Barbara Johnson joined our staff as financial secretary in 2004. Her husband Earnest has been the pastor of the New Covenant Community Church in the Meadowbrook area of Fort Worth since 1989. She enjoys working with the Women and Youth Ministries of the church. She is the founder and director of the B.R.I.C.K.S. Program (Building Responsible Individuals Communities Kinships Systematically). This program utilizes the resources of the church and the community to equip and empower individuals and families, spiritually, physically, mentally and financially. She also enjoys writing poetry.

Proposed Revision of the Constitution and By Laws of Connell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, TexasConstitutionNameThis body shall be known as the Connell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "church") with its principal office located in the city of Fort Worth, County of Tarrant, State of Texas at 4736 Bryce Avenue, 76107. The church may have other offices, either within or without the state of Texas, as the church may determine or as the affairs of the church may require. The location and address of the office may be changed by church action.PurposeJesus gave His church a great commission, to make disciples. "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)Disciples are made by going to people with the gospel, baptizing those who believe, and teaching them to incorporate Christ's commands into their lifestyle. In the New Testament, Jesus gave three direct commands. These commands incorporate all that it means to be a disciple. Therefore Connell Baptist Church shall have the three-fold purpose of connecting people to God in worship, others in community, and the world in service. Connecting With God In Worship"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment." (Matthew 22:37-38)We purpose to help people connect with God through worship where God is honored and praised, and devotion to Him is deepened. We believe that worship is the expression of total love and surrender to God, and should be expressed both personally and publicly. Connecting With Others In Community"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)We purpose to help people connect with other believers as well as with non-believers in life-changing relationships that influence non-believers to come into discipleship through salvation and believers to grow in discipleship through transformation. We believe that biblical truths and doctrines as well as applications of these to life take place best in small group settings.Connecting With The World In Service"The second (commandment) is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:39)We purpose to help people connect with a needy world through ministering unselfishly to persons in the church, community, and the world in Jesus' name. We believe that every Christian is called to be a minister and is gifted by God for ministry, and that true faith must exhibit itself in acts of service and love.Basic BeliefsWe are in full agreement with The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. GODWe believe in one God, the creator and sustainer of all. He is eternally existent as a holy trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit without division of essence or being.JESUSWe believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning substitionary death, in His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God, and in His imminent personal return in power and glory.THE HOLY SPIRITWe believe in the person of the Holy Spirit of God the Father and God the Son, and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to people, convict of sin, regenerate repentant sinners and, by His presence and power, to sanctify and empower the lives of the redeemed.THE BIBLEWe believe the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired and infallible Word, and is the supreme standard and final authority for all conduct, faith, and doctrine.HUMAN BEINGSWe believe that human beings are created in the image of God as His supreme work and as such have infinite worth and dignity, but by willful transgression became sinful and justly fell under the condemnation and wrath of almighty God.SALVATIONWe believe that the only salvation from sin's guilt and condemnation is through repentance and faith in the righteousness and atonement of the Lord Jesus, and that this salvation is the free gift of God's love and grace.ETERNAL SECURITYWe believe that because the believer is laid hold of and kept by the power of God and not by self-effort, and because salvation grants eternal life, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity and can never be lost again.THE CHURCHWe believe that a New Testament church is a body of baptized disciples committed to the New Testament teachings of Christ, associated for worship, community, and service. Its ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Its officers are pastors and deacons.BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPERWe believe baptism is only to be administered upon profession of faith in Christ, by immersion, declaring faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Lord; that the Lord’s Supper is only for believers and is in remembrance of the Lord's death until He comes.CHRIST'S RETURNWe believe that, according to His promise, Jesus will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, and that, associated with His return, there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust, the just to be with Him in eternal blessing, the unjust to be separated from Him in eternal condemnation.Covenant Of MembershipHaving received Christ as Lord and having been scripturally baptized, and being in agreement with the mission of this church, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:1. I WILL SUPPORT OUR CHURCH'S WORSHIP…By meeting God regularly in personal and public worship…By inviting others and warmly welcoming guests…By seeking to live a Christ-honoring lifestyle2. I WILL STRENGTHEN OUR CHURCH'S FELLOWSHIP ...By participating in Bible Study and fellowship groups ...By following the church's leaders and loving the other members ...By giving my tithes and offerings3. I WILL SERVE IN OUR CHURCH'S MINISTRIES ...By discovering and developing my spiritual gifts ...By making myself available to God for His use ...By serving in a ministryChurch GovernmentThe government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose its membership. Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership (See Article 1 of the By-Laws.)All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action.This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Tarrant Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention.By-LawsARTICLE 1: CHURCH MEMBERSHIPGeneralConnell Baptist Church is a sovereign and democratic Southern Baptist church which is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self government in all phases of the life of this church.The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership.CandidacyAny person may offer himself or herself as a candidate for membership in this church. All such candidates shall be presented to the church at any regular church service for membership in any of the following ways: 1) by a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and baptism by immersion as a testimony of such faith, 2) by promise of a letter of recommendation from another Southern Baptist church, or 3) by statement of prior conversion experience and baptism by immersion as a testimony of conversion when no letter is obtainable.Should there be any dissent at the presentation of a candidate, the dissent shall be referred to the deacon body for investigation. The deacon body shall bring a recommendation within thirty (30) days regarding the candidate's worthiness. A three fourths (3/4) vote of those members present and voting shall be required to elect the candidate to membership.Church Expectations of MembersAll members are expected to support the church's worship by meeting God regularly in personal and public worship, inviting the unchurched and warmly welcoming guests, and by seeking to live a Christian lifestyle; to strengthen the church's fellowship by participating in small Bible Study and fellowship groups, following the leaders and loving the other members, and giving tithes and offerings; and to serve in the church's ministries by discovering and developing their spiritual gifts, making themselves available to God for His use, and serving in a ministry. Rights of MembersEvery member of the church is entitled to vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members of the church provided the member is present or provision has been made for absentee balloting. Every member of the church is eligible for consideration for places of service and leadership in the church, except as noted hereinafter. Every member of the church may participate in the ordinances of the church.Termination of MembershipMembership shall be terminated by church action in any of the following ways:1.By Letter. Letters of recommendation will be granted to other Southern Baptist churches.2.By Erasure. A member joining a church of another denomination is erased from the roll upon receipt of satisfactory evidence. The member will also be erased upon his or her request from the person desiring termination of membership.3.By Exclusion. Should any member become an offense to the church and its good name by reason of immoral conduct or unchristian acts, by denial of belief in the fundamental doctrines of the church, or by persistent breach of his or her covenant vows, he or she may be disciplined by the church to the extent of termination of his or her membership according to the church's rules on discipline.4.By Death. When a member moves to heaven, he or she will be removed from the church membership record.DisciplineIt shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any member. The pastor, other members of the church staff, and deacons are always available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members towards one another shall be Christ-like at all times. The paramount concern shall be for redemption rather than punishment.The continuation of membership in this church shall be governed by the following principles:1.Any member, who wishes to be released from covenant obligations to this church for reasons which may ultimately be deemed acceptable to the church may be allowed to terminate his or her membership, but only after the pastor and deacons have taken every reasonable measure to resolve that member's problems.2. If a member becomes an offense to the church and its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, by persistent breaches of covenant vows, or by non-support of the church, membership may be terminated, but only after every effort has been made to bring the member to repentance and reconciliation. All such efforts shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.3. Should any unhappy difference arise between members, the offended member shall follow the steps set forth by Jesus in Matthew 18. If the offender still refuses to resolve the unhappy difference, a complaint should be brought before the church against the offender. Complaints against any offending member must be presented to the church in writing. A copy of the complaint must be furnished to the offender. Ample time shall elapse before the complaint is presented to the church. The offender must be notified in writing not less than ten (10) days before the impending hearing. He or she may call to his or her aid any member of the church who is willing and able to testify as a witness and/or serve as a counselor. It the offender fails to present himself or herself at the appointed time, or to give satisfactory reasons for not doing so, the church may proceed with any disciplinary action which may result from consideration of the complaint. A two thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot of the members present shall be required to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church. 4. In the case of grave difficulty resulting from the polarization of groups within the congregation, the groups involved shall be amenable to seeking the advice of an acceptable council consisting of representatives from neighboring participating Southern Baptist churches and/or Tarrant Baptist Association. Restoration of MembershipAny person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored to full membership by a two thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot of those members present. Such restoration shall depend upon the presentation of satisfactory evidence of repentance and reformation.ARTICLE 2: CHURCH OFFICERSAny individual who serves in any church office or position shall be a member of this church, except as noted herein. The officers of this church shall be the senior pastor, ministerial staff, and trustees.1.Senior PastorThe senior pastor is responsible for leading the church in functioning as a New Testament church. The senior pastor will lead the church, its ministries, and the church staff in performing their tasks. The senior pastor is God's undershepherd of the church. As such, he is responsible for leading the church in the following pastoral ministries, in which he works with the leadership of the church (i.e., deacons, church staff, committees, etc.) in the promotion and accomplishment of each:a.Corporate worship and Bible study, b.Preaching and teaching the Word of God, and proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,c.Overseeing the work and general welfare of the church,d.Counseling and shepherding the flock, e.Ministering to the moral, spiritual, and physical needs of the people. A senior pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. A