ARTICLE VIII: Officers of the Corporation
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Financial Secretary. If there are less than five (5) members of the Corporation, the officers who exist will be responsible to fulfill the duties of the remaining offices, along with the responsibilities of their office. The Corporation may also have, at the discretion of the elders, other officers as may be appointed in accordance with Section 3 of this article.
Section 2. Appointment. The officers of the Corporation, except such officers as may be appointed with the provisions of Section 3 of this article, shall be chosen annually and shall serve at the pleasure of the elders. Officers shall be selected from and made up of members of the elders. Each officer shall hold his office until he shall resign, be removed, or become otherwise disqualified to serve, or until his successor shall be appointed and qualified.
Section 3. Subordinate Officers. The elders may appoint and may empower the Chairman to appoint, such other officers as the business of the Corporation may require, each of whom shall hold office for such period, have such authority and perform such duties as are provided in this constitution or as the elders may from time to time determine.
Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office due to death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled as the vacancy occurs and in the manner prescribed in this constitution for regular appointment to such office.
Section 5. Inability to Act. In cases where officers or persons authorized by the Corporation to act in their place become unable to act, the elders may delegate the powers or duties of such officer to any other officer or other person whom the elders may select.
Section 6. The Chairman. The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation and shall, subject to the control of the remaining elders, have general supervision, direction and control of the activities and officers of the Corporation. He shall preside at all meetings of the elders, which are to be conducted according to scriptural principals as set forth in Phil. 2:2-8. He shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, if any, and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the elders or this constitution.
Section 7. Vice-Chairman. In the absence or disability of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall perform all the duties of the Chairman and when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the Chairman. The Vice-Chairman shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for him by the remaining elders or this constitution.
Section 8. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes at the principal office or such other place as the remaining elders may order, of all meetings of the members, the elders and its committees, either the time and place of holding, whether regular or special and if special, how authorized, the notice thereof given, the names of those present at the meetings, the elders and committees’ meetings and the proceedings thereof. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, at the principal office in the State of Connecticut the original and a copy of the Corporation’s constitution, as amended to date. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the elders and any committees thereof required by this constitution or by law to be given, shall keep the seal of the Corporation in safe custody and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as prescribed by the remainder of the elders. The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept at the principal office of the Corporation, a church membership register, showing the names of the church members and their addresses.
Section 9. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Corporation. The books of the accounts shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any elder. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the remaining elders, shall render to the elders, whenever they request it, an account of all his transactions and the financial condition of the Corporation and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the remaining elders. He shall make the financial reports at each regular elder meeting and at the annual meeting of members.
Section 10. Financial Secretary. The financial secretary shall collect, count, record and deposit in the church's accounts all offerings and gifts to the church. He shall not be assisted in any way by the treasurer nor be a member of the treasurer's immediate family or household. The financial secretary shall, each week, provide the treasurer with records and receipts of all offerings and gifts received and deposited. The financial secretary shall also keep separate and individual records of all who give to the Corporation. Annually in January, or as requested, the financial secretary shall provide each giver with a record of his/her gifts to the Corporation. The financial secretary shall also provide the treasurer and elders with reports annually, quarterly and as requested by the elders.