CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
CHRISTIAN CHAPLAINS CORPS OF AMERICA
We declare and establish this Constitution and these
Bylaws to preserve and perpetuate the principles of our common Christian faith
and to govern this body in an orderly and Biblical manner. These Bylaws will
seek to preserve the liberties of each individual member and the freedom of
action of this body to accomplish its God-given purpose.
ARTICLE 1. NAME
Section 1. The name of this organization shall
be the Christian Chaplains Corps of America (herein referred to as the Corps)
ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE, MISSION, AND VALUES
Section 1. To stand for Christ-centered,
morally sound, Biblical Christianity which comprises the Christian faith: the
faith and practice of the Apostles and the early Disciples of Jesus Christ, our
Lord and Savior.
Section 2. To commission Chaplains, Chaplain Assistants, and Lay
Ministers to minister in our nationís communities by providing and performing
religious support to nurture the living, care for the dying, and honor the dead.
Section 3. To uphold the Chaplaincy Values envisioned by General
George Washington in setting the standard for moral and ethical behavior which
are incapsuled in the acronym "SACRED" --
- Spirituality: The bedrock of all faiths,
providing meaning and direction in life. Seek to know God and yourself at the
- Accountability: The means to measure how we
practice what we preach. Hold yourself and others to the moral and spiritual
high ground in every area of life.
- Compassion: Love in word and deed. The love that
sees beyond the surface and discerns our common humanity.
- Religious Leadership: Model spiritual truths
wisely and courageously.
- Excellence: Do your best for God's glory. The
standard for staff work and religious responsibilities.
- Diversity: Being respectful of different views
and ideas that are not like our own.
ARTICLE 3. STATEMENT OF FAITH
Section 1. The Apostleís Creed shall be the
basic affirmation of faith of the Corps as stated below:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of
heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy
Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into
heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty; from thence he
shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of
saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life
(the word "catholic" in the creed means
ARTICLE 4. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Qualifications for Membership.
Membership in the Corps shall consist of persons who are in agreement with the
Statement of Faith and who will abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the
Section 2: Members Covenant of Conduct. The fundamental principles of
the Corps are based upon the Word of God. Therefore every member is expected to
live according to its teachings and avoid and refrain from that which is
destructive to the Christian life and dishonorable to God. Every member is
earnestly admonished to:
- Maintain high ethical and moral values in all their
dealings, personally and professionally.
- Respect one another's difference in religious beliefs,
including the differences in doctrine, style and personality of other
Christians as they follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
- Only speak in edifying ways in regards to others,
including Christian ministers, ministries, and the Body of Christ at large.
- Treat all with whom they come into contact as they
would like to be treated.
Section 3: Responsibility and Discipline. All
Members and Chaplains of the Corps are responsible for his or her own actions.
The Corps assumes no legal responsibility for any of its Members or Chaplains.
Membership and Chaplaincy in the Corps will be revoked upon behaviors unbecoming
Christians and Chaplains.
ARTICLE 5. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The central governing and regulatory
body of the Corps is the Board of Directors (herein also referred to as the
Board) whose authority and decisions shall be final in all matters and may
delegate responsibility of day-to-day operations to such officers, staff, and
committees as the Board may determine and appoint from time to time.
Section 2. The Board shall have up to 7 members (directors).
Section 3. The Board shall meet from time to time as determined by
its members. Meetings may be held in person or by electronic means. The Board
may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its
discretion determine necessary.
Section 4. Each director shall have one vote and such voting may not
be done by proxy. In most matters of business, a majority vote of the Board
members will carry the motion.
Section 5. Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by a
vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board.
ARTICLE 6. OFFICERS
Section 1. National Coordinator: The National
Coordinator is appointed by the Board of Directors and has day-to-day
responsibilities for the organization, including carrying out the organizationís
goals and policies and is subject to the direction and control of the Board of
Section 2. Other Officers: The Board of
Directors may appoint other officers, staff, and committees as needed including:
- Region Coordinator: A Region Coordinator
oversees the personnel, units, and activities in several States that are in
close proximity to each other. The Region Coordinator reports directly to the
National Coordinator and is also subject to the direction and control of the
Board of Directors.
- State Coordinator: A State Coordinator oversees
the personnel, units, and activities in one U.S. State. The State Coordinator
reports directly to the Region Coordinator and is subject to the direction and
control of the Board of Directors.
- Area Coordinator: An Area Coordinator oversees
the personnel, units, and activities in an assigned portion of a U.S. State.
The Area Coordinator reports directly to the State Coordinator and is subject
to the direction and control of the Board of Directors.
- Team Leader: A Team Leader oversees the
personnel and activities of individuals assigned to a specific Team. The Team
Leader reports directly to the Coordinator to which assigned and is subject to
the direction and control of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 8. AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Members of the Corps may propose
amendments to this Constitution and Bylaws. Such proposed amendments shall be
submitted to the Board of Directors for discussion. The Board of Directors makes
the final determination of whether or not to adopt the changes.