Articles of Agreement

Proverbs 18:24

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Article I - Name

This Association shall be known as the Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Association.

Article II - Object

The object of this Association of churches and missions is to promote Christian fellowship among those cooperating in the Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Association, and that these might assist each other in carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), which Jesus Christ gave to His Church.

Article III - Constituency

This Association shall be composed of regular Missionary Baptist Churches and Missions who are in sympathy with the principles, purposes and doctrines of Landmark Baptists. Missions shall be recognized independently from their sponsoring churches in Association matters.

Article IV - Meeting

Section I

The messengers of the associating churches shall meet at 2:00 P.M. on Friday and at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday following the FIRST Sunday in August at such places as may be agreed upon by the messengers. However, to allow for limited flexibility, if a church comes with an invitation requesting dates (due to local conditions) that would be within four weeks before and one week after the regular date of Friday and Saturday following the First Sunday in August and this is accepted and approved by the messengers, the meeting dates would be altered according to the accepted invitation for that year.

Section II

Called meetings may be convened only for SPECIAL orders of business. The Moderator may call for such a meeting to be convened at a regularly scheduled quarterly (Fifth Saturday) meeting. No other called meeting shall be held except for some very urgent matter, which the moderator may call, only in response to the prevailing requests of the cooperating churches.

Article V - Messengers

Section I

Each church and mission of the RMMBA may seat her messengers by sending a letter to the messenger meeting. Each church and mission, regardless of size, wealth, or influence, may have equal representation of three messengers, who shall be chosen by the local church or mission sending them.

Section II

Petitioning churches and missions may have their messengers seated when they submit a petitionary letter and messengers. It shall be the responsibility of the messenger assembly to examine the origin, doctrines, practices, and principles of any petitioning churches or missions. If after such examination a church or mission is found to be a regular Missionary Baptist Church of like faith and order, the messengers may then invite that church or mission to seat her three messengers.

Article VI - Authority

Section I

This Association being a voluntary association of equal and independent churches, has no ecclesiastical authority, It can neither legislate to nor lord over a local church, but will ever uphold and defend the absolute independence and sovereignty of the local churches. The action of the messengers shall be only advisory in nature.

Section II

This Association of Churches reserves the right not to seat messengers from a Church or Mission that has unscriptural doctrines or immoral practices.

Article VII - Family Encampment

Section I - Camp Meeting Places and Times

The Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Family Encampment will be held annually at such times and places as can be mediated by the Rules and Program Committee. Camp expenses are to be met by enrollment fees and by free will offerings from churches and missions desiring to help.

Section II

The Rules and Program Committee shall be constituted of the pastors of the churches and missions fellowshipping with the RMMBA. Any such church or mission may elect to be represented by some member other than the pastor. A majority of the churches and missions representing shall be deemed a quorum for this committee. The committee shall elect a chairman from with in the committee, whose duty shall be to moderate all the committee meetings. Any officers and workers not selected by the messengers will be appointed by this committee. The Rules and Program Committee is responsible to the churches and missions of the Association, and will heed its counsel at all times. This committee shall meet within sixty (60) days of the annual Association meeting for organization, and for planning the Family Encampment for the ensuing year.

Section III

The RMMBA is to elect a Secretary-Treasurer and an Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, whose duties shall be to keep records and to receive and disburse funds as necessary to properly operate the Family Encampment. All disbursements are to be cosigned by the Moderator of the RMMBA and either the Secretary Treasurer or the Assistant Secretary Treasurer. A full and detailed statement of all records and handling of funds shall be furnished to both the Messengers of the churches and missions, and to the members of the Rules and Program Committee.

Article VIII - Officers

Section I

The Officers of the association shall be Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Clerk-Treasurer, Assistant Clerk-Treasurer, and a Parliamentarian. Other officers may be chosen as is deemed necessary by the messenger assembly.

Section II

The Moderator may not succeed himself more than once.

Section III

The Clerk shall keep a full and fair record of the proceedings of the annual meeting and shall supervise - the printing and distribution of his or her minutes. He or she shall receive such remuneration as may be appropriated. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to account for all funds and to appropriate them according to the will of the donors.

Section IV

It shall be the duty of the Parliamentarian to base his opinions specifically upon the Articles of Agreement and generally upon Robert's Rules of Order, Revised. He may be asked questions on parliamentary procedure either by the Moderator or any messenger.

Article IX - Amendments

The Articles of Agreement may be amended at any regular meeting of the association by a two-thirds vote of all messengers present. All churches must be notified of the proposed change at least sixty (60) days prior to the regular meeting. The proposed change shall be placed in consideration on the first day of the session to be considered on some subsequent day.

Article X - Articles of Faith

The following Articles of Faith become a "Declaration of those things most surely believed among us" (Luke 1:1).

  1. We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament Churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matthew 22:35-40; John 13:34-35; 15:12; I John 4:7-21; 5:1-3; Revelation 2:4-5).
  2. We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16,17).
  3. We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in Divine Perfection (Matthew 28:19).
  4. We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Genesis 1; 2).
  5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the arch enemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10).
  6. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-20; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:22).
  7. We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14; 10:30; II Corinthians 5:19).
  8. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:4,5,8; 2:14).
  9. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14).
  10. We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12,19).
  11. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to those who believe (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
  12. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
  13. We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8).
  14. We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5).
  15. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).
  16. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the obedient (Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:14-23; John 1:12; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Revelation 22:12).
  17. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Ephesians 3:21).
  18. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 1 Corinthians 11:1,2,17-20,26).
  19. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in the books of Titus and 1 Timothy.
  20. We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under control of the churches (Matthew 20:25-28).
  21. We believe in complete separation of church and state (Matthew 22:21) and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).

Article XI - Rules of Decorum

  1. This messenger assembly shall be opened and closed with prayer.
  2. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to see that order is kept according to the Articles of Agreement, and the rules of parliamentary procedure.
  3. Any messenger may appeal a ruling of the Moderator to the messenger assembly, provided that it is done on the same day. The Moderator shall make all parliamentary rulings while the Parliamentarian renders opinions.
  4. One messenger shall speak at a time. He shall proceed without interruption unless he departs from the subject or uses personal reflections.
  5. No messenger shall be allowed to speak more than twice on any subject without obtaining permission from the messenger assembly.
  6. No practice shall be allowed that is calculated to interrupt a messenger assembly.
  7. All officers of this assembly shall be elected by nomination and vote of the messengers either by a show of hands or by standing.
  8. Nominations cannot be closed whenever any messenger desires to offer a nomination.
  9. Every motion made and seconded, after time given for debate when applicable, shall be put to the messenger assembly unless previously withdrawn; the Moderator shall announce the decision.
  10. All questions shall be decided by a majority of the messenger body, except two thirds majority questions as provided by the Articles of Agreement.
  11. The Moderator, if a messenger, shall have the same privilege of speech as any other messenger, provided the chair is filled. In case of a tie, he is to cast the deciding vote.
  12. All officers shall be elected near the close of the annual session and shall perform the duties usually incumbent in their respective offices.
  13. No title of address except that of "Brother" or "Sister" shall be used by the messengers addressing one another during the session of the association.
  14. All resolutions shall be presented in writing on the first day of the annual session to be voted upon some subsequent day.
  15. A mission offering may be received sometime during each annual session.