Proposed amendments to bylaws of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
    October 21 2014 by BSC Communications

    Motion 1 - The Board of Directors moves that Article I.C.6.c. be deleted in its entirety with the following language substituted in its place.
     
    Current Reading:
     
    When considering the resolutions, the committee shall observe the following procedures:
     

    (i) All resolutions shall be submitted to the committee in writing no later than September 10 prior to the annual meeting of the Convention in which the proposed resolution is to be considered. The committee shall consider all resolutions submitted. The committee shall provide notice in the Biblical Recorder in at least one (1) issue with a publication date more than fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention of when and where the resolution will be available on the Convention’s website and may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website. Those resolutions to be presented to the Convention shall appear on the Convention’s website and may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website, beginning at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention and to remain on such website(s) through the commencement of such meeting of the Convention. Exceptions to prior publication may be made in the case of emergency resolutions dealing with matters such as national disasters, public tragedies, or late developments. Also, by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the messengers present and voting at the Convention the rules may be suspended and a resolution taken up for immediate consideration.

     

    (ii) The committee may:

    a. reword resolutions for clarity,

    b. combine like issues into one resolution, or

    c. reject resolutions which have been previously addressed or are inappropriate.

     

    (iii) The committee shall notify those submitting resolutions of the disposition thereof. Where possible, notification shall be made prior to the Convention.

     
    Proposed Reading:
     
    When considering properly submitted resolutions, the committee and messengers shall observe the following procedures:
     

    (i) All resolutions proposed by individuals shall be submitted to the committee in writing no later than September 10 prior to the annual meeting of the Convention at which the proposed resolution is to be considered. The committee shall consider all resolutions submitted. Those resolutions to be presented to the Convention by the committee shall appear on the Convention’s website and may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website, beginning at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention and to remain on such website(s) through the commencement of such meeting of the Convention. The committee shall provide notice in the Biblical Recorder in at least one (1) issue with a publication date more than fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention of when and where the resolution(s) to be presented to the Convention will be available on the Convention’s website and may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website. Exceptions to prior publication by the may be made in the case of emergency resolutions dealing with matters such as national disasters, public tragedies, or late developments. 

     

    (ii) The committee may:

     

    a. reword resolutions for clarity,
     
    b. combine like issues into one resolution, or
     
    c. reject resolutions which have been previously addressed or are inappropriate.

     

    (iii) The committee shall notify those submitting resolutions of the disposition thereof no later than September 30.

     

    (iv) In the event that the committee rejects in whole a resolution proposed by an individual who is a member of a cooperating church, then such individual who had submitted the resolution to the committee may seek to present the resolution for consideration by the messengers at the meeting of the Convention provided the following requirements are met:

     

    a.  Such individual shall deliver to the Board Secretary the text of such resolution twenty-one (21) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention so that it will be available on the Convention’s website beginning at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention and to remain on the website through the commencement of such meeting of the Convention. In addition, the text of the resolution may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website.
     
    b.  Such individual, at their own expense, provides notice in the Biblical Recorder in at least one issue with a publication date more than fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting of the Convention that such resolution’s text will be available on the Convention’s website and may also be available on the Biblical Recorder’s website.
     
    c.  Such individual is registered as a messenger and is recognized during Miscellaneous Business to move that such resolution be considered by the messengers.
     
    d.  By a vote of two-thirds of the messengers present and voting at the meeting, the messengers determine that such resolution should be taken up immediately contrary to the  decision of the committee.

     

    (v) If a resolution was not properly submitted to the committee, a messenger shall not be allowed to present it from the floor of the Convention at the meeting.


    Motion 2 - The Board of Directors moves that Article II.E.1., Article II.E.2., Article II.F.2. and Article II.F.6.a. be deleted in their entirety and the following language substituted in their respective places.
     
    Current Reading:
     

    E. Meetings of the Board

     

    1.  Regular and Special Meetings. The Board shall have three (3) regular meetings, scheduled as follows: The first and third meetings shall be in January and September on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the fourth Sunday. The mid-year meeting shall be on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the third Sunday of May, or a more convenient date recommended by the Executive Director-Treasurer and Board President and voted on by the Executive Committee in its March meeting. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Executive Director-Treasurer and the President of the Board or by request from a majority of the Board members.

     

    2.  Notice of Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board may be held without notice, unless the May meeting date is changed in accordance with these Bylaws. The person or persons calling a special meeting of the Board shall, at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication of which is capable  of  being confirmed by the Board Secretary. Any member of the Board may waive notice of any meeting held without proper call or notice, either before or after the meeting is held. Attendance by a member of the Board at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Board member attends a meeting for the purpose of objection to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called. Failure of a member of the Board who did not attend a meeting held without proper call or notice to file with the Board Secretary his or her written objection to the holding of the meeting or to any specific action taken promptly after having knowledge of the action taken and of the insufficiency of notice shall constitute ratification of the action taken at the meeting.

