Greenwood is a Southern Baptist Church by affiliation. That means that we are an independent local church that contributes to the Southern Baptist Convention in order to cooperate for certain purposes, like global missions.
If you would like more specific information about our beliefs, you can read the following excerpt from our Church Bylaws below:
With a firm conviction that we are saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and believing that we can best serve Him and advance His kingdom on earth by proceeding in an orderly manner, we the members of Greenwood Baptist Church, Weatherford, Texas, subscribing to the Covenant below, do hereby establish and adopt the following bylaws.
Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
ARTICLE I – GENERAL
All members shall subscribe to the Church Covenant; believe in the fundamental principles of the Christian faith as contained in the Holy Scripture, and accept the Old and New Testaments as the sole doctrine of the Baptists, subscribe to the policy of this church in the promotion of Baptist principles.
Membership in the church may be attained by ordinance of baptism after profession of faith; by letter from any other Baptist church of like faith and order; or by statement of faith if they have been previously baptized by immersion.
Membership may be terminated by letter upon request, when transferring to a different church; by being transferred to an inactive roll after not having been heard from in three years by their attendance or contribution; by exclusion (joining another denomination); by death.
The New Testament requires in Acts 6:3 that the leadership of the church should be of “honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom;” therefore, any person who is elected to hold office in this church:
- Shall be a member of this church.
- Shall have a good report both within and without the church.
- Shall attend regularly the services of the church.
- Shall regularly and systematically support the financial program of the church by tithe.
- For the office of Pastor and Deacon only those who meet all the scriptural requirements contained in I Timothy 3:1-12 shall be eligible; and further, it shall be the policy of this church to ask for the resignation of any officer of the church for the following or for any one of the following reasons:
- For conduct unbecoming a Christian.
- For unbrotherly or destructive criticism of other fellow officers or other church members with the intent of doing them harm.
- For unfaithfulness in the performance of his duties and responsibilities of his office.
- For failure to cooperate with the whole program adopted by the church.
ARTICLE II – MEETINGS
The regular worship services of the church shall be held on each Sunday. The mid-week prayer services shall be held on each Wednesday evening. The hours to be fixed by the recommendation of the deacons subject to approval of the church.
The date and hour of any service or meeting may be changed by action of the church taken no less than one week before any such service or meeting.
The business meetings of the church shall be held on the second Wednesday following the first Sunday of every even numbered month. An emergency business meeting may be called by the Pastor or the Moderator at any regular meeting of the church.
It shall be the duty of the Pastor or the Moderator to open all business meetings with prayer; to keep order as defined in Robert’s Rules of Order; to state and explain motions.
At all business meetings 80 percent of those present decide all questions unless otherwise provided by in these bylaws.
ARTICLE III – PASTOR
The pastor is a spiritual leader of the church. He shall be a tither in belief and in practice. It shall be his duty to conduct the worship service of the church, to visit the known sick and distressed among the membership of the church, and prospective members extending to them an invitation to join our church; to cooperate with the officers of the church and church staff.
The Pulpit Committee, in agreement with any prospective pastor, shall recommend to the church a salary and benefit proposal that defines all salary compensations and benefits, as well as acceptable reasons for a pastor’s absence from the following: revival meetings at a sister church, vacations, personal illnesses, family illness, and others. This proposal will be voted on during the same business meeting in which the pastor is called for service. Any changes to this agreement shall be accomplished by the Personnel Committee and be subject to a vote by the church at a business meeting.
When practical the church shall send the pastor to the Southern Baptist Convention, Texas Baptist Convention, and State Evangelistic Conference. The church shall pay the supply when the pastor is attending the Southern Baptist Convention or absent from the church conducting a funeral of one of the church members.
In the event of a vacancy of pastor, a Pulpit Committee shall be elected by the church. The Pulpit Committee shall recommend the pastor to the church at a regular or called meeting (for the purpose of calling a pastor.) This meeting shall be announced from the pulpit and in the church bulletin before the call is extended to a pastor. At least eighty percent of the members present must vote in favor of calling this man before the call is extended to him.
The pastor is ex-officio member of all church appointed committees and shall be counseled before the committee recommendations are submitted.
ARTICLE IV – DEACONS
The church shall have active deacons. The deacons shall be elected, by secret ballot, by the church. The procedure shall be as follows:
- Any member of the church may nominate any qualified man simply by suggesting the name to the present chairman of deacons.
- In turn, an ordination council consisting of all the ordained men in the church shall interview all qualified candidates for deaconship and make a recommendation to the church.
- The deacons shall recommend the candidate to the church one month prior to actual voting.
- To be seated as a deacon of Greenwood Baptist Church, the man must receive at least eighty percent vote of the membership present at the meeting.
It shall be the duty of the deacons, in cooperation with the pastor, to have general supervision of the moral, spiritual and temporal welfare of the congregation; deacons along with the pastor visit the membership of the church, particularly the sick and distressed; to care for the discipleship of the church; distribute the elements of the Lord’s Supper; assist with the ordinance of Baptism; and to cooperate with the pastor in every department of the church work.
Before the deacons shall bring anything before the church, they must be in one hundred percent agreement.
The deacons shall meet at an agreed time as the business of the church requires. Such meetings are to be called by the Pastor or the Chairman of the Deacons.
ARTICLE V – GENERAL OFFICERS
The Chairman of the Deacons, or any active deacon, may serve as moderator in the absence of the Pastor or at his request.
The church shall elect a clerk annually whose duty it shall be to keep minutes of all business meetings of the church, a copy of the same to be kept in the church office or other designated place, to report the number of those dismissing from the church membership, and perform all those duties which usually devolve upon the clerk. The clerk shall correspond with other churches in granting and requesting letters.
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to pay all bills ordered by the church as far as the funds in hand permit; to keep a true record of accounts and make regular reports to the church of all receipts and disbursements at the regular business meeting. A copy of this report is to be kept in the church office or other designated place. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Budget Committee (Finance Committee).
The officers and/or teachers of the Sunday School and Wednesday Night Program Workers (R.A.’s, G.A.’s, etc.) shall be elected annually by the church upon recommendations from the Nominating Committee.
ARTICLE V – COMMITTEES
The Nominating Committee or Committee on Committees shall coordinate the staffing of all church leadership positions that are filled by volunteers. Special committees, or other committees that are necessary for the function of an efficient program, may be elected as needed from the floor of any business meeting.
The Budget Committee, sometimes referred to as the Finance Committee shall be a standing committee which will work with the Treasurer in the proper distribution of church funds. Any non-budgeted expenditure in excess of $100 must be brought before this committee for approval. Any non-budgeted expenditure in excess of $200 must be brought before the church for approval. This committee shall also be responsible for conducting annual audit of the church books.
The Building and Grounds Committee assists the church in matters related to properties administration.
ARTCILE VII – AMENDMENTS
These bylaws, or any part thereof, may be amended or supplemented at any regular business meeting of the church, provided, however, that such notice of any proposed meeting for consideration of amendment, additions or changes in these bylaws shall be given by publishing a notice giving the substance of the proposal in the church bulletin and making public announcements at two regular services within a thirty-day period preceding such a meeting.
As Amended and Accepted on June 16, 1993.