church constitution

Constitution

We the members  Of  Life Gate Ministries International do ordain and establish the following constitution for the purpose of preserving and making secure the principles of our faith and to be governed in an orderly manner. To establish an open door policy of embracing people from different races to promote the gospel.

ARTICLE I – NAME

This church shall be known as (L.G.M.I) Life Gate Ministries International in the city of London, United Kingdom.

ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our statement of faith is based primarily on the Holy Bible, which is the inspired Word of God. This church is a congregation of baptised believers united in Christ Jesus through covenant, for the worship of  the Almighty God and associated in the faith and the fellowship of His Gospel, to uphold the teachings, to acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

ARTICLE III – MISSION STATEMENT

Reaching out to the international communities, to bring God’s deliverance to Men; physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially and psychologically; so that they can live the life that God promised in 3John 2.

It is our mission to spread the gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all nations, transforming and making disciples of these lives for Christ, teaching and equipping them to grow into spiritual maturity to become effective tools that will bring direction to the rest of our World.

ARTICLE IV – OUR CHURCH VISION

To preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in all part of the Country and in all Nations of the world holding strictly to the Bible as unerring guide in matters of church organisation as well as in All matters that pertain to the gospel.

2. To hold worship service, bible studies, retreats, crusades, seminars, conferences, and
other meetings where any participant irrespective of church affiliation are taught the word of God and led into a
Richer experience with the lord Jesus Christ through the holy spirit.

3. Our vision is to Acquaint people with The Gracious means of being Holy, Healthy, Happy, prosperous,
balance, and fruitful Christian living thus preparing people for heaven By The power and The Authority of our lord Jesus Christ.

4. To Establish Christian charity projects for The Rehabilitation of homeless, refugees, gangs, drugs addict, alcohol addict, The aged, The Handicapped, widows, the orphans, and single parents.

5. To be involved in Nation Building projects such Agriculture, school, well equipped maternity faith home And Child welfare programmes in Rural and Areas with Qualified medical personnel.

6. To Distribute Gospel literature in Tracts, Book, Booklets, Magazines, study Guilds, Tapes, CD, VCD, DVD, And Any Other Materials.

7. To Proclaim The Gospel through Radio, Television And Any Other Means Of Communication.
One to one consultation as required.

We the members  Of  Life Gate Ministries International do ordain and establish the following constitution for the purpose of preserving and making secure the principles of our faith and to be governed in an orderly manner. To establish an open door policy of embracing people from different races to promote the gospel.

ARTICLE I. NAME

This church shall be known as (L.G.M.I) Life Gate Ministries International in the city of London, United Kingdom.

ARTICLE II STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our statement of faith is based primarily on the Holy Bible, which is the inspired Word of God. This church is a congregation of baptised believers united in Christ Jesus through covenant, for the worship of  the Almighty God and associated in the faith and the fellowship of His Gospel, to uphold the teachings, to acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

ARTICLE III MISSION STATEMENT

Reaching out to the international communities, to bring God’s deliverance to Men; physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially and psychologically; so that they can live the life that God promised in 3John 2.

It is our mission to spread the gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all nations, transforming and making disciples of these lives for Christ, teaching and equipping them to grow into spiritual maturity to become effective tools that will bring direction to the rest of our World.

ARTICLE IV OUR CHURCH VISION

To preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in all part of the Country and in all Nations of the world holding strictly to the Bible as unerring guide in matters of church organisation as well as in All matters that pertain to the gospel.

2. To hold worship service, bible studies, retreats, crusades, seminars, conferences, and
other meetings where any participant irrespective of church affiliation are taught the word of God and led into a
Richer experience with the lord Jesus Christ through the holy spirit.

3. Our vision is to Acquaint people with The Gracious means of being Holy, Healthy, Happy, prosperous,
balance, and fruitful Christian living thus preparing people for heaven By The power and The Authority of our lord Jesus Christ.

4. To Establish Christian charity projects for The Rehabilitation of homeless, refugees, gangs, drugs addict, alcohol addict, The aged, The Handicapped, widows, the orphans, and single parents.

5. To be involved in Nation Building projects such Agriculture, school, well equipped maternity faith home And Child welfare programmes in Rural and Areas with Qualified medical personnel.

6. To Distribute Gospel literature in Tracts, Book, Booklets, Magazines, study Guilds, Tapes, CD, VCD, DVD, And Any Other Materials.

7. To Proclaim The Gospel through Radio, Television And Any Other Means Of Communication.
One to one consultation as required.


ARTICLE V STATEMENT OF BELIEFS


 GOD: There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.

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THE BIBLE: God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.

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THE HUMAN RACE: All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.

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THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.