     

    F. Board Committees and Special Committees

     

    2.  Committee Meetings. The Business Services Special Committee, Christian Higher Education Special Committee, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, Christian Social Services Special Committee, Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee, Communications Committee, and Evangelism and Discipleship Committee shall meet for organizational purposes at the January meeting of the Board, at which time they shall elect a Chairperson. All committees will meet at other times as specified or as called by the committee Chairperson, the Executive Director-Treasurer or the Executive Leader, except that the Executive Committee shall meet at least once per quarter or at such other times as may be called by the Executive Director-Treasurer or the President of the Board, or both. The person or persons calling a committee meeting (other than the January meeting for organizational purposes) shall, at least seven (7) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication of which is capable  of  being confirmed by the Board Secretary.

     

    6.  Executive Committee. 

     

          a.  Composition. . . . 

    The committee as constituted the previous year shall remain intact until the January meeting of the Board with the exception of the newly elected Convention officers. The committee shall be reconstituted during the January Board meeting. 

     
    Proposed Reading:
     

    E. Meetings of the Board

     

    1.  Regular and Special Meetings. The Board shall have three (3) regular meetings, scheduled as follows: The first and third meetings shall be in January and September on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the fourth Sunday. The mid-year meeting shall be on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the third Sunday of May, or a more convenient date recommended by the Executive Director-Treasurer and Board President and voted on by the Executive Committee in its March meeting. In the event that any regular meeting of the Board is postponed due to inclement weather, the threat of inclement weather or other emergency circumstances, that would prevent a quorum from assembling due to the travel conditions, then the Executive Director-Treasurer and the President of the Board may call a substitute regular meeting of the Board. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Executive Director-Treasurer and the President of the Board or by request from a majority of the Board members.

     

    2.  Notice of Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board may be held without notice, unless the mid-year meeting date is changed in accordance with these Bylaws. In the event that the Executive Committee moves the date of the mid-year meeting of the Board, then the Board Secretary shall give notice of the new date of the Board meeting no less than thirty (30) days prior to the commencement of the mid-year meeting of the Board. In the event that the Executive Director-Treasurer and the President of the Board call a substitute regular meeting due to the postponement of a regular meeting as set forth above, then the Board Secretary shall, at least seven (7) days before the meeting, give notice thereof to the Board by any usual means of communication which is capable of being confirmed by the Board Secretary. The person or persons calling a special meeting of the Board shall, at least fourteen (14) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication which is capable of being confirmed by the Board Secretary. Any member of the Board may waive notice of any meeting held without proper call or notice, either before or after the meeting is held. Attendance by a member of the Board at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Board member attends a meeting for the purpose of objection to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called. Failure of a member of the Board who did not attend a meeting held without proper call or notice to file with the Board Secretary his or her written objection to the holding of the meeting or to any specific action taken promptly after having knowledge of the action taken and of the insufficiency of notice shall constitute ratification of the action taken at the meeting.

     

    F. Board Committees and Special Committees

     

    2.  Committee Meetings. The Business Services Special Committee, Christian Higher Education Special Committee, Christian Life and Public Affairs Special Committee, Christian Social Services Special Committee, Church Planting and Missions Partnerships Committee, Communications Committee, and Evangelism and Discipleship Committee shall meet for organizational purposes at the January meeting of the Board, at which time they shall elect a Chairperson. Such Chairperson shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. All committees will meet at other times as specified or as called by the committee Chairperson, the Executive Director-Treasurer or the Executive Leader, except that the Executive Committee shall meet at least once per quarter or at such other times as may be called by the Executive Director-Treasurer or the President of the Board, or both. The person or persons calling a committee meeting (other than the January meeting for organizational purposes) shall, at least seven (7) days before the meeting, give notice thereof, specifying the purpose for which the meeting is called, by any usual means of communication of which is capable of being confirmed by the Board Secretary.

     

    6.  Executive Committee. 

     

         a.  Composition. . . . 

    The committee as constituted the previous year shall remain intact until the January meeting of the Board with the exception of the newly elected Convention officers. The members of the Committee shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. 

     
    Motion 3 - The Board of Directors moves that Article II.B.1. be deleted in its entirety with the following language substituted in its place.
     
