Vision: To be a community after God’s own Heart.
Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus; live like Jesus.
Central’s 8-Point Statement of Faith
We Believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, and His personal return once again in power and glory. (John 5:18; Matthew 1:18-23; Mark 2:5-12; John 1:29; Acts 1:8-10)
We Believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. That salvation cannot be gained by human effort, but only through God's grace in the redemption He provided in Jesus Christ, a redemption which is responded to by faith and which leads to a life devoted to obeying God. (Titus 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 4:12)
We Believe that repentant believers in Christ should be baptized in water, by immersion (the Biblical form of baptism), in obedience to Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:36-41; Galatians 3:27-28; Colossians 2:12-15)
We Believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:27-29; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We Believe that, because all believers are spiritually united in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should cooperate in all possible ways in God's work with our fellow believers, both those among us and elsewhere, loving and being patient with one another in our differences. (Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:14-22)
Central Christian's Values
- Engaging truth – We communicate God’s unchanging Word with excellence, relevance and creativity to transform lives.
- Courageous Outreach – We seek to reach people who don’t know Jesus, whatever the cost.
- Lifestyle Worship – We boldly love God daily with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Authentic Community – We do life together because to love God is to love others, unconditionally.
- Bold Prayer – We foster a culture of prayer. When people pray, God shows up.
- Open-Handed Life – We generously give the first and best of our time, abilities and resources.
- Intentional Discipleship – We equip every Jesus follower to be a disciple who makes disciples.
Statement on Abortion from the Elders
Central’s Statement on Abortion from the Elders On June 6, 1989 the Elders of Central Christian
Church issued a unanimous statement of belief that abortion is wrong and grieves God.
We affirm that abortion is a sin. The sixth commandment is: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). Murder is the intentional killing of another innocent human being. Not only do both common sense and scientific evidence define the unborn baby as a human being, but holy Scriptures make it clear that this is God's definition from the earliest moment, as in this statement from the Psalms:
"My frame was not hidden from you when I as made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depth of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalms 139:15-16
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). This means that He forgives those who first come to Christ and those in Christ who penitently confess their sins. He forgives both those who have broken His law and those who have stood idly by while His law has been broken and thus, have condoned the sin of abortion.
We elders are asking God to forgive us for our own sins of apathy and indifference concerning abortion and other evils attacking our society. Alongside our pastors,and with the leading of the Holy Spirit, we now call the body of Christ at Central Christian Church to earnest daily prayer and to godly action. The actions that we may take might include educating others, giving physical and spiritual aid and comfort to those in need, giving financially, meeting in public places for prayer and witness against abortion, uniting with the whole body of Christ to encourage each other, and attempting to peacefully prevent abortion. Not all are called to the same method of action, but all are called to take action as they are led by God.
We pray that, as God's people respond in prayer and action, this abomination will be removed from our city, our state, and our nation, to the glory of God!
Statement on Marriage and Sexuality from the Elders
We believe marriage is a gift of God and has been given to mankind as the original and foundational institution of human society (Gen. 2:18-24). Scripture speaks of marriage approvingly only when it is between one man and one woman in a single, covenanted, exclusive and life-long union (Matt. 19:1-6). It is designed to reflect the relationship between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Corinthians 6:14).
We believe the Bible speaks clearly about God’s disapproval of all types of sexual intimacy outside of the bounds of marriage, as defined above (for example, 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Hebrews 13:4; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Leviticus 18:6-23).
Humans are created in the image of God as males and females and are to be treated with respect, love, and dignity. However, we live in a fallen world, and all are sinners (Romans 3:23). Sometimes it is necessary for the maturing and building up of the saints to speak the truth of the Bible in love, regardless of how that truth is perceived at the time by those outside the Church (Ephesians 5:11-16). Such speaking of Scriptural truth is not hate-speech, but an expression of love and concern as we attempt to point out the sinful behavior in order that the sinning party might repent and return to obedience to God. We believe that sexual sin, like any other sin, can be forgiven if the sinner is redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ and made a new creature (1 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Although we are citizens of this world and encourage our members to participate in its community and governmental processes in a manner that reflects Biblical beliefs and values, it is not the role of the Church to judge those outside of the Church, but to promote purity within it (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). To that end, the Board of Elders affirms that it would be a violation of the Biblical beliefs of this Body of Christians meeting at The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas (CCC) for it to facilitate or condone any form of sexual conduct that falls outside the realm of what we teach to be acceptable to God, as revealed in the Bible. Only marriages consistent with this statement of belief will be conducted within the facilities of CCC or by its pastors or staff.
