Constitution and Bylaws

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

OF THE PENTECOSTAL OF GOD

LOUISIANA DISTRICT

INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

P O Box 211866

Bedford, Texas 76095

Revised July 19th, 2022, and Confirmed by a 2/3 majority vote of the delegates of the Louisiana District PCG Convention Held at Redeemed Fellowship PCG in Watson Louisiana General Secretary-Treasurer Rev. Dan Coleman Presiding

INTRODUCTION TO THE BYLAWS OF THE

Louisiana District

SECTION I

DISTRICT EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

 

District Bishop – Rev. Kevin Hancock P.O. Box 323 Watson LA 70786

(225) 571-6290 e-mail: pastorkevinlouisianapcg@yahoo.com

 

District Secretary Treasurer – Rev. Tod Wilkinson, P.O. Box 1988., Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727 
(225) 202-1526 e-mail: todwwilkinson@gmail.com

SECTION II

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

 

Rev. Denny R Polk

 

Pastor George Harris

 

Rev. Julius Hudson

 

Rev. Solomon Garba

 

Rev. Mikey Bonaventure

 

Pastor Robert Whitley

 

Rev. Joey Kelly

DISTRICT WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

 

Sis. Patricia Hancock, P.O. Box 323 Watson LA 70786
                       (225) 571-6290   
e-mail: pshancock@yahoo.com                        

SECTION III

DISTRICT MINISTERS

Ordained Ministers

 

Kevin Hancock P.O. Box 323 Watson LA 70786, Phone 225-571-6290

 

Tod Wilkinson 10544 Purple Martin CT, Denham Springs, LA 70726 Phone: 225-202-1526

 

Mikey Bonaventure 26476 Avoyelles AV, Denham Springs, Louisiana, 70726

(225) 305-3628

 

Julius Hudson 3426 Hwy 19 Ethel LA 70730 (225) 362-0867

 

Denny R Polk 106 N Second Avenue, Crossett, AR 71635 Phone: (870) 500-6675

 

George Harris 3224 Grassy Lake Drive Baton Rouge 70816 (225) 328-1980

 

Solomon Garba 2644 Meadowood DR Slaughter La 70777 (225) 270-5897

 

Joey Kelly 1208 Focis Metairie La 70005 (504) 239-6550

 

Robert Whitley 310 1st Street NW Springhill La 71075 (940) 704-2049

 

Thomas Rogers 218C Rachal Road, Polluck, Louisiana 71467 (318) 628-0578

 

George Britton Day III, 209 2nd Pinehill, Springhill, LA 71075, (318) 578-2327

                                                                                                                                        

J. W. Howell 29389 Willow Glenn Street, Denham Springs, Louisiana 70726,

(225) 667-0396 

 

James May 15098 Stafford Estates, Gonzales, Louisiana 70737 225) 622-1685

 

 

Licensed Ministers

 

Carl Leyerle 17701 Suma Lake Dr Apt L201 Livingston LA 70754 (225) 773-6456

 

Jerry Reynolds 10665 Alsam Road Bastrop LA 71220 (318) 669-1815

 

Amanda Buchler 33230 walker N Road Lot 40 Walker LA 70785 (870) 460-5329

 

George Buchler 33230 walker N Road Lot 40 Walker LA 70785 (870) 740-5982

 

Jennifer Beets 310 1st Street NW Springhill La 71075

 

Jean Polk 476 Forest Oak Rd Monroe La 71202 (318) 323-6435

 

Timothy Johnson 4903 Highway 82W, Lot 541, Crossett, AR 71635 (870) 415-9841

 

Exhorter Ministers

 

Werner Lukas 819 Paton Dr Crossett AR 71635 (870) 360-1631

 

Karen Bradshaw 409 6th Street NW Springhill LA 71075 (318) 578-2768

 

Steven D Rivers 848 Porteville Road Sarepta La 71071 (318) 445-4787

SECTION IV
DISTRICT CHURCHES

Anchor of Hope Pentecostal Church of God, Pastor Robert Whitley, 310 First St. NW, Springhill, LA 71075, Phone: (940) 704-2049

Believer’s Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God, Pastor Jerry Reynolds 11530 Crossett Rd 71221 Phone: (318) 669-1815

Faith Fellowship Pentecostal Church of God, Pastor J.W. Howell, 107798 Yarlin St., Denham Springs, Louisiana 70726 Phone 225-405-9019

New Season Pentecostal Church of God Pastor George Harris 2515 O'Neal Lane
Baton Rouge LA 70816 Phone (225) 328-1980

Redeemed Fellowship Pentecostal Church of God, Pastor-Bishop Kevin Hancock
34483 Highway 1019, Watson, Louisiana 70726, Mail:  P. O. Box 323, Watson, Louisiana 70786, Phone 225-571-6290


 

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

LOUISIANA DISTRICT

ARTICLE ONE

NAME

 

The name of the corporation, as set forth in the charter is: Louisiana District of the Pentecostal Church of God.

ARTICLE TWO

PURPOSE

 

(a) Our purpose shall be to further, within our boundaries, the general aim and purpose of the Pentecostal Church of God.

(b) And; to preach the gospel and further the cause of the Kingdom of God within the   Louisiana District and around the world.

(c) And; to promote the building of and maintenance of churches and missions in the State of Louisiana, and to provide fellowship and means of cooperation between churches of similar faith and doctrines.

(d) And; to maintain such relationships with local, state and federal governments as may be necessary for the successful accomplishments of the purpose of this corporation.

(e) And; To make bylaws for its government, not inconsistent with the constitution of the State of Louisiana and the United States of America, and the constitution and general bylaws of the Pentecostal Church of God, and to alter and amend the same at it’s pleasure, and employ all necessary help to carry on the work and purpose of said corporation, as herein set forth.

 

ARTICLE THREE

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

 

 

As a Christian constituency of the New Testament Believers, we, the Pentecostal Church of God, subscribe to the following declaration of the things which are more surely believed among us (Luke 1:1), praying that there be no harmful nor divisive difference ofbeliefs to the injury of any, not the disturbance of the peace and harmony of the church, and that we may be all of the same mind and same judgment, speaking the same things in

love (1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42) and with one voice glorifying God, to the edification of His people, and to give Christian witness to the world.

 

1. The Scriptures

 

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).

