InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at LU and H-S


Article I. Name

Section 1, The name of this organization shall be InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Longwood and Hampden-Sydney Colleges.

Article II. Basis of Faith

Section 1. The Basis of Faith of this organization is as follows:

a. The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.

b. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

c. The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historical fact of his bodily resurrection.

d. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.

e. The expectation of the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Section 2. All officers of this organization, leaders of Bible study groups, and speakers must subscribe without reservation to the above Basis of Faith.

Article III. Purpose

Section 1. The primary purposes of this organization are:

a. To witness to the Lord Jesus Christ as God Incarnate and to seek to lead others to personal faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.

b. To help Christians grow toward maturity as disciples of Christ, by study of the Bible, by prayer and by Christian fellowship.

c. To present the call of God to the world mission of the Church; to help students and faculty to discover God's role for them.

Section 2. The secondary purpose of this organization is to contribute to the educational, cultural, and social climate of Longwood and Hampden-Sydney Colleges by:

a. developing healthy human relationships.

b. pursuing opportunities for social justice.

c. encouraging development of educational, personal, and vocational skills.

Article IV. Membership and Participation

Section 1. Membership and participation in this organization is open to all tudents and faculty members.

Article V. Officers and Duties

The elected officers of this organization shall be a president, large group oordinator, two small group coordinators, campus outreach/prayer, and secretary/treasurer.

Article VI. Executive Committee

Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and such others as the chapter may add from time to time.

Section 2. Only those persons committed to the Basis of Faith and Purposes of this organization shall be eligible to be elected as officers or appointed to the Executive Committee.

Section 3. The responsibilities of this committee are:

a. To carry out the purposes, general policies and programs of this organization as efficiently as possible.

b. To call the annual meeting for the selection of new officers and for the submitting of reports of the various activities of the year.

c. To be responsible for the continuance of this organization from year to year.

Article VII. Meetings

Section 1. Meetings for the transaction of business shall take place once a week or upon the request of three members.

Section 2. Meetings for Bible study and prayer shall be held at times decided by the members. Bible study meetings will usually be held weekly and prayer meetings daily.

Section 3. Other meetings for the discussion and presentation of matters pertaining to the purpose stated herein shall be held as occasion warrants.

Article VIII. Nominations and Selection of Officers

Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the officers, and any others they choose, who shall present to the members their slate of nominees.

Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall receive nominations from any member of the chapter. These nominations shall be submitted in writing to the committee prior to the annual business meeting.

Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible to see that all nominees subscribe to the organizations Basis of Faith and Purpose as set forth in Articles I1 and 111.

Section 4. All nominations shall be presented to the members a week in advance of the annual business meeting for their prayerful consideration. Officers shall then be selected at this meeting by the previous officers after a time of input by any chapter member and a short interview with each nominee.

Section 5. The annual business meeting shall be held during the month of November.

Article IX. Constitution and Amendments

Section 1. This constitution shall be adopted upon receiving a two-thirds vote of the committed membership.

Section 2. This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the committed membership, providing that no change is made in Article II and Article III.

Section 3. Amendments to this constitution shall not become valid until a copy of said amendments has been placed in the office of Student Council at Longwood College and Hampden-Sydney Colleges and with the campus staff member assigned by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.