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.

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Covenant Membership

The difference between “attendees” and “members” can be summed up in one word: COMMITMENT

Our MEMBERSHIP COVENANT is a commitment to CHRIST and the CHURCH FAMILY of WindCity Church.

Why do we have a Covenant? WE BECOME WHAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO.

“You are members of God’s very own family...and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Eph. 2:19 (LB)

“We are all parts of Christ’s Body, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other and need all the others.” Romans 12:4-5

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A MEMBER at WindCity Church?

We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. In practical terms, and to promote our simple structure, we ask that each member commit to regularly attend and be a committed part of our Sunday Worship time, participate in a Missional Community and have a personal but accountable Devotional Life. Within your Missional Community you will plug-in to an area of service to include regularly sharing your faith.

WindCity Church desires to Equip people to Follow Jesus wherever you live, work and play. We know there are many people trying to go their ‘own way’ in this life. Proverbs 14:6 tells us that way ends in death. We believe there is only one Way to live life now and eternally and that is through Jesus Christ who is The Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6). It is only through Him that we can be right with God now and forever. WindCity Church desires to Send you out to your unique mission field. This means that we believe that each of us has a general calling (to salvation and to serve Christ) and a specific calling (a purpose for being on the planet).

Beginning in the summer of 2014, WindCity Church has been and is committed to reaching the un-churched and those that are apart from Christ with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are committed to making disciples and equipping those disciples to live the Christian Life. Our desire is to be a multiplying church that grows through disciple-making and multiplication. This means that we are, and expect to continue to be, a part of planting many other churches around Wyoming and the World.

We value Community (Doing life together as we love God and love our neighbors). We value Compassion (Caring for the needs of those around us just as God has cared for us). We value the Great Commission (Joining in Jesus’ Mission to make and equip disciples). We value Celebration (Experiencing the joys of the Christian Life as God has planned) and we commit to Celebrate and Worship Christ in weekly corporate gatherings and daily devotion. We commit to Connect and Serve in Missional Communities weekly to grow in Word and Action. We commit to Contribute generously of our time, talents and treasure so that The Gospel is shared regularly, personally and corporately to see God’s Kingdom come in Wyoming as it is in Heaven.

Our Community agrees with and follows these Doctrinal Statements as recorded at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp as well as the Beliefs you can read about on that section of our website. We agree to act in love and grace in all of these Statements/beliefs as well as areas outside of these Statements of Faith. We recognize that hatred of our own personal sin is Biblical but that we are to love others as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35).What we believe shapes how we live. Beliefs are more than head knowledge (Knowing) but are the foundations that develop our heart condition (Loving) whereby we act (Obediently Serving).

We will follow Jesus together by:

PROTECT THE UNITY OF YOUR CHURCH

By acting in love toward other members ...By refusing to gossip...By following the leaders.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs...” Eph. 4:29

“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17

SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR CHURCH

By praying for its growth ...By inviting the unchurched to follow Christ and join our family ...By warmly welcoming those who are our guests.

“To the church...we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.” 1 Thess. 1:2

“Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full.” Luke 14:23

“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Rom. 15:7

SERVE THE MINISTRY OF YOUR CHURCH

By discovering my gifts and talents ...By being equipped to serve...By developing a servant’s heart.

“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you...” 1 Peter 4:10

And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ...who took on the very nature of a servant...” Phil 2:3-4, 7

SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF YOUR CHURCH

By attending faithfully...By living a godly life ...By giving regularly...By living in Christian Accountability & Discipline.

“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together...but let us encourage one another.” Heb 10:25
“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Phil. 1:27 (Ph)

“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.” 1 Corinthians 16:2

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

Covenant Membership of any church does not give you entrance into heaven or salvation.  Salvation comes through a saving relationship with Christ alone.  To become a member at WindCity you must receive Christ as Lord and Savior and be scripturally baptized by immersion.  If that has already been accomplished then you must share that testimony with our Elder Team prior to membership. Then being in agreement with WindCity Church’s Story, Statements and Structure, if you feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with WindCity Church family you commit yourself to God and to the other members in this Covenant.”

Multiplication

As our church is built upon the Biblical Model as seen in the New Testament (primarily the Book of Acts), we expect to see New Testament results and that means multiplication. The Book of Acts documents the early church being successful at bringing thousands to Faith in Christ as they met in home communities and were actively sharing their faith. Wyoming is full of many thousands of people that are apart from Faith in Christ. We hope to always be starting new Churches and Missional Communities and looking for new places to show God’s Compassion and training new leaders. We want to always be MULTIPLYING.