 

2. The Godhead

 

We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and preserver of all things (Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16).  In the unity of this Godhead, there are three Persons of one individual essence, who are co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal; namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 28:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1, 2, 18; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; 15:26; John 10:33).

 

In eternal relationship as to priority (not superiority) the Father is greater than all (John 4:26; 15:28; John 5:18).

 

The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father and accepted earthly limitations for the purpose of incarnation, being true God and true man; conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary.  He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.  He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.  He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice.

 

The Holy Ghost is a Divine Person, Executive of the Godhead on earth, the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide and to teach the Believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.

 

3. Man, His Fall and Redemption

 

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12).  “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil, and gave his life and shed his blood to redeem and restore man back to God (1 John 3:8).

                                                                                                                                       

4. Salvation

 

Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through Holy Spirit conviction.  Godly sorrow works repentance and makes possible the experience of the New Birth, and Christ formed within us is the gift of eternal life (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7).                                                                                                          

Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8).

 

Man is a free moral agent and can, at any time after the new birth experience, turn away from God and die in a state of sin; with the consequences of hell to look forward to.

 

5.  The Church

 

The true church, built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20), is the Body of our Lord (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27); Christ being the head (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18).  Its earthly constituents are all true Believers, born again of the Spirit (John 3:6) and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), who are living an overcoming Christian life (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:27).

 

To the church, through its members, is delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27, 28) which are necessary for the successful evangelization of the world and the perfecting of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-12).

 

This universal, invisible sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:26, 27; Revelation 21:9b, 27) and it is for this Bride for whom Jesus Christ returns, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch her away and take her to Heaven (John 14:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

6. Ministry

 

God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as evangelists, pastors and teachers, apostles, prophets and specifically endues the one called with the talents and gifts peculiar to that office or offices (Ephesians 4:11-13).  Under no circumstances should anyone be ordained or set apart to any such office unless the calling is distinct and evident.

 

7.  Water Baptism

 

Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28:19) and is for Believers only.  The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).

 

The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted; to wit:  “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.”

                                                                                                                                     

8.  Baptism of the Holy Ghost

 

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11), is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all Believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38, 39; 10:44-48).  The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is accompanied by the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance as the initial physical sign and evidence (Acts 2:4)

                                                                                                                                           

9.  Sanctification

 

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).  We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 13:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:12; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

 

10.  Lord’s Supper

 

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a commandment of our Savior; and being a memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian Believers (1 Corinthians 11:27).  The time and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each congregation (1 Corinthians 11:26).

 

Only unfermented grape juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.

 

11.  Foot Washing

 

Foot washing is recognized among many Believers as a Christian practice, and the time, manner and frequency of its observance is left to the discretion of each local congregation (John 13)

 

12.  Divine Healing

 

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to all who truly believe.

 

13.  The Resurrection of the Just

 

The Bible promises, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner” (Acts 1:11).  His coming is imminent; when He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).  Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).                                                                                                                                          

14.  Setting a Time for the Lord’s Return

 

It is unwise to teach that the Lord will come at some specified time, thereby setting a date for His appearing, and it also unwise to teach, preach or publish visions of  numbers and dates which would tend to fix the time of the second coming of the Lord (Mark 13:32, 33).

 

15.  The Coming of the Lord

 

We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial.  We further contend that this position alone admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension and provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the unsaved.  As demonic                                                                                                                                           

deception and satanic darkness depends, we urge our ministers to maintain and proclaim this doctrinal viewpoint as the “blessed hope” of the church.

 

Furthermore, we recommend that, should any of our preachers hold to the mid or post-tribulation doctrine, they refrain from preaching and teaching it.  Should they persist in emphasizing this doctrine to the point of making it an issue, their standing in the fellowship will be seriously affected.

 

16.  Hell and Eternal Retribution

 

The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27).  The Lake of Fire is literal (Revelation 19:20).  The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned (Matthew 25:41-46) in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

17.  Relation to War

 

Whereas, we believe that our government is ordained of God; and whereas, we are thankful to the government of the United States of America for the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience; and whereas, there are those within our church organization who conscientiously object to the bearing of arms in the time of war; be it resolved; that we, as a church organization, affirm their respective right to this conviction as they offer their respective services to our government in any way consistent with non-combative service.

 

18.  Tithes

 

We recognize the Scriptural duty of all our people, as well as ministers, to pay tithes as unto the Lord (Hebrews 7:8).

Tithes should be used for the support of the active ministry and for the propagation of the gospel and work of the Lord in general and not given to charity or used for other purpose (Malachi 3:7-11; Hebrews 7:2; 1 Corinthians 9:7-11; 16:2). 

