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Association of Evangelical
Community Churches

  Welcome to the OnLine home of the
Evangelical Community Churches
 

MISSION OF THE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCHES

Our mission is to provide a home for evangelical Christians. Many churches have deviated from Biblical truths about God, Jesus and the Bible. The gender of God is debated; the divinity of Jesus is questioned and the authority of the Bible is challenged.

The Evangelical Community Churches provides Administrative and Spiritual leadership for the Church through the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Board of Directors and Presiding Pastors.

 STATEMENT OF FAITH

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EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CHURCHES

 We Believe...
...there is one God eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
...Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest.
...the Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
...the Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humankind. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
...humankind was originally created in the image and likeness of God; falling through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All persons are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only though the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
...salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all persons; and those who repent and believe on Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become the children of God.
...the church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.
...the local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
...there shall be a bodily resurrection of the Just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
...the second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, and visible. This is the believers blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.

 

CHURCH PLANTING

All churches planted by AECC ministers will be an Evangelical Community church registering with the Association. Established churches seeking affiliation are encouraged to contact us.

DISCLAIMER

The AECC DOES NOT assume LEGAL responsibility for its ministers. Each minister IS answerable to the AECC and AEC and credentials will be revoked if an investigation finds serious violations of Christian ethics, morals and values have indeed been committed.

INVITATION

We invite those called by God to the Gospel ministry to unite with us. Ordination as an Dayspring minister is available to all men and women called by God to the Gospel ministry who accept the Dayspring/AECC Statement of Faith.

Candidates for ordination should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry, Theology, Bible or a related field and are encouraged to obtain a Masters Degree in a theologically-related field.  If you have not completed your Bachelors degree please call or write for special consideration of your lifes experience.

Ministers from other evangelical bodies may be received by transfer providing they accept the Dayspring/AECC Statement of Faith.

Candidates holding no credentials must meet the educational requirement and be ordained in a ceremony by the "laying on of hands." Presiding Ministers or a minister of your acquaintance may assist with this ceremony. Ordination is by transfer or by the "laying on of hands" in a local ceremony.

In an effort to assist those who feel a calling into GOD'S service, the AECC has established Saint Pauls Christian University and International College of Christian Therapy. The University System provides the additional education needed to help meet the requirements for Ordination by the Evangelical Community Churches.

All ordinations must be approved by the Executive Staff and Board of Directors and all credentials must come from the National Office.

Association of Evangelical Community Churches
P.O. Box 1500, Granbury, Texas 76048.

PHONE: 817-579-0754

FAX: 810-885-0662

EMAIL:  aactonline@yahoo.com

- Copyright Dayspring/AECC - 2002

 

 

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AECC invites you to join a Christ Centered Association.   God is leading many to come to this web page and become a part of this Christ Centered Fellowship.  Blessings to you and yours.

The Association of
Evangelical Community
Churches

Constitution and Bylaws

 

PREAMBLE

The purpose of this Constitution and Bylaws is to declare our Faith, Function, Purpose and Organizational Structure

 

ARTICLE I. NAME

We shall be known as The Association of Evangelical Community Churches, herein referred to as The AECC. The Association was formed in November, 2002, in Granbury, Texas as a non-profit, non stock fellowship. The AECC is a Fellowship of Churches. 

 

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The purpose of the AECC shall be to "Reclaim the faith once delivered," offer an identity and spiritual home for the evangelical community churches that prefer not to be a part of a denomination, its ministers, pastors, evangelists, church planters, churches, cell groups, prayer groups, ministries, missions and other such individuals and groups who may benefit from affiliation; and the credentialing of such ministers.

 

ARTICLE III. AFFILIATION

The AECC may choose at the descretion of the Senior Presiding Pastor and the Executive Presiding Pastors to affiliate with any other Evangelical Organizations after input from the Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

The AECC shall consist of a Senior Presiding Pastor (SPP), at least two but not more than five Executive Presiding Pastors (EPP), making up the executive staff, a Board of Directors (BD) with at least five (5) members who will be Regional Presiding Pastors as required.

The leadership of AECC shall be the same persons who govern Dayspring Ministries International, the "Covering Ministry," and the Association of Evangelical Clergy unless designated differently by an amendment to this constitution.

The Executive Staff may, at their discretion, create and fill specialized positions such as the following:

Director of Chaplaincy Services -- Crisis Response Team Coordinator --
On-Line Ministry Coordinator, Elders -- Deacons, International College of Christian Therapy Staff & Faculty and other positions as needed.

The Executive Staff and Board of Directors of the AECC may also serve The International College of Christian Therapy as Advisors or Professors.

