Constitution

PREAMBLE
We declare and establish this constitution to preserve the principles of our Evangelical Reformed Christian faith and to govern this body in a Biblical manner. Uniting us in Christ.
ARTICLE I- NAME
The name of this church shall be the Evangelical Reformed Church in America (ERCA)
ARTICLE II- PURPOSES AND POWERS
THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THIS CHURCH IS FORMED ARE:
To install Godly men called by Christ to the office of minister. Those who hold a high view of the Scriptures and poses the necessary gifts to preach and teach sound Biblical Doctrine.

To establish Biblical Reformed Christian Churches/ Ministries with missionary, literature, educational and all other tools the church may deem useful to propagate and practice the full Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and for its service.

It is one purpose of this church to earnestly seek and promote the unity of God’s people in the Scriptural manner of Godly love, respect and faithful voluntary cooperation with liberty. To that end it shall associate and cooperate freely with other churches and with church organizations.
ARTICLE III - STATEMENT OF FAITH, CONFESSIONS & CREEDS
STATEMENT OF FAITH
  • We believe man’s chief end isto glorify God, and to enjoy him forever;
  • We believe God is a Spirit,infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness,justice, goodness, and truth;
  • We believe there is but onetrue and living God; that there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father,the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and that these three are one God, the same insubstance, equal in power and glory;
  • We believe God has foreordained whatever comes to pass; that God made all things of nothing, bythe word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good; and that God preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions;
  • We believe our first parents, though created in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, sinned against God, by eating the forbidden fruit; and that their fall brought mankind into anestate of sin and misery;
  • We believe God determined, out of His mere good pleasure, to deliver His elect out of the estate of sinand misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a redeemer;
  • We believe the only Redeemerof God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continues to be, God and man in two distinct natures, and one person, forever;
  • We believe Christ, as our Redeemer, executes the office of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king;
  • We believe Christ as our Redeemer underwent the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, the cursed death of the cross, and burial; He rose again from the dead on the third day,ascended up into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father, and is coming to judge the world at the last day.
  • We believe we are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual applicationof it to us by his Holy Spirit;
  • We believe God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ, and repentance unto life to escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin;
  • We believe by His free grace we are effectually called, justified, and sanctified, and gathered into the visible church, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation;
  • We believe that we also are given in this life such accompanying benefits as assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end; that at death, we are made perfect in holiness, and immediately pass into glory; and our bodies, being still united in Christ, restin their graves, till the resurrection; and at the resurrection, we shall be raised up in glory, we shall openly be acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.
THE CONFESSIONS
  • The Heidelberg Catechism
  • The Westminster Larger Catechism
  • The Westminster Shorter Catechism
  • The Belgic Confession
  • The Westminster Confession
  • The Canons of Dort
THE CREEDS
  • The Apostles' Creed
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Athanasian Creed
ARTICLE IV - MINISTER OF THE WORD
THE OFFICE OF MINISTER
Ordination is where Men called, recognized and authorized by God are chosen to perform ministerial duties. No man shall be installed to the office of minister until he has met all the written requirements, has been examined and approved by the Classis.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Ministers/congregations of the church shall be liable to discipline, censure, or removal of membership or office for any of the following reasons:

  • Activities that bring reproach upon the Christian ministry or the church.
  • Immoral or sinful conduct, or living in a state of transgression of the Holy Scriptures (ICor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19-21) as interpreted by Classis
  • Holding or teaching doctrines that are contrary to the Word of God or in opposition to our Statement of Faith and Confessions.
  • Failure to comply with the terms of the Constitution.
  • When a report or reports are received by the Classis that they feel should be investigated, steps shall be taken according to the allegation.
ARTICLE V - CHURCH GOVERMENT
CLASSIS
The officers of this church which together form Classis which shall consist of a President, Vice President, and Elders. There shall not be less than three (3) and no more than nine (9) Elders at any time. All officer bearers shall hold office for a two year terms except were otherwise stated. Together they shall handle the business of the church.
PRESIDENT
Section 1. Term of Office: The President shall hold this office for 2 years. However the Classis may have the liberty to implement a lifetime term of office, with the consent of the General Synod.
Section 2. Vacancy of President : The vacancy shall be temporarily filled by the Vice President until a Synod Meeting can be held at which time there shall be a vote to parentally fill the vacancy.
Section 3. Duties of President : The President must be one who is trusted by the church with adequate leadership gifts to serve as a spiritual overseer of the church. He shall be appointed by the Classis and if possible ratified by the General Synod.
VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President shall be one who is trusted by the church with adequate leadership gifts to take charge in the Presidents absence. He shall be appointed by the Classis and if possible ratified by the General Synod.
STATED CLERK
The Stated Clerk shall keep all records of event pertaining the Classis.
ELDERS
Elders shall be appointed by the Classis. There shall not be less than three (3) and no more than nine (9) (Including the President and Vice President). They are called to be the spiritual overseers of the church. Their responsibilities include overseeing and regulating issues related to the administrative, legislative, ministerial, evangelistic, educational, missionary, benevolent and other interests. Elders shall remain so 2 years. However the Classis  may have the liberty to implement a lifetime term of office, with the consent of the General Synod. All votes held by the Classis must be two-thirds 2/3 with all the Classis  members present at the time of voting. If this is not achieved the vote cannot pass.
Requirements: An Elder must be a member of the church in good standing.
VACANCY OF OFFICES

The Classis shall have the authority to declare any office vacant. Grounds for such action shall be:

  • Failure to cooperate with the church’s program and ministry.
  • Unscriptural conduct.
  • Doctrinal departure from the faith.
  • The Person is no longer fit to hold office or resigns
  • For any good and sufficient cause.
FILLING VACANCIES
The Classis may fill vacancies temporarily when necessary. However all permanent vacancies must be voted and affirmed by the General Synod  All votes must be two-thirds 2/3 vote to pass.
PRESBYTERY
These are regional officers of an area where local sessions and/or consistories have chosen to come together. All rules and procedures shall be done at the local level and approved by Classis  also the presbytery shall report to Classis once a month. Presbyteries  shall consist of a Moderator, Vice Moderator, Stated Clerk and Treasurer (if you plan to accept alms). There shall not be less than three (3) more may be added at the desire of the local churches.
GENERAL SYNOD OR ASSEMBLY
Section 1. Annual Synod Meeting. A Synod shall be held once during the calendar year or as may be provided for under the direction of the Classical Presbytery .
Section 2. Special Synod Meeting. A special Synod may be called by the Classis when deemed necessary.
Section 3. Notice of Meeting. Notice of the date and place of the Annual Synod and of any special meetings shall be sent to all active ministers/churches at least thirty days prior to such meeting.
Section 4. Synod. One-half (1/2) or more members must be present to constitute an Annual Synod. If less than one-half Classis may deem it a special synod.
Section 5. Order of Business. Shall be determined by Classis prior to any Synod Meeting.
ARTICLE VI - FINANCES

The church may accept alms from its members/churches with two-thirds vote (2/3) of Classis. No alms shall be paid to its officers, members or churches. Unless approved by the Synod by two-thirds vote (2/3).

Presbyteries may collect alms and there own discretion
ARTICLE VII  - AMENDMENT
This Constitution may be amended or changed by two-thirds vote (2/3) vote of the Classical Presbytery unless stated otherwise and must be ratified by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the Synod.
ARTICLE VII  - DISSOLUTION
Dissolution can only occur by two-thirds vote of the General Synod or if membership falls below three living members. In the event of such an occurrence  the Classical Presbytery shall notify all ministers/churches within thirty days of dissolution.