Saints of MCC,
When I came onboard as your Pastor, it was made clear to me by the Elders and the Board that we were going to need to take a hard look at our church’s governing documents – the constitution and by-laws. Over the years, through many revisions, these documents have become convoluted. They are challenging to read; in some places, they are filled with unnecessary material, in others, they lack essential content. In short, in their current state, they are more unhelpful than helpful, and this needed to be addressed for the good of our congregation. For the last two years, the Elders of MCC have been working diligently behind the scenes to study and research how to improve these documents best. Six months ago, we presented the first drafts of our revisions to the Board to get their comments and critiques. After many rounds of helpful reviews, on Sunday, July 19th, the Board voted unanimously to approve these revisions and present them to the congregation. They will now go before the membership for your vote at our congregational meeting in September.
These documents are now available for you to read. Please download them from the website, or pick up a physical copy at Sunday service. We are asking everyone who cares about MCC’s future to read these documents carefully so you can be informed. Additionally, over the next two months, I will be offering educational opportunities where you can hear from me directly on what precisely needed to change and our guiding philosophy in making those changes. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on that.
I understand that constitutions and by-laws are not the most exciting things to read, but they are important. They form a solid foundation on which the structure of our organization can be built. They outline our identity, our beliefs, our source of authority, how we will govern ourselves for God’s glory, and what is expected of the membership. In essence, they act as the foundational statement of our unity. If the foundation of a building is faulty, then everything else is always at risk of crumbling. If the foundation of a church is faulty, then no matter how good things seem on the outside, the ground is still at risk of shifting underneath us.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments about what you are reading, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (email@example.com) or any of the other Elders.