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Anglican Church of South Sudan

Constitution

Preamble

We, the members of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, formerly Christian Church International Ministries do hereby declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner, to maintain the autonomy of this church in freedom of action in relation to other churches and organizations.

Article One
NAME

This body shall be known as the Anglican Church of South Sudan (ACTSS), located at Twic East, South Sudan.

Article Two
OBJECTIVES

To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world, which is the mission of this church.

To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person, and responding in obedience to his leadership, .to experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers, to help people experience a growing knowledge of god and man.

To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name. To be a church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

Article Three
PRINCIPLES OF FAITH

We affirm that the Holy Bible is God’s revelation to mankind, and that it is inspired by God, it is without error [in the original manuscripts], it is an accurate record of the history and future of mankind, and that it depicts the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Savior of all mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, and is therefore the sole basis for our faith.

We regard the scriptures of the Holy Bible as authoritative in all matters of faith, practice, and principle. This church has affirms as our doctrinal statement The Christian Faith and Message as adopted by the Anglican Convention in 2004.

The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Article Four
PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

We confirm that our primary purpose is the communication of the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to all persons as stated in Romans 1:16-17.

We endeavor to equip and enable each individual for this purpose through the provision of opportunities of worship, education, service, and fellowship as described in Ephesians 4: 11-16.

Article Five
GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH

The governmentof this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it, owing allegiance only to its head and founder, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership. These members shall be individuals who have in common with the members their spiritual union with the Lord Jesus Christ and their agreement on the principles of faith contained in this document. These members, so bound together, regard one another as having equal rank and privilege as well as equal responsibility and obligation in fulfilling the purpose of this church as stated in Galatians 3:26-28.

All internal or external groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action under authority of this constitution.

At the same time, this body recognizes the rightful place of the state and pledges itself to the support of federal, state, and local governments in accordance with Romans 12:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17.

Article Six
RELATIONSHIPS

This Church is subject to the control of no other civil or ecclesiastical body. However we recognize the benefits and sustain the obligations of mutual cooperation, which are common among Christian churches, associations and conventions. Insofar, as practical, this body agrees to cooperate with and support the Christian Association.

Article Seven
AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended, modified or repealed under the following circumstances: the proposal must be read at one regular business meeting. The proposal must then be presented at the next regular business meeting for action by the church. The proposal must be approved by two-thirds majority vote of members present voting in the affirmative.

Article Eight
SOLE AUTHORITY

There shall be no worship, education, service by members or fellowship conducted which is in conflict with this constitution. The church shall not conduct any business transaction contrary to the Constitution.

All rules, regulations, bylaws and policies previously approved, if any, by this Church, in conflict with this Constitution are each and all hereby repealed, set aside and superseded.

This Constitution shall be and is, hereby established as the sole “Constitution” for this Church. No rules, regulations, bylaws or policies may be established which conflict with this constitution.

Article Nine
CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God 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, and the relief of the poor, and to the spreading of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private 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 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 one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian 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 Ten
RATIFICATION

This constitution is hereby ordained and established for the Anglican Church of South, Sudan by vote of the membership on January 1, 2004.

Prepared by:
Church Administration and Consultant Congregational Leadership Team