GCF Constitution

PREAMBLE

We, the members of Graduate Christian Fellowship, in order to establish witnessing communities among students, staff, and faculty members who follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, do hereby establish this constitution.

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of the organization will be Graduate Christian Fellowship henceforth referred to as GCF.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

In response to God's love, grace and truth:

The Purpose of Graduate Christian Fellowship is to establish and advance at the University of Michigan witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purposes in the world.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in GCF is open to anyone officially connected to the University of Michigan as faculty, staff, or registered student. Professionals in the Ann Arbor community are always welcome, but GCF has historically been and intends to be a majority University of Michigan community. It is also open to anyone employed by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)/USA or through International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1.

The number of officers and positions will vary each year depending on current membership and the needs of the fellowship. The standing Leadership Team and IVCF staff will determine positions each year. Each year a Leadership Team will exist.

Section 2.

A Leadership Team will exist, including a President, Large Group Coordinator, Prayer Coordinator and small group leaders. Additional positions may be added at the discretion of the current executive board and the IVCF staff workers. In addition, positions may be merged and additional titles may be added to a current position.

ARTICLE V. OPERATIONS

Section 1.

Any registered U of M graduate student who is a member of GCF and who is able to truthfully sign and follow the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter Covenant which is included in Section 1 of the Bylaws is eligible for office.

Section 2.

Officers will be selected each year by the current Leadership Team and IVCF staff workers. Officers on the Leadership Team will invite members into leadership positions over the course of several weeks beginning mid-February and ending mid-March.

Section 3.

Officers assume their positions immediately following the conclusion U of M Ann Arbor's winter semester.

Section 4.

If there is any dispute in selecting officers the IVCF staff workers will have the final say in inviting a member into a leadership position.

ARTICLE VI. FINANCES

GCF will obtain funding in the following ways:

1. Through private donations
2. Through MSA funding

A member of the Leadership Team will be appointed as treasurer and will be responsible for the organization�s finances.

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Amendments can be proposed verbally at a Leadership Team meeting or may be submitted in writing to any Leadership Team member.

Section 2.

Any current member of GCF may submit an amendment.

Section 3.

Amendments will be considered by Leadership Team members and must pass by a 2/3rd vote of the Leadership Team and have approval of the IVCF staff member.

ARTICLE VIII. REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.

Officers may be relieved or their leadership duties if they fail to fulfill their commitments to the organization or if they fail to follow the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter Covenant.

Section 2.

Officers will be removed by a majority vote from members on the Leadership Team and approval of the IVCF staff worker.

Section 3.

Members of GCF may be removed if they pose any form of a threat-physical or psychological-to any member of the organization.

Section 4.

Members may be removed by a majority vote of the Leadership Team and approval of an IVCF staff worker.

ARTICLE IX. BY-LAWS

Section 1

In order to be a leader in GCF every person must sign and abide by the following document. This document may be changed by the Leadership Team following amendment rules.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter Covenant

University of Michigan Graduate Chapter

Please take some time to review the IVCF/USA Doctrinal Basis, the IFES doctrinal basis, the Chapter Participation commitment page and the Personal Holiness commitment page. These expressions of our beliefs and actions enable us to be clear before the Lord and each other about the most important aspects of our leadership commitments.

IVCF/USA Doctrinal Basis

We believe in:

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things, existing eternally in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit�full of love and glory.

The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.

The value and dignity of all people: created in God�s image to live in love and holines but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt, and justly subject to God�s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who lived as a perfect example, who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Justification by God�s grace to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, manifest in worshipping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world.

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

I, ____________________, have read and agree with the InterVarsity statement of faith (listed above).

Signature ________________________
Date ____________________________

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) Doctrinal Basis
(IVCF is affiliated with the IFES)

We believe in:

A.) The unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
B.) The sovereignty of God in Creation, revelation, redemption, and final judgment.
C.) The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
D.) The universal sinfulness and guilt of all men and women since the fall, rendering them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
E.) Redemption from the guilt, penalty, dominion, and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our Representative and Substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
F.) The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
G.) The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
H.) The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone.
I.) The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
J.) The one Holy Universal Church which is the Body of Christ and to which all true believers belong.
K.) The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I, ____________________, have read and agree with the IFES doctrinal statement (listed above).

Signature ________________________
Date ____________________________

Chapter Participation

The IVCF Purpose Statement:

In response to God's love, grace and truth:

The purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is to establish and advance at colleges and universities, witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purposes in the world.

Local Church:

GCF does not seek to take the place of a local church or supercede a responsibility to a local church, nor do we claim to be a church. GCF works closely with many local churches and is an extension of their ministry on campus. As leaders, we will encourage each of our members to be involved in local churches and not to rely on GCF as their "church."

For this reason, we ask that each GCF leader commit to one of the following (please check the appropriate box):

I am committed to regularly attend _____________ (insert your church name here) congregation.
OR�
I commit myself to actively seek a church I can commit to and give next year's leadership team permission to hold me accountable to this statement.

As a leader, we ask you to dedicate yourself to the vision and purpose of GCF (stated above) for the 2005-2006 school year. The estimated time commitment for an GCF student leader is 10 hours per week. Please consider whether of not you can honestly commit to the following (check each item you are willing and can commit to):

  • Regular participation in weekly large group meetings.
  • Regular participation in a Bible study.
  • Commitment to prayer with members of the chapter for our chapter on a regular basis.
  • Commitment to attend Leadership Team meetings.
  • Commitment to attend if possible and actively recruit for InterVarsity training events and retreats throughout the year.

Signature ________________________
Date ____________________________

Personal Holiness:

Even more important than our time commitment to the chapter is our commitment to follow Biblical standards of purity and holiness while serving on the Leadership Team. Please indicate whether you feel you can commit to the following by checking the appropriate box:

Yes No - if no, why?

  • Abstaining from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18-20), including homosexual relations (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
  • Abstaining from drunkenness (Eph. 5:15-18)
  • Commitment that I will not date non-Christians (2 Cor. 6:14-15)
  • Commitment to individual Bible study and prayer (2 Tim. 3:16, Phil. 1:6)
  • Commitment to engage in personal accountability relationships (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Commitment to confession of sin to God and other believers (James 5:16)
  • Commitment to personal witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Ro. 1:16)

Signature ________________________
Date ____________________________

ARTICLE X. REGISTRATION RENEWAL

IVCF will re-register with Michigan Student Assembly on an annual basis no later than September 15 of each year.

IVCF will return a signed SOAS card no later than September 15 of each year.

ARTICLE XI. STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

IVCF has read and fully complies with the University's policies. We understand that the organization's registration is contingent on acceptance of these policies.