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SALVATION: Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved but given by grace.  It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. Justification by faith alone: All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. Work in the church: He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

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THE CHURCH: The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

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BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. It is ordained by Jesus Christ to be a sign to the person baptised of several things: first, of fellowship with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of belonging to him, and of forgiveness of sins, and of commitment to God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life. Only those who profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ, are the proper subjects of baptism. The person is to be baptised in water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Immersion in water is necessary to the right administration of baptism. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once and for all and  this involves breaking of bread and drinking of  wine,  which  represent the blood of Jesus and  His Body.

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.    THE FUTURE: The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.

ARTICLE VI CHURCH COVENANT

Having accepted and received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, on the confession of our faith and being baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, we now in the presence of God and the church assembly, gladly enter into covenant with our lord Jesus-Christ becoming the Body of Christ.

With the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit we will walk together in Christian love, to pursue the advancement of this church by promoting its prosperity, spirituality and to maintain its worship, discipline doctrines and ordinances by:

Encouraging family devotions
Contributing to support the ministry
Supporting the poor
Spreading the gospel to all nations

BY-LAWS

 

 

ARTICLE VII MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 Requirements for Membership – Those who profess repentance toward God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, who has been baptised upon the declaration of his faith, who accepts the doctrine and aims of this church, and willing submits to the authority and leadership of the church, shall be eligible for membership.

Section 2 Procedure in the Reception of New Membership – A person who voluntarily expresses an interest in becoming a member of this church  will go through  membership class The leaders through teaching and discussion with the person will be able to determine what their faith is, whether they have been baptised according to the requirement of the scriptures, as in agreement with the doctrines of the church, must be ready to give their full support to the ministry and submit to its authority.

Persons requesting membership shall be publicly announced and presented to the congregation.

Section 3 Termination of Membership

i By physical death: when a member of the church is removed from our midst by death, his name shall automatically be removed from the membership roll.

ii By Transfer :When a member request for his membership to be transfer to another branch of the church or to another congregation, the leadership  of the church  will provide a letter to the fellowship of another church, if the member is in good standing with the Lord the appropriate letter will be given but if not in good standing with the Lord,  the Leaders may refuse to grant a letter of transfer but the member will be release with prayer

iii By Exclusion – A member habitually absenting himself from church meetings without a just cause or ceases to maintain regular contact with the church, or if they are relocated to another area maybe excluded at the discretion of the Leaders.

iv By excommunication – According to the teaching of the Holy Scripture a congregation must cut off from its fellowship and visible membership any person who teaches or insists on holding to false and heretical doctrine, who conducts himself in an inconsistent manner to the profession the Christian faith, who constantly disturbs the peace of the church (Matthew 18: 15 – 35). See details in church discipline section.

ARTICLE VIII CHURCH DISCIPLINE

Section 1 Discipline – it shall be the basic responsibility of ( L.G.M.I) Life Gate Ministries International to emphasise to its members to be aware of the support available for any member who has concerns for redressing any issues they are not happy with. The pastors and leaders will arrange counselling and guidance for the purpose of reconciliation and restoration. If all avenues for addressing any issues or concerns have been exhausted and the member still continues to display an attitude that is not consistent with the teaching and the doctrines of the church then a disciplinary action will be implemented at the discretion of the leaders and the congregation will be informed as appropriately. (Matthew 18:15-35; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 2: 1-11)

All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.

Termination of membership for any condition, which caused the church to exclude a person from the church, on request a recommendation for restoration must be made by the senior pastor and leaders of the church upon repentance and reformation.

ARTICLE IX CHURCH COMMITTEES

i Board of Trustee – The Board of Trustees is legally responsible and accountable to the Charity Commission for the charitable status of (L.G.M.I) International. The Board of Trustees are to ensure that all laws and requirements are fulfilled in relation to the Charity Commission Act of 2006. Trustees are to ensure that the church is well and efficiently managed, and the aims and purpose of the church in its charity roles are being pursued. The Board of Trustees are the guardians of the asset and the integrity of the church.

Members of the Board of Trustee must discharge their duties with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.

ii Church Leaders – The Leaders of the church are responsible for the spiritual development and growth of the church according to the scriptures. (Ephesians 4:12) The leaders shall implement programmes to promote the vision of the church and to ensure that they are achieved

ii Finance Committee – is responsible for the general financial planning for the church. Such duties include, budgeting, review of expenditure and investment. Financial committee are responsible for approval of all capital expenditure and to review internal audit procedures.

iii Welfare Committee – This is an affiliated department created to meet the needs, financial, practical and interests of the members of (L.G.M.I) both in England and  International.

To take care for the general welfare of members and their spiritual needs. (Please refer to details of the Welfare Policy)
iv Events Committee – Responsible for organising social activities to encourage community participation. To promote community cohesion by creating activities that can draw people from all walks of life to Christ.

