BYLAWS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMISSION OF THE MISSOURI BAPTIST CONVENTION
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY
Section 1. The Christian Life Commission (“CLC”) of the Missouri Baptist Convention (“MBC”) assists Missouri Baptists in the propagation of the Gospel by challenging them to be Salt & Light in accordance with Mathew 5:13-16.
Section 2. The purpose and the responsibility of the CLC is to educate and encourage the churches of the MBC to challenge their memberships to the ideal of biblical living as outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message (current edition).
Section 3. The CLC assumes responsibility for the study and the promotion of materials and information regarding, but not limited to, the following issues: (1) Family Life, (2) Human Rights, (3) Economics, (4) Moral Concepts, (5) Citizenship, and (6) Religious Liberty. The CLC cooperates with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in areas of mutual agreement.
Section 4. In accordance with the Constitution and the Bylaws of the MBC, the CLC proposes resolutions, and/or other statements related to the Commission’s scope of responsibilities, to the Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee or to other public square venues.
Section 1. The twelve (12) Commissioners of the CLC are elected by the MBC in accordance with the Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws of the MBC.
Section 2. All Commissioners of the CLC are active members of affiliated MBC churches. Each Commissioner is chosen with particular reference to his/her qualifications for the special work of the CLC, in accordance with the manner and the qualifications required by the MBC.
Section 3. Attendance at all meetings is expected of all Commissioners. Commissioners who miss should notify the Chairman at the earliest possible time, in advance of the meeting.
Commissioners who miss four (4) regular meetings in one (1) year should tender their resignation from the CLC for the remainder of their term, unless they are able to show good cause for such absence and can demonstrate a reasonable expectation for further participation.
Section 4. The MBC President and the Executive Director of the MBC or his designate are ex officio members of the CLC.
Section 1. The CLC has at least four (4) regular meetings each year.
Section 2. Called meetings are held upon the call of the Chairman, the Executive Director of the MBC, or upon the request of any seven (7) Commissioners of the CLC made to the Chairman or the Executive Director. Ten (10) days’ notice of time and place of each meeting is required.
Section 3. A quorum of the CLC consists of at least a majority of Commissioners.
OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
Section 1. Officers of the CLC are elected annually by the CLC at its first regular business meeting following the Annual Meeting of the MBC and shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice- Chairman, and a Secretary. Other offices or positions may be established by the CLC, as such offices are deemed beneficial to the furtherance of the CLC endeavors. Any additional Officers not herein named are elected by the CLC.
Section 2. The Chairman of the CLC presides at all meetings of the CLC and performs all other duties as ordinarily pertain to that office.
Section 3. The Vice-Chairman is to act for the Chairman in his absence; and in case of the resignation or death of the Chairman, he assumes all of the duties of the Chairman until the vacancy is filled by the CLC.
Section 4. The duty of the Secretary is to keep full and accurate minutes of each meeting of the CLC, to preserve all records of the CLC, and to perform such other duties as are usually related to the office of Secretary.
At the discretion of the CLC, the Chairman of the CLC appoints such committees from among the members of the CLC as may be necessary and proper to carry out the policies, programs, and business of the CLC. The Chairman of the CLC is an ex officio member of all committees. The CLC may authorize the appointment of special committees, as needs may arise, which may include Missouri Baptists other than Commissioners.
The Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws of the MBC are considered the governing instruments of the CLC; and all procedures, policies, and programs of the CLC are in harmony with and subject to the Constitution and the Bylaws of the MBC and its policies and programs. In accordance with Bylaw 1, the CLC is not a self-perpetuating board.
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the CLC or at a called meeting after ten (10) days’ notice has been given in writing, with the purpose of the meeting stated in the notice, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Commissioners present. All Bylaw amendments must be approved by the MBC Executive Board.