Constitution and By-Laws

CONSTITUTION And BYLAWS
Of
The Alpine Chapel
A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation September 24, 2023

CONSTITUTION
The Alpine Chapel
A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
PREAMBLE
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern this body in an orderly manner consistent with the Bible. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual member and the freedom of action of this church in relation to other churches.
Article I
Name and Principal Office
The name of the Corporation is The Alpine Chapel (the “Corporation”). This Corporation may be further referred to in the Constitution as the “Alpine Chapel” or the “Chapel”. The Alpine Chapel maintains its principal office at 122 South Aspen St., Telluride, CO 81435. The Trustees of the Chapel shall have full power and authority to change the principal office from one location to another. Any change of this location shall be recorded by the secretary in this section, or this section may be amended to state the new location.
Article II Purpose
The purpose of the Chapel is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Therefore, we seek to glorify God by:
1. Knowing Jesus intimately,
2. Loving others biblically,
3. Equipping others spiritually, and
4. Reaching the community relationally.
The Chapel seeks to benefit the people and community of the Telluride, CO region by providing opportunities for spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, and cultural development. (Luke 2:52)
Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations described under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Article III Statement of Faith
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and as the only basis for our beliefs. Our basic statements of faith can be found in our Statement of Faith, which is considered a part of this constitution. Three (3) core statements govern the practice of our statement of faith:
1. In essential beliefs we have unity (Ephesians 4:4-6)
2. In non-essentials beliefs we have liberty (Romans 14:1), and
3. In all our beliefs we show love (I Corinthians 13:2).
Article IV Affiliation/ Dissolution
This Alpine Chapel is an autonomous, self-governing body of believers, independent of any denominational control. We consist of persons of various spiritual backgrounds united together by our statement of faith, and the lordship of Christ for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God in Telluride, CO region. We also recognize the benefits of cooperation with
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other churches in world missions and other kingdom purposes. Therefore, for the purpose of missions, fellowship, and training, we have a partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention in its national, state, and local expressions.
The property and assets of the Alpine Chapel are irrevocably dedicated to charitable Christian purposes. No part of the income or assets of this organization will inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private person. In the event of dissolution of the Corporation all remaining assets of the Corporation shall be distributed to a corporation qualified as a 501(C)(3) corporation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as may be directed by the Trustees.
Article V Amendments to the Constitution
Subject to the provision of the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act, this Constitution, or any provision of them may be altered, amended, or repealed in the following way:
1. Proposed changes shall be submitted to the Trustees for consideration, and if approved, recommended to the Active Alpine Chapel Members for approval.
2. A written copy of the recommended changes should be emailed or mailed to each member at least two (2) weeks prior to any regular or special membership meeting.
3. Proposed changes will require a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the Active Members present at any special or regular membership meeting at which a Quorum is present.
Article VI Approval
This Constitution was approved by the Active Members of the Alpine Chapel of Telluride, Colorado in a meeting held September 24, 2023.
_______________________________________ Pastor
________________________________________ Trustee Chair
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Section 1: General
Bylaws of the Alpine Chapel of Telluride/Mountain Village Article I
Membership
Membership in the Chapel shall consist of all persons who have met the qualifications for membership and are listed on the active membership role.
Section 2: Qualifications for Membership
1. A profession of faith in Jesus Christ, followed by believer’s baptism and/or recommendation by the Elders and Trustees.
2. Having an understanding of, and being in agreement with, the Statement of Faith, Vision of the Alpine Chapel; and,
3. A commitment to abide by the attached Membership Covenant.
Nothing in this Article I shall be construed as limiting the right of the Chapel to refer to persons associated with it as “members.” No such reference, however, shall constitute any such person a member within the meaning of the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Section 3: Membership Process
1. Completes the membership process as outlined on the organization’s website and included as an amendment to these bylaws.
2. Meets one-on-one with a pastor.
3. Approved by the Elders and Trustees.
4. Sign membership covenant.
Section 4: Designation of Membership
1. Active Members
An Active Member abides by the Membership Covenant and has met membership requirements stated in Section 3. A part- time resident meeting the membership requirements described above and desiring to affiliate with The Alpine Chapel without severing connections with a home church, may self-designate as an Affiliate Member. An Affiliate Member has the same rights and privileges as other Active Members and is also referred to as an Active Member in this document.