To be responsible for protocol of visiting ministers and guests during major church programmes celebration of church events.

ARTICLE X DEPARTMENTS

i Women’s Ministry Department – is responsible for the spiritual and all-round development of the women to discover their potentials.

ii Ushering – The ushers are to be led by a head usher and is responsible for greeting people as they enter and leave the church, seat people at appropriate time, provide bulletins and other materials at the time of seating, attentive to the needs of the congregation and the pastor or speaker during the service. The ushers will make sure the church is clean and attractive before each service. The head usher is responsible for the preparation of the ordinances for the Lord’s Supper.

iii Music Ministry Department – under the directions of the Director of Music is responsible for teaching music , provide music and musicians for the congregational service and the organisation of the church. This is done by training or assisting choir members to lead, sing and play music, to provide organisation and leadership for special projects of the church; and provide and interpret information regarding the music ministry of the church.

iv Technical Department – is responsible for setting up and maintaining all technical equipment within the church. The Technical Department shall be responsible for the recording, retention and distribution of church services on audio or video tape.

v Prayer Ministry Department – is responsible for the spiritual underpinning of the church, by focussing on praying effectively for the development of the church, the ministry and the members.

vi Education Department

Cell Groups – Cell groups are intended to provide bonding and discipleship to the members. It should be used as a forum to teach effectively in small groups, provides opportunities for questions at a basic level to improve knowledge and understanding of the bible.

Teachers – shall develop Christian resources to assist with spiritual and personal growth of the members, i.e. adult Sunday School Teachers, New Convert class and baptismal class

Children’s department –

Youth Department – is responsible for motivating young people to serve the Lord by serving His people. It is the task of the Youth Department leaders to teach, develop and equip the youth into spiritual maturity.

vii Evangelism – to make disciples

ARTICLE XI CHURCH OFFICERS

Section 1 Senior Pastor – the pastor is responsible for leading the church in functioning as a ‘New Testament Church’. The pastor shall be in charge of the spiritual welfare and overseeing the spiritual affair of the  church. The pastor under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to lead the congregation, the department of  the church officers and any paid staff in performing their tasks. He shall meet and abide by the Pastoral requirement of 1 Timothy 3 verses 1 – 7. He shall be in  charge of all alms of the church and  departments and may call a special meeting of any of these departments whenever required .

The pastor shall conduct services; administer ordinances, ministers to the members of the church and community and perform other duties that usually pertain to the office of the pastor. He shall be in charge of pulpit ministry of the church and shall work in conjunction with the associate pastors, to provide for preachers and workers to assist in programmes and special services and to assign the pulpit when he/she is absent.

The pastor shall give notice of any leave or absence from the pulpit at least two weeks prior to the leaders or as much as practical for such leave.

The pastor shall serve as a moderator of church General Meeting once every quarter. In the absence of the pastor, the elders of the Church  shall preside or in the absence of both the covering of the church  (an Apostle praying other the church) can be called  to put the church in  order .

In the event of inappropriate behaviour that is seen not to be in line with the pastoral requirement and biblical principles, a hearing or disciplinary committee shall be constituted to investigate thoroughly. And appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, i.e. suspension, letter of caution or letter of apology.

The pastor shall be the administrative head of the paid staff.

Section 2 Associate Pastors –They shall assist the senior pastor in leading the church in functioning as a ‘The Body of Christ’. The associate pastor shall in conjunction with the senior pastor, be responsible for the spiritual welfare and overseeing of the church as required.

The associate pastors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is to work in conjunction with the senior pastor to lead the congregation, the departments the church officers and any paid staff in performing their tasks.

The associate pastors are supposed to perform the duties of the senior pastors in his/here absence. The associate pastors shall meet and abide by the Pastoral requirement of 1 Timothy 3 verses 1 – 7

Section 3 Treasurer – shall design appropriate systems to record all incomes and expenditures. To make sure that all offerings , tithes and church gifts  are banked and that all bills are paid on time.

The treasurer should create avenues of raising funds to support the ministry, and to be investment orientated. and oversee the counting of all finances  collected within the church.


Section 4 Building Committee – is responsible to ensure that health measures are in place, that light fitting and other electrical appliance are checked and maintained.


ARTICLE XII CHURCH GENERAL MEETING

The notices shall be given in two consecutive weeks to inform members of the quarterly meeting. However, in case of emergency a meeting may be called on shorter notice by notifying regular members.

At the general meetings there will be hearing of reports given by all departmental leaders and submitted to the Board of Trustee.

Quorum the regular members that makes up 5 percent must be  present at any properly convened congregational meeting this will make up the quorum.