Article I. Name
The Name of this corporation is "The Church at Timberline"
trading as Timberline Church.
Article II. Purpose
We believe Timberline Church is a unique congregation
consisting of individuals that God has brought together to do
specific acts of worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and
discipleship, as stated in the Great Commandments and the Great
Article III. Principle Office
The office of Timberline Church is located at:
30 Timber Lane, Strasburg, PA 17579
Article IV. Membership
Timberline Church does not have members as defined by the
Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Law. It is a Congregation as
outlined in Article V.
Article V. The Congregation
Section 1. Composition
The congregation includes those individuals who have committed
themselves to attend the weekly services of Timberline Church
on a regular basis. This will include individuals who have a faith
relationship with Jesus Christ, those who are actively seeking God,
as well as those still searching for meaning in life.
Section 2. Responsibilities
Anyone searching for truth or meaning in life is welcome at the
weekly services. Those individuals committed to regular attendance:
Shall respect the
core values and the statement of faith.
support the pastoral staff and the Elder Board.
Are expected to
give their tithe to the local church.
Biblical principles when dealing with sin and conflict.
Are encouraged to
give constructive feedback to the Elder Board at any time.
attendance at congregational meetings a high priority
amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws
Congregational meetings may be called by the elders at various times
and intervals with adequate notification. While these meetings may
be called for a variety of reasons, the elders specifically desire
the counsel and input of the congregation in regards to:
to the Elder Board.
the senior pastor position.
and real-estate decisions.
Amendments to the
Constitution and By-Laws.
Section 4. Discipline
Scripture teaches that we are to be self disciplined. When
relationships are broken or individuals fall into sin, the
principles outlined in Mathew 18:15-20 are to be followed. Those who
attend regularly are accountable to the elders and may be
disciplined for the following reasons:
discord within the body.
Lack of harmony
with the teaching and ministry of the church.
lifestyle that shows disregard for the Word of God and/or
dishonors Jesus Christ.
Directors and Officers
The Directors of this corporation shall be the Elder Board. The
Officers will include the senior pastor as chairman; and a secretary
and treasurer designated by the Elder Board.
Article VII. The Elder Board
Section 1. Qualifications of Elders
Shall be men who
demonstrate a high level of commitment to Timberline Church, are actively involved in ministry, and satisfy the New
Testament qualifications of an elder.
May be removed by
the Board of Elders for moral failure.
Composition and Organization
shall be nominated by the Board of Elders or the congregation,
processed and approved by the Elder Board.
serve for a term of three years. An individual may serve multiple
The Elder Board
shall include the elders, the senior pastor, and members of the
pastoral staff designated by the Elder Board.
The number of
elders for the congregation will be determined by the Elder Board.
They will self
They are to meet
regularly, but at least nine times a year.
Serve as the
directors of the corporation.
direct the affairs of the church.
Hire the senior
finances of the church
positions as needed to fulfill our vision
ministry of the Word through Biblical preaching and teaching.
and settle disputes.
Pray for and
anoint the sick.
VIII. The Senior Pastor
Shall be a man
who meets the New Testament qualifications for an elder.
With counsel and
input from the congregation he will be processed, approved, and
hired by the Elder Board for an indefinite term. The senior pastor
can be removed for moral failure, or if the Elder Board determines
by a three-fourths vote that removal is in the best interests of
the ministry of Timberline Church.
Is the spiritual
overseer of the church and is to work with the Elder Board to
provide the primary vision and direction for the congregation.
Is responsible to
implement the vision and mission of the church.
Is a member of
the Elder Board and will serve as its chairman.
Is responsible to
hire and oversee all pastoral and administrative staff.
No director of the corporation shall be personally liable for
monetary damages for any action, or any failure to take action,
unless the director has breached or failed to perform the duties of
his office under Subchapter 57B of the Pennsylvania Nonprofit
Corporation Law (relating to standard of care and justifiable
reliance); and the breach or failure to perform constitutes self
dealing, willful misconduct, or recklessness.
Article X. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
Article XI. Amendments
No amendment should be made to these By-Laws that is contrary to the
spirit and intent of the Constitution of Timberline Church.
Any amendment to these Bylaws shall be recommended by the Board of
Elders and approved by a 75% majority vote of the congregation
present at a congregational meeting. The congregation shall receive
at least two weeks notice, which shall include the proposed
Article XII. Dissolution
In the event that Timberline Church is dissolved or sold, it
is prohibited to use any surplus funds for private increment to the
elders, the senior pastor, or any other individual. Any surplus
funds will be given to another church or religious non-profit,
tax-exempt organization with similar values and beliefs designated
by the Elder Board.