Shalom Baptist Church
Constitution and By-Laws
Shalom Baptist Church, Inc.
Shalom Baptist Church Incorporated is an institution free from any denominational control. Her members, aware of the prevailing apostasy in denominations, have separated themselves therefrom in the spirit of 2Cor.6:14-18.
Article I - Name
The name of this church shall be Shalom Baptist Church Inc. The legal entity of the church shall be a non-profit, religious organization, incorporated under the statutes of the state of Wisconsin.
Article II – Purpose
The purpose of this church shall be the exaltation and glory of God. Its ministry shall be to bring the gospel to the lost, to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry both at home and abroad, to promote fellowship among its members, to promote godly worship and to earnestly contend for the faith.
Article III – Doctrine
- The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures, 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, written by men under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit , inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, preserved for all generations, and the final authority in faith. We accept the grammatical-historical system of interpretation of the Scriptures, and accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate and adequate (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:20,21; Ps. 19:7-9).
- The Trinity
We believe in One God, the eternal, infinite and all-knowing Spirit in Whom all things have their source, support, and end (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; Genesis 1:1). Within this One God three distinct persons exist--Father, Son and Holy Spirit-united, equal and perfect in all attributes (Matthew 28:19; Acts 7:55; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Godhead is One in essence, but within this perfect unity and equality exists order in function--first the Father, then the Son, and then the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 11:3; John 17:3-4; John 15:26; John 16:7).
- The Person and Work of Messiah
We believe that the Messiah, the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God's righteous judgment against sin. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him (John 1:1, 2,14,18; Luke 1:34,35; Rom. 3:24-26; 8:34).
- The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He baptizes (or places) all believers into the Body of Messiah; that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him (John 3:3-8; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:13; John 14:16,17; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Eph. 5:18).
- Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God has given spiritual gifts to all Christians according to His divine will. Concerning the particular gift of tongues, we believe that without exception the New Testament teaches that these were known foreign languages (glossa). Tongues were a sign gift given at the beginning of the church age as a sign to the unbelieving Jew (1Cor.14:21-22; Isa.28:11-12; 2Kin 18:26; 1Cor.1:22). We believe that all sign gifts have ceased including, prophesy, healing, tongues,… 1Cor.13:8- “prophesies shall be rendered inoperative, whether tongues they shall cease of themselves, whether knowledge it will be rendered inoperative”- literal Greek rendering. Present gifts entail speaking/teaching/preaching and serving oriented gifts (Rom.12:3-8; 1Cor.12-14; 1Pet.4:10-11).
- The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner by both nature, imputation and choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).
According to Gen1:26-28 God created male and female in His image for the purpose of marriage and to reproduce. Therefore, marriage is only one woman and one man, legally bound together by vows before a Holy God. No other arrangement of people being brought together is a valid marriage in God’s eyes. Any form of child molestation, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, bisexuality, incest, pedophilia, polygamy, or pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex. We believe God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:22-24; 19:5,13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-29; 7:2; First Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; Gal. 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-23; First Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
Human life begins at conception, although not fully developed, it is nonetheless a human created in the image of God (Ps.139). Abortion is murder of the unborn and clearly condemned in the Word of God (Ex.20:13; Deut.30:19).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone in the person and work of Messiah. It is a free gift apart from any works. It is accomplish by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, as men place their faith and trust in Him. (Acts 16:31; Eph.2:8-10).
- Security, Assurance and Responsibility
We believe that all the saved--those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace--are kept by His power and thus, are secure in Messiah forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Messiah is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life of obedience (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:29-39; 1 John 5:13; Heb. 12:6; Matt. 7:20; James 2:20).
- The Church
We believe that the local church is an independent, autonomous , baptized (by immersion) body of born again believers united together by faith in Messiah, preaching the Word, practicing His teaching, obeying His command to go into all the world with the gospel. Messiah Jesus is the head of the church. Others serve under His headship, namely, pastors and deacons and the entire body of believers. The Church practices two ordinances, believer’s Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Table as a memorial (Mt.28:19-20; Acts 20:28; 1Cor. 11:23-32; Eph.1:22-23; 4:11-16).
We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin and just as surely the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin includes both the positional and practical aspects. Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and is without further growth; however, practical (progressive) sanctification, a result of the work of the Spirit in regeneration using the Word of God, provides the nourishment for growth in maturity in the Messiah. While practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature which is the source for the war between the flesh and the Spirit. The maturing to obedience is possible for believers as they feed on the Word, submit to the Spirit of God and are in fellowship with other believers for service and accountability (John 17:17; I Cor. 1:30; Rom. 6:19,22; Heb. 10:25; I Pet. 2:2; II Pet. 1:3).
