The Session has approved the attached corporate bylaws for presentation to the congregation to be voted on for adoption. The church has no working bylaws to compare with this proposed set. The following table highlights important procedures and practices in the bylaws and compares these with our current practices.
On July 10, 2011 the Presbyterian Church replaced the long used “Book of Order: Form of Government” (BoO) with a new “Form of Government” as the constitution for the church and its congregations. These new bylaws make all references to this new, much shorter, “Form of Government” (FOG). Some of the changes in the bylaws from our current practices are the result of more flexible or changed constitutional requirements.
The “Preliminary Principles” of the old Book of Order have largely been retained and are referred to as “Foundations of Presbyterian Polity” (FPP).
Our church is incorporated in the state of Texas and abides by the proper rules for such corporations. The bylaws are written so that issues for both the church (ecclesiastical) and state (corporate) are addressed. Hence, the language equates the church and corporation; elders as trustees, and the session as the board of directors. When we act, we act as both church and corporation as the rules apply.