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Church By-Laws


PURPOSE
The purpose of these By-Laws is to establish and define a flexible framework for conducting the functional activities of First Missionary Baptist Church, hereafter referred to as “the Church.” All decisions, processes, and procedures carried out in the day-to-day transaction of Church business shall conform to these rules of governance.

ARTICLE I – PASTOR
Section 1 – Qualifications. The Pastor shall be a person called by God, a baptized believer in the basic doctrines of the Baptist faith, and a dedicated servant of God. The Pastor shall have completed college and seminary training.
Section 2 – Responsibilities. The Pastor shall be responsible for providing leadership and instituting programs to ensure the spiritual development, welfare and growth of the Church. The Pastor shall serve as an ex-officio member of all Church boards, organizations, auxiliaries, and committees, and preside at all Church business meetings.
Section 3 – Tenure. The employment contract between the Church and the Pastor shall be confirmed on an annual basis as long as the Pastor carries out the will of God and meets the standards of the Church. The Deacon Board shall meet to confirm the established agreement and the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall notify the Church of the continuing agreement at the first Church business meeting held each year.
Section 4 – Election. The Church shall elect a Pastor whenever a vacancy occurs. The Pulpit Committee (see Article XV), shall be responsible for guiding the Church through the selection and election process.
Section 5 – Termination For Cause. Termination of the Pastor for cause shall be considered by the Deacon Board upon receipt of a complaint accusing the Pastor of immorality, heresy, apostasy, dereliction of duty, or failure to uphold the Church Covenant, Articles of Faith, Constitution, and/or By-Laws. The following guidance shall also apply:
a. The Deacon Board shall accept no complaint in private conversation, in writing, or in the Church unless the accusation(s) are supported with indisputable facts and confirmed by three credible witnesses (I Timothy 5:19).
b. The Deacon Board shall review the complaint, and the Pastor’s termination shall be warranted only upon the agreement of at least three-fourths of the members of the Deacon Board.
c. If termination is not warranted, the Deacon Board shall explain their assessment of the complaint to the accuser(s) in writing. The letter signed by the Chairman of the Deacon Board, shall be delivered to the accuser(s) within fifteen days following the decision against termination. Delivery of the letter shall constitute final closure of the accusation(s) considered.
d. If the Deacon Board determines that termination is warranted, the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall notify the Pastor of the termination and to cease pastoral duties immediately. The Church shall be notified of the termination at the earliest possible convenience. Severance pay and benefits shall be given in accordance with the Pastor’s employment contract.

ARTICLE II – ASSISTANT PASTOR

Section 1 – Qualifications. The Assistant Pastor shall be a person called by God, a baptized believer in the basic doctrines of the Baptist faith, and a dedicated servant of God. The Assistant Pastor shall have completed college and seminary training.
Section 2 – Responsibilities. The Assistant Pastor shall have the following responsibilities:
a. Carry out the duties and tasks assigned by the Pastor.
b. Assume the duties of the Pastor during the Pastor’s absence. During this period the Assistant Pastor shall:
(1) Assume responsibility for the welfare and oversight of the Church;
(2) Work with the Chairman of the Deacon Board on all Church matters;
(3) Preside at all Church business meetings.
Section 3 – Election. The Pastor shall determine the need for an Assistant Pastor and shall present a nomination for Assistant Pastor to the Church body for approval. A majority vote from the members present and voting at a Church business meeting shall be required to approve a candidate for Assistant Pastor.
Section 4 – Tenure. The Assistant Pastor shall serve until the relationship is terminated by mutual consent, or at the recommendation of the Pastor, in consultation with the Deacon Board. The Church shall be notified of all such terminations
Section 5 – Termination For Cause. Termination of the Assistant Pastor for cause shall be considered by the Deacon Board upon receipt of a complaint accusing the Assistant Pastor of immorality, heresy, apostasy, dereliction of duty, or failure to uphold the Church Covenant, Articles of Faith, Constitution, and/or By-Laws. The following guidance shall also apply:
a. The Deacon Board shall accept no complaint in private conversation, in writing, or in the Church unless the accusation(s) are supported with indisputable facts and confirmed by three credible witnesses (I Timothy 5:19).
b. The Deacon Board shall review the complaint and the Assistant Pastor’s termination is warranted only upon agreement of at least three-fourths of the members of the Deacon Board.
c. If termination is not warranted, the Deacon Board shall explain their assessment of the complaint to the accuser(s) in writing. The letter signed by the Chairman of the Deacon Board, shall be delivered to the accuser(s) within fifteen days following the decision against termination. Delivery of the letter shall constitute final closure of the accusation(s) considered.
d. If the Deacon Board determines that termination is warranted, the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall notify the Assistant Pastor of the termination and to cease all duties immediately. The Church shall be notified of the termination at the earliest possible convenience. Severance pay and benefits shall be given in accordance with the Assistant Pastor’s employment contract.

