By-Laws

By-Laws

American Evangelistic AssociationBY-LAWS

 ARTICLE I

TITLE

The Association shall be known as The American Evangelistic Association.

ARTICLE II

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread the same throughout the world.
2. To associate congregations and pastors and evangelists of like thinking who adopt and preach the doctrines as accepted by the Association, together so that they may draw strength from each other.
3. To act as an overseeing body of the various congregations, churches and preachers who are affiliated together in the Association, and to enunciate the policy of the denomination and the dogma to be followed by the same.
4. To lend spiritual guidance to the affiliated churches, congregations and pastors, and spiritual support wherever the same is needed.
5. To establish religious schools and Bible institutes and other places of learning dedicated to a religious purpose for the purpose of spreading the Gospel.
6. To establish congregations and churches and to assist in the establishment of same at various places throughout the country and in foreign lands.
7. To assist churches, congregations, and their pastors in setting up religious programs and following through with the same; including medical sharing, and other sharing vehicles that conserve capital.
8. To examine, license and ordain pastors in the denomination for the preaching of the Gospel in the various churches throughout the denomination.
9. To set the overall policy for the various affiliated churches in the Association and to see that the same is carried out, and if necessary, to remove pastors pursuant to rules adopted by the Association and its executive body for cause.
10. To hold title to property as trustees for the various churches, congregations, and religious bodies who may require the same and to deal with such property as trustees for the use of such churches, congregations and pastors.
11. To do any and all things necessary and proper of a religious nature in the carrying out of the purposes herein set out.


ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Association shall be open to churches and congregations who make application for membership in the same and whose religious background, teachings and programs are acceptable to the governing body of the Association.


ARTICLE IV

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD OF ELDERS

Section 1. Status and Powers
The Administrative Board of Elders, constituted as herein provided, shall be the governing body of the Association. The Administrative Board of Elders shall provide the overall policy for the Association and shall govern the Association in all its affairs, and shall in effect be the religious overseers of the same.

Section 2. Initial Composition
During the first year after the adoption of the by-laws, the Administrative Board of Elders shall consist of the following five members who are in effect the founding members of the organization and who associated themselves together for the establishment of the same:

Reverend John E. Douglas
Reverend Doctor Jerome Stowell
Reverend Vernon Miles
Reverend A. J. DeMarco
Reverend D. I. Johnson

The Administrative Board of Elders may be expanded from time to time by the existing members from the Board until the same shall reach the number twenty-one. The Administrative Board shall never be more than twenty-one in number and shall serve for life or until a successor is chosen and duly qualified. In the event a member shall become disqualified by reason of misconduct or any other cause, or shall be incapable of serving, he may be removed by unanimous vote of the remaining members of the Board and a successor duly chosen.

Section 3. Organization
The Administrative Board of Elders shall elect from among their own membership a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers shall serve for a period of three (3) years and shall be entitled to succeed themselves. They shall be elected at an annual meeting as hereinafter provided for.

Section 4. Filling of Vacancies
Vacancies occurring in the Administrative Board of Elders whether occurring by resignation or otherwise shall be filled by the Board from among the remaining members of the Association.

Section 5. Meetings
The Board shall meet at least once in each quarter of the calendar year to conduct such business of the Association as may be required. Additional meetings may be called by the President after reasonable notice.

Section 6. Quorum
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of the business of the Association.

Section 7. Annual Meeting
The annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held in the fall of every third year at the office of the Association.

ARTICLE V

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Administrative Board of Elders shall have the authority to appoint an Executive Committee of no more than five (5) members of the Administrative Board of Elders for the purpose of entering into agreements and executing documents for or on behalf of the Association which Committee shall have full authority to bind the Association to such agreements and documents and to make such arrangements as it shall be directed to make for and on behalf of the Association by the Administrative Board of Elders by resolution duly adopted.


ARTICLE VI

FINANCES

All monies received through the agency of The American Evangelistic Association shall be used for the purposes of the Association only and for the religious purposes herein set out and the assistance of churches and congregations of the affiliated membership.

The Association shall keep full and complete financial records of all monies received by it and expenditures made with such monies and an annual report shall be prepared by the Administrative Board and submitted generally to the membership.


ARTICLE VII

CHURCH AND RELIGIOUS PROPERTIES

The Association shall be authorized to accept legal title to properties conveyed to it by churches or congregations of its affiliated membership. Title shall be taken by the Association as Trustees for such churches and congregations and title shall be held in such capacity for any and all properties so conveyed. Furthermore, titles to such properties shall be reconveyed by the Association pursuant to a resolution of the majority vote of the members of such congregation or church and who shall direct that such reconveyance be made.


ARTICLE VIII

AMENDMENTS

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Administrative Board of Elders at any regularly scheduled meeting of the same after reasonable notice to the membership of such proposed amendment.


ARTICLE IX

DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution of The American Evangelistic Association, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code, or shall be distributed to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by The Court of Common Pleas of the County in which the principal office of the Association is then located. Exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.


ARTICLE X

PURPOSE

The purposes of the Association are only that of a religious organization for the purpose of overseeing the various congregations affiliated with it and to do any and all things necessary as a religious body for the furtherance of those purposes and for no business purpose whatsoever.


Current Administrative Board of Elders
Dr. Marjorie Douglas
Drs. Charles and Judy Farmer
Revs, Kerry & Tammy Fink

Current Post Office Address
P.O. Box 121000
West Melbourne, Florida 32912-1000

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