Believing it is in accordance with the revealed will of God, that His church should be a regularly organized institution and that all things should be done decently and in order; We the members of The West Milton Baptist Church of West Milton, Ohio having given the matter deliberate consideration adopt the following articles as a constitution. Realizing that any document written by man is subject to error or change, this constitution is intended to be only a guideline and not the final authority.





This church shall be called the West Milton Baptist Church, of West Milton, Ohio.










The object of the church shall be the maintenance of the preaching of the Gospel, the teaching of the truths of the Bible, the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament, the spiritual improvement of its members, and the evangelization of the world beginning first in West Milton, Ohio, and extending to the uttermost parts of the earth.




This church adopts the historic principles peculiar to Baptist down through the ages.

  1. The pre-eminence of Christ as our Divine Lord and Master.

  2. The supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency as our only rule of faith and practice.

  3. The right to private interpretation of the Bible and the competency of the individual soul in direct approach to God.

  4. The absolute separation of church and state.

  5. A regenerate church membership.

  6. The beautiful, symbolic ordinance of believers immersion in obedience to the command of Christ.

  7. The complete independence and its inter-dependence in associated fellowship with other Baptist churches.

  8. The solemn obligation of majority rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all and affording special privileges to none.

  9. The spiritual unity of all believers for which the Master so earnestly prayed.

  10. A world wide program of missionary fervor and evangelism in obedience to the final command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul". II Chronicles 15:12

In accordance with the Biblical practice, this church adopts the following scriptural church covenant:

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit to forsake the paths of sin, and walk in the ways of holiness al the days of our lives. With this view, we engage to strive together for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout al nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate religiously our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage; to shun pornography; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to walk together in Christian love and watchfulness, giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.





This church adopts the summary of doctrine given in the following articles of faith.





We believe the Holy Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, verbally inspired Word of God and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith ad practice.

By the Holy Bible, we mean that collection of sixty-six (66) books from Genesis to Revelation which not only contain the Word of God but IS the Word of God.

We further believe that the God who inspired the Bible has preserved it in exact form in which He intended us to have it. We believe that form to be the Authorized King James Version to the exclusion of all others. Psalms 12:6-7; Psalms 119:89; Psalms 119:60; Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 59:20-21; Matthew 24:35; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Revelation 22:18-19.





We believe there is one and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in Holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every Divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; I John 5:7; Revelation 4:11.





We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person: equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14-16; Romans 8:26-27.





We believe that the Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that He was indeed God Himself manifested in the flesh; that He was born of a virgin, without a human father, and though He chose to lay aside much of His glory during His earthly ministry, yet He was still co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit at all times; though He was truly a man, yet He was also equally God. He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He was declared to be the Son of God by His physical, bodily resurrection from the dead. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession as our High priest and only mediator between God and man. As God, He shall some day physically and bodily return to call His saints home. I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 7:24-25.





We believe that satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all the powers of darkness - destined, however, to the final defeat at the hands of God's Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4; Ephesians 2:2; John 14:30; I Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3; I Peter 5:8; Zechariah 1:3; I John 3:8; Matthew 13:25; 37:39; Luke 22:3-4; Revelation 12:10; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 2:22; Revelation 13:13-14; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 19:11, 16, 20; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 20:1-3; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41.





We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of spedies, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable life was made directly, and God's established law was they should bring forth only "after their kind". Genesis 1 and 2; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6.





We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of His Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6, 14; Romans 5:12-19; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32; Ephesians 2:1; Galatians 3:22.





We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing out sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting His wonderful person to the tenderest sympathies with Divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24.





We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with Divine truth, so as to secure voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Ephesians 5:9; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5;19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; John 1:12-13; Galatians 5:22.





We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification;

  1. That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness;

  2. That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely

Through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness imputed to us. Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:9; Romans 5:1; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Romans 3:1-8; Hebrews 10:38.




We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Acts 16:31; 20:21; Romans 10:13.





We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His Law; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastor and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right to self-government, free from the inheritance of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only superintendant is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of membership, of government, of discipline, of benevolence; the will of the local church is final. We believe that there is no scriptural basis for any kind of universal, invisible church. Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; I Timothy 3:17; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; Acts 15:13-18.





We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; int the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by the authority of the local church, to show forth a solemn and beautiful emblem; our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is the ordinance of the church in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; the read symbolizing the broken body of Christ, the wine symbolizing the shed blood. It is to be preceded always by solemn self-examination. There is no saving merit in either of these ordinances.





We believe that all who are truly born again, are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1.





We believe that sickness, together with every other disorder and evil in human life and the world, are the effect of sin. The Word of God does not make a promise of specific bodily healing to the Christian in the age of Grace, but the child of God can bring his physical needs to God in prayer just as he brings all of his other burdens (Philippians 4:6-7). Furthermore, the Word of God does not authorize public healing meetings for the church age (James 5:14).