    Current Reading:
     

    B. Election of At-Large Members of the Board of Directors

     

    1.  Qualifications. All at-large members of the Board shall be active members of cooperating churches as defined in Article VI.A.3. of the Articles. No one who is employed by the Convention or any institution, agency or affiliated educational institutions of the Convention, whether the salary be total or supplemented, shall be eligible for at-large membership on the Board or as an at-large member (other than an ex-officio member) of any special Committee of the Board.

     
    Proposed Reading:
     

    B. Election of At-Large Members of the Board of Directors

     

    1.  Qualifications. All at-large members of the Board shall be active members of cooperating churches as defined in Article VI.A.3. of the Articles. No one who is employed by the Convention, or any institution or agency of the Convention as described in Article III.A.(1) below, or any affiliated educational institution of the Convention, whether the salary be total or supplemented, shall be eligible for at-large membership on the Board or as an at-large member (other than an ex-officio member) of any special Committee of the Board.

     
    Motion 4 - The Board of Directors moves that Article II.F.11.c.(iii),(iv), and (v) be deleted in their entirety and the following language substituted in their respective places.
     
    Current Reading:
     

    (iii) Shall designate three of its members for nomination as trustees of the Christian Action League and shall cooperate with the Christian Action League in its efforts to combat addictive substances and other social evils;

     

    (iv) Shall work, in cooperation with the Convention staff person assigned to the Committee, to promote the Convention’s position on Christian social ethics with the applicable legislative and executive branches, including the General Assembly of North Carolina, for the benefit of North Carolina Baptists; and

     

    (v) Shall recommend to the Associate Executive Director-Treasurer the budget for the work of the committee.

     
    Proposed Reading:
     

    (iii) Shall designate three of its members for nomination as trustees of the Christian Action League and shall cooperate with the Christian Action League in its efforts to combat addictive substances and other social evils; and

     

    (iv) Shall work, in cooperation with the Convention staff person assigned to the Committee, to promote the Convention’s position on Christian social ethics with the applicable legislative and executive branches, including the General Assembly of North Carolina, for the benefit of North Carolina Baptists.

     
    Motion 5 - The Board of Directors moves that (1) in the title of Article II.G., the word “Institute” be deleted with the word “College” substituted in its place; and (2) in Article III.A., the name “Mars Hill College” be deleted with the name “Mars Hill University” substituted in its place.
     
    Motion 6 - The Board of Directors moves that Article III.C.3.,4.,7., and 8. be deleted in their entirety with the following language substituted in their respective places.
     
    Current Reading:
     

    C. North Carolina Baptist Hospital

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    3.  At least one-half (1/2) of the trustees of the Hospital shall be residents of the State of North Carolina and members of churches cooperating with the Convention.

     

    4.  If for any reason a Hospital trustee elected by the Convention shall cease to be a member of a church cooperating with the Convention or shall remove residence from the State (unless in the latter case the nonresident trustee becomes a member of a church cooperating with a Baptist State Convention affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, and there would be no more than one-fourth (1/4) of the Hospital trustees who are nonresidents of North Carolina), membership on the Hospital board shall be thereby terminated. Any vacancy on the Hospital board resulting from the departure of a Hospital trustee elected by the Convention, may be filled by a recommendation of the Committee on Nominations to the Executive Committee until the next annual meeting of the Convention, and the Convention shall at its next annual meeting fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. 

     

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    7.  No individual elected by the Convention shall serve on the Hospital board who at the same time is holding membership on the Board of the Convention or of any other institution, agency of the Convention or affiliated educational institution of the Convention.

     

    8.  No individual who is employed, either on a full-time or part-time basis, by the Convention or any institution, agency or affiliated educational institution of the Convention shall be eligible to serve on the board of trustees of the Hospital.

     
    Proposed Reading:
     

    C. North Carolina Baptist Hospital

     

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    3.  The trustees of the Hospital elected by the Convention shall be residents of the State of North Carolina and members of churches cooperating with the Convention.

     

    4.  If for any reason a Hospital trustee elected by the Convention shall cease to be a member of a church cooperating with the Convention or shall remove residence from the State, membership on the Hospital board shall be thereby terminated. Any vacancy on the Hospital board resulting from the departure of a Hospital trustee elected by the Convention, may be filled by a recommendation of the Committee on Nominations to the Executive Committee until the next annual meeting of the Convention, and the Convention shall at its next annual meeting fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. 

     

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    7.  No individual elected by the Convention shall serve on the Hospital board who at the same time is holding membership on the Board of the Convention or of any other institution or agency of the Convention or affiliated educational institution of the Convention.

     

    8. No individual who is employed, either on a full-time or part-time basis, by the Convention, any institution or agency of the Convention, or affiliated educational institution of the Convention shall be eligible to be elected by the Convention to serve on the board of trustees of the Hospital.

    10/21/2014 11:24:35 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
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