ARTICLE FOUR
MINISTERIAL RELATIONS

(a) Our ministers are privileged to use the services of ministers of other churches of like faith as evangelists only.  Any pastor or evangelist of the Pentecostal Church of God is privileged to labor in other churches when it is deemed wise for the building of the cause of the district and the Kingdom of God.  No minister holding credentials with the Louisiana District will be allowed to labor in churches or fellowships that are considered as antagonistic to the Pentecostal Church of God or the Louisiana District.  Any minister who does so will be subject to disciplinary action.
(b) Our ministers should cultivate a mutual fellowship and work in harmony.  In towns of 5,000 or less population, it shall be deemed inadvisable for any of our                                                                  
ministers to start a new assembly, if there is an active Pentecostal Church of God church already established.  Any minister of this district will seek the sanction of the district before attempting to start any new work or church with the boundaries of the district.
(c) Biblical Standard for Ministry
(1) We faithfully pledge our loyalty to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
(2) We affirm complete confidence in the infallible Word of God
(3) We affirm our commitment to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, 20;
Mark 16:  15, 16) and we declare our willingness to go anywhere, do anything and sacrifice everything God requires of us in the fulfillment of the commission. 
(4) We accept God’s call to preach and teach the word to all people as God gives opportunity, and we do this because of God’s love for every human being who, apart from faith in Christ, is judgment bound and destined for hell.
(5) We endorse the Gospel message of salvation by grace alone through faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the cross for our sins.
(6) The proclamation of the Gospel must include a thoughtful call of every person to repent, to commit to Jesus Christ and to follow Him as Lord and Savior, and to do all these lovingly and without coercion or manipulation
(7) We will stay prayerfully filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit for a deeply spiritual Christ-centered ministry.
(8) We will lead lives of holiness and moral purity, appropriately representing Christian ministry to the Church and to the world.
(9) We will practice a life of regular Bible study and pray for personal spiritual growth and anointed ministry.
(10) We will be faithful stewards of all personal and church finances and we will be accountable to all concerned in the finance of our ministry and will be honest in reporting our statistics. We will keep personal and church financial activities separate and inviolate. Following these standards, we will faithfully promote our ministry in the community, ”providing things honest in the sight of all men”.
(11) Our family is a sacred trust and our responsibility to each family member is to be kept as faithfully as our call to minister to others.
(12) We are responsible to the local church and we will conduct our ministry to build up the local body of believers in the larger interest of the church universal. We will be subject to those whom God has placed in authority over us.
(13) We are responsible to faithfully discipline all who come to faith under our ministry, to encourage every person to identify with the local church, to work faithfully at evangelism, Christian Education and Christian discipleship, and endeavor to train every believer in personal witnessing.  
(14) We will share the Cross of Christ by relieving both the social and spiritual sufferings of humanity, whether rich or poor, healthy or infirm; we will do our utmost to alleviate human need, following Christ as our example.
(15)We will give ourselves to prayer, to evangelism, to revival, to Bible-based counseling, to Christian education, to peacemaking and to our particular office, ministry and calling until Christ returns for his own.
(16) We will uphold the standards of righteous living and appearance of the ministry by not allowing any male minister to wear earrings or ear posts.
(17) Due to our Biblical stand against sodomy, the Pentecostal Church of God will not recognize or credential any person who practices a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle.
(18) Due to our Biblical stand against sodomy, we do not recognize relationships of the same sex as being healthy to the home; neither will our churches or ministers perform wedding ceremonies for two people of the same sex.  According to moral, biblical teachings and standards, the only relationships that are healthy are between a natural born man and a natural born woman, and all marriages performed by a Pentecostal Church of God minister, or in a Pentecostal Church of God Chartered Church, must meet this biblical standard.
(19) The Pentecostal Church of God adopts from the General Bylaws their stand on pornography, obscenity, and homosexuality.    
(d) Be it resolved that when any minister withdraws from the fellowship; it shall be done by letter stating the reasons for withdrawal.  A record of such withdrawal shall be kept on file in the district office along with his or her ministerial record.  No person who withdraws from this fellowship shall be reinstated or restored until they appear before the District Board.
(e) All ministers transferred into the Louisiana District must meet the District Board for introduction and orientation at the next regular scheduled board meeting.
(f) All of our ministers who are not full time evangelists and who live in the vicinity (20 miles) of a Pentecostal Church of God church, shall be required to attend that church or another Pentecostal Church of God church, exceptions being made only in extreme emergencies, and that being cleared through the District Board.  Any minister being found in violation of this bylaw shall be sent notification requiring them to meet the District Board.
(g) Whereas it is imperative that we maintain harmony and unity within our ranks, be it resolved that any minister who shows a contentious or argumentative spirit, will not be advanced to the next level of credentials.  And, that any such minister will be subject to disciplinary action of the District Board.
(h) Whereas, our ministers must set a good example that others might follow, and whereas it shows a good spirit of cooperation and loyalty; be it resolved that all credentialed ministers be required to attend district functions such as Youth Ministry rallies, Fellowship Meetings, District Conventions and Camp Meetings, where ever and whenever possible.
(i) Whereas, the Bible teaches that we should not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and whereas a Christian's effectiveness in witnessing would be drastically impaired, if not entirely destroyed, by maintaining membership in a lodge, secret order or secret society, no minister, on any level of the Pentecostal Church of God, shall be permitted to carry credentials with this organization and belong at the same time to a lodge, secret order or secret society.
(j) This shall not refer to trade unions, where membership is necessary for employment

 

ARTICLE FIVE

SEXUAL ETHICS

 

Section 1.  Principles of Moral Behavior

The following principles of moral behavior and relationships are foundational for sexual ethics throughout the Pentecostal Church of God Louisiana District.  These principles arise from our understanding of God’s Word as revealed by the Holy Spirit in Scripture, creation, and the tradition of the church.

A.  The Love of God revealed in Jesus Christ is central to our approach in ethics.

B.  The worth of persons is understood by God’s eternal love.

C.  Scripture assigns to the Church the responsibility to protect the vulnerable.

D.  Personal responsibility for behavior is paramount.

E.  Freedom for the oppressed and for the captive is essential. (Luke 4:18,19)

F.  The marriage covenant between a natural born man and a natural born woman is foundational.  (Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:13-16)

G.  Faithfulness to our covenants is vital.  (Ecclesiastes 5:5)

Section 2. Affirmations Regarding Sexuality.

We affirm the following statements about human sexuality:

A.  Sexuality is a good and holy gift of God to humanity bestowed in original creation (Genesis 1:27; 2:25).  At the same time, we recognize that our sexuality has been affected by the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden making necessary these statements about God’s original and redeemed design for human sexuality.

B.  Monogamous marriage between a natural born man and a natural born woman, based on the principle of covenant initiated by God, is the relationship through which sexuality can fulfill its potential to bless human lives.  The Covenant of Marriage stresses sexual fidelity to one’s spouse.  It promotes love, trust, companionship, intimacy, spirituality and peace.  (Ephesians 5:31)

C.  Biblical sexual relationships demonstrate and are guided by the principles of Christ’s love, mutual respect, responsibility, justice, covenant and faithfulness. (1 Corinthians 7:3-5)

D.  Sexual ethics should be the same for all persons without discrimination.

E.  People can lead fulfilling lives in harmony with God’s will without being sexually active.  (1 Corinthians 7:17)

Section 3.  Personal Action

Based on these principles and affirmations, we believe God calls the Church and all persons to:

A.  Exemplify the morality of sexual ethics as expressed through Christ’s love, justice, and faithfulness in the marriage covenant.

B.  Stress that sexual desire itself does not morally justify sexual activity.

C.  Renounce all immoral sexual activities that are selfish, irresponsible, promiscuous, degrading, or abusive.

D.  Denounce all forms of exploitation, abuse, and sexual violence.  Sexual acts that degrade or dehumanize are contrary to God’s will.  These include, but are not limited to sexual harassment, pornography, genital mutilation, child abuse, incest, rape, prostitution, and human sex trafficking.  No physical, emotional, or spiritual abuse is acceptable.