ARTICLE III – ASSISTANT MINISTERS

Section 1 – Qualifications. Assistant Ministers shall be a person called by God, a baptized believer in the basic doctrines of the Baptist faith, and a dedicated servant of God. The Assistant Pastor shall have completed college and seminary training.
Section 2 – Responsibilities. Assistant Ministers shall carry out the duties and tasks assigned by the Pastor or the Pastor’s designee.
Section 3 -Tenure. Assistant Ministers shall serve until the relationship is terminated by mutual consent, or at the recommendation of the Pastor, in consultation with the Deacon Board. The Church shall be notified of all such terminations.
Section 4 -Termination For Cause. Termination of an Assistant Minister for cause shall be considered by the Deacon Board upon receipt of a complaint accusing the Assistant Minister of immorality, heresy, apostasy, dereliction of duty, or failure to uphold the Church Covenant, Articles of Faith, Constitution, and/or By-Laws. The following guidance shall also apply:
a. The Deacon Board shall accept no complaint in private conversation, in writing, or in the Church unless the accusation(s) are supported with indisputable facts and confirmed by three credible witnesses (I Timothy 5:19).
b. The Deacon Board shall review the complaint and the Assistant Minister’s termination is warranted only upon agreement of at least three-fourths of the members of the Deacon Board.
c. If termination is not warranted, the Deacon Board shall explain their assessment of the complaint to the accuser(s) in writing. The letter signed by the Chairman of the Deacon Board, shall be delivered to the accuser(s) within fifteen days following the decision against termination. Delivery of the letter shall constitute final closure of the accusation(s) considered.
d. If the Deacon Board determines that termination is warranted, the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall notify the Assistant Minister of the termination and to cease all duties immediately. The Church shall be notified of the termination at the earliest possible convenience.
ARTICLE IV – GOVERNING BOARD
Section 1 – Purpose. The Governing Board shall be the authorized representative of the Church body between Church business meetings.
Section 2 – Members. The members of the Governing Board shall be the Pastor, the Chairman of the Deacon Board, Chairman of the Trustee Board, and member(s) at large as appointed by the Pastor.
Section 3 – Reporting. The Governing Board shall inform the Church body of all decisions made on their behalf at the next regularly scheduled Church business meeting or at a time deemed by the Board to be more appropriate.
Section 4 – Staff. In order to meet the needs of the congregation adequately, the Governing Board is at liberty to fill positions compensated or uncompensated, with qualified personnel equipped for the various tasks unless otherwise indicated in these By-Laws. The Governing Board is also authorized to terminate the services of undesirable employees.