Multiplication comes at the cost of comfort. To grow, that means that things will change and adapt along the way. It means that we will always be looking to send out new leaders from within established groups. We know this is not easy but we know this is Biblical.

We believe that the local church is God’s means to make an impact on the community and when people follow Jesus together in the context of a local church community that God changes lives! Because of these beliefs, WindCity created and now partners with Forever West Church Planting Network to be a part of God’s church planting movement all across Wyoming.

This Network is constantly looking to be a part of new churches by:
- Preparing leaders to be a part of new church starts
- Sending out church planters and leaders to their unique mission field
- Supporting church plants financially as well as with ongoing leadership development and encouragement WindCity supports this Network with as much of our church giving as possible.

WindCity strives to Multiply by training and support disciples as they grow. This may not always mean that every person becomes a church planter or a pastor but does mean that we strive to Equip every person to be a whole- hearted disciple of Jesus and to follow Him where they live, work and play.

How WindCity is organized and led

“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church”. Further, Elders (and their roles) will be defined in our Church Constitution in this way:

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.

Our church will be led like a family and the Elders are the Family leaders. They will be men of prayer, praise and study. They will gather great information from the Body prior to decisions. They will excel in regard to communication to the Body and to the Community. They will seek peace. They will carry the banner of Christ above all and will hold the vision of WindCity for others to see and follow.

The Elders will perform the duties of administration and financial management for the church and will utilize an annual budget to lead WindCity Church in financial matters. This budget will be gathered prior to our Annual Members Meeting and will serve as a roadmap of ministry for the upcoming year. Elders will stay in close communication with one-another and with the faith family through an ongoing ministry plan developed together. Elders will have periodic meetings together (at least quarterly) and then may have further meetings when and if Ministry Teams are in place that fall within their area of service.

The Elders will be a band of brothers fighting the good fight of faith together in leadership of WindCity Church so that we Honor God, are led by The Holy Spirit and ultimately follow Jesus together as a faith family. Elders will hold up The Scriptures within our simple structure and strive to appoint, equip and raise up leaders to do all that God has called them to do!

Last Things

In His own time and way, God will bring this current world to an end when Jesus will return as King to judge all those (living and dead).

The Dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in Righteousness. Those displaying Christ Righteousness will be given their reward of eternal life with God where they will Marvel in His Majesty forever. Those counting on their own Righteousness and goodness will be sent to everlasting punishment in hell (separation from God for eternity) where they will experience Meaningless Misery forever.

For the followers of Jesus, final victory in my life will be met with these words from my Savior “Well done, My good and faithful servant”. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:411:9Matthew 16:2718:8-919:2824:27,30,36,4425:31-4626:64Mark 8:389:43-48Luke 12:40,4816:19-2617:22-3721:27-28John 14:1-3Acts 1:1117:31Romans 14:101 Corinthians 4:515:24-28,35-582 Corinthians 5:10Philippians 3:20-21Colossians 1:53:41 Thessalonians 4:14-185:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 21 Timothy 6:142 Timothy 4:1,8Titus 2:13Hebrews 9:27-28James 5:82 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:283:2Jude 14Revelation 1:183:1120:1-22:13.

Grace and Assurance

God’s grace is displayed in God’s goodness to us.

- It is God’s Common Grace to give all people life.
- It is God’s Saving Grace to give us the offer of salvation through His Son - Jesus.

Once we accept God’s gracious salvation in Christ, we are to endure to the end as accepted and sanctified followers. We may fall into sin through spiritual neglect but will never fall away from God’s grace if we have been truly saved.

When saved followers of Jesus fall into sin:

- They grieve the Spirit,
- They impair their graces and comforts,
- They bring reproach on the cause of Christ
- They bring temporal judgments on themselves

Yet the truly saved will be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Genesis 12:1-3Exodus 19:5-81 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22Isaiah 5:1-7Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-1921:28-4524:22,3125:34Luke 1:68-792:29-3219:41-4424:44-48John 1:12-143:165:246:44-45,6510:27-2915:1617:6,12,17-18Acts 20:32Romans 5:9-108:28-3910:12-1511:5-7,26-361 Corinthians 1:1-215:24-28Ephesians 1:4-232:1-103:1-11Colossians 1:12-142 Thessalonians 2:13-142 Timothy 1:122:10,19Hebrews 11:39–12:2James 1:121 Peter 1:2-5,132:4-101 John 1:7-92:193:2.