No salaries shall be paid any officer of the AECC unless approved by the Executive Staff.

SENIOR PRESIDING PASTOR: The Senior Pastor (SPP) is the spiritual leader of the DAYSPRING MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND AECC. The term of office, following the resignation or retirement shall be for one, three-year term with possible reappointment to a second three year term, for a total of six years. This portion of the By-laws will come into effect upon the retirement of the founding Senior Presiding Pastor.  The Board of Directors  appoints the Senior Pastor after the founding Senior Pastor resigns or retires. The Senior is also head of the Mother organization, Dayspring Ministers International, the Association of Evangelical Clergy, and may be Pastor of Dayspring Community Church, Granbury, Texas.

The Senior Pastor, in consultation with The Executive Pastors shall make recommendations to the BD pertaining to all spiritual decisions and appointments for advice and guidance. However, The Senior Pastor shall have the ultimate, final decision, in all areas, provided that sound scriptural guidelines are adhered to. By exercising veto power, the Senior Pastor shall provide to the board sound scriptural reasoning for overriding the board.

Upon the end of the Senior Pastors  term of service, the Board of Directors shall either re-appoint or appoint a new Senior Pastor, giving due consideration to one of the the Executive Pastors as a possible successor.

Upon the end of the Senior Pastors term of service, if he or she has served admirably, he or she may be awarded the title "Presiding Pastor Emeritus." The Pastor Emeritus shall be an honorary position for life.

EXECUTIVE PASTOR: The Board of Advisors shall appoint the Executive Pastors (EP) for one, two-year term with possible reappointment to one, three-year term. The Executive Pastor serves as Fellowship Administrator and shall give direction, guidance, counsel and other requested assistance to the Senior Pastor, Board of Directors and Presiding Pastors. The Executive Pastors shall also serve on the Board of Directors as Ex-Officio members.  The Executive Pastors shall provide clerical and administraive duties for the Executive Staff and Board of Directors.

ELDERS AND DEACONS: The Board of Directors may appoint Elders or Deacons as required to assist the Executive Staff with the day to day operation of the AECC. Elders and Deacons shall serve for terms concurrent with those of the AECC Presiding Pastors. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors (BD) shall consist of at least five members, recommended by the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor, and elected by the Presiding Pastors. The Board of Directors shall consider the recommendations of the Senior Pastor concerning decisions on all spiritual matters of the AECC and the Executive Pastor concerning decisions on all administrative matters of the AECC. Responsibilities of the Board include but are not limited to affiliations, ordinations, recognition of ministerial credentials, appointments and daily operations.

Members of the Board of Directors are appointed for staggered terms. Three seats shall be three-year terms and two seats will be two-year terms; as such, each year one, three-year seat and one, two-year seat will expire. Members of the Board of Directors may be reappointed. The Executive Pastor and Administrative Pastor shall serve on the Board as Ex-Officio members.

PRESIDING PASTORS: The AECC shall include Regions with either one or two assigned Presiding Pastors. Regions  may be added or divided as needed by the Executive Staff. The purpose and function of the Presiding Pastor is to serve as a liaison between the AECC and the respective regions.

The Senior Pastor, with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoints the Presiding Pastors for five-year, renewable terms. Requirements include abiding by and incorporating into the respective Region the AECC Statement of Faith, Ordination by the AECC/Dayspring and Compliance with the AECC Code of Conduct.

 

ARTICLE V. STATEMENT OF FAITH

We Believe...
...there is one God eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
...Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest.
...the Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the
believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
...the Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humankind. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
...humankind was originally created in the image and likeness of God; falling through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All persons are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only though the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
...salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all persons; and those who repent and believe on Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become the children of God.
...the church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.
...the local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
...there shall be a bodily resurrection of the Just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
...the second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, and visible. This is the believers blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.

Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent."

 

ARTICLE VI. GOVERNMENT

Each Presiding Pastor, Region, Minister, and all other entities belonging to the AECC/Dayspring Ministries International shall adhere to the Statement of Faith. It is suggested that each Presiding Pastor and entities within his or her Region should follow the congregational polity of church government.

 

ARTICLE VII. MINISTERIAL ORDINATION

Ordination as a AECC minister is available to all men and women called by God to the Gospel ministry who accept the AECC/Dayspring Statement of Faith. It is recommended that Candidates for ordination should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry, Theology, Bible or a related field and are encouraged to obtain a Masters Degree in a theologically-related field.

If a person who is applying has been in ministry many years, experience may take the place of an acquired degree. All Ordination candidates must also complete a course ("Religion and the Law") through ICCT or SPCU.