We believe in the eternal blessedness of the saved in a literal heaven and the eternal punishment of the lost in a literal hell. Unsaved mankind will go to hell because they are lost sinners and are guilty of unbelief. There is a resurrection of the saved and of the unsaved. (Mk. 9:43-48; Lk.16:19-31; Jn.14:1-3; Jn. 5:25-29; Rev.3:12; 20:14-15; 21:4).
- Angels Elect and Fallen
We believe angels are spirit beings created directly by God during the first week of creation (Psalm 148:2-5; Job 38:4-7). As created beings, angels were made to serve God and are not to be worshiped (Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). We believe Satan is a created angel, originally made perfect by God, who incurred the judgment of God when he introduced sin into the universe by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). As a result of his rebellion, Satan and the angels who followed him (whom we now call demons), were removed from their exalted position in heaven (Ezekiel 28:16). During this age, Satan and his demons actively oppose the plans of God and seek to deceive men from obeying God and His truth (1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4). They seek the destruction of the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel (Rev.12:1-17). Though Satan and his demons are presently active in the world today, they will, after the return of the Messiah and Kingdom, be sent to the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10). Though we believe that demon possession of unbelievers is possible, we do not hold that true Christians can be demon possessed (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 4:4). The Bible also nowhere encourages believers to engage Satan and demons directly, whether by speaking to them, binding them, or casting them out.
- Last Things
We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational rapture of the church is the first stage of the Messiah’s return. We believe in the premillennial, visible, bodily return of Jesus the Messiah to earth (The Second Coming) which will occur at the end of the 7 year tribulation period. Messiah will rule and reign with His saints for one thousand years upon the earth. Then will come a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell and will last for all eternity. (Dan.12:2; Mt.25:46; Acts 24:15; 1Thes. 4;13-18; 2Thes.2:1-12; Rev.20-21).
We believe in the sovereign election of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people. In the year 1948, Israel was re-formed as a nation, yet still as a nation in unbelief. Most of the Jewish people are still scattered throughout the world because of the rejection of Jesus the Messiah. Many of the Jewish people today, both in the land and out of the land, are coming to saving faith. We have a responsibility to support this nation, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and bring the gospel to the Jewish people both in the land and world-wide. At the return of the Messiah, the Jewish people will be re-gathered back to the land in faith. (Gen.12:1-3; Levit 26; Deut.28; Ezek 37; Mt.28:19-20; Rom.1:16; 11:1-32).
We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation but reject the teaching known as “Hyper Dispensationalism” and also “Progressive Dispensationalism”. We believe in Classical or Traditional Dispensationalism, which is distinguished by a consistent literal interpretation, a clear distinction between Israel and the Church, an understanding of progressive revelation, and recognizing the glory of God as the ultimate purpose of God in the world (Eph.1:10; 3:2,9).
We believe in the Biblical command to separate from worldliness, ecclesiastical apostasy, and church and state separation (1John 2:15-17; 2Pet.2; Jude).
Article IV – Membership
- Qualifications for membership.
- Every candidate for membership in this assembly shall profess his/her salvation by grace through repentance and faith in Jesus the Messiah alone.
- If a candidate has professed salvation they must be /or have been baptized by immersion after that time of belief.
- They must be in agreement with the constitution, doctrinal statement, and church covenant.
- Candidate must be in good standing if coming from another church of like faith.
- Procedure for membership.
- Any person 18 years or older desiring membership shall first attend scheduled classes in which the doctrinal statement and other pertinent information about the church will be reviewed.
- The candidate shall meet with the pastor and at least one deacon and shall share their testimony of salvation and interview the candidate for church membership.
- After the meeting with the pastor and deacons, they shall recommend the candidate to the church after they are satisfied as to the genuineness of his/her profession of faith, baptism, consent to the doctrinal statement, church covenant and willingness to be obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ. He/she shall receive a majority vote of the members.
- Inactive members.
- Any member who has not been in attendance for three months without satisfactory reasons, is placed on the inactive list.
- After attending three months consistently they will be added back to active status.
- Inactive members have no voting privileges.
- Dismissal from the Church shall be:
- By Death
- By the request of any member in good standing who wishes to withdraw from the church. Good standing is defined as a person who is walking and growing in obedience to the faith and not under any disciplinary action.