Section 5: Responsibilities of Membership
The responsibilities of membership are described in the Membership Covenant and explained during the membership process.
Section 6: Voting rights of Membership
Each Active Member is allowed one vote. Voting by absentee ballot is accepted for all issues; provided, however that absentee voting to call a Lead Pastor shall only be allowed where the voting Active Member has heard the prospective pastor preach, either in person or by recorded message.
Every Active Member shall have the right to vote on the following matters:
1. The annual budget of the Chapel ministries;
2. The appointment of the Elders and Trustees;
3. The merger or dissolution of the Chapel;
4. The acquisition or sale of real property;
5. The encumbrance of real or personal property;
6. Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, and Bylaws of the Chapel;
7. The calling or removing of a Lead Pastor; and
8. Other matters as provided herein or recommended to the membership by the Elders and Trustees.
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Section 7: Membership Status
Active Members shall be removed from the Active Membership Roll of the Chapel and placed on the Non-Active Membership Roll for the following reasons:
1. Death;
2. Transfer of membership to another church;
3. By personal request; or
4. Dismissal by the Elders and Trustees according to the following conditions: The Active Member’s life and conduct is
not in accordance with the Membership Covenant in such a way that the Active Member hinders the ministry influence
of the Chapel in the community; According to Matthew 18:15-17, and done after much prayer; or
5. The members have removed themselves from attendance at the Chapel’s weekend services and have not responded to
the Chapel’s attempts to connect.
Section 8: Restoration of Active Members
1. Active Members dismissed by the Elders and Trustees shall be restored by the Elders and Trustees according to the spirit of 2 Corinthians 2:5-8 (“But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore, I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.”) and Galatians 6:1-5 (“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load”), when their lifestyles are judged to be in accordance with the Membership Covenant, they are once again regularly attending, and they have met with the Lead Pastor.
2. Members who have removed themselves from active membership may become active members again by going through the membership process outlined in Article 1, Section 3 of these bylaws.
Article II
Membership Meetings
Section 1: Place
Meetings of the Active Members shall be held at the principal location of the Chapel, provide an online option for members that cannot attend in person when internet is available, or at such other place or the Elders and Trustees may designate places within Colorado as from time to time.
Section 2: General Meetings
A general meeting of the Active Members shall be held once a year, at such time as determined by the Elders and Trustees. Subject to Section 4 of this Article, any other proper business may be conducted at this meeting.
Section 3: Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called at any time by the Elders and Trustees, or by the Lead Pastor, for any purpose, by giving notice to the Active Members in accordance with Section 4 of this Article.
Section 4: Notice of Requirements for Membership Meetings
1. General Requirements: Whenever Active Members are required or permitted to take any action at a meeting, notice shall be given to Active Members no less than two (2) weeks prior to a meeting. Notification of membership meetings shall be given in any two (2) of the following manners, which shall be deemed to be a reasonable method of calling a membership meeting.
A. Distribution of written material to the congregation in attendance at a Sunday service;
B. Announcement of the meeting in the Chapel newsletter;
C. Oral announcement to the congregation at a Sunday service; or
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D. Delivery by U.S. mail or email to each Active Member identified on the membership roll
1) Notice of Certain Agenda Items: Approval by the Active Members of any of the following proposals is valid only if written notice via U.S. mail or email is given which specifies the general nature of the proposal:
A. Calling or removing the Lead Pastor;
B. Amending the Articles of Incorporation;
C. Adopting, amending or repealing the Constitution or Bylaws;
D. Adopting or amending a merger agreement;
E. Approving the dissolution of the Chapel; or
F. Approving the acquisition or sale of real property and incurrence of related indebtedness.
2) Voting
A. Any congregation worshiper may attend the voter’s meeting.
B. Attendance is taken of all Active Members to determine if a quorum is present.
C. Secret ballots are given based on the matter as delineated in Section 6 of Article I.
D. Provide a vehicle for online Members to vote secret ballots based on the matter as delineated in Section 6 of
Article I.