ARTICLE V – DEACON BOARD
Section 1 – Number of Deacons. The Pastor shall determine the number of Deacons required to support the functions and operations of the Church.
Section 2 – Nominations. The Pastor shall submit the name(s) of candidates for the office of Deacon to the Deacon Board for approval. Once approved by the Deacon Board, candidates shall be presented to the Church for final approval at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.
Section 3 – Internship. Candidate(s) approved by the Church for the office of Deacon shall receive formal training and instruction within the Deacon Board for approximately one year. After completion of training, the candidate shall undergo ordination and installation as a Deacon at a special service scheduled by the Pastor.
Section 4 – Ordained Deacons. When a new member of the Church is an ordained Deacon, the Pastor shall present him to the Deacon Board for approval for membership on the Deacon Board. Approved candidate(s) shall then be presented to the Church for final approval.
Section 5 – Term of Office. Deacons shall be elected in accordance with Acts 6:1-3 and I Timothy 3:8-16, to serve as long as they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually able to perform the duties required by the office. Any Deacon who does not perform in a manner consistent with the Holy Scriptures, principles of the Church covenant and the Articles of Faith shall, after consultation with the Pastor and members of the Deacon Board, be removed from office. The Church membership shall be informed at the next regular or special Church business meeting.
Section 6 Duties
a. In accordance with the meaning of the Word and the practice of the New Testament, Deacons are to be servants of the Church.
b. They are to be zealous in guarding the unity of spirit within the New Church in the bonds of peace.
c. They shall serve as a council of advice and conference with the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the welfare and spiritual work of the Church. With the Pastor, they are to consider and formulate plans for the constant effort and progress of the Church in all things pertaining to the savings of souls, the development of Christians, and the extension and growth of the Kingdom of God.
d. By proper organization and method among themselves, they are to establish and maintain fraternal relationships with, and inspiring oversight over all members of the Church. Especially, they are to seek to know the physical needs and the moral and spiritual struggles of the brethren and sisters; and administer to all who are in need.
e. In counsel with the Pastor, and by such methods as the Holy Spirit may direct, and in accordance with New Testament teachings, they are to have oversight over the discipline of the Church. They are to be guided always by the principles set forth in Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, and Thessalonians 5:12-14.
f. During any period when the Church is without a Pastor, the Deacons will arrange for temporary ministry and take counsel with reference to securing a Pastor. This is not intended in any way to prejudice the method by which the Pulpit Committee shall proceed in selection and election of a replacement Pastor (see Article XV).
Section 7 – Confirmation of Chairman and Vice Chairman. Once each year, the Pastor shall, in consultation with the Deacon Board, confirm the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Deacon Board. These positions shall then be presented for approval by a majority of those present and voting at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.
Section 8 – Replacement of the Chairman/Vice Chairman. Should the office of the Chairman and/or Vice Chairman become vacant, the Deacon Board shall in consultation with the Pastor, nominate a Chairman and/or Vice Chairman. The nominations shall then be presented to the Church for approval by a majority of those present and voting at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.

ARTICLE VI – TRUSTEE BOARD
Section 1 – Number of Trustees The Pastor shall determine the number of Trustees required to support the functions and operations of the Church.
Section 2 – Nominations. The Pastor shall submit the name(s) of candidates for the office of Trustee to the Trustee Board for approval. Once approved by the Trustee Board, candidates shall be presented to the Church for approval by a majority of those present and voting at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.
Section 3 – Term of Office. Trustees shall serve until their successors are elected.
Section 4 – Duties. The Trustee Board shall be the legal representatives of the Church in matters concerning the facilities and property management as follows:
(a). Hold in trust the property of the church, sign all documents relating to the purchase, sale, mortgage, and lease or transfer and property without a specific vote of the Church authorizing such action;
(b). Oversee all matters of maintenance, refurbishing, etc., of the Church building(s), grounds, vehicles, and possessions;
(c). Enter into contracts for maintenance supplies, materials, and services and pledge the credit of the church for items contained within the current year budget or other items approved by the Church body.
Section 5 – Church Treasurer. The financial functions of the Church are vested in the Church Treasurer who shall be a member of the Trustee Board.
Section 6 – Removal From Office. Trustees shall be removed from office for acts of malfeasance, nonfeasance, or misfeasance by mutual consent or at the recommendation of the Governing Board. Removals shall be reported to the Church at a time deemed appropriate by the Pastor.
Section 7 – Confirmation of Chairman and Vice Chairman. Once each year, the Pastor shall, in consultation with the Board, confirm the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Trustee Board. These positions shall be presented for approval by a majority of those present and voting at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.
Section 8 – Replacement of the Chairman/Vice Chairman. Should the office of the Chairman and/or Vice Chairman become vacant, the Trustee Board shall in consultation with the Pastor, nominate a Chairman and/or Vice Chairman. The nominations shall then be presented to the Church for approval by a majority of those present and voting at a regularly scheduled Church business meeting.

