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Constitutions

Aberdeen Chinese Christian Church, formerly Aberdeen Chinese Christian Fellowship (ACCF), was established on 18th February 1968. By the grace of God and with the help of Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM), the Fellowship became a Church on 24th December 2000.

The Chinese name of this church is「亚巴甸华人基督教会」, and the English name is "Aberdeen Chinese Christian Church" (ACCC), hereafter referred to as "the church".

Based on the Doctrinal Basis of the church (Article 4), we seek to share Christ with all non-believers, especially the Chinese in the Aberdeen area, and seek to build up the saints in Christ.

The objectives of the church are:

  • 3.1 To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in and around the Aberdeen area, with a primary focus on the ethnic Chinese.

  • 3.2 To build up the life of the Church through pastoral care, so as to meet the spiritual needs of different believers. This includes, but is not limited to, worship, fellowship, training and social service.

  • 3.3 To cooperate with other churches or organisations which have compatible aims and beliefs as specified in Article 2.

  • 4.1 The divine inspiration of the Holy Scripture and its consequent inerrancy entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct in the original writing. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  • 4.2 The sovereignty of the one true Creation God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - the Trinity. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19; John 14:11)

  • 4.3 The universal sinfulness and guilt of man after the Fall, making mankind subject to God's wrath and condemnation. (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

  • 4.4 The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences. (1 Peter 2:24)

  • 4.5 The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

  • 4.6 The work of the Holy Spirit in each individual to bring him to repentance and to turn him to God through faith in Jesus Christ so as to make His substitutionary death effective. (John 3:5-6, 16:8-11)

  • 4.7 The indwelling and working of the Holy Spirit in the heart of each believer. (1 Corinthians 6:19; John 14:17)

  • 4.8 The priesthood of all believers, who form the holy and universal Church, which is the body of which Christ is the Head, and to which all believers belong. (Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

  • 4.9 The expectation of the personal visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; John 14:3)

  • 5.1 Qualifications

    All applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

    • 5.1.1 Be a baptised believer.

    • 5.1.2 Be in agreement with the Constitution including all amendments, and the Doctrinal Basis of this Church

    • 5.1.3 Be willing to participate in the life of the Church.

    • 5.1.4 Be at least sixteen years old.

  • 5.2 Procedure for Application

    All applicants must fill in the application form prepared by the board of deacons (hereafter referred to as "the Board"). The form shall be returned to the Board which reserves the right to accept or reject any application.

  • 5.3 Rights and Privileges

    All members have the following rights and privileges:

    • 5.3.1 To vote in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) provided that he/she has attended fifty (50) percent of Sunday Services during the previous year.

    • 5.3.2 To nominate or second candidates for the board.

    • 5.3.3 To submit proposals in writing to the board or AGM.

    • 5.3.4 No member shall conduct any activity in the name of the church without receiving permission from the board.

  • 5.4 Responsibilities

    Members shall:

    • 5.4.1 Actively participate in the life and service of the Church.

    • 5.4.2 Regularly attend worship, prayer and fellowship meetings and the celebration of the Lord's Supper.

    • 5.4.3 Attend and vote at the AGM.

  • 5.5 Suspension and Termination of Membership

    • 5.5.1 Application for termination of membership shall be sent in writing to the board.

    • 5.5.2 If a member is found living or teaching contrary to the Doctrinal Basis of the church, that member shall be admonished in love. If there is no repentance, membership shall be suspended by the Board. However, such termination of membership must be approved by the Annual General Meeting or by an Extraordinary General Meeting.

    • 5.5.3 If a member moves away from the Aberdeen area, he/she can apply to the board to be registered as a "corresponding member".

  • 6.1 The AGM holds the right of final decision on all church issues.

  • 6.2 The Board is the administrative body of the church and is accountable to the Members at the General Meeting of the Church. The Board shall be responsible for all church issues, both spiritual and administrative.

  • 6.3 Any decision made by the Board can be vetoed by two-thirds of the attendance of a General Meeting.

  • 7.1 Members

    • 7.1.1 The Board shall consist of a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and administrative co-ordinator. Additional post(s) shall be decided by the newly elected Board.

    • 7.1.2 If a vacancy occurs within the Board due to the insufficient number of candidates in the annual election or theresignation of a member, the Board shall proceed to elect a new member to fill the vacancy. The new member(s) shall be approved by members of the congregation in the Extraordinary General Meeting.

    • 7.1.3 If for any reason a person terminates his/her membership of the church, his/her service as a deacon shall cease at the same time.

  • 7.2 Nomination and Election of Deacons

    • 7.2.1 Candidates for the Board must be baptised church members, showing evidence of trustworthiness, loyalty, faithfulness and enthusiasm. They must be responsible believers, capable of spiritual leadership, in accordance with 1 Timothy 3:8-10.

    • 7.2.2 Nomination Committee

      • 7.2.2.1 A nomination committee shall be set to:

        (i) search for and nominate qualified candidates for the Board,

        (ii) ensure that all nominees meet the conditions set out in 7.2.1.

      • 7.2.2.2 This committee shall consist of the church pastor, orthe chairman of the Board (if there is no appointed pastor), the curch advisor(s), the present deacon(s) and member(s) of the congregation.

      • 7.2.2.3 The members and the chairman of the committee shall be decided by the church Board. Within the committee, the number of current deacons shall be equal to that of members of the congregation.

      • 7.2.2.4 All nominations for candidates for the Board shall be submitted to the Nomination Committee no later than fourteen (14) days before the Extraordinary General Meeting by submitting a nomination form with the signatures of two church members.

      • 7.2.2.5 The Nomination Committee shall announce the names of the candidates no later than seven (7) days before the Extraordinary General Meeting.

    • 7.2.3 Any addition to the number of deacons as of 7.1.1 shall be decided each year by the current Board.