We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; Proverbs 11:31; I Peter 4:18; I John 5:11; Romans 7:6; Romans 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21.





We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Romans 13:17; II Samuel 23:2; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 14:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18.





We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)


We believe a period of time to follow as a time of great tribulation whereupon God's wrath shall be poured out on an unbelieving world.


We believe that after this, Jesus Christ shall return to earth to establish a literal, physical, earthly kingdom of 1000 years. Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6; Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 8:6; I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:9-10; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; I Corinthians 15:51-53; Philippians 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30; I Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; Isaiah 11:4-5; Psalms 72:8; Revelation 20:14; Revelation 20:6.





The command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15.





Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of faith. II Corinthians 9:7. We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:2. Under grace, we give, and do not pay, the tithe - "Abraham gave a tenth part of all" - "Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils" --Hebrews 7:2-3 -- and this was 400 years before the law, and is confirmed in the New Testament; Jesus said concerning the tithe, "These ye ought to have done" (Matthew 23:23). We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10). In the New Testament, it was the common treasury of the church. Acts 4:34, 35, 37.





Section 1. Qualifications


Any person in agreement witht the object of the church as outlined int Article III who will put the same into practice, acknowledging Jesus as his/her personal Lord and Saviour; and who has been scripturally baptized, is entitled to membership of this church.


Section 2. Duties


All members are expected, first of all, to be faithful in all spiritual duties essential to the Christian life; second, to attend the services of the church, to give regularly to its support and to its charities, and to share in its organized work.


Section 3. Dismissal

  1. Letters of transfer may be granted to any member in good standing for the purpose of uniting with another Baptist Church of like faith and order.

  2. When members fail to show interest, in that they have not attended regular services if the church for six (6) months or have not communicated with the pastor or the church in such a way as to reveal interest or sincerity; and after due effort has been made to encourage them to respond; then it shall be reported to the church, and by majority vote shall be suspended from membership in this church. Exceptions to this rule are to be understood in cases of serious illness or old age.

  3. If a member of this church shall be found living a life unbecoming of a Christian, he shall be removed from membership. All such cases shall be first investigated by the pastor and deacon(s) giving such a member due and ample hearing. The pastor and deacons shall render a decision. If the member abides by the decision, the case shall be closed. If he does not accept the decision, pastor and deacon(s) shall then make a recommendation to the body of the church. A majority vote shall be required for such a removal from membership.

Section 4. Reinstatement


A member disciplined according to Section 3, Paragraphs B & C, may be reinstated after making adjustments as the pastor and deacons shall recommend and after public rededication of their life, and after a vote of acceptance by the church.





Section 1. The Officers

  1. Officers shall consist of Pastor, Deacon(s), Trustee(s), Clerk, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Sunday School Superintendent.

  2. There shall be as many deacons and trustees as the church deems necessary.

  3. The Clerk, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Sunday School Superintendent are entitled to as many assistants as are needed.

Section 2. Qualifications


Any person in agreement with the aim and purpose of this church and meeting qualifications stated below is entitled to hold office in this church.

  1. All officers and teachers must be members of this church in good standing according to Article VII of the church constitution and continue steadfastly in all services.

  2. All officers and teachers must support the doctrinal position of the church.

  3. All officers and teachers must be in harmony with the administration of the church as long as that administration is consistent with God's Word.

  4. All officers and teachers must agree not to partake of worldly pleasures such as gambling, tobacco, and alcohol as a beverage that could bring a reproach upon themselves or upon the church.

  5. Officers and teachers must not be members of organizations with practices that would be in conflict with the Scriptures such as Masonic Orders, Eastern Star, etc.

  6. In as much as the christian plan of giving is superior to legal tithing, all officers and teachers are expected to observe this plan. Exceptions will be allowed in the case where an officer or teacher is the wife of an unsaved husband who is opposed to the tithe.

  7. If at any time an officer or teacher finds they can no longer meet these qualifications, it is their duty to report it to the church and surrender office.

Section 3. Duties

  1. It shall be the duty of the pastor to "Preach the Word"; to "Feed the Flock"; to superintend all the work of the church, and with fidelity to seek to discharge all other functions of his office as made known in the Scriptures. He shall also act as moderator at all business meetings of the church.

  2. The deacons shall distribute the elements at the Lord's Supper, attend to necessities of the poor of the church; aid the pastor in his visitations; aid the pastor in superintending the affairs of the church; assist the pastor in zealously guarding and fostering the spiritual life of the church.

