Constitution of the Christadelphians (South Austin)
1. We are a Christadelphian ecclesia (Greek ekklesia:
congregation, assembly, "church").
2. We believe the One Faith, as taught in the Bible, and
defined in our Statement of Faith. For interecclesial fellowship purposes, we
consider our Statement of Faith to be equivalent to the Birmingham Amended
Statement of Faith.
3. We recognize as brethren, and welcome to our fellowship,
all who have been baptized after belief of the same doctrines.
4. We meet every Sunday morning for worship, exhortation, and
the partaking of bread and wine, and at other times during the week as may be
decided upon for Bible study and preaching activities.
5. In matters not affecting essential doctrines, we mutually
agree to submit to the arrangements preferred by the majority.
6. The arranging committee of the ecclesia shall consist of
seven arranging brothers, who are responsible for all ecclesial business. This
committee has been appointed initially by the ecclesia. The committee may remove
any committee member by the decision of five arranging brothers. The committee
shall perpetuate itself by appointment of suitable replacements in the cases of
resignation or removal. Such appointments will be agreed upon by simple majority
vote of the arranging brothers.
7. In the appointment of arranging brothers, we shall follow
the directions of Paul as to the qualifications they ought to possess (1Ti 3;
Tit 1). No brother shall be eligible for appointment to the arranging committee
for the first two years after baptism or admission to fellowship, except by
unanimous consent of the arranging brothers.
8. The arranging committee shall meet as often as necessary
to arrange the conduct of the meetings, and to decide all matters concerning the
working of the ecclesia. A special meeting of the arranging committee may be
convened at the request of three brothers, who must state the nature of the
9. Decisions of the arranging committee shall have immediate
effect, but they may be reversed by the ecclesia acting as a body at its annual
10. Special meetings of the ecclesia may be convened by the
secretary at the request of the arranging committee. At all such special
meetings it shall require a majority of the membership of the ecclesia to form a
11. All applications for baptism or admission to fellowship
must be reported to the secretary, who shall make arrangements with the
arranging committee for the interview and baptism if necessary.
12. The arranging committee will appoint brothers (from their
own number or from the other brothers in the ecclesia) or sisters, in the
13. The secretary, or recording brother, shall (a) keep a
record of all the proceedings of the ecclesia, including all business meetings;
(b) handle all ecclesial correspondence and other communications, and report
these at his discretion to the arranging committee or ecclesia as a body; (c)
remind the ecclesia of meetings to be held or other matters affecting them; (d)
arrange all schedules for presiding, speaking, and serving; (e) keep an
attendance record for the memorial meeting; and (f) generally oversee the
affairs of the ecclesia.
- Secretary, or recording brother
- Treasurer, or finance
- Sunday School supervisor (brother or sister)
- Preaching committee
- Visiting committee chairman
- Welfare committee
- Speaking brothers
- Serving brothers
- Any other necessary positions, as the arranging brothers
14. The treasurer, or finance brother, shall receive,
maintain, and disburse all funds of the ecclesia, and shall report periodically
to the arranging committee for approval. All funds and property belonging to the
ecclesia shall legally vest in the arranging committee, as trustees for the
15. The Sunday School established in connection with the
ecclesia shall be under its official control. The Sunday School supervisor shall
appoint the teachers, report to the arranging committee, and, along with them,
manage the school.
16. The preaching committee chairman shall organize and
supervise all preaching activities, and arrange for all advertising and
preaching expense to be paid by the treasurer. He shall appoint other brothers
and sisters to assist him.
17. The visiting committee chairman shall communicate with
brothers or sisters absent from the memorial meeting to determine the cause of
absence, and to arrange a supplementary memorial meeting. He shall also arrange
transportation to ecclesial meetings when necessary and reasonable. He shall
report to the welfare committee anything coming to his attention which may
require assistance, and to the secretary any matters which may require the
attention of the arranging committee.
18. The welfare committee shall, along with the treasurer, who
serves as chairman, inquire as to needs and provide financial assistance to
brothers and sisters and their families, or to those otherwise connected with
19. The following order shall be observed at our Sunday
morning memorial meeting:
20. No accusation against any brother or sister shall be
listened to in public or private, until the brother or sister making the
accusation shall have taken the course prescribed in Mat 18:15-18. Any brother
or sister refusing to take this course while persisting in his/her accusation
shall himself/herself be considered and dealt with as an offender against the
law of Christ.
- Bible reading, as chosen by speaking brother
- Announcements by
- Prayer by the presiding
- Memorial hymn
- Thanks for, and partaking of,
- Thanks for, and partaking of, wine
- Closing hymn
21. Any brother or sister departing from any element of the
One Faith, as defined in our Statement of Faith, shall, by majority decision of
the arranging brothers, cease to be in fellowship.
22. Absence from the established assembly of the brothers and
sisters for the breaking of bread, except for illness or other lawful reason, is
an offence against the law of Christ.
23. None shall, even for a legitimate cause, separate
themselves from the assembly, without first stating, in writing to the
secretary, the cause of impending separation; and asking such to be considered
at a special arranging meeting, at which they consent to be present and take
24. No brother or sister withdrawn from by another ecclesia
shall be received into fellowship until the cause shall have been investigated.
This investigation shall not take place without first asking the other ecclesia
to take part. If the other ecclesia shall refuse cooperation, the matters in
question shall be investigated and final decision made without them.
25. In case of another ecclesia, after this process, receiving
into their fellowship any brother or sister from whom we have withdrawn, we
shall not consider it a cause of separation from them. Instead, we shall regard
the matter as one of difference of judgment as to facts merely, and we shall be
content in that case to maintain our own withdrawal from the brother or sister
26. None of the foregoing rules may be altered, and no new
rules added, except by the two-thirds majority vote of the ecclesia in its
annual business meeting.
27. The foregoing Statement of Faith, including the
Commandments of Christ, shall be considered a part of the Constitution of the