E.  Offer safety and healing ministry as a natural function of the Body of Christ to those who have been threatened, ostracized, exploited, abused, violated, and whose relationships have been broken.

ARTICLE SIX

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

 

Section 1.  Affirmation of Marriage

The Pentecostal Church of God Louisiana District affirms that marriage is between one natural born man and one natural born woman.  Homosexuality is not compatible with Christian ministry.

Section 2.  Designed by God

Marriage is a covenant designed by God and is a sacred covenant relationship between husband and wife for a lifetime.  The sanctity of marriage and family is upheld in Scripture.  It is understood, therefore, that divorce is the breaking of the marriage covenant and represents less than the ideal.  We further understand that sin has disrupted marriage and family relationships.  Divorce is not encouraged in Scripture, for the grace of God encourages reconciliation.  Yet because of the hardness and stubbornness of the human heart, reconciliation is not always possible.  The New Testament does reflect a higher standard for the ministry because of the responsibility of leadership in the Church and that the minister’s life must model his/her message.  We seek to comprehend and practice a balance between God’s grace and holding the standard set for in God’s Word.

Section 3.  Divorced and Remarried Ministers.

No divorced and remarried Christian shall be granted credentials with the Pentecostal Church of God except in the following cases:

A.  The divorce occurred prior to the first confirmed experience of salvation.  (Hebrews 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

B.  The divorce was for the cause of fornication on the part of the applicant’s former spouse (Matthew 5:32; 19:9), where the applicant was faithful to the marriage vows.

C.  The divorce occurred when an unbeliever departs from a believer (1 Corinthians 7:15).  It must be determined that every effort was made personally and legally to save the marriage, and said divorce occurred against the will of the applicant.

ARTICLE SEVEN

DISTRICT OFFICERS

District Bishop

(a) The District Bishop shall be an Ordained Minister with at least (7) years’ experience in the ministry, with (3) of those years as an Ordained minister of the P.C.G. This person shall not be less than thirty-five years of age with a minimum of two year’s residency in the district.

 

(b) The District Bishop shall have general supervision, direction and management over all undertakings and operations of the Louisiana District. The Bishop will be responsible for overseeing of business meetings of local church’s in the absence of or in the election of pastors.

 

(c)The District Bishop will be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at the District convention. This person shall be elected to serve for a period of two years upon their first election, then four years at each subsequent election period thereafter.

 

(d) Should the Bishop resign, or the office otherwise become vacant; the District Board is empowered to elect any minister within the Louisiana district which meets requirement (A) by a simple majority vote.

 

(e) The Bishop shall be paid an advance based upon the number of days that the General board meeting and or General Conventions scheduled plus travel time necessary at the rate of $150 per day as long as there are funds in the district account to disburse. This amount shall be given in advance of the meeting or convention. Receipts of all expenses must be furnished to the district Secretary Treasurer no later than 30 days after returning from the meeting or convention. All receipts are subject to examination and approval of the district Board. Any district funds remaining in excess of the receipts shown must be reimbursed to the district. Any receipts that are disallowed by the district board shall be reimbursed to the district. In addition, the District Bishop shall be reimbursed for travel expenses while performing duties within the district at the various churches, over and above the amount of the Bishops normal monthly expense.

 

(f) The District Bishop will see that each local church is supplied with a minister when said church is without a regular pastor and shall make appointments for ministers who wish to try out for a church. The Bishop shall supervise all pastoral elections in district church at the bishops discretion. The Bishop as well can appoint a District Board member to do the same.

 

(g) The District Bishop will set in order any new church or organized group within the Louisiana District of the P.C.G. and or appoint any district board member if needed to assist in the same.

 

(h) The District bishop shall be fully accountable to the district Board and shall give an account of activities and vision to the District board.

 

 

District Secretary Treasurer

 

(a)  The District Secretary Treasurer shall be a ordained minister with at least seven (7) years’ experience in the ministry, at least thirty (30) years of age with at least (2) years of minister membership within the P.C.G. and at least one (1) year residence within the Louisiana District.

 

(b) This person shall make a true record of all ordained, licensed and exhorter ministers, and of all affiliated churches in this district. This person is authorized to sign all legal documents and to perform such functions as are customary to this position. Or as may be directed by the District Board or District Bishop.

 

(c) This person shall be custodian of all seals and documents of this District and keep a record of all tithes offerings and fees of all ministers and churches within the district, and shall notify in writing when directed by the Bishop or District board any minister or church who is not in compliance with the tithe requirements and or assessments within these bylaws.

 

(d) The Secretary Treasurer shall be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, and shall serve for a period of two (2) years upon their first election, then four (4) years upon each subsequent election by the District Convention.

 

(e) Should the Secretary Treasurer resign, or the position be vacated for any reason, the District Bo

ard is empowered to elect any member within the Louisiana District which meets requirement (A) by simple majority.

 

(f) The District Secretary Treasurer shall be paid an advance based upon the number of days that the General Board meeting and or General Convention is scheduled, plus travel time necessary at the rate of $150 per day as long as there are funds in the district account to disburse. This amount shall be paid in advance of the meeting or convention. Receipts of all expenses must be furnished to the District no later than 30 days after returning from the meeting or convention. All receipts are subject to examination and approval of the District Board. Any district funds remaining in excess of the receipts shown must be reimbursed to the district. Any receipts that are disallowed by the district Board shall be reimbursed to the district. In addition, the District Secretary Treasurer shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while performing district business at the request an direction of the district Bishop and or District Board.

 

(g) At the direction of the Bishop, the Secretary Treasurer can conduct business meetings in the local church on the district’s behalf.

District Board

 

(a) The district board shall consist of the District Bishop, the district Secretary Treasurer and no less than 3 and no more than 7 Board members at large.

 

(b) A Board member at large shall be a Ordained minister at least 25 years of age.

 

(c) A Board member at large shall be elected by a simple majority vote at the district Convention. This person shall be elected to serve for a period of two years there first election, then four years at each subsequent election period thereafter.

 

(d) No member of the District Board shall hold multiple positions on the District Board, however any position on the district Board which might become vacant during a term can be voted upon by the District Board with a simple majority vote by the setting Board members for any minister within the Louisiana District, sitting on or off the District board which person would be required to meet the bylaws for that position.