  3. The trustees shall care for the business in connection with the holding, handling, and improving of church property and perform in good faith and conscience the powers vested in them in accordance with the ascertained will of the church. The trustees shall not assume any financial obligation for the church such as the giving of a mortgage upon the church property or acquiring church property without the approval of the church. The trustees shall be allowed to spend an amount of money (which shall be set by the church) for maintenance and upkeep without specifically having to go to the body.

  4. It shall be the duty of the clerk to keep accurate record of the business meetings of the church, to keep an accurate register of the membership of the church, to record the date and manner of admission and dismissal of members, and to perform such other duties s usually pertain to that office.

  5. It shall be the duty of the financial secretary to act as bookkeeper of the church, and with the treasure, count the tithes and offerings and record them.

  6. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to count the tithes and offerings with the financial secretary, to pay out money as the church directs, to keep records of the sources and receipts of money and the disbursements of the same. The treasurer shall prepare and post a complete financial report each month.

Section 4. Term of Office

  1. The pastor shall be called for an indefinite term.

  2. The deacon(s) shall be called for an indefinite term provided they remain faithful to Christ and the teachings of this church. The Deacon/Church relation can be dissolved at any time by the church vote or deacon's resignation.

  3. All other officers shall be elected for an indefinite term provided they remain faithful to Christ and the teachings of this church. They can be removed at any time by the church vote or their resignation.

  4. All officers are required to faithfully attend all Sunday services of this church.

Section 5. Severance

  1. It shall be the privilege of either the church or the pastor to dissolve the pastoral relationship. A minimum of thirty (30) days notice shall be required. A longer period of time may be granted by the church. During the notice period, the church shall continue to compensate the pastor, but may require him to vacate the pulpit. Any motion to remove the pastor must be given to the body at least one week prior to voting the motion. A 3/4th majority vote shall be required to carry the motion.

  2. A motion to remove an officer or teacher shall be made only after recommendation by the pastor and deacon(s). Such a recommendation shall be made only if the problem cannot be resolved between pastor, deacon(s) and the person in question.




Section 1. Nature and Purpose

  1. The S.S. is a department of the church to assist in the teaching ministry of the church

  2. The ultimate purpose of the S.S. is to seek the salvation of the lost and shall be tributary to the building up of the church. Therefore, each S.S. teacher and officer is expected to be conscientious in the soul-winning effort.

Section 2. Teachers, Assistants and Guest Speakers

  1. All teachers shall be chosen by the pastor and superintendent.

  2. Assistants and guest speakers must be approved by pastor and superintendent.

Section 3. Literature


All literature used in the S.S. shall be approved by the superintendent and pastor.





Section 1. Pulpit Committee

  1. It shall be the duty of the pulpit committee to see that the pulpit is filled after the severance of the pastor.

  2. The pulpit committee shall consist of the deacon(s) and two men of the church at large appointed by the church.

  3. The chairman shall act as moderator of the business meetings until the assumption of duties of a pastor. Such business shall be limited to those things necessary for normal function of the church.



Section 1. Worship


The church shall meet regularly every Sunday for public worship.


Section 2. Prayer


AT least once a week the church shall meet for prayer.


Section 3. Business

  1. The church shall conduct business whenever there is business to be conducted.

  2. The three requirements for conducting business are:

  1. It must be a regularly scheduled service of the church

  2. A majority of members in good standing must be present.

  3. The pastor must be present during the conducting of business or else approve the conducting of business in his absence. (i.e. ilness, etc)

  1. No business shall be brought up from the floor unless the pastor and deacon(s) or other men of the church are aware of business and are in agreement to it being brought up.

  2. The treasurer shall prepare a monthly financial report and will post it on the back bulletin board. He will furnish a copy to all members who wish to have one.

Section 4. Annual

  1. By the first Wednesday following the first Sunday of January the treasurer shall prepare, post and hand out a yearly summary of the churches finances.

Section 5. Special Business Meetings

  1. Special business meetings may be called by the pastor and deacon(s) or by written request of seven (7) members, providing that notice of such meetings shall be given at a previous service of the church.

  2. No business meeting may be called in the absence of the pastor.




Section 1. Officers

  1. In case of the death ore severance of the pastor, his successor shall be called at a special meeting of the church, at which one nomination of a candidate shall be made by the pulpit committee though it's chairman. After proper discussion, the church shall proceed to vote. A 3/4th majority in the affirmative shall establish the call.

  2. All officers shall be elected as the need arises.

Section 2. Voting


A majority vote of members present constituting a quorum is sufficient to pass any motion pertaining to regular business.





These articles may be changed or amended at any regular business meeting provided that written notice of such change shall have been proposed and read at a regular business meeting of the church at least one month previous; and provided that such alterations shall not conflict with the Articles of Incorporation of this church.


Two-Thirds (2/3) vote of the members present constituting a quorum shall be required to adopt any change or amendment.