- After absence from the services for six months or more without satisfactory reasons. They shall be given written notice prior to being dropped.
- A member who is under church discipline in the final step according to Matthew 18: 15-17 shall also be given written notice to be removed from membership.
- The Deacons shall review the membership annually to see if there needs to be any adjustments in the membership list pursuant to this constitution and by-laws.
- Associate Membership.
- May be granted to individuals that are temporary residents or Bible College students in the area who wish to officially associate with, and participate in, the local ministry of this church.
- They may be received into membership upon the presentation of a letter of good standing from their home church which qualifies as a church of like faith and practice to that of Shalom Baptist Church, and upon majority vote of the congregation.
- Service: Associate members may serve in all ministries of the church, but they shall not hold any office nor shall they carry voting privileges due to the temporary nature of their membership.
- Children Members:
- Children under 18 years of age may be baptized upon their profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be candidates for church membership. They may go through membership process at the same time as their parent(s). The child may meet with the Pastor and at least one deacon along with their parent(s) or guardian or with permission of them, to share their testimony and discuss membership.
- Children who become members and are under 18 years of age will not have voting privileges. Upon turning 18 years of age, they must read the constitution, doctrinal statement and church covenant and sign a statement of agreement in order to be able to vote and remain as a member. If a child who is a member does not sign the statement by one year after his/her 18th birthday, he/she will be dropped from the membership. Children who are members are subject to dismissal from the church as described in Article IV, D.
- Church Discipline Procedure.
The proper procedure of church discipline will be followed as set forth in Matthew 18. In such a case, the pastor and deacons shall give written notice to the individual prior to removal. The process is as follows:
In order to maintain peace and purity in the Church, the Scripture directs the disciplining of any wayward person by restricting active participation and ultimately, membership in the local Church. Discipline shall be imposed whenever there is uncorrected, deliberate sin, whether in doctrine or in behavior. The goal is not to “kick a person out” of the church, but rather to see them restored to a place of fellowship and to a right relationship with the Lord and His people. A further goal is to see this person learn how to walk with God and to properly grow in his/her faith. (Rom.16:17; 1Cor. 5:1-13; 2Thes. 3:6; 2Tim.2:16-21).
Step 1: According to Matthew 18:15 If anyone has firsthand knowledge of doctrinal error or sin, they should first, after much prayer and in the spirit of meekness (Gal.6:1), go to that person alone and attempted to correct the offender and encourage him/her to practice the truth and to turn from the way in which they are going. If he/she recognizes this and repents, you have gained a brother (Luke 17:3; Gal. 6:1). If there is no repentance, according to Scripture one must move to the next step.
Step 2: After reasonable efforts have been made to admonish the offender and there is no repentance, the matter should be brought to the offender again with one or two more witnesses who shall offer further reproof and counsel (Matt.18:16; Deut.19:15). If the offender admits to and stops the sin, the matter is dropped and you have gained a brother. If the offender refuses to repent, such witnesses stand as additional evidence of the offender’s unwillingness to repent and these witnesses should proceed to the third step.
Step 3: If after the seeing the second step unsuccessful and no repentance, according to Matthew 18:17 they are to “tell it to the church”.
This must be seen in two stages:
- Stage 1: Go to the leadership of the church, the pastor and deacons. The leadership must investigate the issue at hand. The leadership must discern if this is a discipline matter. They must meet with the offender and work to help him see the gravity of the matter. If he/she repents then the matter should be dropped. If he/she does not repent then the leadership shall proceed to the second stage.
- Stage 2: If stage one fails, then the leadership should request prayer of the church for the wayward member, either in a worship service or a specially called meeting of voting members which shall be up to the discretion of the pastor and deacons. This is Matthew 18:17 “tell it to the church”. During this time the church should encourage the offender to change his mind about his sin in this matter. At this point the wayward member is automatically placed on the inactive list with no voting privileges or participating in Communion. If he repents after this, you have gained a brother. The leadership and church should work at reconciling and restoring this person back into fellowship.
Step 4: If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the pastor and deacons, the offender should be excluded from participation, fellowship and membership. Attendance is permitted unless the individual is divisive/ unruly. The body is encouraged not to have fellowship with the offender, but to pray for him/her and encourage him/her to repent and reconcile with the church.
A majority vote of the deacons is necessary to impose the fourth step of the disciplinary action. A decision of the leadership shall be announced at a regular worship service or a specially called meeting of the active voting church members. The deacons shall make a motion to the church to remove the offender from the membership. A majority vote will remove he/she from the membership (Mt.18:17; 1Tim.5:20; 1Cor.5:1-5; 1Tim.1:20; Rom.16:17; 2Thes.3:6, 14, 15).