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                       

ARTICLE EIGHT

LOCAL CHURCHES

 

(a) Each local church shall elect its own pastor by a simple majority vote.  The pastor will be the chairman of all church committees, and or boards.  No meeting shall be called by a board or committee without the consent of the pastor.  All meetings which shall have any connection with the church, or church business, shall be under the supervision of the pastor.

 

(b) When the office of the pastor of one our local churches becomes vacant, should that church through its board or some committee, desire to select some minister to try out for pastor of that church, the candidate’s name shall be submitted to the District Bishop or Secretary Treasurer for clearance as for qualifications.

 

(c) No minister shall be considered for pastor of a local church, unless said minister holds credentials with the Pentecostal Church of God and is in good standing. Should a minister from another district desire to try out for a local church, a letter from their home district will be required before this person is allowed to try out.

                                                                                                                                  

(d) No minister will be allowed to try out for a local church unless they have been in attendance at a Pentecostal Church of God church or affiliate and is good standing with said church.

 

(e) No minister will be considered for pastor who has not been cooperative with local district bylaws and functions.

 

(f) No minister will be eligible to try out or be elected as pastor who has been requested to meet the District Board and has action pending.

 

(g) When a pastor resigns, this person shall give written notice to the District Office. As soon as the letter of resignation has been submitted, this person shall not return to the pulpit of said church without the approval of the Executive Committee. This person shall be given thirty (30) days from the date of the letter of resignation to vacate the church parsonage.

 

(h) Should a pastor be asked to leave or be voted out as pastor, this person will be given thirty (30) days to vacate the parsonage from the date of notification.

 

(i) No pastoral election will be held unless a duly appointed official is present to chair said election.

 

(j) When one of Louisiana District churches is in try out for a pastor; if said church cannot reach a decision on electing a pastor within sixty (60) days from the time try outs started, it shall be deemed an emergency. If, in the absence of a pastor, the congregation becomes divided and is being threatened by loss of members, and or the financial status of the church is in danger because of existing circumstances, the District Executive Committee shall have full authority to declare it as an emergency and shall take whatever action is necessary to preserve the well being of the church, and that of the district.

 

(k) No Pentecostal Church of God church shall be allowed to appoint or elect an associate or assistant pastor who does not carry credentials with the Pentecostal Church of God, and who is not in good standing.  Upon election or appointment to such a position, the pastor will notify the district office of such action.

 

(l) Because we see a great need to bring independent churches into fellowship with our organization and the Louisiana District, and because of their investments and interests are in such legal status as to prevent a joint deed, be it resolved that a charter of full fellowship be granted to such churches who desire fellowship under the bylaws of this district.

 

(m) In the case of a church failure to such a degree as to call for the sale of said property, the funds derived from said sale will be placed in a church relocation fund of the District Missions Department.  If it is determined after a proper time that said church will not relocate, said funds will be used to start or assist new works or existing works.

 

(n) It is recommended that the local church keep a roster of church membership, and that active participation in business meetings be limited to those of age eighteen (18) years or older, whose names are on the roster sixty (60) days or more prior to the business meeting.

                                                                                                                                    

(o) It is recommended that the local church adopt a constitution and bylaws to govern said church.  These bylaws shall not conflict with district or general bylaws.Where there is no local church bylaws to govern such circumstances as may arise, the district bylaws will apply.

 

(p) Due to our Biblical stand on sodomy, the church bodies of the Pentecostal Church of God will not accept as registered members any person who practices a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, nor will they be allowed to take part in any leadership position.

 

(q) Any and all churches connected to or a part of the Louisiana District P.C.G. in any way, shall be responsible to obtain, and retain as they see fit a Insurance policy or policies, concerning their church, and their church properties. The Louisiana P.C.G. shall not be held responsible in any way or accountable to any church which doesn’t carry Insurance on their own behalf if or when a church within the Louisiana District would experience a impact that could had or should had been covered by an insurance policy.

ARTICLE NINE

DISTRICT CONVENTIONS

 

(a) Be it resolved that the Louisiana District of the Pentecostal Church of God will hold a bi-annual convention, held on the opposite years of the bi-annual General Convention, the date and place to be set by the District Board.

(b) Convention seating will consist of all Ordained, Licensed, and Exhorter ministers who are credentialed with the Pentecostal Church of God through the Louisiana District, along with their companions.

(c)  Each local chartered church shall be entitled to representation in the district convention.  This representation shall consist of the pastor, his or her spouse, and two (2) delegates.  Delegates shall be members of the local church whose names are on the church roster for minimum period of (6) months prior to the convention.

(d) No church shall be entitled to representation which has not paid all their dues, and is not holder of a charter of fellowship.  No pastor of a chartered church, or any minister who has not paid their tithe and dues, will be entitled to a vote in the convention business.

(e) Registration fees for each bi-annual convention shall be Five dollars ($5.00) per voting member.

 

ARTICLE TEN

FINANCE

 

(a) All district funds shall be kept in one (1) account.  Records shall be kept by the Secretary Treasurer, or appointed secretary, and a record of all receipts and disbursements of each department shall be kept on file.

 

(b) The cutoff date for all fees and dues has been established at the 10th day of the month.  All fees and dues that are not paid by that date will be shown as delinquent.  Any minister (30) days late will be notified by E-mail, Text message, letter through the post office, phone call or voice mail to meet the District Board for appropriate action.

Ministers who are consistently delinquent in paying of tithes and fees are subject to disciplinary action as provided by these bylaws.  These actions may include dropping of credentials as a minister in the district, removal of any and all positions held within the Louisiana District of the Pentecostal Church of God and placing the property of the church under the direct control of the Louisiana District Board. 

                                                                                                                             

(c) No minister will be allowed to vote in any district business at the District Convention whose record indicates a past due amount, or delinquent status on any fees, dues or tithe.

(d) Be it resolved that all Exhorter and Licensed and Ordained ministers who are not engaged in full time ministry shall pay fifty percent (50%) of his or her tithe to the local church which they attend, and fifty percent (50%) to the district.  If there has been no income and therefore no tithe to pay, the minister must make his or her monthly report declaring such to be true.

 

(e) All full-time ministers, pastors or evangelists shall pay seventy five percent (75%) of their tithe to the district and twenty five percent (25%) to the local church.  Fifty percent (50%) of all tithe received from a full time evangelist shall be paid to the General Office Home Missions Department.

