|I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND MISSION
B-1.091 We, the members of Trinity United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are called by God to proclaim
God’s Word to all people, through lively Worship, hearty fellowship, and a desire to nurture a Spiritual
relationship as servants of God.
II. STATEMENT OF VISION
B-2.01 We will join together to become a harmonious spiritual Family, within which we will honor the older
members, develop deeper friendships, and engage in richer ministries. These will include expanded Youth,
Music and Christian Education programs. We will provide richer ministries through our enhanced
membership capabilities, and we will promote our effective multicultural and Intergenerational gifts, through
Jesus’ teachings, as we glorify and enjoy God.
III. RELATIONSHIP TO THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A)
B-3.01 Trinity United Presbyterian Church is a member of the Lake Huron Presbytery in the Synod of the
Covenant of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
IV. GOVERNANCE OF THE CHURCH
B-4.01 This church shall be governed in accordance with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.
A.). Consistent with that constitution, these by-laws shall provide specific guidance for this church.
Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall be used for parliamentary guidance for all meetings of this
V. CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
B-5.01 The congregation shall hold an annual meeting in January, on a date and at a time to be set by
Session, to consider such business hearing reports of the session along with plans for the coming year,
hearing reports from the board of Deacons, and other organizations of the church, and the transacting other
business as is appropriate.
B-5.02 At the Annual Meeting, the Congregation shall review the adequacy of the compensation of the
pastor or pastors upon of a report from the Staffing Team and Session.
B-5.03 If for some unforeseen reason, this meeting cannot be held in January, it may be moved to the
nearest appropriate date.
B-5.04 The congregation shall hold at least one Special Meeting in October, on a date and at a time set
by Session, to consider and act upon the following, the Nominating Team’s report on officers, to elect new
officers, for the coming year.
B-5.05 This meeting of the congregation shall consider and vote on a new budget for the coming year.
B-5.06 Other business that may legally come before the congregation may be consider and acted upon.
B-5.07 If for some unforeseen reason, the meeting cannot be held in October, it may be moved to the
nearest appropriate date.
B-5.08 Special meetings may be called by a vote of the Session. Such calls shall state clearly the
purpose of such special meetings, and action shall be restricted to that which was specified in the call.
B-5.09 Notice of all congregational meetings shall be given in printed and verbal form on at least two
successive Sundays prior to the meeting.
B-5.10 A quorum for a meeting of the congregation shall be the moderator, the secretary and no less than
one tenth (1/10) of the active members of the congregation. Consistent with the laws of the state of
Michigan, a quorum shall be no less than one tenth (1/10) of the active members on corporate matters.
The secretary shall determine that a quorum is present. Only active members may vote, regardless of age.
Consistent with the laws of the state of Michigan, voting on corporation items is restricted to active
Members age eighteen (18) or above. Voting by proxy is not allowed.
B-6.01 The pastor shall be the moderator of all meetings of the congregation. When the church is without
a pastor, the moderator of the session appointed by the presbytery shall preside, at all congregational
meetings. If it is impractical for the pastor or the moderator of session appointed by the presbytery to
preside, he or she shall invite, with the concurrence of the session, another minister of the presbytery to
preside. When this is not expedient, and when the pastor, or the moderator, of the session, and the
session concur, a member of the session may be invited to preside.
B-7.01 The clerk of session shall serve as secretary at all congregational meetings. If the clerk is not
present, the congregation shall elect a secretary.
VIII. MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS
B-8.01 The minutes of the meetings recorded by the secretary shall be attested to by the moderator and
the secretary and recorded in the minute book of the session.
B-9.01 In accordance with the state of Michigan, the congregation shall cause a corporation* to be
formed. Consistent with the laws of the state of Michigan both ecclesiastical and corporate business may
be conducted at the same meeting of the congregation.
B-9.02 * ALTERNATIVE RULE
Two of the members shall be Elders designated by the Session, one of whom shall be currently serving on
the session and one of these Elders shall serve as moderator of the Corporation.
B-10.01 The congregation shall elect twelve (12) elders, divided into three equal classes, one class of
whom shall be elected each year at the October meeting for a three-year term. No elder shall serve
consecutively for more than six (6) years, either full or partial terms.
B-10.02 At the meeting in December, the session shall elect a treasurer, to serve the next calendar year.
A quorum for the session shall be the pastor or other presiding officer and one third (1/3) of the elected
B-11.01 The congregation shall elect twelve deacons, divided into three equal classes, one class of whom
shall be elected each year at the annual meeting for a three-year term. No deacon shall serve
consecutively more than six (6) years, either full or partial terms.
B-11.02 The board of deacons, at its first meeting in January, shall elect a moderator and a secretary from
among its members and shall form such committees as necessary to carry out its work.
B-11.03 The Pastor shall be an advisory member of the board of Deacons.
B-11.04 A Quorum for the board of Deacons shall be one third (1/3) of the members (4). A phone quorum
shall be one half (1/2) or six (6).
B-12.01 Vacancies on the Session or the board of Deacons may be filled at a special meeting of the
congregation or at the annual meeting, as determined by the Session.
XIII. NOMINATING TEAM
B-13.01 The congregation shall form a nominating Team in the following manner:
B-13.011 There shall be at least seven (7) members.
B-13.012 Two of the members shall be currently on the session and one of these elders shall serve as
moderator of the committee.
B-13.013 One of the members shall be designated by and from the board of deacons.
B-13.014 A majority of the members (at least four), not persons currently serving on the session or the
board of deacons, shall be nominated and elected at the annual meeting of the congregation.
B-13.015 Members of the Team shall be elected annually, and no member shall serve more than three
B-13.016 The pastor shall be a member ex-officio and without a vote.
B-13.017 The nominating committee shall bring to the congregation nominations only for the number of
positions to be filled.
B-13.018 The floor shall be opened for nominations at any meeting of the congregation, where it has been
announced that elections will take place.
B-14.01 These bylaws may be amended subject to the articles of incorporation, the laws of the state of
Michigan and the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by a two-thirds vote (2/3) of the
members present at a congregational meeting, providing that the proposed changes are presented in
printed form and shall have been distributed at the same time, or before, the call of the meeting at which the
changes are voted upon.
XV. SUSPENDING BYLAWS
B-15.01 These bylaws may be suspended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Session members present.
All other copies of bylaws of/or for Trinity Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are hereby rescinded and made
null and void.
VOTED ON AND APPROVED BY TRINITY UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) SESSION ON
MODERATOR: ____________________ DATE: __________
CLERK OF SESSION: ____________________
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