Section 5: Quorum:
At a meeting duly noticed, a quorum shall consist of 25% of the total number of Active Members. In the event a Quorum cannot be reached, any action may be taken by a majority of the Active Members present and a unanimous vote of the Elders and Trustees.
Procedures:
Article III
Leadership
Section 1: General Responsibility of Leadership
The leadership is responsible for overseeing the church and its mission, to guard the unity of the church, to communicate the vision and purpose of the church, to equip and lead the body to involve them in the ministry of the Chapel.
Section 2: Philosophy of Leadership
1. Leadership will rest in the hands of few; ministry will rest in the hands of many.
2. Leadership is not a function of power but of servanthood and responsibility.
3. All leadership is servant leadership. 1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:17-19,28; Titus 1:5-9; 1Timothy 5:17
Section 3: Qualifications of Leadership
1. All officers of the Chapel shall be Active Members in good standing with the Chapel.
2. All leadership roles, other than officers, shall have the approval of the Lead Pastor and Elders and Trustees.
Section 4: Leadership Decision Making
Those who are charged with the oversight of ministry make the ministry or administrative decisions of the Chapel. Pastor, Elders, Trustees and/ or ministry leaders have the authority to lead and make decisions that are in keeping with their function and within the vision and purpose of the Chapel. There are several groups involved in decision-making. Each group will make decisions within the area of their responsibility.
1. The Lead Pastor shall oversee the administrative, directional, and ministerial decisions.
2. The Lead Pastor makes recommendations regarding oversight, doctrine, and the health of the body and those items
related to Article III, Section 2.
3. The Elders provide spiritual support and oversight of the Lead Pastor and make decisions on issues regarding the
overall spiritual health of the congregation and doctrine.
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4. The Trustees make decisions on issues regarding congregational oversight and have the full legal and financial responsibility for the church organization.
5. The Chair of the Trustee board leads the Membership Meeting, presents an agenda, moderates discussion, and oversees the voting process.
6. Ministry team leaders have the authority to make decisions related to their ministry function.
7. The Church membership will be involved in decision-making on selective issues brought to it by the Trustees and/or
Elders as listed in Article I, Section VI.
Section 5: Teaching Leaders
Leaders that are in any position where they are teaching others at The Alpine Chapel, or in any of its ministries, are required to be approved by the Elders and Pastors.
Section 1: Number and Term
Article IV
Elders and Trustees
Elders and Trustees shall mean the Lead Pastor (as an ex-officio non-voting Elder and Trustee) and others who are recommended to this role by the Elders and Trustees, and approved by the Active Members at a membership meeting.
The authorized number of Elders and Trustees shall be, until changed by amendment of these Bylaws, such number as may from time to time be authorized by resolution of the Elders and Trustees, provided that such number shall not be less than three (3), nor more than seven (7). The Elders and Trustees may be removed by a vote of the Active Members. The Trustees shall be responsible for appointing a chair of the board of Trustees. The term for each Elder and Trustee will be three years. Three consecutive terms may be served, but not a fourth without stepping off the board for the period of at least one year.
Section 2: Powers
The Trustees shall have the following powers and duties:
1. General Corporate Powers: Subject to the provision and limitations of the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act and any limitations in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws, the activities, business and affairs of the Chapel shall be conducted, and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Trustees.
2. Specific Powers: Without prejudice to the general powers set forth above, and subject to same limitations; and subject to Active Member approval when required by Article II, Section 2; the Trustees shall have the power to:
A. Change the principal executive office or the principal business office of the Chapel in the State of Colorado from one location to another, and designate any place within or outside the State of Colorado for the holding of any meeting or meetings of the Trustees;
B. Borrow money and incur indebtedness on behalf of the Chapel and cause to be executed and delivered for the Chapel’s purposes and in the Chapel’s name, promissory notes and other evidence and securities must be recommended to the congregation for a vote;
C. Exercise all other powers conferred by the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act or other applicable laws;
