This is the Constitution of Ikoyi Baptist Church and the rules and regulations stated herein shall be the governing laws to regulate the affairs of the Church.
1.2: Name: This Local Church, herein after called “the Church”, “this Church” or “IBC”, shall be designated the “IKOYI BAPTIST CHURCH”
1.3: Title: The title of the corporate body shall be “The Registered Trustees of the IKOYI BAPTIST CHURCH”.
1.4: Mission Statement: Our mission is to build a great people of God for the Nations through Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28)
1.5: Objectives: The objectives of Ikoyi Baptist Church shall be:
- a) To meet regularly as a body of believers in worship and praise of God, the Creator, Redeemer and Lord,
- b) To cultivate, among its members, love for our Lord Jesus Christ, for one another, for all who are of the household of faith, as well as for our neighbours and the world at large,
- c) To provide every member with ample opportunities to become effective disciple and to learn to disciple others through organized regular discipleship programs,
- d) To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ individually and through corporate evangelism,
- e) To confer and co-operate with other Baptist Churches or Association of Churches, the Nigerian Baptist Convention and other Christian Churches as occasions may require, and
- f) To support worthy endeavours as the need may arise.
2. OUR BELIEFS
2.1: God: We believe in one true and living God who is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, three-in-one Persons (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) and the creation of all things by Him for His own wise purpose (Matthew 28:19, 11Corinthians 13:14)
2.2: Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus as the only begotten Son of God. We further believe in: His virgin birth; His real and perfect manhood; the truth of His teaching; the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world offered once and for all in His death on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the dead; His ascension into Heaven; His present ministry of intercession; His headship of the Church Universal; and His coming again in power and glory. (John 3:16, Matthew 1:18, Hebrews 10:11-14, Philippians 2:5-11, John 14:6, Acts 1:9-11, John 17:19-21).
2.3: Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit whose illumination; convict ion and regeneration bring men to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe in His continuous work of sanctification in the lives of believers; divine preservation unto everlasting life of believers; and direction of the worship, ministry and administration of the Church.
2.4: The Fall of Man: We believe in the account of the Holy Scriptures of the fall of the first man, Adam, and consequent sinfulness, guilt and condemnation of all men. We believe in the free and perfect justification of all who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and in their regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit into adoption as children of God 9Ephesians 2:8-9)
2.5: The Holy Bible: We believe the Holy Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Bible is the sole written authority in matters pertaining to faith and practice as well as the supreme and sufficient rule of conduct. (Revelation 22:18-19; Matthew 5:17-18; 11 Timothy 3:16, 1Thessalonians 2:13)
2.6: The Church: We believe in the universality of the Church headed by our lord Jesus Christ. We believe that this Church is an integral part of the Church Universal. (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:17-18)
2.7: The Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of the body and the final judgment of all men, the eternal perfection and blessedness of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost.
Source of Church Doctrine
In all matters of doctrine and practice, in obedience to the will of God, the Church holds and adheres, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, in light of God’s perfect revelation in Jesus Christ, to the commandments of God as declared by the Holy Bible, being the inspired Word of God.
3.2: Church Ordinances:
- a) The ordinance of a Christian Baptism believer’s Baptism shall be administered in obedience to the Lord’s command, as a solemn and beautiful emblem of one’s faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour Jesus Christ, only to those who have confessed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord, and are willing to be baptized by total immersion in water, in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
- b) Christian baptism by complete immersion in water is a prerequisite to the membership of the Church and to the associated privileges. (Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:36-40; Matthew 28:19).
3.2.2: The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a sacred memorial in which the members of the Lord’s Church by use of element such as bread and the fruit of the vine (i.e grape juice) commemorate together the sacrificial love of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:23-34, 10:16-17; Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25).
Members of the Church in accordance with provisions herein and also all persons who may not be members but who are baptized believers in our Lord Jesus Christ may participate in the Lord’s Supper.
3.3: Monogamy: The Church shall maintain monogamy as the idea state of family life according to the teachings of the New Testament. It shall be a prerequisite for election or appointment into Church offices or as lay-preachers in the Church. (1Corinthians 7:2, Ephesians 5:28, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:7-9, Luke 16:18, Romans 7:1-3, 1Corinthains 7:10-11, Titus 1:6, 1Timothy 3:2, 1Corintians 6:9)
4.1: Worship: The objective of our worship shall be fellowship with God and with one another
4.1.1: Assembly: The Church shall assemble for worship at venue approved by Church in Conference in groups under the following categories.