Step 5: Persons who have been so disciplined, but demonstrate repentance to any member among the deacons or to the pastor, may be restored to fellowship after meeting with the pastor and deacons together. Restoration to church membership occurs by majority vote of the church.
Article V – Government
This church shall acknowledge the Lord Jesus our Messiah as its only head and shall be subject to the control of no outside ecclesiastical organization.
The government of this church under the leadership of the Holy Spirit shall be vested in the body of believers who comprise the membership, whose majority vote shall be final. Each active member of 18 years or older, who is in good standing with the church, shall be entitled to a vote in the congregational business meetings.
The church membership shall vote on the following: the church budget each year, officers of the church (Pastors and Deacons), church clerk and treasurer, changes in the constitution, support of missionaries, new members coming into the church membership and the dismissal of members.
Changes in the constitution shall require a quorum of the active voting members and a 75% majority vote.
Article VI – Church Offices
There shall be two church offices, Pastor and Deacon. The Pastor shall be responsible for overseeing and leading the church. The Deacons are leaders in serving and shall assist the pastor in ministering to the church body. All officers shall be active members in good standing and meeting the qualifications in accord with 1Timothy 3:1-13. Only those of the male gender can serve in the office of Pastor and Deacon. No candidate will be considered if either he or his wife has been previously divorced.
No candidate for pastor or deacon shall be considered to hold office who cannot answer in the affirmative the following questions:
- Have you publically confessed Jesus Christ as personal Savior and experienced the new birth set forth in John 3:3? Have you been baptized by immersion after belief?
- Are you in agreement with the doctrinal statement, constitution and church covenant?
- Are you living a dedicated prayerful Christian life, especially as regards loyal observance of the moral precepts taught in the Word of God for believers? Are you:
- Separated from the world in the spirit of 1John 2:15-17; James 4:4; and Titus 2:11-15?
- Free from membership in oath bound religious or secret society/organizations or entangling alliances with unbelievers?
- Abstaining from alcoholic beverages, tobacco and the misuse of drugs?
The Call of a Pastor. When a vacancy occurs in the pastorate, the deacons shall form a pulpit committee consisting of no less than two deacons (unless only one deacon is serving), nor more than four deacons and one or two active male members. The chairman of the deacons shall serve as chairman of this committee unless otherwise determined by the deacons. The purpose of this committee is to seek a suitable pastor who is qualified and compatible with the beliefs and needs of this church. At least a quorum of the membership shall be present and a vote of at least 75% is necessary to call a pastor. The number of pastors will be determined by the needs of the congregation.
The Qualifications of the Pastor. The pastor shall meet the Biblical qualifications noted in 1Timothy 3:1-7and Titus 1:6-9. He shall also agree with the doctrinal statement, constitution and church covenant.
The Duties of the Pastor. The pastor shall maintain the general oversight of the spiritual life and administration of the ordinances of the church. He shall serve as the ex-officio member of all boards and committees connected with the church or any of its organizations. He is responsible for organizing the worship services and teaching ministry. He shall approve all speakers for the church and groups within the church.
Termination or Dismissal of the Pastor.
The pastor shall serve for an undefined period of time and shall feel free to resign as he feels led of the Lord but shall give a thirty (30) day notice first to the deacons and then to the church.
Whenever dismissal proceedings may be in order against the pastor on the grounds of proven immorality, heresy and doctrine deviation, apostasy, embezzlement or other areas of moral failure and / or failing to properly attend his duties as a pastor of this church, his services shall be terminated by three-fourths (3/4) vote of at least a quorum of the active membership.
If terminated he shall receive thirty (30) days severance pay. Extension of severance paid shall be determined by the deacons.
The Office of Deacon.
- The Call of the Deacon:
- Deacons must be active members serving in the church for at least two years before being considered to serve. They shall be elected by the congregation at the annual meeting or a special meeting if necessary. They shall serve a two year term and can be re-elected. After two terms he must sit out for one year. He must then be nominated by the deacons or a nominating committee to run again.
- Deacons must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement, constitution and church covenant. They must sign the church doctrinal statement each year at the annual meeting.
- There may not be family members serving at the same time among the deacons (such as: brothers, brother in-laws, son in-laws, nephews, cousins).
- The Duties of the Deacons:
- Deacons shall serve as the trustees of all property. Up keep and repair of all church property is in their care.
