CONSTITUTION OF RABAT INTERNATIONAL CHURCH
Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we do most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
With the Holy Spirit as our Guide, we propose to walk together in Christian love, to watch over one another in brotherly love, 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 to be reconciled.
We further commit ourselves to the ministry of Rabat International Church; to sustain worship, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministry and to obey the “Great Commission of our Lord” (Matthew 28:19,20).
RIC Statement of Faith
1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This one true and living God is worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and that all believers stand before God on an equal basis.
3. We believe in the complete deity and the complete humanity of Jesus Christ.
4. We believe that we are all sinners needing a Savior, and that salvation is only and altogether through simple faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, arose and intercedes for us.
5. We believe that good works, while not necessary for salvation, naturally result from the Lordship of Christ in our lives.
6. We believe that a Christian is one who has experienced the new birth or spiritual regeneration, accepting Christ as Lord and Savior.
7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a godly life and empowered to be a witness for Jesus’ glory.
8. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the personal second coming of Christ to judge the world.
9. We believe in the Bible as God’s Holy Word, which is our guide and final authority in all matters relating to the Christian faith and life.
10. We accept the Apostles’ Creed as being a correct summary of Biblical teaching.
The Apostles’ Creed
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; he descended into hell;
The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Universal Church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Statement of Purpose & Goals
I. Preamble: Ephesians 4:11-16
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
II. Mission Statement
We are a multi-national, multi-denominational, multi-cultural fellowship of Christian believers meeting in Rabat, Morocco for the purpose of Christian worship, fellowship and education, and sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Any person regularly attending services at RIC is eligible to become a member provided that:
a. They are in agreement with RIC’s Statement of Faith
b. They are residents or legal visitors of Morocco who intend to live in Morocco for at least one year.
Rabat International Church is a self-governing church under the headship of Jesus Christ. The governance and decision making authority for Rabat International Church and all of its activities rests with the members participating in the General Meetings of the congregation, the board, and the pastoral staff.
A. General Meetings
1. Semi-annual General Meetings (SAGM) of the church will be held in May and November each year to elect new board members, receive reports of the ministry and activity of the church, to review the financial reports, approve the annual budget, and other items as they arise.
2.Special general meetings of the church can be called as needed, but require the same two Sundays’ notice as SAGMs.
3. Emergency meetings involving security, health or welfare may be called at any time by the Pastor or Chairperson of the Church Board.
B. Church Board
1.RIC will be served by a Church Board consisting of from five to nine members.
2. The Church Board shall, in full cooperation with the church fellowship and in consultation with the Pastor, plan and oversee the total program of the church. To do this, the Church Board will meet each month. Other members of the RIC community may be invited to the Church Board meeting when it is deemed helpful.
C. The Pastor & Church Staff
General clarification: The expression “the Pastor” will refer to the leading pastor in the event that there is more than one pastor.
1. The church shall appoint an individual to serve as the Pastor of RIC. The Pastor shall act as overseer of all church ministries on a day to day basis and be directly accountable to the Church Board and to the congregation at the General Meeting for his conduct and decisions made in conjunction with RIC programs and ministries.
2. The Pastor of RIC should be sensitive to the autonomous, international and multi-denominational constituency of the fellowship. Regardless of his own denominational background, he should strive to be accommodating to the various liturgical traditions of the members.
3. Ministry leaders shall be recommended by the Pastor and approved by the Church Board (for example: Associate Pastors, Director of Student Ministry, etc.). These ministry leaders shall be directly responsible to the Pastor as overseer of church ministries.
4. The Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) is made up of the pastors and other ministry leaders of the church. The MLT will meet each week to discuss the ministry of the church and to make plans for the future. Pastoral issues will be discussed and if it is deemed necessary and helpful, will be brought to the Church Board.
5. Any additions to the church staff (for example: administrative aide) shall be recommended by the Ministry Leadership Team and approved by the Church Board.
III. Affiliation to other organizations
1. Members participating in the Semi-annual General Meetings (SAGM) of the congregation may vote by a two thirds majority for RIC to be affiliated to other exterior organizations or associations on condition that such membership or affiliation in no way compromises the independence or autonomy of RIC.
2. In the same way, members participating in the Semi-annual General Meetings (SAGM) of the congregation may vote by a two thirds majority for RIC to withdraw affiliation or membership from any such exterior organization or association.
3. The means of representation of RIC in any such association or organization is set out in the by-laws governing the procedures and day-to-day operation of RIC.
Amendments to the Constitution
1. The Constitution is the governing document of RIC. Each member of the church, especially the Pastor, members of the Church Board and those serving on various committees, shall strive to comply with the intent of the Constitution.
2. Any proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be presented in writing to the Board at least one month prior to an SAGM. Proposed amendments will be available to the church for review at least two Sundays prior to being voted upon at the SAGM. A proposed change in Constitution requires a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members present at an SAGM in order to be accepted. The Board can make editorial corrections, i.e. spelling, format, style and other clarifications to the Constitution during regularly scheduled Board Meetings. These changes will not be used to alter the scope and overall content of the Constitution.
Dissolution of the Church
In the event of disbandment of Rabat International Church, any funds or physical items remaining after satisfaction of all outstanding financial obligations will be disbursed at the discretion of the existing Church Board.
This Constitution was revised and approved by the congregation at the Semi-annual General Meeting, November 9 , 2014, and last amended in November 2016.