Constitution of H-SC Baptist Collegiate Ministries


Preamble

We the members of the Hampden-Sydney Baptist Collegiate Ministries do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution as the governing document for this body.

Because the college is engaged in the search for truth, of which God is the source, the Christian perspective is essential to the realization to the ultimate purpose of higher education.

The Christian witness of Baptist work in all institutions of higher learning is in response to our Lord's command to make known the Gospel to all men.

The witness is an integral part of the nature and mission of the church. The role of the church is indispensable to the maturing spiritual, moral, and intellectual lives of individuals in the campus community.

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Hampden-Sydney Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

Article II. Purpose

It shall be the purpose of this organization to:

a) Provide a ministry to persons of the campus community

b) Lead them toward faith in God through Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

c) Guide them in Christian growth and discipleship

d) Involve them in responsible BCM membership and leadership

e) To share this growth through missions, worship experiences, social action, and Christian witnessing.

f) To create a brotherhood within Hampden-Sydney to give students a choice for an alternative life style.

Article III. Membership

Membership in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry may be extended to any member of the Hampden-Sydney community expressing a desire to become a member of this organization. No dues shall ever be required for membership.

Article IV. Officers

Section 1. The administrative positions shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Spiritual Leader, Treasurer, Outreach, and Longwood Council Ambassador. These positions shall make up the executive council.

Section 2. Of these positions President, Vice-President, Outreach, and Longwood Council Ambassador must be filled at all times.

Article V. Duties of Officers

Section 1. The president shall preside at all BCM council meetings and weekly fellowships, ensure that parliamentary order is held during all meetings, maintain personal relationships with all council members, lead in regular evaluation of total BCM program, coordinate and administer total BCM ministry with director, and meet with BCM academic advisor once a month at the advisors convenience.

Section 2. The vice-president shall ssist the president with all of his duties, and fill in when he is not available. Keep a current roster of BCM members. Send out weekly updates and have a update ready for every meeting.

Section 3. The spiritual leader shall coordinate devotionals for meetings and other group sponsored events, coordinate Bible studies, be responsible for all correspondence, promote church involvement, and be responsible for missions activities.

Section 4. the treasurer shall maintain accurate financial records, assemble the budget for each semester, and also work in close contact with the outreach position to help run events.

Section 5. Outreach shall consists of two members. These members will  outreach to the Hampden-Sydney Community through planning, advertising, and coordinating events. They should be in constant prayer and meditation on how to better reach the students at Hampden-Sydney College.

Section 6. (Hampden-Sydney Council Representative) Longwood Council Ambassador shall provide a connection to Longwood BCM so that the two organizations can stay in contact when coordinating events, hold weekly connections, and fill in the Longwood BCM council on Hampden-Sydney BCM's events.

Article VI. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nomination Process:

Nominations shall be made during the first meeting of January by any member. All those nominated and willing to serve shall appear on the election ballot after having completed an application within the designated time. Complete applications shall be submitted to the Baptist campus minister for consideration.

Section 2. Criteria of Nominees:

Nominees for any executive council position must be of good academic standing as defined by the college, and must have completed at least one semester at College.

Nominees for president, in addition to the above criteria, must have held a previous position on council and be actively involved in a local church. the president must be of the Baptist denomination.

If no applicants for president meet those criteria, the selection committee shall use its discretion and nominate a candidate that it feels would be best qualified to serve as president.

Section 3. Election Process:

Elections shall be held during the first meeting of January. All members will be eligible to vote by secret ballot. Officers shall be elected by majority vote and shall serve from the 2nd general meeting of  of January to the following January. Replacement for those unable to complete their term of office shall be nominated by the executive council. A special election will be held for replacements after the council has been given two weeks notice.

Article VII. Meetings

General meetings will be held at a monthly time agreed upon by the executive council at their first meeting of the academic year; Executive council will meet bi-weekly. Other meetings times shall be arranged as the need arises in relation to other areas of ministry.

Article VIII. Ratification

This document will become ratified upon unanimous consent of all members present.

Article IX. Amendments

Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by any council member at any council meeting. The council will decide by majority vote whether or not a quorum should be called. For the amendment to pass, it must be voted in favor by two-thirds of the quorum.