Our constitutions are surprisingly important. A well-written constitution is a valuable reference which ought to be on hand to empower leaders, assure members, and provide clarity to outside observers.
Your constitution is critical when there is trouble, but that is not the only time they are needed. Your constitution ought to provide a powerful statement as to who you are as a church and what you stand for. It ought to demonstrate a commitment to order and appropriateness in process that is the undercurrent of great governance.
For churches, the constitution ought to be a spiritual document as well as a legal document; it ought to clearly enunciate your spiritual purpose and dedication to following Jesus, but more than that – it should demonstrate your wish to manage things biblically and with Godly discernment.
We have developed 4 factsheets to assist in this area:
We also have a draft Constitution you can use as a template:
Should you have any questions about church constitutions, please contact Administrative Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3354 5648.