D. Provide financial counsel to the Chapel; and
E. Conduct such other duties and activities as necessary for the proper administration of Chapel business.
Section 3: Specific Purpose
The Elders and Trustees of the Alpine Chapel have the responsibility to serve in the oversight of the spiritual and administrative needs of the Chapel in the following ways:
1. Spiritual Oversight by Elders:
A. Guard the doctrinal integrity of the Chapel;
B. Provide spiritual counsel to the Lead Pastor;
C. Guard the unity of the Chapel;
D. Provide spiritual leadership in the absence of the Lead Pastor and/or vacancy of the Lead Pastor position;
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E. Provide spiritual leadership in situations of doctrinal or moral failure by the Lead Pastor; and
F. Assist in caring for the spiritual and physical needs of the body.
2. Administrative Oversight by Trustees:
A. Assist in developing, implementing, communicating, and evaluating the vision and mission of the Chapel;
B. Represent the Chapel in legal, financial, and community issues;
C. Guard the unity of the Chapel;
D. Form committees as may be deemed appropriate as need arises;
E. Provide administrative leadership in the absence of the Lead Pastor and/or vacancy of the Lead Pastor position; and
F. Form a Lead Pastor Search Committee in the event of a vacancy of the Lead Pastor position.
Section 4: Qualifications
1. Trustee General Spiritual Qualifications: Titus 1:6-9 (“if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self- willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”)
A. Characterized as blameless: A life that is characterized by moral integrity. Firmly committed to Christian, biblical morality. This is evident in the stands that the Trustee takes and the life-style the Trustee exhibits. This integrity is recognized by believers and is recognized by nonbelievers also. (1 Tim. 3:7 “He must have a good reputation with outsiders.”)
B. Characterized by sexual purity: A good case can be made for the translation “a man of one woman.” The Trustee should be a one-woman/man in the context of moral integrity.
• We do not interpret this verse to mean that single men or women cannot be Trustees. Otherwise neither
the Lord Himself nor Paul could be Trustees.
• We do not interpret this verse to mean that divorce automatically disqualifies one from being a Trustee.
The text is not clear as to what situation Paul is referring to; divorce or polygamy.
C. Characterized by domestic authority: A Trustee clearly exercises spiritual leadership in the Trustee’s family.
They are loved and respected by the people who know them best. If a Trustee cannot manage his or her
family, how can he or she manage the Church?
D. Characterized by personal stability: A man or woman who is not domineering, not violent (physically or
verbally), not given to excesses (drunkenness), not possessed by materialism.
E. Characterized by spiritual disciplines: He or she is hospitable (loves people), loves what is good, upright, holy
and disciplined.
F. Characterized by doctrinal stability: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught.”
G. Characterized by biblical capability: Able to “encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who
oppose it.”
2. Elders General Spiritual Qualifications: Titus 1:6-9 (“if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self- willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”)
A. Characterized as blameless: A life that is characterized by moral integrity. Firmly committed to Christian, biblical morality. This is evident in the stands that the Elder takes and the life-style the Elder exhibits. This integrity is recognized by believers and is recognized by nonbelievers also. (1 Tim. 3:7 “He must have a good reputation with outsiders.”)
B. Characterized by sexual purity: A good case can be made for the translation “a man of one woman.” The Elder should be a man of one woman in the context of moral integrity.
• We do not interpret this verse to mean that single men be Elders. Otherwise neither the Lord Himself nor
Paul could be Elders.
• We do not interpret this verse to mean that divorce automatically disqualifies one from being an Elder.
The text is not clear as to what situation Paul is referring to; divorce or polygamy.
C. Characterized by domestic authority: An Elder clearly exercises spiritual leadership in the Elder’s family.
They are loved and respected by the people who know them best. If an Elder cannot manage his family, how can manage the Church?
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D. Characterized by personal stability: A man who is not domineering, not violent (physically or verbally), not given to excesses (drunkenness), not possessed by materialism.
E. Characterized by spiritual disciplines: He is hospitable (loves people), loves what is good, upright, holy and disciplined.
F. Characterized by doctrinal stability: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught.”
G. Characterized by biblical capability: Able to “encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who
oppose it.”
