Constitution for WindCity

Article 1 - Name and Affiliation

The name of this church is WindCity Church. The Church will be an autonomous church in voluntary cooperation with the Wyoming Southern Baptist Mission Network, The Southern Baptist Convention and the Forever West Church Planting Network. The church reserves the right to partner with any other church or entity. So far as may be consistent with the principles and teachings of the Word of God, this Church shall cooperate with and have representation in denominational causes.

Article 2 - Statement of Faith

The Church believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God, without any error, the all- sufficient authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living. The Church accepts the statements outlined within its Covenant as well as the tenets outlined by “The Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention as a general statement of faith and doctrine.

Article 3 - Church Administration, Elders and Staff

WindCity Church is an Elder-Led Church. Elders are appointed from within the membership of the church. Elders are called by God to perform a function, not merely hold an office or position and are responsible to care for and lead the flock through the general oversight of the church, teaching the church, protecting the church, praying for the church, equipping the church, and modeling godliness to the church. Elders will serve continuously as long as they possess the character qualities of an Elder and fulfill the standards of leadership and service. Each Elder shall be reviewed annually by the Elder team to re-evaluate character and effectiveness. Any elder may resign by written notification to the remaining Elders. Any Elder(s) may be removed with or without cause by the unanimous decision of the remaining Elders. There shall at all times be a plurality of elders with no maximum limit. The Elders shall consistently seek to identify and develop others as future Elders.

The Elders shall perform the duties of the Administration and Financial Management of the church and can choose to assign Ministry Team’s to help fulfill some or all of these duties. They shall be responsible to receive and disburse funds on authority of the church. This team shall establish and implement responsible money handling and giving record procedures. It shall be the responsibility of the Elders to produce a financial report monthly, quarterly, and annually. A minimum of two (2) authorized signers of any checks will be designated from this team and a minimum of two (2) members of this team will serve on a rotation to handle counting, classification and deposit. Elders will establish an annual budget that will be presented and affirmed at the Annual Member Meeting.

The Elders shall create, re-assign or remove paid staff positions as needed for efficient operation of the church. Staff shall be responsible to lead the church to accomplish God’s purpose as stated in the Covenant of the church. They shall lead the church in specific areas of ministry as directed in their employment agreements provided by the Elders. Staff positions that also serve as Elders will be noted in their employment agreements. Staff will be ex- officio members of all Ministry Teams within their specific areas of ministry.

Article 4 - Membership and Member Meetings

Membership shall consist of all persons who have agreed to and signed the Member Covenant after completing the Next Steps process led by a WindCity Church Elder. Membership will be updated every year to keep a current and accurate account of additions as well as those who have departed the Covenant due to relocation or some other reason. There will be an annual Members Meeting each May for the purpose of updating the Membership on the church’s progress towards its vision and mission. The Elders will give reports on the general status of ministries of the church, the finances of the church and any new developments.

Article 5 - Ministry Teams

The church shall operate with teams as needed to fulfill the purposes of the church, meet present needs, and as personnel and resources permit. Each ministry team is a temporary team appointed by the Elders to fulfill specific functions as determined by the Elders. Ministry teams will be dissolved and re-assigned on an as-needed basis by the Elders.

Article 6 - Marriage

Marriage Ceremonies will only be conducted by Elders or Staff of WindCity Church when each of these are fulfilled:

  1. The Couple being presented for marriage is made up of one man and one woman.

  2. The Couple being presented for marriage have completed any and all assigned Pre-Marital training by the Elder/Staff of WindCity Church.

  3. Both the man and woman being presented for marriage are Covenant Members of WindCity Church.

Article 7 Amendments

These bylaws may be amended, altered, changed or repealed by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Elders in a meeting specifically called for that purpose. Adopted upon constituting on May 6, 2018.

Charter Service on May 6, 2018

On May 6, 2018, we gathered at Eastridge Mall in Casper, Wyoming to celebrate what God has done and is doing: Creating another expression of the Body of Christ in the form of WindCity Church. After starting on August 10, 2014 in the local Pizza Ranch, the launch team of WindCity Church has seen the hand of Almighty God at every turn. Five location moves, a name change, and opposition from Satan in many forms are a small part of our story but the Big part of our story is that God has brought many souls to Himself in these last four years and we pray that it will continue in the years to come.

Today, we make it official by appointing our first Elders. Chris Sims (and his wife Eve and their children) moved Casper in June of 2014 to begin the work of establishing a multiplying church. Jesse Weeks moved to Casper in October of 2015 to serve God by serving this church and has been a leader in our multi-generational church and as lead church planter for a Senior Adult Church that now operates as WindCity North. Tom Roach (and his wife Nancy)moved to Casper in July of 2016 and has become an integral part of our coaching, discipling and counseling ministries. Justin Stockton (and his wife Misty and their children) moved to Casper in December of 2016 to serve as Church Planting Apprentices and have led in many ways to include our youth ministry. These four men are ordained as Elders today. By our corporate prayer and laying on of hands, we affirm that God has called and set these men apart for the work of the Gospel Ministry as Elders at WindCity Church. By turning in signed Covenant Membership documents and then signing is Charter, we start a new season of ministry as an autonomous and cooperating Southern Baptist Church governed by Christ and directed by the Bible.

We pray that as we unite together that God will breathe His Holy Spirit upon this endeavor and that we will grow to know, love and obediently serve Him faithfully in the future.