18.104.22.168: Congregational : This shall be the assembly made available for the entire membership of the Church for regular worship at specified time and the Church in Conference may specify special locations from time to time.
22.214.171.124: Home Fellowship: This shall be the assembly of a number of families belonging to the Church who reside within a specified geographical location. They shall be empowered to conduct worship, prayer, Bible study and teaching Christian education and fellowship.
126.96.36.199: Special: Any group of members of the Church may conduct worship at locations and special occasion as contained in the Byelaws or as shall be approved by the Church in Conference.
4.1.2: Components: Worship services shall consist of Exaltation, Prayer, Bible reading, Exhortation and Prophecy. In addition to these, other items of spiritual benefit to the worshipper and in praise of God may be authorized by the Pastor of the Church. The basis of the mode, means and instrument of these components of worship shall be the Holy Bible. The pattern, program and schedule of worship shall be as approved by the Church in Conference through the Diaconate.
4.2: Fellowship: Members of the Church shall be free to gather, under the umbrella of the Church, for fellowship, one with another.
4.2.1: Recognition: Groups of members, constituting a fellowship shall be duly authorized by the Church-in-Conference. The basis of the grouping shall be clearly identified and in line with the provisions of the Byelaws.
4.2.2: Objectives: The objectives of fellowship groups shall be for missions to those yet to be reached or adequately reached with the Gospel. Further, members of the fellowship shall constitute themselves into an effective body of spiritual, social and professional counselors and helpmates as shall be recognized by the Church in Conference.
4.3: Outreach: In line with the objectives of the Church set herein, the Church shall establish, equip, enhance and empower individuals, groups, and ministries etc. In the Church for the purpose of identifying and reaching those that are yet to experience the salvation of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and establish outreach stations and plant churches.
4.3.1: Church Planting: The Church shall establish such preaching stations, as the Church in Conference deems necessary. Such preaching stations shall be under the supervision of the Pastor, Minister (s), other officer (s) etc.
- A Pastor may, whenever it is considered necessary and appropriate, be called to serve at a preaching station.
- A preaching station shall become an independent local Baptist Church after it has been duly organized for self-control and management.
4.3.2: Church Adoption: In very special circumstances approved by the Church in Conference, the Church may adopt an existing preaching station or a needy local Church for the purpose of nurture or other form of assistance or as part of the Church’s outreach strategy.
4.3.3: Corporate Evangelism: The Church shall engage in corporate evangelism, as authorized and approved by the Church in Conference.
4.3.4: Personal Witnessing: Every member of this Church, as a disciple, has the duty to bear personal witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to take part in the evangelization of the world (Matthew 10:24-33, 1 Peter 3:13-17, Matthew 5:16, Matthew 28:19, Phil. 1:29, Romans 8:17) The Church shall provide every member with opportunities to become an informed and effective disciple through organized regular discipleship programs of the Church.
4.4.1: The Church of Christ Universal
In consonance with the universal mission of the Holy Spirit Lordship of Jesus Christ and ownership of God as Creator, this Church recognizes the need for and the value of fellowship with all other Churches of the world, which share the same faith. Accordingly, this Church shall maintain communication with and welcome or interact with such believers and bodies worldwide.
4.4.2: National Christian Associations: This Church recognizes the existence of and the need for Christian associations in the nation wherein it is incorporated. This Church further recognizes the need to co-operate with and support such associations within the limits approved by the Church in Conference and as permitted by the regulations of the nation.
4.4.3: National Baptist Convention: This Church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and co-operation, which are common among Baptist Churches. In so far as is practical, this church will co-operate and support any national Baptist Convention to which it is associated.
4.4.4: State Conferences: This Church recognises Baptist Conferences in the political entities known as States within the country as denominations and as the administrative divisions of the national Baptist Convention.
4.4.5: Local Association: This Church recognizes Baptist Associations as denominations and administrative divisions of the national Baptist Convention.
4.4.6: Para Church Associations: This Church recognizes para church associations such as the Gideon’s International, Bible Societies, etc.
5. CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
5.1: Church Membership
Since this is a sovereign and democratic Baptist Church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual life of this Church. The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this Church and the conditions of such membership.
5.1.1: Qualification: The Church shall have as members:
- Those who have been baptized by complete water immersion in Ikoyi Baptist Church in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, or
- Those who transfer from other Baptist Churches with letters of recommendation satisfactory to the Church, or
- Those who, for reasons beyond their control, cannot obtain letters of transfer from their personal Lord and Saviour; were baptized by immersion; agree with the beliefs and practices of the this Church; have been in regular attendance in and under observation by the Church for at least six calendar months; and have requested in writing for membership of the Church.