3. Practical qualifications
A. An Active Member in good standing with the Chapel.
Section 5: Provisional Leadership Structure
When the Chapel is unable to fill the leadership roles as mentioned in Article IV (Elders and Trustees), the Alpine Chapel shall operate with a Provisional Leadership Council. The purpose of the Provisional Leadership Council will be to assist the Lead Pastor in overseeing and guiding the church by assisting in the duties of the Elder/Trustees as stated in Article IV Section 2, until such time as Elders and Trustees are selected. The Provisional Leadership Council is fully authorized to execute the corporate and other powers of the Elders and Trustees. (The Provisional Leadership Council shall consist of Active Members of the Chapel in good standing with the church and community and in full agreement with the Constitution, Bylaws and Statements. The term of the Provisional Leadership Council will be the same as the terms outlined for Elders and Trustees as described in Article IV, Section 1. The members of the Provisional Leadership Council will be recommended by the Lead Pastor and presented to the Active Members for approval.
Section 1: Place of Meetings:
Article V
Meetings of the Elders and Trustees
Regular or special meetings of the Elders and Trustees may be held online or at any place within or outside the State of Colorado that has been designated from time to time by resolution of the Elders and Trustees. In the absence of such designation, meetings shall be held at the principal office of the Chapel. Notwithstanding the above provisions of this section, a regular or special meeting of the Elders and Trustees may be held at any time or place consented to by all of the Elders and Trustees.
Section 2: Regular Meetings:
Regular meetings of the Elders and Trustees may be held without notice if the time and place of such meetings are fixed by resolution of the Elders and Trustees. A person will be designated to keep the official minutes of the Elder and Trustee meetings. The Lead Pastor as an ex-officio, non-voting Trustee, shall be notified of all meetings, regular or special.
Section 3: Special Meetings:
Authority to call a meeting: Special meetings of the Elders and Trustees may be called for any purpose and at any time by any Elder or Trustee. Meetings concerning the Lead Pastor’s performance, compensation or related matters may be conducted in executive session without the Lead Pastor being in attendance.
Section 4: Quorum of the Elders and Trustees:
A Quorum of Elders and Trustees shall be not less than three (3) Elders or Trustees. Any action or decision, which results in a recommendation to the Chapel, which is not unanimously approved by the Elders and Trustees, must have the vote of the recommendation disclosed to the Active Members prior to vote. A meeting at which a quorum is initially present but not maintained throughout the meeting, may continue to transact business.
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Article VI
Officers of the Chapel
Section 1: Officers
The officers of the church may be: A. Lead Pastor
B. Elders
C. Trustees
D. Church Treasurer
The Chair of the Trustee board shall serve as the moderator of the Chapel, unless she/he delegates the responsibility to someone else.
The Treasurer of the Chapel shall supervise the receiving and dispersing of all money of the Chapel in accordance with the policies, budget, and directives of the Trustees.
The Office Manager shall maintain accurate records of the membership of the Chapel and a record of the minutes of the Members meetings.
The Provisional Leadership Council shall fulfill the duties of any office for which an officer is not appointed.
Section 2: Election of Officers:
The Lead Pastor of the Chapel shall be selected by the Pastor Search Committee (Article IV Section 3E), approved unanimously by the Elders and Trustees, and confirmed by 75% affirmative votes from the Active Members at a membership meeting.
Section 3: Removal of Officers
The Lead Pastor may only be removed, with or without cause, upon recommendation by the Elders and Trustees, and a 3⁄4 vote of the Active Members at any regular or special membership meeting.
All officers or employees, other than the Lead Pastor, may be removed, with or without cause, by the Trustees, at any regular or special meeting of the Trustees.
Article VII
Lead Pastor
Section 1: Qualifications (See Article IV, Section 4: Spiritual Qualifications of Elders)
Section 2: Purpose
The Lead Pastor is an ex-officio, Elder and Trustee of the church (1Peter 5:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:17), ordained by God and called by the church to provide godly leadership and spiritual oversight of Christ’s church and its leadership by inspiring, equipping, ministering, and supervising Christ’s church that it would fulfill its purpose and mission.
Section 3: Duties
1. Inspiring:
By preaching and teaching God’s Word with clarity and conviction.
By communicating the activity of God around them.
By modeling a life of faith and commitment of the Lord Jesus Christ. By leading the church to discover and implement its vision and mission.