ARTICLE VII – JOINT BOARD

Section 1 – The Joint Board shall consist of the Pastor, the Assistant Pastor, the Deacon Board and the Trustee Board.
Section 2 – The Joint Board shall be convened at the call of the Pastor. The Joint Board may be convened for the purpose of disseminating information to all officers of the Church and/or receiving input from the officers on Church related issues.

ARTICLE VIII – CHURCH TREASURER

Section 1 – The Church Treasurer shall be elected annually. Election of the Treasurer shall require a majority vote of the Church members present and voting at Church business meeting. The Church Treasurer shall be a member of the Trustee Board unless the position is outsourced according to Section 2.
Section 2 – The Pastor and Chairman of the Trustee Board shall be authorized to outsource the position of Treasurer when the position cannot be filled from Church resources.
Section 3. The duties of the Church Treasurer shall be as stated in the Financial Management Guide or, if outsourced, according to the terms of the contract.

ARTICLE IX – ASSISTANT CHURCH TREASURER

Section 1 – The Assistant Church Treasurer shall be elected annually. Election of the Assistant Church Treasurer shall require the vote of a majority of Church members present and voting at a Church business meeting. The Assistant Church Treasurer shall be a member of the Trustee Board.
Section 2 – The Assistant Church Treasurer shall assist the Church Treasurer and stand-in for the Church Treasurer during periods of temporary absence.

ARTICLE X – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Acceptance of New Members. The Deacon Board shall examine the qualifications of persons seeking membership. Once qualifications are accepted the Pastor shall present the person(s) to the Church for acceptance.
Section 2 – Qualifications. The membership of the Church shall consist of persons who accept Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be their Savior and meet one of the following criteria.
a. The candidate is joining by letter from another Baptist church. Upon acceptance by the Church, the candidate shall be granted membership and all of the rights and privileges of membership.
b. The candidate is joining on Christian experience and has been scripturally baptized by immersion. Upon acceptance by the Church, the candidate shall be granted membership and all of the rights and privileges of membership.
c. The candidate is joining through baptism. All baptismal candidates shall complete an orientation concerning the Baptist doctrine, the expectations of Christians and members of this Church. After completion of the orientation the candidate shall be scripturally baptized by immersion and be granted membership and all of the rights and privileges of membership.
Section 3 – Duty. All church members shall be faithful and adhere to the Church Covenant and the Articles of Faith.
Section 4 – Rights. Members in good standing in the Church have the right to participate and fulfill their obligations such as voting, holding office, membership in organizations and auxiliaries, and all other Church functions.
Section 5 – Termination. The termination of membership shall occur as follows:
a. A member in good standing who desires to unite with another Baptist church is entitled to receive a letter of recommendation upon request;
b. A member failing to attend and/or contribute to the support of the Church for a period of six months shall be notified by the Church of their placement on the inactive rolls for a period of thirty days. During this period all rights and privileges of the member are also suspended. If no response is received from the member within thirty days of notification, the membership will be terminated. Members responding shall be returned to the active rolls and all rights and privileges shall be restored.
c. Should it be necessary to remove a member that has become an offense to the Church and its good name by reason of unchristian conduct, the Pastor and the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall, after due notice and hearing, terminate the membership.
d. The Church Secretary shall remove deceased members from the rolls.
e. All requests for termination of membership shall be forwarded to the Pastor and the Deacon Board for discussion and final resolution.
Section 6 – Reinstatement. Any member terminated for any reason may be reinstated after consultation with the Pastor, the Deacon Board, and acceptance by the Church at a Church service respective to their petition.

ARTICLE XI- CHURCH SECRETARY

Section 1 – Employment. The Church Secretary shall be interviewed and selected by the Pastor.
Section 2 – Duties. The duties of the Church Secretary will be as stated in the Secretarial Position Description. The Church Secretary shall be a notary.