The Church shall not have as members, a person who has not professed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and baptized by immersion, or a person belongs to any cult, secret society, or any organization that is considered, in the light of Holy Bible, on the advice of the Pastor of the Church and/or the Diaconate, to be inconsistent with Christian teaching and practice or has become a polygamist by practice. Such persons, however, shall not be precluded from participating in any of the Church worship or instruction other than those to which only members may be admitted.
The Church shall admit as members persons who had been baptized other than by complete water immersion provided they have subjected themselves to rebaptism by complete water immersion.
5.1.2: Admission Procedures: The procedure for admission shall be as contained in the Byelaw section 4.1.2.
5.1.3: Duties: Every member shall have the duty to be an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ at all ties and everywhere
- regularly attend worship,
- carry out individual evangelism,
- participate in corporate evangelism,
- subject himself or herself to training programs organized by the Church
- attend regular Church meetings and programs,
- join and actively participate in the activities of ministries, fellowship organizations and home fellowship as appropriate for such individuals,
- positively represent the Church at every necessary event or occasion,
- carry out his r her assignments as a Church member or Church officer,
- seize every spiritual development opportunity provided by the Church or other means of grace available to the membership of the Church,
- inform, guide, assist, counsel or otherwise edify and support other members or group of members of the Church or worshippers,
- abide by the provisions of this Constitution and Byelaws.
- Participate fully in the realization of the objectives of the Church,
- Contribute regularly in money or in kind to the Church for the various ministries of the Church,
- Notify the Church in writing or in person, of cases of marriage, births, deaths and other significant developments or occasions in his or her family, and
- Provide personal information for the updating of membership information in the Church.
5.1.4: Privileges: The privileges of full membership shall include participation in Lord’s Supper, serving as a lay preacher, eligibility to vote and be voted for at Church in Conference meetings, eligibility to being elected into any Church Office, voting at all and every decision, participate in debates in the Church, and eligibility to be an official messenger of the Church.
These privileges shall be removed by the Church in conference from anyone who becomes a polygamist or becomes a member of a secret society or refuses to undergo Church discipline or remains unrepentant of any sin after the due period of Church discipline. The privileges shall be restored when the erring member has satisfied the requirements of the Church-in-Conference.
5.1.5: Cessation of Membership: Membership of the Church shall terminate upon the death of the members; or transfer of membership to another Baptist Church by a “Letter of Transfer”; or proof of membership of another Church or denomination in the same city and state as IBC; or personal request, or a decision of the Church in Conference as a disciplinary action on an earring member.
5.1.6: Register: The Church shall maintain a Register of Members, which shall be updated from time to time as specified by the Byelaws section 5.1.1.
5.1.7: Discipline: Every member shall be expected to obey the Christian standards as instructed by the Holy Bible and the rules and regulations provided for in this Constitution. It is recognized that some members may err form these standards and guidelines. When this occurs, the Church shall, in love, effect corrective disciplinary actions as specified in the Byelaws section 4.1.7.
6. INCOME OF THE CHURCH
The income and property of the Church shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Church as set forth in this Constitution; and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus, or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to any of the members or group of members of the Church.
Nothing in the last preceding clause shall prevent the payment, in good faith, of reasonable and proper remuneration to any officer or employee of the Church, in return for any service rendered to the Church PROVIDED THAT:
- With the exception of the Pastor and other Church Ministers, no trustee or member of the Church Council shall be appointed to any salaried office of the Church, or any office of the Church paid by fees; and
- No remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth shall be given by the Church to any trustee or member of the Church Council, except repayment of out-of-pocket expenses, or reasonable and proper rent for premises demised or let to the Church, or reasonable fee for service rendered.
If, in the event of a winding up or dissolution of the Church, there remain after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Church, but shall be given or transferred to some other institution having objectives similar to the Church, such institutions to be determined by the Church-inn-conference at or before the time of dissolution.
7. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Any bona-fide members or members may submit any proposed amendments to this Constitution in writing to the Church Council for consideration.
The Church Council shall within three months of receiving the proposed amendment deliberate thoroughly on the proposal and pass its recommendations by a simple majority to the Church-in-Conference for final action.
The Church –in-Conference shall circulate both the proposed amendment and the recommendations of the Church Council among its members for further study over a period of three months, after which the Church-in-Conference shall vote on the proposal.
A two-thirds majority vote of the Church-in-Conference shall be required for the adoption of any amendment to the Constitution.