Bylaws

BYLAWS


FREEDOM MINISTRIES OF THE SOUTH INC


[k]eep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord

Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt;

save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy,

mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

Jude vs. 21-23.

“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish; he eats for the

rest of his life.” Author unknown.

I.


BELIEFS: We believe that the Bible is comprised of the Old and New Testaments and

is the only infallible Word of God. It is the inspired Word of God and the ultimate

authority. The Word of God cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any

regard; it is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. The Bible

contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct. We

believe that through the revelation and operation of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God

becomes alive and effective in our lives; it is the standard for our relational and

experiential knowledge of God. Any ministry or prophecy must be in accord with

Scripture; if not, it is to be considered false and rejected.

We believe that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross paid the penalty for the

sins of the world and inaugurated the New Covenant in His blood, for those who choose

to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. We further believe that his atoning sacrifice

makes available healing of the body, soul and spirit.

We believe, as the Bible declares, that salvation is a free gift of God, received by

faith, and accomplished by the finished work of the death and resurrection of Jesus

Christ. Salvation occurs when a person confesses and accepts Christ as Lord and

Savior of their life, resulting in being born again, and becoming a new creation in Christ

Jesus. As a new creation, we are justified, sanctified, reconciled to God, and made

righteous.

As a new creation, we enjoy the privilege of adoption and inheritance as sons

and daughters of the Most High God; we become citizens of His Kingdom, yet aliens to

this kingdom on earth. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love

for mankind. It is predestined only in the sense that God, through His omniscience,

foreknew those who would choose Him, yet He desires that no one should perish.

As believers, our old life inherited from Adam is crucified with Christ and we are

born again as new creations into the risen life of Christ. Even though we are born again

as infants, we progressively live our lives and mature our faith as we yield to the

guidance and direction of the power of the Holy Spirit. We continuously renew our


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minds by the truth found in the Word of God which is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

Hence, our behavior increasingly reflects His life in us and His purposes for our lives.

Our lives, as Christians, while joyful and fulfilling, still includes trials, tests, and

warfare against a spiritual enemy who takes advantage of our flesh to lure us into sinful

behavior and independence from God. Our faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross

redeems us from the power of the enemy and is the source of our victory over these

trials, test and attacks of the enemy.

II.


MISSION STATEMENT: To reach people (snatch them out of the fire) with the

love of Jesus and give them direction in their “next steps” in life by creating

relationships, and connecting people with resources to be “that new man.”


III.


VISION STATEMENT: We envision connecting people in their next step in life by

establishing functional networks with FREEDOM MINISTRY OF THE SOUTH

and through partnering with other organizations, community groups, and

churches in the region. Our vision is to remedy the current problems in the state

of Louisiana which include but not limited to poverty, recidivism, addition, divorce

and racism. Our long-term goal is complete spiritual, mental, physical and

financial restoration to each individual connected with the ministry.


IV.


STRATEGIES: We will partner with organizations and connect resources in the

community to give each person reached a needed support system. We will

intentionally plant new FREEDOM MINISTRIES and assist with other programs

such as Celebrate Recovery. We will train teams for ministry with worship, the

Word of God, love, testimony and a non-judgmental attitude. We will utilize

FREEDOM MINISTRY’S outreach invitation, social media, programs, worship

teams, prison outreach and connect people with the proper treatment options.

Our hope is that the majority of individuals who experience life change will in turn

give back to a desired organization that impacted their life in a positive way

making reciprocity happen naturally through intentionality.


V.


ACTION PLAN: We will purposefully use the current successful ministry as a

launching board and training ground. Our goal is to make each region have

viable options for the entire family including teens. Our long-term objectives are

to establish tactical plans for sober living, mentoring, discipleship, life skills, and

job training encompassing the love of Jesus and a true holistic approach to

restoration.


VI.


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CURRENT FUNCTIONS:

*Normal ministry including men and women’s life groups (Women on

Tuesday and Men on Thursday)

*Freedom Friday (with probation clients in 2018)

*Prison Ministry (CCC-Lake Charles)

*Next Steps (rehab, sober-living, job skills, basic budgeting, past trouble,

etc.)

*Crisis situations

*Training Leaders

*Planting Ministries

*Freedom Night Event (March 16 th at The Gathering)

*Celebrate Recovery “Step-Study” (January 2018, Wednesday at The

Gathering)

*Father’s Day Cookout (Holbrook Park)

*Building Missional Relationships

*Evangelistic and community outreaches (intentionally building

relationships in the process)

VII.

GOVERNANCE


FREEDOM MINISTRY OF THE SOUTH INC will be governed by a Board of

Directors. An Advisory Committee will be appointed to serve as discussed

below.


VIII.


FREEDOM MINISTRY BOARD: The Board will serve to hold the Pastor/Chairman

accountable financially, spiritually and professionally. The Board will decide day-to- day

operations which will be agreed upon and used by the Pastor/Chairman at his/her

discretion. Any funds outside of the parameters initially set by the Board can be

approved via electronic means.

Board members will be elected by the Pastor/Chairman. The will be a minimum of four

(4) Board Members and a maximum of nine (9). Initially, the Board member will serve a

one year term. Thereafter the terms will be staggered as follows:

If 4 members, 2 will serve for one year and 2 will serve two years.

If 5 members, 2 will serve for one year and 3 will serve two years.


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If 6 members, 3 will serve one year and 3 will serve two years.

If 7 members, 3 will serve one year and 4 will serve two years.

If 8 members, 4 will serve one year and 4 will serve two years.

If 9 members, 4 will serve one year and 5 will serve two years.

Any Board member can be removed for cause after following the procedures set forth in

Matthew 18:15-17.

The Board, by a two-third’s majority vote, will set the Pastor/Chairman’s salary. If a

Board member is a salaried employee, a unanimous vote will be required to set his/her

salary.

Day-to- day operations include but are not limited to:

Ministry travel expenses, crisis care/”next steps”, approved event funds, normal weekly

expenses.

Expenses requiring Board approval include but are not limited to:

Pastor/Chairman salary, other full or part-time salaries, office or housing expenses, any

other expenses exceeding $500.


IX.


OFFICERS: The Board will nominate and elect officers annually at the first Board

Meeting of the year. Officers to be elected will include the Chairman, Vice-Chairman,

Secretary and Treasurer.


X.


BOARD MEETINGS: After the initial meeting, the Board will meet every year on the

second Tuesday of February at a time and place designated by the Chairman.

Otherwise, the Board will meet at least quarterly as deemed necessary. A special

meeting may be called by either two or more Board members or the Chairman.


ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Advisory Committee, appointed by the

Pastor/Chairman, has boot and ears to the ground about the needs of the people and

the direction of the Holy Spirit. They will provide ideas, feedback and input about the

ministry and those serving the ministry, at all times honoring the vision and mission. The

Advisory Committee will be expected to give advice as to the needs of the community in

order for FREEDOM MINISTRY to refocus to meet those needs. The Advisory

Committee will meet at least twice a year to discuss these matters and once a year for

creative input and/or concerns.


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AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS: These bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 majority of the

Board at a special meeting called for that purpose.

FISCAL YEAR: the fiscal year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31.