- They shall prepare a yearly budget to present to the congregation. This should be in agreement with the Pastor.
- Supervise the benevolent fund.
- Selection of ushers.
- Administration of the missions program under the supervision of the Pastor.
- Preparing and serving the elements for the Lord’s Table and preparing the facilities for all services.
- Work with the pastor on interviewing new potential members and inactive members.
- Vacancy – if a vacancy shall arise in the deacons prior to the annual meeting, the deacons shall be able to nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy until the annual meeting. The candidate shall be voted on by the active membership at a specially called meeting for that purpose.
Article VII - Other Offices
Each year at the annual business meeting there will be a church Clerk and Treasurer voted upon. They must be in good standing with the church and in agreement with the constitution, covenant and doctrine of the church. They may be eligible for re-election.
- Church Clerk- The clerk shall keep an accurate record of the church proceedings in the church minutes. They shall keep record of names and residences of all members, baptisms, deaths. They shall present in writing an annual report at the annual business meeting.
- Church Treasurer- They shall have charge of receiving and recording all monies received. They shall make all disbursements upon authority of the pastor and deacons. The treasurer shall also make quarterly reports of receipts and disbursements to the congregation for quarterly meetings.
Article VIII – Ordinances
- Baptism- The only mode of baptism that is acceptable in this church shall be believer’s baptism by immersion. This is the only mode that is acceptable for a candidate for church membership. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and our union with Him. So our death to the old life of sin and our spiritual resurrection to our new life in the Messiah is so pictured in Baptism. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-6).
- The Lord’s Table- This ordinance shall be observed on a regular basis determined by the pastor and deacons. The elements of communion are symbolic of the body and blood of our Lord. Partaking of these elements shows forth the Lord’s death until He comes again. All who have profess salvation in Jesus the Messiah and are walking in obedience with Him shall be welcome to partake. (Luke 22:19; 1Corinthians 11:23-25).
Article IX- Meetings
- The fiscal year of the church shall be the calendar year.
- The following shall be regular fellowship and worship services:
- Sunday services: morning and evenings as determined by the pastor and deacons.
- A mid-week time of Bible study and prayer.
- Baptismal services, when necessary, normally conducted in conjunction with Sunday services.
- Special meetings : such as Evangelistic/revival, Bible and Missionary conferences, or other special services shall be held with outside speakers at the discretion of the pastor and deacons as they determine the needs of the church.
- Other fellowship and worship services as called and determined by the pastor and deacons.
- Business Meetings: Shall be held annually during the month of January, the date determined by the pastor and deacons, and announced to the congregation from the pulpit on two Sundays prior to the meeting. A quorum of the active membership shall be present for voting. A quorum shall consist of twenty percent of the active membership.
- At the annual meeting congregational minutes of the preceding annual meeting shall be read. The Church Treasurer shall present his financial report and reports by the various organizations of the Church. Such other business as maybe necessary shall be transacted.
- Special meetings of the congregation maybe held at the discretion of the pastor and deacons or upon written request of ten percent of the members of the Church. Notice of such a meeting shall be given in two weeks advance. No business other than that announced in the notice shall be considered at such called meetings.
- A majority vote of the voting members present at any constitutionally called congregational business meeting shall be required for the election of officers (deacons, clerk, treasurer), to render final decisions in any matter under consideration, except changes in the constitution/by-laws and pastoral votes which shall be 75% . A quorum shall consist of twenty percent voting members.
- The Moderator of the congregational meetings shall be either the pastor or the chairman of the deacons or another appointed by the pastor and deacons.
- Roberts Rule of Order shall be the authorized procedure for all church business meetings in all matters not covered in this Constitution. In case of any conflict between said rules and the Bylaws of the church, Bylaws shall govern.
Article X- Finances
- The church is supported by voluntary contributions from its members who shall give according to their abilities and according to the dictates of their own consciences as taught in the New Testament.
- No paid performances, sales, or solicitations shall be for the purpose of raising money for the church without approval of the Pastor and Deacons.
- A budget estimate shall be prepared and presented to the leadership, and shall be voted on by the active membership at the annual meeting. The budget shall be posted at least one week prior to the business meeting.
- The leadership shall establish procedures for the expenditure of funds.
Article XI- Amendments
This constitution may be amended by a quorum present and 75% vote of the active voting membership at any regular or called congregational meeting. The proposed amendment must be in print and distributed to the congregation at each regular church service for two Sundays preceding the said meeting. The meeting shall be posted and announced from the pulpit two weeks prior to the meeting.