    • 7.2.4 The election of deacons shall be taken place each year in February at the Extraordinary General Meeting.

  • 7.3 Term of Service

    7.3.1 The term of service for a deacon is one (1) year, but people may be re-nominated, year by year. His or her new term of service will commence in May each year.

  • 7.4 Board Meeting

    • 7.4.1 The quorum for the Board shall be two-thirds of the total number of deacons. A proposal shall be adopted only if it receives over half of the votes. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

    • 7.4.2 The board shall meet at least once every month.

  • 7.5 Responsibilities

    • 7.5.1 The board shall be responsible for the administration of the church, and be accountable to the Members at the Annual General Meeting.

    • 7.5.2 The board shall be responsible for:

      • 7.5.2.1 sharing in the pastoral care of the church members

      • 7.5.2.2 programme planning for the church in accordance with the aims of the church

      • 7.5.2.3 administering the staff, property, and fabric of the church

      • 7.5.2.4 maintaining church order and records

    • 7.5.3 The Board shall call, decide the agenda of, and submit the annual report to the AGM.

  • 8.1 Appointment

    Appointment Candidates must:

    • 8.1.1 be in full agreement with the Doctrinal Basis of the church.

    • 8.1.2 have completed not less than two years' full time theological training or its equivalent.

  • 8.2. The Board shall propose name(s), recruit candidates, renew appointments and terminate contracts. All of these must be approved, using a secret ballot, by three quarters of the voting members at an EGM. The members shall have twenty-one days' advance notice for prayerful consideration.

  • 8.3 Employment Terms

    • 8.3.1 Contracts shall be for a minimum period of one (1) year.

    • 8.3.2 The pay scale and salary review shall be determined by the Board.

    • 8.3.3 The pastor shall be protected by the Scottish Labour Legislation.

  • 8.4 The pastor shall be considered as a member of the congregation with voting rights, and an ex-officio member of the board of deacons.

  • 8.5 The pastor shall

    • 8.5.1 co-operate with and complement the Board of deacons.

    • 8.5.2 be accountable to the board in carrying out the agreed duties, which include preaching, teaching and pastoral care of church members.

    • 8.5.3 report on his/her work at board meetings.

The advisors:

  • 9.1 are not necessarily members of the congregation, but if he/she is a member, shall have the normal voting rights of members.

  • 9.2 shall actively participate in church activities as time permits.

  • 9.3 Responsibilities:

    • 9.3.1 shall listen carefully to and encourage the board, the pastor and the congregation. They shall also warn of any potential problems which they observe.

    • 9.3.2 shall be a bridge between ACCC and Scottish churches and society.

    • 9.3.3 shall be non-judgmental and shall maintain impartiality and confidentiality.

    • 9.3.4 shall be returning officers for counting the votes and ensuring proper procedure for the election of deacons at the AGM.

  • 10.1 Baptism

    • 10.1.1 The church shall administer baptism of believers by immersion. If for any reason, full immersion is impracticable, sprinkling may be used.

    • 10.1.2 The church shall respect other forms of water baptism and accept into membership believers who have been baptised by either method, provided they fulfil the requirements of Article 5.

  • 10.2 The Lord's Supper

    • 10.2.1 The church shall administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper monthly.

    • 10.2.2 All who have repented of their sins, confess Jesus as Saviour and Lord, may receive the Lord's Supper.

  • 11.1 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    • 11.1.1 The AGM shall be convened in April of each year, or at a date defined by another AGM or EGM. The AGM shall accept and approve the annual report and financial report prepared by the board, and approve the financial budget for the coming financial year.

    • 11.1.2 The current chairman of the board shall chair the AGM while the current secretary shall be the secretary.

    • 11.1.3 The quorum of any General Meeting shall be no less that fifty (50) percent of the total number of voting members.

    • 11.1.4 All motions in the General Meeting shall be voted for on the basis of a simple majority.

    • 11.1.5 The General Meeting will accept votes only by those members who are present in person.

  • 11.2 Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

    • 11.2.1 The board can call for an EGM at any time of the year. Any member, with the support of at least one-third of the total number of membership, can also call for an EGM by submitting a written request to the board.

    • 11.2.2 Notice of a General Meeting together with its agenda shall be sent to all members no less than fourteen (14) days before the General Meeting.

  • 12.1 The financial year shall begin on 1st April and last for twelve (12) months.

  • 12.2 All money received by the Church shall be deposited in the Church bank account. Three deacons shall be authorised by the Board to withdraw cash. The signatures of any two of these three are required in order for cash to be withdrawn.

  • 12.3 An audited financial report and budget for the coming year shall be submitted to and approved by the AGM.

  • 12.4 The board shall appoint an auditor annually.

  • 13.1 Any amendment to this Constitution shall not be valid unless approved by two-thirds of the voting members in either an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting for amendments to the Constitution, which shall be convened on the fourth Sunday after the first Annual General Meeting.

  • 13.2 Proposals for amendment may be submitted by the Board or any Church member.

  • 13.3 Proposals submitted by a member shall have the signatures of at least one-third of the total membership, and be submitted to the Board no less than twenty-one (21) days before any General Meeting.

  • 13.4 All proposals of amendment must be sent to all members no less than fourteen (14) days before any General Meeting.

  • 14.1 The Church cannot be dissolved unless such a proposal is approved by at least three-quarters of the total Church membership.

  • 14.2 A General Meeting may set up a Board of Trustees to handle all the properties of the Church. In the case of there being any surplus left after paying all the debts, the surplus shall not be transferred to the members, but must be donated to other Christian organisation(s) or Church(es) which have a similar nature to this Church.

This Constitution has both a Chinese and an English version. In the case of there being any discrepancy between the two, the Chinese version shall stand.