Statement on Relationships from the Elders
Relationships at Central Christian Church
Jesus carried a burden for the unity of His followers. The night He was betrayed, He prayed His believers might be one (John 17:11).
However conflicts occur in all walks of life, including churches. We understand that at Central, and seek to resolve any interpersonal issue in a Biblical manner, whether it is member toward member or member toward leadership.
Central’s spiritual leaders, our Elders, initiated a Relationship process based on Matthew 18 to alleviate any conflict as directed by Scripture. Anyone in our church family may request a copy from the church office through phone call (316.688.4400) or email.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
Central Christian Bylaws
BYLAWS OF THE CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF WICHITA, KANSAS
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ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this corporation is The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas (CCC.) It is a nonprofit, religious corporation with its principal office in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. CCC is not affiliated with any denomination and is under the leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ.
ARTICLE II - BIBLICAL AUTHORITY
CCC is committed to recognizing the authority of the Bible, which is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God and speaks with final authority on the matters it addresses. CCC's Statement of Faith is not an exhaustive recitation of CCC's beliefs. For purposes of CCC church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Board of Elders is CCC's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application. The CCC Statement of Faith is supplemented and clarified periodically by statements issued by the Board of Elders.
ARTICLE III - BOARD OF ELDERS
Section A Governing Body and Directors
The governing body and board of directors of CCC shall be its Board of Elders ("Board"). For purposes of CCC church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Board is CCC's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.
Section B Powers
The spiritual and business activities and affairs of CCC shall be conducted by or under the direction of the Board. In exercising these powers, the Board shall act consistently with the Bible, the law (to the extent it does not violate the clear teachings of the Bible,) the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws and the governing policies the Board ("Board policies"). The Board shall have the authority to undertake or direct any action lawful for a corporation such as CCC to take in furtherance of its purpose. The Board shall act and direct as a unit, and actions taken by individual Elders or Teams formed by the Board shall not, unless expressly directed or expressly ratified by the Board, constitute action by or direction from the Board.
Section C Selection
Selection of men to the Board and their retention in the office of Elder shall be pursuant to the Board policies. The Board will consist of a minimum of seven lay (non-staff) Elders. The Senior Pastor will serve as a permanent voting member of the Board. Elder terms shall normally be three years, except in cases where an has been appointed to fill a vacancy followed by selection to a full three year term. Following a selected three year term an Elder shall not be appointed or selected to the Board for at least one year.
Section D Meetings and Quorum
The Board shall normally meet monthly, but may meet from time to time and in any place it deems appropriate, and shall meet at least annually. Regularly scheduled meetings (except for Executive Sessions, which may be designated at any time by the Board) are open to members of Central Christian Church. A simple majority of the Board, present in any manner authorized by the Board policies, shall constitute a quorum for all Board meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time by order of the Chairman of the Board or by a quorum of the Board.
The Board may, at its discretion, take by written resolution any action that the Board has a right to take at a meeting. For purposes of this section, electronic or other documented correspondence of the Board's Elders may serve as a written resolution, subject to reasonable notice to all Elders under the circumstances and subject to participation in the written correspondence by a quorum of the Board.
Section E Organization
The Board will select a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer pursuant to processes outlined in the Board Policies.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Section A Corporate Members
CCC has no corporate members or stockholders.
Section B Members of the Body of Christ meeting at Central Christian Church
The membership of CCC shall be composed of individuals who confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and who affirm the Statement of Faith of CCC arid have been baptized by immersion. The membership shall also offer evidence, by their continuing confession and conduct, that they are living in accord with their affirmations, are submissive to the guidance and shepherding of the Board, and are actively pursuing and continuing in a vital relationship with God.
A CCC "member" is a person who is now identified as a member of this congregation or a person who unites with this congregation pursuant to its policies for membership, having confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, , having been baptized by immersion, and who has not rescinded his or her membership according to CCC policy. A member who is at least eighteen years of age shall be considered a "voting member." A membership roll shall be maintained by the CCC staff.
Nothing in Section A of this Article shall be construed to limit the right of CCC to refer to persons associated with CCC as "members" or "voting members," even though such persons are not corporate members. Likewise, the exercise of affirmation, ratification or voting functions by persons associated with CCC who are referred to as "members" or "voting members" may be allowed periodically, as specified by the Articles of Incorporation or these.
Bylaws, or at the request of the Board, but such shall not be construed to confer to such persons referred to as "members" or "voting members" the status of being corporate members or stockholders or grant to them collectively authority of any legislative body.
