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The name of the congregation is Arusha Community Church, hereafter referred to as "ACC."

ARTICLE II Statement of Faith

1. We believe that the following are crucial to our understanding of faith and should be manifested in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern.
2. We believe in the Triune God as revealed in the scriptures, and in the sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
3. We believe in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
4. We believe in the universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen mankind, making them subject to God's judgement and condemnation.
5. We believe that the death and resurrection of the incarnate Son of God is the sole ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
6. We believe in the justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
7. We believe in the priesthood of all believers who form the Holy Christian Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head and which is committed by his command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
8. We believe in the illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
9. We believe in the personal visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.

ARTICLE III Membership      top

1. ACC is independent and autonomous but is sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Diocese in the Arusha Region.

2. ACC congregation is interdenominational, interracial and international and welcomes anyone who desires to worship God in the English language.

3. Anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as we confess in our Statement of Faith hereinabove may become a member of ACC. Membership in ACC does not preclude membership in a "home" congregation. Persons wishing to become members should apply to the church Council (see Article IV) for membership, and once approved, shall be added to the church register. These members make up the voting membership of ACC.

4. Members of ACC are expected to support the work of the congregation with their time, talents, prayers and financial resources.

5. Membership ceases by formal notification by the member; by removing oneself from the congregation; or by disciplinary action as exercised by the Council (see Article IV).

ARTICLE IV Congregational Structure      top

1. Congregation: It is our intention to be an interdenominational fellowship of Christians who worship in the English language and who are led by Christian lay people and pastors.

2. Meetings of the Congregation: The Annual General Meeting (hereinafter referred to as the "AGM"), made up of all voting members of ACC present, shall be held each year (normally in January) when reports and plans of all activities of the church shall be presented and approved including the audited accounts. The AGM shall be announced at least two weeks in advance. Extraordinary meetings may be called by Council or a two thirds majority of the voting membership.

3. Church Council of Elders (hereinafter referred to as the "Council") shall be the governing body of ACC.

i) Composition: Council shall be made up of 8-12 ACC members elected at the AGM who shall normally serve for 2 year staggered terms (that is, half shall stand for election each year).

ii) Election: Council members shall be elected by a two thirds majority of members present at the AGM from nominations made and seconded by members of the ACC congregation. Nominations should be handed to the Chairman of the Council prior to the date of the AGM.

iii) Officers: The Council shall elect its officers at the first council meeting following the AGM as follows:
a) The Chairman, who shall preside at Council and Congregational meetings and who shall keep up-to-date records of all matters relating to the congregation.
b) The Deputy Chairman, who shall assist the Chairman when he or she is absent.
c) The Secretary, who shall keep minutes of all meetings of the council and business meetings of the congregation and ensure that such minutes are distributed.
d) The Treasurer, who shall handle all finances, keep records of all funds received and disbursed, and manage the bank account of the congregation.

iv) Duties: Subject to the limitations of this constitution, the duties of the Council shall include:
a) overall spiritual leadership of ACC;
b) acting as trustees on behalf of ACC with regards to buying, selling and usage of all ACC assets;
c) presenting any transaction affecting 10% or more of congregational assets to the congregation for approval;
d) providing policy leadership to ACC;
e) delegation and oversight of administrative duties and ministries of ACC;
f) fiduciary responsibilities with regards to budget and expenditures.

v) Removal: Council Members may be removed from Council by a two thirds vote of ACC voting members present at the AGM or at an extraordinary meeting of the congregation.

vi) Decisions: Any action taken by Council may be rescinded by a two thirds vote of ACC voting membership.

4. Ministries of ACC: Council shall appoint leaders and members of the various ministries of the church, e.g.: Christian Education, Worship, Evangelism and Outreach, and Projects and Benevolence. Council may also make appointments relating to administrative matters and special assignments, e.g.: leading Sunday School, Bible Studies, writing the newsletter, building repairs and maintenance, public relations, and staff supervision.

ARTICLE V Services      top

There shall be a Sunday worship service each week and opportunities for weekly Bible Study and Prayer. Holy Communion should be celebrated two Sundays per month.

1. Preachers: ACC shall invite pastors and lay preachers to preach for the weekly services as well as for special or holiday services.

2. Communion and Baptism: As ACC is an interdenominational fellowship, the administration of the sacraments shall be under the direction of the Church Council.

3. Dedication, Baptism and Confirmation: As ACC is an interdenominational fellowship, instruction may be arranged for those desiring confirmation or adult baptism by a minister of the denomination concerned who may also arrange a special service to celebrate the occasion.

4. Weddings: Weddings and/or Blessings of Marriages at ACC must be approved by Council.

5. Funerals: ACC welcomes the opportunity to minister to and assist the bereaved at times of death.

ARTICLE VI Finance      top

1. ACC shall receive free will offerings to finance its ministries and projects.

2. Funds shall be held in bank accounts of ACC and disbursed by the treasurer of the congregation. Council shall appoint three signatories in addition to the treasurer; a minimum of two signatures are required on checks. Disbursements by ACC are to be approved by the Church Council.

3. The accounts shall be audited according to Tanzanian law at the end of each calendar year and a full report given to the AGM.

ARTICLE VII Amendments and Dissolution

1. This constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority at any AGM.

2. In the event of dissolution of the congregation, all church funds and properties shall be disbursed to agencies in Tanzania which carry on ministries consistent with our Statement of Faith.

Approved at the AGM of January 25, 1987, and revised at the AGMs of January 31, 1993, January 26, 1997, and February 22, 1998.


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