2. Equipping:
By leading the church to develop and maintain systematic systems by which new and old believers grow from immaturity to maturity to ministry.
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By teaching, modeling, and encouraging the evangelization of the lost.
By helping members find a place of service suited to their gifts and talents. 3. Ministering:
By providing spiritual counsel regarding doctrinal, moral, ethical, and relational issues.
By providing pastoral care during times of grief, crisis, illness, and change. 4. Supervising:
Representing the church to the community.
By overseeing the programs and ministries of the church to ensure that the purpose of the church is being met. By overseeing the administrative function of the church.
By overseeing the leadership of the church: Elders, Trustees, Officers, and support staff.
Article VIII
Additional Staff Persons
Section 1: Pastoral Staff
As the need for additional full and/or part time staff arises, the Lead Pastor excluded, with such need being determined by the Lead Pastor and Elders and Trustees, staff shall be called/employed to fill the need.
Section 2: Calling of Pastoral Staff
Pastoral Staff shall be recommended by the Lead Pastor to be approved by the Elders and Trustees with documentation to justify the position. If this position was not in the previously approved budget, the congregation shall be presented an updated budget to vote on the new position. During each step in the process, the congregation shall be kept up to date.
Section 3 Termination of Pastoral Staff
The Lead Pastor, upon approval by the Elders and Trustees, can terminate with or without cause pastoral staff. Should the Lead Pastor deem the termination of Pastoral Staff necessary, he will notify the body of Elders and Trustees prior to action and inform them of the reasons for the action.
Section 4 Non-Pastoral Staff
Non-Pastoral Staff shall be employed on full or part time basis as the Chapel needs, provided the position is appropriated in the approved Chapel budget and approved by the Elders and Trustees. The Lead Pastor, upon approval by the Elders and Trustees, has the power to hire and terminate these staff positions, subject to employee’s rights, if any, of the person under employment at the time.
Article IX
Records and Reports
The Chapel shall maintain the following records and reports:
1. Adequate and correct books and financial records;
2. Written minutes of the proceedings of its Members and Elders and Trustees meetings;
3. Record of the Members of the Chapel, setting forth the Member’s names and addresses; and
4. Contribution statements for contributors.
Article X
Amendments to Bylaws
Subject to the provision of the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act, the following Bylaws or any provision of them may be altered, amended or repealed in the following way:
1. Proposed changes shall be submitted to the Elders and Trustees for consideration, and if approved, recommended to the Active Members.
2. A written copy of the recommended changes should be sent by U.S. mail or email to each Active Member at least one (1) week prior to any regular or special membership meeting.
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3. Proposed changes will require a 3/4th approval of the Active Members present at any special or regular membership meeting at which a Quorum is present.
Article XI
Approval
This statement of the Bylaws was approved by the membership of the Alpine Chapel of Telluride, Colorado in a
Special business meeting held: September 24, 2023. _________________________
Pastor
_________________________ Trustee Chair
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Statement of Faith The Alpine Chapel
7/30/98
Further clarification can be found in the Baptist Faith and Message (1925 and 1963 editions) and the Baptist Ideals, (1964 edition).
I. GOD
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16)
1. God, The Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
2. God, The Son
Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God. He has always existed as God. He was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s Glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool. (John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13)
3. God, The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co- equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when he/she is saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells and seals every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers us to live as witnesses for Christ. We believe that all of the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are available to His church today. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11)
II. AUTHORITY
1. Jesus Christ as Lord
The ultimate source of authority is Jesus Christ the Lord and every area of life is to be subject to his lordship.
The ultimate source of Christian authority is Jesus Christ the Lord. His lordship springs from his eternal deity and power- as the anointed Son of sovereign God - and from his vicarious redemption and victorious resurrection. His authority is the expressions of righteous love, infinite wisdom, and divine holiness. This authority applies to the totality of life. It supplies integrity and unity to Christian purposes, strength to Christian commitment, and motivation for Christian loyalty. It demands willing obedience to Christ’s commandments, dedication to his service, fidelity to his kingdom, and the utmost devotion to Him as living Lord.
