Proposed Bylaws

Our Annual Church Conference will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Fellowship Hall. During this important meeting, we will elect leaders for the coming year, vote on the proposed operating budget for 2018 as well as vote on proposed changes to the bylaws. These changes deal specifically with the issue of establishing a quorum for meetings and identifying areas where family members may serve together as well as those areas where family members of Church Staff members may serve.

Currently, Article III, Section 5 of the bylaws requires that a minimum of 100 members be present in order to satisfy the quorum requirement. It has been a challenge to meet the quorum requirement in recent years. As a result, a proposal has been drafted which reduces the quorum to the number of members present at any meeting. The proposal requires that new business motions may be presented at any Church Conference but may only be voted on at a later meeting. Further, the proposed change requires that new business and unfinished business motions be published in the Church News and in the worship bulletins beginning at least 14 days prior to the meeting in which those items would be considered.

The second change proposed to the bylaws relates to family members serving together in roles of lay leadership. While the bylaws do not specifically address this issue, it has been Second-Ponce’s practice to disallow family members of staff members from serving in roles of lay leadership. The proposed change allows spouses and family members to serve concurrently as Deacons and on all committees with the exception of the Executive Committee. While family members of Church Staff members may serve on the Deacon Board and in other lay leadership roles, they may not serve on the Executive Committee or the Personnel Committee.

Section 3 – Church Conferences: Church conferences shall be held at its house of worship quarterly, after the regular morning worship service on Sunday following the third Monday of January, April, July and October. The October Church conference also shall be the annual Church Conference. Such dates may be changed by the Church in conference or by the Chair of the Board of Deacons or the Pastor upon giving notice in the manner prescribed for

Special Conferences.

If you’d like to review the language of these proposed changes, please visit our website or follow the link: Proposal for Church Conference. If you have questions regarding these proposed changes, please contact Jeff Miller at 404-591-4356 or

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