 

(f) Be it resolved that in case of a church financial hardship, the pastor may request from the District Board, that his or her tithes be returned to the local church.  This request must be in writing and brought to the District Board. 

 

(g) When a request for the return of tithing because of financial hardship is submitted as provided for in our District Bylaws according to Article 8, Finance, paragraph (f), is submitted to the District Board by a pastor to have his tithes returned to his church, such request shall be renewed every three months, and after 6 months, or two sequential requests, the request shall be examined by the District Board.

 

(h) Be it resolved that each church that participates in the First Fruits Program by regular monthly offerings for at least six (6) months or more in each year shall be exempt from the assessment fee of five dollars ($5.00) per month for Camp Meeting and/or Convention expenses.  Those churches who fail to submit First Fruits offerings for at least six (6) months in a year will continue to be assessed five dollars ($5.00) per month for Camp Meeting and/or Convention expenses.

 

(i) Be it resolved, that from the District General Fund, the District Bishop shall be paid an expense allowance of Four hundred dollars ($400) per month, plus all personal love offerings.

 

(j) At the District Board meeting prior to the District Convention, the District Board shall review the salary of the District Bishop and make recommendations for adjustments according to the district financial ability.

 

(k) Be it resolved, that from the District General Fund, the District Secretary Treasurer shall be paid an expense allowance of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month, plus all personal love offerings.

 

(l) At the District Board meeting prior to the District Convention, the District Board will review the salary of the District Secretary Treasurer and will make recommendations for adjustments according to the district financial ability.

                                                                                                                                 

(m) Be it resolved that from the district tithe fund, five percent (5%) of all tithe shall be placed in the District Missions Fund.

 

(n) Be it resolved that all District Board members be reimbursed for travel expenses to and from all District Board meetings an amount equal to the prevailing mileage rate allowed by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America at the time that the expenses are incurred. Expenses may include one night motel expenses as deemed necessary by the District Board.

 

(o) The District shall pay the yearly credentials fees of the District Bishop as long as there are funds available.

 

ARTICLE ELEVEN

DISCIPLINE

 

(a) All charges against any minister shall be in writing, it shall be in triplicate, with the signatures of at least two (2) accusers.  One copy is to be filed with the District Bishop, and one copy to be sent to the defendant, and one copy to remain with the accuser.  The District Bishop shall appoint a suitable time and place for the hearing of such matters.  All parties shall be notified in writing not less than ten (10) days prior to said meeting.

 

(b) No question may be asked nor any evidence submitted, unless the question or evidence has a direct bearing on the charge in question.  It shall be the duty of the chairman to enforce this procedure.

 

(c)  On any charge filed, a court of inquiry shall be appointed by the District Bishop.  The court of inquiry shall investigate said charges and shall hear all evidence presented for or against the defendant.  The court of inquiry shall present such evidence to the District Board with recommendations for course of action.  It shall be the responsibility of the District Board to render a verdict of guilty or not guilty, and if guilty, determine a suitable disciplinary action.

 

(d) Any defendant found guilty may appeal to the next District Convention and present his or her case to the Convention, where it will take a two thirds (2/3) majority to overturn the District Board decision.  Any ordained minister found guilty of a charge may appeal to the General Board whose decision will be final.  The decision of the District Board will remain in effect during the appeal process.

 

(e) In case of charges against the District Bishop, the District Board shall appoint a board of inquiry, and the same procedure shall exist as set forth for other ministers.

 

(f) If the defendant is found innocent of charges, and the charges are found to be false, the accuser shall be deemed guilty of malicious slander, trouble making and causing division, and such may be disciplined, even to the point of removal of their names from the ministerial list, or church membership.

 

(g) A person who has been tried and found innocent, or who has repented and made restitution, shall not be tried a second time on the same charge.  Any person or persons causing distention or division by referring to former charges, either by writing or conversation, shall be liable to discipline.  (“Where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” Proverbs 26:20)

                                                                                                                                   

ARTICLE TWELVE

CREDENTIALS

 

(a) No person will be considered for ministerial credentials that is not a member of a Pentecostal Church of God church or affiliate, except when the applicant is already credentialed with another organization.  Upon being accepted into the Pentecostal Church of God, said minister will make immediate steps to begin his or her ministry with the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

(b)  Any person, who petitions for credentials and hold credentials with another organization, shall be required to submit such credentials to the Louisiana District, who will inform the other organization of the action.

 

(c)  Any minister coming to us from another organization must have a letter of recommendation from that organization.

 

(d)  No applicant will be considered without the recommendation of two (2) ministers, of which one (1) must be in good standing with the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

(e) The Ministers Study Series shall be the official study courses for ministers of the Pentecostal Church of God, and shall be a mandatory program for credentials for all new ministers and those advancing from Exhorter to License and Ordination.  A Certificate of Completion shall precede the application for advancement.  If any applicant has completed the equivalent studies, this requirement may be waived

 

(f) No minister will be passed to the next level unless they have passed the written test of the Louisiana District and/or such tests as may be required by the General Office.

 

(g) The Exhorter Credential shall be considered as the first step toward Ordination.  Upon acceptance as an Exhorter, by meeting the qualifications on the present application, he shall hold his first step credential for a minimum of one (1) year.  During time he may exercise spiritual ministries as his gifts may be.

 

(h) No Exhorter minister will be allowed to continue holding his or her credentials in that status beyond two (2) years without a review of the District Board which is empowered to withdraw such credentials, or if extenuating circumstances prevail may extend that time for one (1) year.

 

(i) Before the Exhorter may be passed to the level of License, he must meet the District Board for approval of advancement, and must have completed the appropriate Study Series, and must have read the entire Bible.  He shall also have the recommendation of his or her pastor, and must successfully pass the appropriate district test.         

 

(j) All applicants who meet the District Board for Exhorter credentials may be required by the District Board to serve under a designated pastor until passed to the next level.  Should there be a reason to change that assignment, the Exhorter must make written request to the District Board, and said request must be signed by the pastor.

 

(k)The License credential is considered as the second step toward the goal of becoming an ordained minister.

 

(l) Upon being accepted as a Licensed minister by having completed the appropriate Study Series, having read the entire Bible, and having given evidence of definite plans to be active in the ministry, and having passed the tests required, said minister shall carry license for a minimum of two (2) years and must have completed the appropriate Study Series of the Minister’s Study Series, and have a proven ministry before applying for ordination.