The discretion of the Board, any member who has not attended a worship service or other official CCC function within the preceding month period may be removed the membership roll.
Section C Rights of Non-Corporate Members
Right to Petition -If voting members comprising at least twenty-five percent of the previous month's number of the average total weekend attendance of CCC's worship services petition the Board for a meeting of voting members, one shall be held within thirty days with reasonable notice given to the members. At such a meeting of voting members, a quorum shall consist of at least fifty percent of the previous month's number of the average total weekend attendance of CCC's worship services. At such meeting the voting members may take any action regarding the business and affairs of CCC by majority vote on any such issue scheduled for vote on the agenda of the meeting. Such action of the voting members shall be binding upon the Board.
Other Meetings Called by Board -From time to time the Board may call meetings of the voting members to seek their input on matters of interest to CCC. Although Board may elect to be bound by any votes taken at such meetings, the Board is not required to be so bound unless the vote is regarding whether to issue a call to a new Senior Pastor, or any other issue so required by the Board policies to be put to a binding congregational vote, or regarding any other matter if the Board first announces its intent to be bound by such vote. Unless otherwise provided in the Articles or Bylaws of CCC, the voting members present at a meeting of the voting members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section D Church Discipline
Members of CCC and all others who regularly attend its services who profess to be Christians are subject to church discipline by or under the supervision of the Board. Such discipline is appropriate in instances where, as determined by the Board, a member or other person who regularly attends CCC promotes false doctrine or engages in conduct that violates the teaching of the Bible. Such church discipline may include measures of temporary or permanent exclusion from CCC premises, and / or dismissal from CCC membership. Members who are under church discipline or a process of determination by CCC of whether church discipline is appropriate are not allowed to rescind their membership before the disciplinary process is completed, unless such rescission of membership is authorized by the Board. Such church discipline shall be guided by the goals of calling a wayward Christian to return to Biblical conduct or doctrine, to deter sin the congregation at CCC, and / or to maintain a standard of purity within the congregation at CCC, all with the ultimate goal of bringing glory to God. The Board shall be ultimately responsible for determining, within the principles of the Bible, the appropriateness and processes for church discipline any given situation.
Members of CCC and all others who regularly attend its services who profess to be Christians who are the recipients of church discipline at CCC have no right of appeal to any governmental entity or court, nor do they have any right to seek damages or other relief in any civil court for such church discipline or any part of its process, including, but not limited to, any statements made to any portion of the CCC congregation as part of the church discipline process.
ARTICLE V - ADMINISTRATION
Section A Senior Pastor
Under the supervision of the Board, the Senior Pastor shall provide executive management to CCC.
Section B Staff
CCC may employ or retain other pastoral or non-pastoral staff. All hiring and retention authority for such decisions rests with the Senior Pastor, acting in accordance with Board Policies.
ARTICLE VI - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year ofCCC shall be July 1 until June 30 ofthe succeeding calendar year.
ARTICLE VII - INDEMNIFICATION
CCC shall indemnify and defend any Elder, officer, pastor or director of CCC who was, is, or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (collectively a "Proceeding") by reason ofthe fact that such person is or was an Elder, officer, pastor or director of CCC, or is or was serving at the request of CCC as an Elder, officer, pastor, director, employee, trustee, partner, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan, or other enterprise, to the fullest extent permitted by the Kansas general corporation code as now in effect and as hereafter amended, except in relation to such matters as to which such Elder, officer, pastor or director of CCC shall be adjudged in such Proceeding not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that such action was legal and in the best interests of CCC, and except as to such matters settled by agreement predicated on the existence of such lack of good faith.
Such right to indemnification shall be a contract right and shall include the right to be paid by CCC for expenses incurred in defending any Proceeding in advance ofits final disposition to the fullest extent permitted under the Kansas general corporation code as now in effect and as hereafter amended. CCC may fulfill its obligation to defend any Elder, officer, pastor or director under this provision by providing to them professional counsel retained by an insurer of CCC, and if such defense is offered and is sufficient, such shall satisfy the obligation of CCC to provide such a defense. The rights conferred in this Section shall inure to the benefit ofthe heirs, executors and administrators ofthe persons entitled to indemnification hereunder. The rights conferred in this Section shall not be exclusive ofany other right to indemnification which any person may have or hereafter acquire under statute, bylaw, agreement, contract, resolution of the Board or otherwise.
No amendment or repeal of the provisions of this Section which adversely affects the rights of an indemnified person under this Section shall apply to such person with respect to those acts or omissions which occurred at any time prior to such amendment or repeal, unless such amendment or repeal was made with the written consent of such indemnified person after the indemnified person was made aware of the threat or commencement of any such Proceeding.
