. A vote of the Board shall be taken. Upon the affirmitive vote of 2/3 of the Board Membership the applicant shall be admitted to membership.
c) For a letter of transfer from another church the prospective member would be asked to attend a membership meeting and/or fill out the following forms: Response and Testimony, Skills, Talents, Hobbies and the Covenant of Membership.
1.3 Membership Role
A permanent record of membership shall be kept by the Board Secretary in a database with a permanent copy placed at the end of each year’s records. The record shall show the name of the member, the date of admission to membership, and the date and circumstances of any removal from membership. The Executive Board shall annually inspect this membership role and see that it is kept faithfully up-to-date.
1.4 Dismissal of Members
Membership at The Tabernacle is a covenant relationship. The membership roll is a list of those who have made and are endeavoring to keep the membership covenant. It is expected that all who are members shall be regular in their attendance at The Tabernacle when they are in the area and as health permits. When members have permanently moved out of the area (for three (3) years or more) their membership shall be terminated here unless they are involved in Christian ministry as a pastor, pastor’s wife, missionary, etc. Members who move are encouraged to unite with another congregation of believers as part of Christ’s Church. A letter of recommendation shall be granted to any member who has left the Buckley Gospel Tabernacle in good standing, upon their request.
When there is a biblical cause for dismissal of a member, such cause shall be presented to the Executive Board in private session. After due examination of such causes, and after earnest effort to reclaim the errant member in a biblical manner, the Board may expel such a member, by a 2/3 vote.
ARTICLE TWO: EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board shall consist of not less than five (5) voting members, elected by the congregation. In addition to the voting members there shall be the following non-voting members: Pastor, [any Associate Pastor or assistant, as deemed necessary by the Lead Pastor] and any non-elected appointees [Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustees] All Board Members must be members in good standing of the Buckley Gospel Tabernacle.
a) The Executive Board shall elect from their number the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall appoint a Secretary, Treasurer, and Trustees. If Appointees are not from the elected Board they shall be non-voting.
b) The Board shall act as the Pulpit committee to secure a Lead Pastor when needed, provided that their selection be presented to the membership for final approval, such approval requiring at least a 2/3 vote.
c) The Lead Pastor shall be accorded a yearly interveiw by as many of the members of the Executive Board as desire to meet with him prior to the month when the Pastoral Vote will be taken, if one is to be taken.
d) The Executive Board shall meet not less than four (4) times annually. The Chairman shall have the authority to call a Special Meeting of the Executive Board.
e) The Chairman shall preside at all Business Sessions of the Board and the Church Membership, when he is able to do so.
f) The Vice-Chairman shall preside at all Business Sessions when the Chairman is unable to do so.
g) The Board Secretary shall keep record of all actions of the executive board and the membership rolls.
h) The Treasurer shall be custodian of all church monies. A full record of receipts and expenditures shall be kept, with written reports to be presented monthly or as the Board may designate. The Board shall authorize expenditures of these funds. The Treasurer’s books shall be audited each quarter by a Board appointee.
i) Trustees are representative of the Executive Board and membership, and the overseers of all legal matters regarding the property of the church, such as insurance [including vehicular], maintenance, improvements, disposition of all property, restricting use of property, care of titles, and other legal functions related to church property. The Trustees should oversee an inspection of the Church Plant and Parsonage at least every six (6) months and recommend to the Board any maintenance or improvements deemed necessary.
j) Two-thirds of the membership of the Board shall constitute a Quorum. (Two-thirds rounded to the nearest whole number.)
k) The Executive Board shall appoint an eligible member to replace any Board member who resigns or is unable to complete his term.
ARTICLE THREE: COMMITTEES
3.1 Board appointed Any committee deemed necessary to the efficient and effective operation of the work of the Tabernacle may be appointed by the Executive Board.
3.2 Pastoral appointed The pastor shall have the privilege of proposing a committee to the Executive Board for their approval, and shall have no committees not so approved.
ARTICLE FOUR: ANNUAL MEETING
a) Both the Fiscal Year and Church Business Year shall end May 31st each year.
b) The Annual Business Meeting of the church shall be held on a duly announced (at least 3 services in advance) meeting at the conclusion of the fiscal year. At this Annual Meeting, reports shall be given by the various officers, ministries, committees of the church to keep the members of the church informed of the activities of the various facets of the church work during the past year.
c) The Executive Board shall select a nominating committee from it’s members. The committee shall solicit nominations from the membership, the pastor(s) and other Executive Board members. The committee shall communicate the biblical qualifications and requirements of the position to the nominees, request their consent or interview as they deem necessary. This committee shall present a list of eligible nominees to the Executive Board for approval by a (2/3) two-thirds vote. Approved nominees are to be put on the ballot at the Annual Membership Meeting, where they will be voted on by the membership. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor at the Annual Membership Meeting.
d) Other business deemed Membership Business is to be cared for at this meeting.
A quorum at any dually called meeting of the church membership shall consist of at least 2/3 executive board and members who are present. Members must be on the roll and eligible to vote but do not qualify for an absentee ballot.
4.3 Voting Eligibility
a) To be eligible to vote, a member must be at least 18 years of age, must reside in the area at least 6 months of the year, and must be regular in their attendance while in the area, as health permits.
b) Members who are eligible to vote but who cannot be present at the business meeting may request an absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:
i) Illness or care of one who is ill
ii) Required work at time of meeting
iii) Out of town at time of meeting
c) All decisions on voting eligibility shall be made by the Board or a committee appointed by the Board. Appeals on Board rulings may be made to the membership meeting in a business session. Since decisions affecting the spiritual life of the church are of great importance, the rules on voting eligibility should be carefully and conscientiously applied.