2. The Scriptures
The Bible as the inspired revelation of God’s will and way, made full and complete in the life and teachings of Christ, is our authoritative rule of faith and practice. We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35)
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction, which nothing can be neither added nor taken away from. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
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3. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God actively revealing Himself and His will to man. He therefore interprets and confirms the voice of divine authority.
The Holy Spirit is God actively present in the world and, particularly, in human experience. He is God revealing Himself and His will to man. The Spirit therefore is the voice of divine authority. He is the Spirit of Christ and His authority. The Scriptures came into being as men inspired by the Holy Spirit spoke for God. The truth of the Bible expresses the will of the Spirit and is made understandable by the work of the Spirit. He convicts men of sin and of righteousness and of judgment, thus making effective for individual salvation the saving work of Christ. He abides in the heart of the believer acting as man’s advocate with God and God’s interpreter to man. He calls the believer to trust and obedience and thereby produces in the believer’s life the fruits of holiness and love.
The Spirit seeks to achieve God’s will and purpose among men. He empowers Christians for the work of ministry and sanctifies and preserves the redeemed for the praise of Christ. He calls for a free and dynamic response to the lordship of Christ and for a creative and faithful obedience to the Word of God.
Note on the use of the Gift of Tongues:
We do not allow the gift of tongues in our worship services for the following reasons:
1. It is for personal edification, not for the whole church (1 Corinthians 14:4).
3. We are to focus on building up others, not ourselves (1 Corinthians 14:9,12).
4. It confuses unbelievers in the service (1 Corinthians 14:23).
5. Ideally, it is not meant to be used in the worship service (1 Corinthians14: 19-20,32-33).
III. THE INDIVIDUAL
1. His Worth
Every individual is created in the image of God and therefore merits respects and consideration as a person of infinite dignity and worth.
The Bible reveals that each human being is created in the image of God. As the highest form of His creation man is unique, precious, and irreplaceable. Created a rational being, each person is morally responsible to God and his fellow man. Man, as an individual is distinguishable from all other persons. As a person, he is bound with others in the bundle of life, for no one lives or dies to himself. We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity, and worth. According to His purpose and design, men and women are created to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family, and the local church. (Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7)
The Bible also reveals that Christ died for all men. The fact that man was created in the image of God and that Christ died for him is the source of his worth and dignity. He has the God given right to be recognized and accepted as an individual regardless of race, color, creed, or culture; to belong with dignity and respect to his community, and to have the full opportunity to achieve his potential.
IV. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
1. Salvation by Grace
Salvation from sin is the free gift of God through Jesus Christ, conditioned only upon repentance toward God and trust in and commitment to Christ the Lord.
Grace is God’s loving and merciful provision for the need of lost man. Man, in his natural state, is self-centered and proud; he is in bondage to Satan and spiritually dead in trespasses and sins. Because of his sinful nature, man is helpless to save himself. But God is rich in mercy and love toward all men in spite of their moral corruption and spiritual rebellion. Salvation is not the result of human merit or achievement but of divine purpose and initiative. It is not by means of sacramental mediation or moral training but by divine mercy and power. Salvation from sin is the free gift of God through Jesus Christ, conditioned only upon repentance toward God and trust in and commitment to Christ the Lord.
Salvation, which comes by grace, through faith, brings one into a vital life changing union with Christ, which is characterized, by a life of holiness and good works. The same grace by means of which one has been saved is the assurance of God’s continuing forgiveness and help in living the Christian life. We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who
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call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally. (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9)
2. The Priesthood of the Believer
Each Christian has direct access to God through Christ.
Every man is competent to go directly to God for forgiveness through repentance and faith. He needs neither individual nor church to dispense salvation. There is but one mediator of God and man, Jesus Christ our Lord. After one has become a Christian, he has direct access to God through Christ. He has entered into a royal priesthood and is privileged to minister for Christ to all men. He is to share with them the faith he cherishes and to serve them in the name and spirit of his Lord. The priesthood of believers, therefore, means that all members serve as equals under God in the fellowship of a local church.
IV. ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in salvation for eternity. If one has been genuinely saved, he or she cannot lose it. The grace and power of God maintains salvation, not the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
V. THE CHURCH
1. Its Nature
The Church, in its inclusive sense, is the fellowship of persons redeemed by Christ and made one in the family of God. The church, in its local sense, is a fellowship of believers in Christ, voluntarily banded together for worship, nurture, and service.