 

(m) Being now ready for the final step toward the goal of ordination, the minister shall meet the District Board with an application.  Said minister shall have successfully completed the appropriate Ministers Study Series and have been at the License level for a minimum of two (2) years.

 

(n) Ministers applying for ordination must be in full time ministry.  Full time ministry may include those who are serving as assistant or associate pastors if they have been duly elected or appointed to that office.  Full time evangelists are deemed as those who receive their full support from the ministry of evangelism.

 

(o)  In order to be considered for ordination, the applicant must have fulfilled at least one (1) full year of full time ministry; if working on a secular job, must have at least two (2) year’s experience in an acceptable ministry.

 

(p) All ministers advancing to ordination must have successfully passed the written examination for ordination required by the district and shall have the recommendation of at least two (2) ordained ministers of the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

(q) One receiving such credentials must possess the necessary training either formal or an adequate equivalency (requirements to be set by the General Board), to enable him or her to serve the church effectively in these specialized areas.

ARTICLE THIRTEEN

MISSIONS

 

(a) There shall be within the structure of the Louisiana District, a department known as the Missions Department.

 

(b) The qualifications of the Director of the Missions Department shall be the same as those of the District Executives.  The Missions Department shall be under the direct supervision of the District Board.  All funds of said department shall be in the same account as all other funds, having a separate record kept by the Secretary Treasurer.

(c) The Missions Director shall be directly involved in promoting the Pentecostal Church of God in the State of Louisiana.

 

(d)The Mission Director's responsibilities shall include but not be limited to: (1) Planting of new churches (2) Promoting the growth of new churches (3) Church construction and (4) Encourage and promote fellowship churches

 

(e) The Mission Director may be appointed by the District Board to serve for a period of (2) years during the June board prior to the District Convention. He shall be in good standing with the district.

 

(f) The Mission Director shall be reimbursed for expenses associated with doing business for the Louisiana District Pentecostal Church of God. Receipts shall be provided for all expenditures and retained by the District office. The expenditure shall be deducted from the Mission finances as provided by the Louisiana District, according to Article Eight – Finance – Paragraph “L”.

 

(g) Missions funds will be used to assist in the establishing of new works and or for the purchase of property to be used for the establishing of new churches, and or the improvement of established churches and property. Requests for Missions funds must be made in writing to the District Board, and the pastor requesting such funds must meet with the District Board.  Approval of requests for loans from the Missions funds will be contingent upon the availability of funds, and the priority of the request.  New works or new churches are to be defined as those under one (1) year in operation.

(1) Where assistance is granted, all real property shall be joint deeded to the Louisiana District.  In the event that a mission fails and there are outstanding debts to the  Missions fund, that property may be sold and the receipts placed in the Missions fund, instead of the Church Relocation fund.

(2) All funds allocated from the Missions fund will be treated as a loan and churches receiving such loans will repay said loan according to District Board policy.

(3) Any person wishing to start a church under the Missions Department must be credentialed a minimum of two (2) years with the Pentecostal Church of God and reside in the State of Louisiana.

 

ARTICLE FOURTEEN

AMENDMENTS

 

The Resolution Committee may submit any alteration, amendment, repeal or addition to these bylaws that it may deem proper, to the vote of the District Convention, and if favorably passed by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote, such alteration, amendments, repeal, or addition shall become a part thereof.

No motion or resolution shall be refused or destroyed by the Resolution Committee without the approval of the author.

No motion, resolution, alteration, amendment, repeal, or addition to these bylaws will be considered that would conflict with the General Bylaws.

LOUISIANA DISTRICT YOUTH MINISTRIES

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

 

Preamble

 

Whereas it has pleased God to call, through His Son in these last days, the youth of our land into His service, and has witnessed the same by outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon all flesh, and whereas, we as organized individual groups of Pentecostal young people, desire more, the encouragement and blessing which is derived by association with other groups of Pentecostal people, and desire to unite in a large cooperative fellowship and Christian service, therefore be it resolved that we recognize ourselves as an association of young people of the Louisiana District of the Pentecostal Church of God, and shall with mutual agreement enter into covenant of service for our Lord and be governed by the following constitution and bylaws of the Louisiana District.

 

ARTICLE ONE

 

The name of the organization shall be “Louisiana District Youth Ministries.”  It shall be referred to as “Youth Ministries”.

 

ARTICLE TWO

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this society shall be to encourage Christian fellowship among its members and others; to cultivate Christian virtue and developments; to study the Word of God and to promote a life of prayer, to increase charity and serve in the visiting of the sick and relieve the afflicted and unfortunate, to win others to Christ by clean living and personal work, and to encourage inherent talents and gifts of the Spirit toward development such as are called by the Lord into ministry.

 

ARTICLE THREE

COVENANT

 

Whereas, God is calling the youth of the land to a personal experience of salvation, through faith in the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, and is then baptizing them into the Holy Ghost, and

 

Whereas, He is filling their hearts with a passionate love for souls, and the holy fire and zeal for service and sacrifice; therefore we, the Youth Ministries of the Pentecostal Church of God, do hereby pledge ourselves to a complete commitment to our Lord; and recognizing the gravity of our times, we hereby unite ourselves to do battle against Satan and his snares, and we will not be found in places of immoral entertainment and exhibitions not edifying to the Kingdom of God, and;

 

Knowing that Satan will do all that he can to hinder us, we will keep ourselves free from all forms of gambling, from tobacco, from intoxicating beverages, from drugs that are physically and mentally harmful to the body; and, we will keep ourselves from the influence of, and personal involvement in witchcraft, astrology and the occult, from types of music which suggest behavior not conductive to wholesome Christianity, and from involvement in impure and/or unnatural sex, and; since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, we hereby pledge to clothe them with apparel which is neither suggestive nor provocative, but which attracts others to our Lord rather than to our persons, and we further agree to cooperate with our ministers and leaders and with both General and District officials, for the glory of God and the furtherance of the gospel.

                                                                                                                                     

ARTICLE FOUR

STANDING

 

The Youth Ministries of Louisiana shall be a part of the Pentecostal Church of God of the Louisiana District and shall work in cooperation with District officials and with local pastors.  It shall support the activities and the official publications of the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

ARTICLE FIVE

OFFICERS

 

(a) The office of the Louisiana District Youth Ministries shall consist of a President only; and shall be appointed by the District Board. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, District Bishop and District Secretary Treasurer of the Louisiana District of the Pentecostal Church of God.