** The 6 month residency requirement may be waived by the Board for someone who is away on missionary/ministerial work, provided they are in residence for some part of the previous 12 months before the business meeting, and provided the board believes the individual is reasonably informed as to the issues being voted on.
ARTICLE FIVE: PASTORAL VOTE, CHANGE, AND CALL
A pastoral vote may be taken yearly, in the month of March, if recommended by the Executive Board, or at the end of an appointed term, or as requested by a majority vote of the membership resulting from a duly called meeting. A “duly called” meeting of the membership is a meeting which has been requested by at least six (6) members of the church, approved by the Executive Board, and announced at least three (3) services in advance. (Worship Services or letter mailed to each member)
a) A majority positive vote shall leave it to the discretion of the pastor as to whether or not to retain his position. A majority negative vote shall call for a Pastoral change.
b) In case of a Pastoral change, the Executive Board shall work with the Pastor toward an amicable agreement as to time, severance monies, and any aid in the moving process.
c) Pastor changes should be handled with utmost care, concern and compassion, considering the feelings of all involved. It behooves both Pastor and people to be prepared to accept change graciously and in a manner that will do the least harm to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5.3 Pastoral Call
a) In securing a new Pastor the Executive Board shall act as set forth In Article Two, 2.2 b and c.
b) The Board shall present to the Membership for its vote, candidates it has approved after reviewing resumes’, considering recommendations and carefully interviewing prospective Pastors.
c) Moving expenses for the incoming Pastor shall be covered by Buckley Gospel Tabernacle when those expenses have been approved by the Executive Board.
ARTICLE SIX: AMENDMENTS
6.1 Amendments to the CONSTITUTION
The Constitution of the Buckley Gospel Tabernacle may be amended as follows:
6.2 Amendments to the Bylaws
The Bylaws may be amended as follows:
COVENANT OF MEMBERSHIP
The following covenant of membership is to be duplicated, made available to prospective members at of before the time of their examination by the Board of its committee, and is to be part of the formal service in which the applicant is admitted to membership in the church.
“Having been led to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, voluntarily and gladly enter into this covenant with God and this church:
I covenant, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk in Christian Love; to join with others in mutual labors for the kingdom of Christ; to strive loyally for the advancement of this church in holiness, knowledge, and love; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; and to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
I covenant to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God prospers me, to the support of this church and its ministries.
I covenant to maintain family and secret devotions; to endeavor to bring early to a saving knowledge of Christ all over whom I have the care and influence; to be just in my dealings and faithful in my engagements.
I covenant further with other members of this church to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, and to be always ready for reconciliation.
I covenant to witness faithfully to the saving and keeping power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that in every way we may bring lost men and women to a saving knowledge of Him.
I covenant to abide by the articles of Christian conduct as given in the Constitution of The Buckley Gospel Tabernacle.”
The Triune God – We believe that the one and only true God is Spirit; self existent, eternal, infinite, personal, and unchangeable; perfect in every good attribute and work; omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; creator and sustainer of all things; eternally existent in three persons Father; Son and Holy Spirit. (Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 32:4; Matthew 28:19)
God the Father – We believe that the Father is self-existent, neither begotten nor proceeding; the external Father of the Lord Jesus Christ; the Author of salvation; the Father of all who are begotten into newness of life through faith in Christ. (Psalm 90:2; 1 Peter 1:3)
God the Son – We believe in the Deity of Christ; in His eternal generation from the Father; in His incarnation, whereby He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, thereby uniting the divine and the human nature in His one unique person; in His sinless life and His vicarious death to make atonement for the sins of the world; in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the Father; in His present mediatorial work for the believer; and in His imminent coming in power and glory.
(Hebrews 1:8; Acts 2:22-25)
God the Spirit – We believe in the Holy Spirit as the person of the Holy Trinity who lives within the believer. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, empowers us to live a holy life, counsels, comforts and guides us in truth. (John 15:26 and Acts 15:8 & 9)
The Bible – We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the word of God given by divine inspiration, inerrant in the original manuscript, and is the unchanging authority in matters of Christian faith and practices.
(John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; and Peter 1:20 & 21)
Man – We believe that mankind was created by God, in His own image, but because of Adam’s sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. Man cannot save himself by his own will or works (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12)
Salvation – Salvation is accomplished by Grace, through Faith. Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the relationships between God and man which has been broken by man’s sin of disobedience. Belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as Lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. (John 3:16-18; Romans 3:22-24; Romans 10:9-10; and Ephesians 2:8-9)
Sanctification – We believe that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit to cleanse the heart, indwell the person of the believer, and direct and empower a life dedicated to the will of God. (1 Corinthians 1:30-31: Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
The Church – We believe that the invisible and universal church is an organism composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been called out from the world, separated from sin, and vitally united by faith to Christ, its head and sovereign Lord. (Ephesians 1:22,23; Hebrews 12:23)
The Second Coming of Christ – [Heaven and Hell] We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are unrepentant, will be judged by God in His perfect justice and doomed to eternal punishment. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown but may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all of God’s children. (Matthew 25:31-46; Corinthians 15:50-54; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)