ARTICLE XII- INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

Section 1 – The Church shall indemnify an officer or employee or any person who may have served at its request against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by him or her in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding in which he or she is made party by reason of being or having been such officer or employee, except in relation to matters as to which he or she shall be adjudged such action, suit or proceeding to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of duty. The Church may also reimburse an officer or employee the reasonable cost of settlement of any such action, suit or proceeding if it is be found by a majority of a committee composed officers not involved in the matter in controversy to be in the best interest of the Church that such settlement be made and that such officer or employee was not guilty of negligence or misconduct. Such rights of indemnification and reimbursement shall not be deemed exclusive of any other right to which such officer or employee may be entitled under any By-Law, agreement, or otherwise.

ARTICLE XIII- FINANCE COMMITTEE

Section 1 – Purpose The Finance Committee shall be responsible for the financial management and planning program; and complement the responsibilities of the Trustee Board relating to the physical handling of Church monies.

Section 2 – Members The Finance Committee shall be comprised of the Governing Board, Church Treasurer, Budget Committee Chairperson, and the Audit Committee Chairperson and one member-at-large appointed by the Pastor. The Pastor shall be the Chairperson.
Section 3 Responsibilities
a. Develop and maintain the Financial Management Guide that establishes policies and procedures for budget preparation and management, accounting for and reporting of financial income and expense transactions, and auditing of Church financial records.
b. Meet at least quarterly to assess the financial health of the Church and make decisions on investments, funds management, and positioning the Church to meet its financial obligations at all times.

ARTICLE XIV- AUDIT AND COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE

Section 1 – Purpose. The Audit and Compliance Committee shall be responsible for performing all auditing functions within the Church to include auditing of financial records and data; compliance audits to ensure the Church complies with Internal Revenue code, rules, and regulations, and conformance audits of Church functions to ensure compliance with the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, and By-Laws.
Section 2 – Membership. The Committee shall be comprised of a Chairperson, appointed by the Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Chairman shall be responsible for the addition of one Deacon, one Trustee, and four members-at-large; who shall not be members of the Finance Committee.
Section 3 – Tenure. At-large members of the Audit and Compliance Committee shall serve for a period of three years at which time they may be replaced or reappointed.
Section 4 – Financial Audits. It shall be the duty of the Committee to perform an annual audit of the Church financial records. The Committee is authorized, with approval of the Finance Committee, to employ an independent accounting firm to conduct audits as deemed appropriate and necessary.
Section 5 – Compliance Audits. The Committee shall determine if the Church is complying with the Internal Revenue Code, rules, and Regulations.
Section 6 – Conformance Audits:
a. Periodically review and update the Church Constitution and By-Laws and make recommendations for amendments designed to improve the effectiveness and applicability of said documents;
b. Receive and review proposed changes to the Constitution and/or By-Laws submitted by individual Church members and ministries. Confer with the submitter(s) as necessary to establish the need for the recommended amendment(s) and, when necessary, provide alternative solutions when the amendment process is deemed to be inappropriate.
c. Review procedural statements by Church ministries for the purpose of assuring conformance with the Constitution and By-Laws.
Section 7. Meetings. Meetings of the Audit and Compliance Committee shall be held at least twice yearly and minutes and actions of the Committee shall be recorded and reported to the membership at a regularly scheduled Church business meetings.

ARTICLE XV – PULPIT COMMITTEE
Section 1 – Purpose. The Chairman of the Deacon Board, shall appoint the Pulpit Committee in the event it becomes necessary to fill a vacancy in the position of Pastor.

Section 2 – Membership. The Pulpit Committee shall be comprised of one Deacon, one Trustee, and three members-at-large. Once appointed, the committee shall elect its chairperson.
Section 3 – Duties:
a. The Pulpit Committee is responsible for the examination of credentials, interview, and hearing the preaching of persons whose names have been suggested for the pastorate. They will inform the candidate of the pastoral responsibilities, tenure, financial stipulations, and all other matters pertaining to the Church’s ministry. The committee shall examine each candidate’s resume.
b. When satisfied that God has led them to this person of their choosing for the position, the Pulpit Committee shall arrange for the candidate(s) to preach before the Church. They shall inform the congregation of the candidate’s credentials before the visit.
c. After all candidate(s) have been presented to the church and upon the proper call of the Pulpit Committee, the membership shall vote on the candidate(s) at a Church business meeting called for that purpose. The Pulpit Committee chairperson shall chair the meeting.
d. Voting will be by secret ballot. A Pastor shall be elected when a candidate receives at least two-thirds of the votes cast by members present and voting. Only one candidate shall be presented at a time and voted on before the next candidate is presented for vote.

