"The Constitution of Jesus Is Lord Mission Society"
 
     
 

PREAMBLE:
Rejoicing and filled with gratitude that God has been gracious and merciful to us in granting us, by the power of the Spirit, faith to trust in His Son as the only Lord and Savior,

Desiring people of every tribe, nation and tongue hear about this joyful Good News of Jesus as Lord, as we respond with eagerness and passion to our Savior's imperative,

Lamenting the continuing decline in enthusiasm and financial support in the LCMS for the privilege of sharing the only saving faith with those who are living without Jesus, in a time of increasing world population and God-given opportunities for mission everywhere,

Wanting leaders of the church, past and present, on every level, to increase their passion for mission, and to become involved in the promotion of the mission of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) personally and with exemplary financial, vocal, and prayer support,

JESUS IS LORD MISSION is constituted with prayer and humility.

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this Mission Society shall be JESUS IS LORD MISSION.

ARTICLE II PURPOSE

The purpose of this Society shall be "that every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11) and to achieve this by encouraging called and lay church leaders of the LCMS to provide leadership for dynamic global outreach through prayer, gifts, assisting in recruiting volunteer and career missionaries, by personal example and by enlisting others for membership in this Society.

ARTICLE III RELATIONSHIP

This organization shall have as its only relationship, LCMS Office of International Mission, the Global Gospel Outreach of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Only those projects and personnel approved by LCMS Office of International Mission will be funded by the Society.

ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP

This Society shall be comprised of those individuals, families or organizations who are in agreement with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society, and who financially support the Society.

ARTICLE V POWERS OF THE SOCIETY

General: The Society, through its voting members, shall have final authority to administer and manage all its external and internal affairs.

Powers of the Steering Committee and other committees: The Steering Committee and other committees shall have no authority beyond what has been bestowed upon them by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society, or by resolution of the members at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE VI STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee of the Society shall be determined by the bylaws of the Society.

ARTICLE VII PROPERTY RIGHTS

In the event that the Society should disband, the property rights connected with the Society shall be transferred to the Office of International Mission of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

ARTICLE VIII BYLAWS

The Society may adopt or amend Bylaws as needed to accomplish its purpose.

ARTICLE IX CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION

The Constitution of the Society may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the member votes received. The proposed amendment shall be distributed in writing to the members three months in advance of the vote.

Jesus Is Lord Mission Society Bylaws

ARTICLE 1 OBJECTIVE

The purpose of the Society is stated in Article II (PURPOSE) of the Constitution.

ARTICLE 2 MEMBERS

A. A member is an individual, family or organization who makes a financial gift to JESUS IS LORD MISSION and who is in agreement with the purpose, Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.

B. Membership is continued through an annual gift to the Society.

C. Each member shall be entitled to one vote.

D. Members are asked to provide leadership for dynamic global outreach by (1) praying for the mission of the church; (2) supporting the Society's projects through annual gifts; (3) recruiting other members into the Society; and (4) voting on issues pertaining to the structure and policies of the Society and for ratifying mission projects and promoting the Society.

ARTICLE 3 MEETINGS

A. The JESUS IS LORD MISSION Society shall have an Annual Meeting.

B. The Annual Meeting shall be the time for the election of officers, the ratification of future projects, the presentation of reports and a celebration of the past year's activities.

C. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall be distributed by mail to all members of the Society.

D. Special meetings may be called by a majority of the members of the Steering Committee of the Society.

E. The number of voting members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE 4 SUFFRAGE

A. Each member of the Society (individual, family or a representative of an organization) shall be entitled to one vote.

B. Each member of the Society (individual, family or a representative of an organization) may vote in person or in writing/electronically on issues previously announced for the meeting of the Society.

ARTICLE 5 OFFICERS

A. The members of the Society shall elect, at the annual meeting of the Society, by majority vote, the following officers: President, Vice President/Secretary, Treasurer, and four members-at-large. The President and two Members-at-large shall be elected in even numbered years; the Vice President/Secretary, Treasurer and two Members-at-large shall be elected in odd numbered years. Officers are elected to two-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

B. The Officers shall constitute the Steering Committee of the Society and shall conduct the affairs of the Society between Annual Meetings.

C. The Steering Committee may "appoint to office" two additional Members-at-Large. Those "appointed to office" shall serve one-year terms, from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting, and shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.

D. The Steering Committee shall serve as the nominating committee for elected positions.

E. The President, or if absent, the Vice President/Secretary, shall preside at all meetings of the Society, make appointments as necessary, and shall submit an annual report of the past year's activities of the Society.

F. The Vice President/Secretary shall serve in the absence of the President and shall record all minutes of the Annual Meeting, Steering Committee, and shall give notice of the Annual Meeting to all members.

G. The Treasurer shall keep a record of all receipts and disbursements of the Society, submit regular reports to the Steering Committee and an annual report to the Annual Meeting and shall annually present the financial reports for audit. He/she shall receive and, upon approval of the President, disburse the funds of the Society according to the decisions of the members.

ARTICLE 6 FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Society shall be the same as the fiscal year of the LCMS.

ARTICLE 7 CHANGES IN THE BYLAWS

Amendments to the bylaws of the Society may be adopted by a majority vote of the members providing the proposed amendment has been distributed to all members and the vote is in keeping with bylaws.

Amended: 6/10/2009

 
     
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