ARTICLE VIII - MISCELLANEOUS
Section A Private Inurement
No part of the net earnings of CCC shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its Board, officers, those who attend its functions or other private persons, except to the extent such inurement results from an established and accountable ministry of CCC, or to the extent such inurement results from reasonable compensation for services rendered to or on behalf of CCC after approval by ecce.
Section B Maintaining Tax Exempt Status
CCC shall not carry on any activities not allowed to be carried on by (a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax pursuant to section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any revised federal tax code, or (b) a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any revised federal tax code.
Section C Disputes
CCC church doctrine includes the Biblical teaching that disputes between members or between members and CCC should be resolved outside of the civil court system. If the Board is not a direct party to the dispute, the Board or its designate shall facilitate resolution of the dispute through mediation or binding arbitration. If the Board is directly involved in a dispute with a member(s) the dispute shall be submitted to mediation utilizing an agreed-upon Christian mediator. If mediation fails to resolve such dispute, the Board and member(s) agree to submit the matter only to a Christian dispute resolution organization for binding arbitration. Members involved in such dispute resolution facilitated by the Board or involving a dispute with the Board shall not be allowed to rescind their membership during the dispute resolution process absent the express authorization of the Board.
Section D Amendments
These Bylaws may be altered, added to, or amended by the Board in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, and the Board Policies.
ARTICLE IX - DISSOLUTION
Upon dissolution of the Board shall, making proper provision for the satisfaction of all liabilities of CCC, and before becomes abandoned or extinct, cause the assets of CCC to distributed to another organization(s) with a similar vision, mission, and statement of faith as CCC.
These Bylaws amend and replace all previous Bylaws of The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas and were adopted this 17th day of June, 2014.
Steve Slusher, Secretary
Articles of Incorporation
AMENDED AND RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN WICHITA, KANSAS
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We, Richard Ochs, Chairman, and Steve Slusher, Secretary, of The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas, a corporation created, organized and existing, not for profit and without capital stock, under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Kansas, do hereby certify that at a meeting of the Board of Elders, the governing body of said Church, held on the 20th day of May, 2014, said Board adopted a resolution setting forth the below proposed amendment and declared its advisability. Further, at a subsequent meeting held on the 17th day of June, 2014, a majority of all the members of the Board of Elders voted in favor of this amendment, in accordance with K.S.A. §17-6602(c)(3). These Articles have been adopted in accordance with K.S.A. §17-6605. This Certificate is filed pursuant to K.S.A. §17-6003 and amendments thereto. The Corporation's original name was The Central Church of Christ of Wichita Kansas pursuant to that certain Charter filed with the Kansas Secretary of State on August 26, 1902.
FIRST: The name of this corporation is The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas.
SECOND: The location of its principal place of business in this State is 2900 N. Rock Road, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, 67226.
THIRD: The location of its registered office in this State is 2900 North Rock Road, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 67226.
FOURTH: The resident agent at such address will be David Welsh.
FIFTH: This corporation is organized NOT for profit.
SIXTH: This corporation shall have no authority to issue capital stock.
SEVENTH: This corporation shall have perpetual existence.
EIGHTH: The purpose for which this corporation is formed is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew28:18-20) of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
NINTH: This corporation has no corporate members or stockholders. The corporation may designate certain persons as "members", even though such members are not corporate members.
TENTH: The business and affairs of this corporation shall be governed by a Board of Elders. Members of this governing board shall be absolved from personal liability for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty to the maximum extent allowed by K.S.A. § 17-6002 (b) (8), as amended.
ELEVENTH: The Board of Elders shall have authority to make, alter or repeal the Articles or Bylaws of this corporation, provided, however, that any change in the existing Articles or By-Laws shall not take effect until thirty (30) days after written notice of such changes to the voting members of the church. If within such 30 day period, twenty-five percent (25%) of the previous month's number of the average total weekend attendance of the corporation's worship services shall submit in writing to the church office a request for a congregational meeting to consider such changes, then a congregational meeting for such purpose shall be called by the Board of Elders with at least seven (7) days' notice provided to the congregation. At such meeting of voting members, a quorum shall consist of at least fifty percent of the previous month's number of the average total weekend attendance of the corporation's worship services. In the absence of a quorum at such meeting of the voting members, the changes shall take effect. If a quorum exists at such meeting, the changes as drafted by the Board of Elders shall be approved or disapproved. In the event of any conflict between the By-Laws and these Articles, these Articles shall prevail.