(b) The District Youth Ministries President shall be an Ordained or Licensed minister in the Pentecostal Church of God, not less than twenty one (21) years of age, who has a proven ministry and with a proven ability for leadership of young people.

(c) The District Youth Ministries President must be a member in good standing with the Louisiana District and the Pentecostal Church of God, and must be a resident of the Louisiana District not less than six (6) months.  If they have resided in the Louisiana District less than one (1) year, they may be required to have a letter of recommendation from their previous district.

(d)The District Youth Ministries President shall not be required to be full time, but shall devote sufficient and satisfactory time to his office and field of labor.  He shall have the responsibility for all Youth Ministries rallies and Youth Ministries functions within the district.  He shall be responsible for the planning, financing and supervision of a District Youth Camp each year for the Louisiana District young people.  The camp shall be conducted at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the District Board.  The rules, regulations, speakers, planned expenses and all other activities and functions of the District Youth Ministries youth camp shall be subject to and approved by the District Board.

(e) In the event the District Youth Ministries President office becomes vacant between conventions, the District Board will have the authority to appoint a qualified person to fill the office until the next District Convention.

 

ARTICLE SIX

FINANCING

 

(a) The District Youth Ministries office shall be funded by offerings received at Youth Ministry rallies and special projects for fund raising and the sale of Youth Ministry articles, and or, by other means approved by the District Board.

(b) The Youth Ministries rally offerings shall go into the general Youth Ministries fund.

(c) From the general Youth Ministries fund all expenses of the Youth Ministries office will be paid. The District Youth President shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of his duties on behalf of the District Youth Ministries or any business as directed by the District Board. He shall be reimbursed at the same rate allowed for all District Board members based upon current mileage allowances as determined by the IRS standard mileage deduction.

(d) All Youth Ministries funds shall be submitted to the District Secretary Treasurer, and shall be kept in the general fund with a ledger or appropriate record kept of such funds.  The disbursements of such funds shall be at the discretion of the Youth Ministries President and/or the District Board.

 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENT AND BYLAWS

OF THE WOMEN’S MINISTRIES

OF THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD

LOUISIANA DISTRICT

 

PREAMBLE

 

In as much as a great need for an organized ladies’ work is evident and as local groups feel it of great benefit to band themselves together with local groups of our district in an organized manner: Therefore, we, the ladies group, enter ourselves into a covenant of service for the Master, to be governed by the following constitutional agreement and bylaws, thus creating the Louisiana District Women’s Ministries.

 

ARTICLE ONE

 

The auxiliary shall be known as the Women’s Ministries of the Louisiana District, of the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

ARTICLE TWO

RECOGNITION

 

The Women’s Ministries is an official ladies’ work and shall be recognized as such and shall have the cooperation of all ministers.  It is a part of the Pentecostal Church of God and shall function under the general, district and local officials.

 

                                                                                                                                        

ARTICLE THREE

COVENANT

 

The purpose of this auxiliary is to stimulate a missionary spirit and up-build the Church through prayer, increased knowledge of the Bible and with regular contributions to the Church, home and foreign fields of missionary endeavors.

Realizing that Satan is forever trying to destroy the work of God, we do agree to have and to obey the following as our covenant of duty.

To be an extended arm of the local church, working in cooperation with the pastor and other officials to further the Kingdom of God through an organized effort to win souls for His Kingdom.

To be kind and courteous under all circumstances, conducting ourselves as Christian ladies representing the Kingdom of God, our organization and our church. We shall be faithful to our church and pastor, always working to up-build each by our loyal attendance to services, by our prayerfulness, on payment of tithes and in giving contributions. We shall, in all matters of importance, seek the advice and counsel of our pastor and shall conduct ourselves accordingly.  We shall always serve under subjection to our husbands, as God hath set him as the head of the home.

We shall conduct ourselves in a Godly manner, dress modestly as an example of true Christians and shall not partake of, nor be seen in, questionable places.  We shall endeavor never to bring reproach upon our church or the cause of Christ by our attitude or conduct.

ARTICLE FOUR

MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership of the Louisiana District Women’s Ministries shall consist of all local groups which have accepted the constitutional agreement and bylaws and covenant of the Louisiana District Women’s Ministries and have been duly set in order. Any local group desiring membership in the District Women’s Ministries may apply for such membership through the Women’s Ministries President.  Membership of local groups shall consist of those who are in good standing with the local church. Group membership may be extended to those churches who do not hold a charter with the Louisiana District, but who show a cooperative spirit and desire fellowship, and will uphold the doctrine, constitutional bylaws and covenant of the Louisiana District Women’s Ministries. Any local group who does not show a cooperative attitude toward district and general programs could have their membership revoked, by action of the Louisiana District Board.

ARTICLE FIVE

OFFICERS

 

The officers of the Women’s Ministry Department of the Louisiana District shall consist of the Women’s Ministries President only.

The Women’s Ministries President shall be under the direct supervision of the District Bishop, and shall answer to the District Bishop and the District Board. Any and all functions of the Women’s Ministries will be subject to the approval of the District Board.  The President shall, at the request of the District Board, appear before said board and make a Women’s Ministries report of activities within the department.

The Women’s Ministries President shall have the power to set in order any group who qualifies for membership under the constitution and bylaws of the Louisiana District, pertaining to the Women’s Ministries.It is recommended that the Women’s Ministries President be a lady past the age of twenty-five (25) years of age.  That anyone serving as Women’s Ministries President must be filled with the Holy Ghost, and qualified as a leader and example to others as a Christian.The Women’s Ministries Director must meet the qualifications as set forth in the Constitutional Agreement and Bylaws of the Women’s Ministries of Pentecostal Church of God of the Louisiana District, Article Five, Officers, and must be elected by a 2/3 majority of the delegates at the District Convention.  The Women’s Ministries Director shall be elected for a term of two years the first time, and then four years on subsequent re-election(s).

DISTRICT BOUNDARIES

                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Louisiana District shall be separated into (2) sections. The sections shall be called the North Section and the South Section.

 

The Sectional Boundaries of the Southern Section would include the parishes of Vernon, Rapides and Avoyelles and all parishes south of these parishes.

 

The Northern Section would consist of all parishes north of Vernon, Rapides and Avoyelles parishes.