In the New Testament the term church designates God’s people in their totality or in local assembly. The church is a fellowship of persons redeemed in Jesus Christ, divinely called, divinely created, and made one under the sovereign rule of God. The church as a local body is a living body indwelt by the Holy Spirit- is a fellowship of believers in Christ, voluntarily banded together for worship, study, mutual discipline, Christian service and the propagation of the gospel at home and abroad. We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. (Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2:42-47)
2. Its Ordinance
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the two ordinances of the church, are symbolic of redemption, but their observance involves spiritual realities in personal Christian experience.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church. They are symbolic but their observance involves profession of faith, self-examination, discernment, gratitude, dedication, fellowship, and worship. Baptism is to be administered through the church under the authority of the triune God and is best symbolized through the immersion in water of those who by faith have received Jesus as Savior and Lord. In that act the believer is portrayed as buried with Christ and raised with him to walk in newness of life. We believe that all those who have given their lives over to Jesus should be baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as an act of obedience to God’s Word and to outwardly show what He is doing internally in their lives.
The Lord’s Supper, observed through the symbols of the bread and the fruit of the vine, is a sober searching of one’s heart, a thankful remembrance of Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross, a blessed assurance of His return, and a joyous fellowship with Christ and His people.
VI. STEWARDSHIP
Christian stewardship conceives the whole of life as a sacred trust from God, and requires the responsible use of life, time, talents, and possessions in the service of Christ.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are owed to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on the earth.
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VII. LAST THINGS
God, in His time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to his promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteousness in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. We believe the church will be “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (the Rapture). (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10) We believe the saints will return with Christ to the earth, at His Second Coming, to rule and reign with Him. (Jude 1:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:4) We believe in the pre- millennial return of Christ, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever. (Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7) We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Some will be raised to life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (hell – a place completely apart from where God is). We believe that God will create a new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell. We believe that the throne of God and the Lamb (Jesus Christ) will be established in the New Jerusalem forever. (Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5)
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The Alpine Chapel Membership Covenant
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and having been baptized (or anxiously waiting to be baptized at the next available opportunity), and, being in agreement with the Alpine Chapel’s statement of faith and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Alpine Chapel family. In doing so I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
1. I will protect the unity of my church
...By acting in love toward other members ...By refusing to gossip
...By following the leaders
"So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together” Rom. 14:19 Phillips
"Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart” 1Peter 1:22 TEV.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for the building others up according to their needs” Eph. 4:29.
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you" Heb. 13:7.
2. I will share the responsibilities of my church.
...By praying for its growth spiritually and physically ...By inviting the un-churched to attend
...By warmly welcoming those who visit
"To the church ... We always thank God for you and pray for you constantly" 1Thess. 1:1-2.
"The Master said to the servant, 'Go out to the roads and the country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full" Lk. 14:23.
"So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you, then God will be glorified" Rom 15:7 LB.
3. I will serve the ministry of my church
...By discovering my gifts and talents ...By being equipped to serve
...By developing a servant’s heart
...By serving the Body whenever possible
"Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you” 1Peter 4:10 Phillips.
"God gave...some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for the works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Eph. 4:11.
"Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who...took on the very nature of a servant” Phil. 2:3-4,7.
4. I will support the testimony of my church
...By attending faithfully when I am residing in the Telluride area ...By living a godly life in the community
...By giving regularly and joyfully of my time, talent and treasure
"Let us not give up meeting together... but let us encourage one another” Heb 10:25.
"Whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ” Phil 1:27 Phillips.
"Each of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering” 1 Cor. 16:2.
"A tenth of all your produce...is the Lord's, and is holy” Lev. 27:30.
5. Affirmation of faith
I have received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.
I believe that The Alpine Chapel is the place God would have me to serve.
I am in agreement with the statements of faith, vision, and covenant of the Alpine Chapel of Telluride.
I understand the above requirements and I desire to enter into a membership covenant with the Alpine Chapel.
Printed name: ________________________________
Signature: __________________________________ Date: __________________ Pastor or Elder: ______________________________ Date: __________________
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