Ministers from other evangelical bodies may be received by transfer upon acceptance of the Statement of Faith and resignation of any prior denominational ordination.  Dual Ordination will be considered if a candidate will call or write requesting to retain ordaination in his/her previous denomination or fellowship.  Candidates holding no credentials must be ordained in a ceremony by the "laying on of hands." Regional Presiding Pastors may assist with this ceremony.

 

ARTICLE VIII. CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Lawfulness, ethics, values and character are vitally important to the AECC. The actions of Executive Officers and Regional Presiding Pastors cast a direct reflection on the Church and, in turn, to the work of the Church in God's service. The AECC has a responsibility to address any issues of impropriety, founded or unfounded, brought forward. Privileges may be suspended until the resolution of any such claims providing no impropriety was committed.

All Members, Ministers, College Staff and Faculty, Officers, Board members and Presiding Pastors may be disicplined or removed by the Board for conduct unbecoming a Minister of the Gospel, false statements, misrepresenting or calling into disrepute the AECC/AEC, convictions of criminal acts, actions contrary to the AECC/Dayspring Statement of Faith or any other actions the Board deems inappropriate.

If there is an accusation or suspicion of sexual abuse by a member, the Executive Staff and Board of Directors MUST be notified immediately. The suspected abuse will be reported to the proper authorities immediately. AECC Staff will not interview the child regarding the suspected abuse; trained personnel will handle the process. All information about the suspected abuse must be kept confidential whereever possible. Immediate suspension shall result if a staff member is suspected of child abuse until a complete investigation and decision are made by the proper authorities.

Discipline of members below the level of Presiding Pastor is handled by the Executive Staff and Board of Directors with input from the Presiding Pastor assigned to that area.

 

ARTICLE IX. MEMBERSHIP

The AECC/AEC exercises limited control and authority over ministers, members, churches or any other entity belonging to Dayspring Ministries International. The AECC does however reserve the Right to revoke ministerial credentials for violations of the AECC/Dayspring Code of Conduct.

 

ARTICLE X. ANNUAL MEETINGS and FISCAL YEAR

Regular meetings shall be held at least once per year at times and places fixed by the Senior Pastor and the Board of Directors. These meetings may be held in person, via telephone or through online communications. For business purposes, the AECC shall recognize July 1 to June 30, as our fiscal year.

 

ARTICLE XI. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Meetings shall be conducted under the guidelines of the Holy Scripture and Roberts Rules of Order, i.e., they will be orderly for "God is not the Author of confusion."

 

ARTICLE XII. AMMENDMENT OF BY-LAW AND CONSTITUTION

In the event of amending the AECC Constitution or By-Laws, the Executive Staff shall prepare the proposed amendments and present them to the Board of Directors for acceptance.

 

ARTICLE XIII. VOTING

Elections and other votes of the AECC, not assigned to the Board of Directors, shall conform to the following guidelines to be considered valid:

All Presiding Pastors in good standing will be eligible to vote and will be notified ten (10) days prior to the vote by posting on the AECC E-groups message board. As members may select several notification options through egroups it is the responsibility of the member to regularly check egroups, as there will be no further notification. Votes will be submitted by individual email to the Executive Pastor who will tally the votes and post the results on the E-groups board. A deadline for submission of votes will be included in the Vote Warning.

If the vote is for election of Board Members, a list of potential Board Members will be included in the Vote Warning along with a deadline for submission of votes to the Executive Minister. Votes for new Board Members will occur on or around June 1st of each year with the term starting on July 1. It is the responsibility of any member interested in a Board seat to notify the Executive Pastor prior to any impending election for inclusion on the list. Each potential Board Member may post a biography and/or a statement on the E-groups site during the 10-day period before the vote. Only those potential Board Members on the list will be considered for votes, no write in votes will be considered valid.

Votes are cast by each Presiding Pastor sending a personal email to the Executive Pastor who will tally the votes and post the results for the membership on the E-groups board. No votes posted publically on the E-groups board will be considered a valid vote.

In the event that the need arises to fill a vacant position prior to the end of the term for that seat, the Executive Staff will make recomendations to the Board of Directors who will appoint an interim person until the end of the existing term.

A simple majority of those Presiding Pastors who voted is considered valid for the vote to carry.

 

ARTICLE XIV. DISSOLUTION

In the event that The AECC and it's executive officers and Board Of Directors votes to dissolve this association, no person shall freely assume any of the assets of the association individually.

The assets of this non profit fellowship shall be sold or donated to another non profit entity,and all proceeds of such sale shall be turned over to another non profit organization and no officer, board member or general member shall profit from or benefit from the proceeds of any such sale, donation or merger.

 

- Copyright - AECC - 2002