ARTICLE XVI– ARBITRATION BOARD

Section 1 – Purpose. The Arbitration Board shall mediate disputes that have resisted resolution by the Church and, that may have legal implications. The Pastor shall activate the Arbitration Board when directed by the Church. All decision(s) rendered by the Arbitration Board on all issues presented shall be binding and final.
Section 2 – Membership. The Arbitration Board shall be comprised of one Deacon, appointed by the Deacon Board; one Trustee, appointed by the Trustee Board; and one member-at-large, appointed by the Church at a designated Church business meeting. No member shall be appointed to the Arbitration Board that is in any way involved in the issue(s) to be resolved.

ARTICLE XVII- OTHER MINISTRIES

Section 1 – Scope. The Pastor, Governing Board, and/or membership shall establish standing and ad hoc boards, committees, societies, and groups, hereafter referred to as “ministries”, as necessary to ensure all aspects of Church operations are effectively carried out. Standing ministries shall be established as permanent components of Church operations. Ad hoc ministries shall be established to accomplish a specific task or project and will be dissolved upon its completion. Ministries established under provisions of this article shall be conducted according to the following rules.
Section 2 – Officers. All ministries shall elect a President and Vice President or Chairman and Vice Chairman, and a Secretary. A Treasurer shall be elected if financial transactions will be involved. Other officers may be elected as deemed appropriate (e. g. Chaplain).
Section 3 – Elections.
a. All standing ministries shall elect officers once each year and provide the names of officers to the Church secretary. A majority vote of those group members present and voting is required to elect an officer. Although elected for a one-year term, officers can be reelected at the discretion of the ministry.
b. Officers for ad hoc ministries shall be elected to serve until the ministry has achieved its objectives and been dissolved by the Pastor. A majority vote of the ministry members present and voting is required to elect an officer.
c. All groups shall immediately hold elections to replace a vacant officer position due to resignation, death, or incapacity of an incumbent.
Section 4 – Meetings. All ministries shall meet on a regularly scheduled basis; minutes should be recorded at all meetings.

ARTICLE XVIII – MODERATOR
Section 1 – The Pastor shall be the Moderator at Church business meetings. In the absence of the Pastor, the Assistant Pastor shall preside; in the absence of both, the Chairman of the Deacon Board shall preside as Moderator pro tem.

ARTICLE XIX – CHURCH MEETINGS
Section 1 – Scheduled Meetings. The Church shall hold a business meeting at least twice yearly.
Section 2 – Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called on the basis of their gravity at such time as determined by the Pastor, the Deacon Board, or the Church.
Section 3 – Authority. A business meeting of the Church shall have the authority to transact all business as may properly come before it.

ARTICLE XX FISCAL YEAR
The calendar year shall be the Church fiscal year.

ARTICLE XXI – RULES OF ORDER
Section 1 – Rules. Robert’s Rules of Order shall prevail on all issues concerning maintenance of these By-Laws and the order of all Church business meetings unless inconsistent with these By-Laws or amended by Special Rules of Order.

ARTICLE XXII – AMENDING THE BYLAWS
Section 1 – Submission. Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Church Secretary at least ninety days prior to the Church business meeting where the amendment(s) will be considered for ratification. A copy of the proposed amendments shall be made available to each Church member sixty days prior to the Church business meeting.
Section 2 – Approval. These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a Church business meeting.
Section 3 – Implementation. Amendments shall be effective on the date of approval.

ARTICLE XXIII – DISSOLUTION OF THE CORPORATION
Section 1 – Dissolution. In the event of the dissolution of this Church as a non-profit corporation, the assets of the corporation shall be given and paid over to non-profit organizations of like faith and order, approved by the remaining membership and that would qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or its successor provision, and the regulations attributable thereto. None of the assets or holdings shall be divided among Church members or among any individuals or groups not so qualified. The meeting to vote on dissolution shall be carried out according to the guidelines in Article XIX, Section 2, on Church business meetings.