pastor search committee shall be elected by the church to seek out a suitable pastor, and its recommendations shall constitute a nomination. Any church member has the privilege of making a recommendation to the pastor search committee. The pastor search committee shall work in conjunction with the personnel committee in counseling the person being considered. Before the election of the candidate, he shall preach in a Sunday worship service. At least one week's public notice shall be given prior to the candidate's preaching.Balloting in the election shall be by secret ballot; an affirmative vote of three fourths (3/4) of the ballots cast by an appropriate quorum (see "Church Meetings," "Quorum") shall be required to elect a senior pastor.The pastor, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the church's request. It will not be necessary to elect a moderator as a church officer, except as otherwise noted herein. The pastor shall preside at meetings of this church and serve as moderator at all business meetings in keeping with the parliamentary rules of procedure found in Roberts Rules Of Order, Revised. In the absence of the senior pastor, the chairman of deacons shall preside; or in the absence of both, the vice chairman shall call the church to order and preside for the election of an acting moderator.The pastor may relinquish the office of pastor by giving at least two weeks' notice in writing to the church of his resignation. If the church desires to remove a pastor, it may declare the office of pastor to be vacant. Such action shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one week's public notice has been given. This meeting may be called upon the recommendation of a majority of the members of the personnel committee and the deacons or by written petition signed by not less than one fourth (1/4) of the resident church members. A moderator for this meeting shall be designated by the members present by majority vote, and he shall be someone other than the senior pastor. The vote to declare the office vacant shall be by secret ballot. An appropriate quorum (see "Church Meetings," "Quorum") must be present before votes may be cast. An affirmative vote of two third (2/3) of this quorum is necessary to declare the office vacant. Except in instances of gross misconduct by the pastor so removed from office, the church will compensate the excluded pastor with not less than one twelfth (1/12) of his total annual compensation (salary and benefits). The termination shall be immediate and compensation shall be forthcoming in not more than 30 days.2.Church StaffThe church staff consists of both ministerial and non ministerial members. The number and composition of the ministerial staff may vary, depending upon the needs of the church and its ability to compensate its staff. A job description shall be made available by the personnel committee when the need for a ministerial staff member is determined. Ministerial members of the staff shall be sought out and elected in a similar manner as the pastor. Each ministerial staff member shall serve in his or her elected capacity until the relationship is terminated. Members of the ministerial staff may relinquish their office by resignation. The church may declare their office vacant in the same manner as the pastor, except that a different quorum shall be involved (see "Church Meetings," "Quorum"). Compensation shall be provided in the same manner as the pastor.Non ministerial support staff may include, but not be limited to, church secretary, financial secretary, and custodian(s). Non ministerial staff members do not have to be members of Connell Baptist Church. The number and composition of the non ministerial staff may vary depending upon the needs of the church and its ability to compensate its staff. A job description shall be made available by the personnel committee when the need for a non ministerial staff member is determined. The personnel committee shall have the authority to employ and to terminate the services of non ministerial staff members with the approval of the church. Such employment and termination of services shall be with the recommendation of the supervising staff member (usually the senior pastor) and, as appropriate, after consultation with related committees of the church.3. DeaconsThe church shall select and ordain deacons to be servants of this church. The deacon body shall be responsible for serving the practical needs of the church, as well as working with the pastor to maintain the constitution and bylaws, and manning and overseeing the Lord's Supper committee and Baptism committee.Deacons shall consist of church members who are at least twenty-five (25) years of age, have been members of this church no less than one year, have a heart to serve, and meet the qualifications listed in Acts 6:3 and in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Acts 6:3Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation (a person of integrity),full of the Spirit and of wisdom (wisdom endowed by being filled with the Holy Spirit),whom we may put in charge of this task. 1 Timothy 3:8-138) Deacons likewise must be men of dignity (possesses Christian purpose and reverence for spiritual matters), not double-tongued (keeps his word and controls his speech),or addicted to much wine (not an abuser of alcohol or drugs)or fond of sordid gain (not greedy for money, doesn’t make unfair bargains, is a tither),9) but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience (has sound biblical convictions).10) These men must also first be tested (by demonstrating these spiritual qualifications); then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach (possesses character above blame).11) The women likewise must be dignified (possesses Christian purpose and reverence for spiritual matters),not malicious gossips (doesn’t accuse others falsely or pass on gossip),but temperate (self-controlled),faithful in all things (fully dedicated to Christ and His work).12) Deacons must be husbands of only one wife (see Appendix)and good managers of their children and their own households. (leaders of their families)13) For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. Deacons shall be nominated by the church membership and set before the church's pastors for examination and appointment to this ministry according to the pattern of Acts 6:1-7. The deacons shall be responsible for serving the needs of the church. They shall be assistants to the pastors and servants of the church. The deacons shall meet regularly to report on their ministry activities and make necessary plans. The deacons shall elect their own officers. Selection of DeaconsWhen the need for an increase in the size of the deacon body is determined, the number of the increase shall be recommended by the deacons to the church. Upon church approval, the deacons shall send a survey letter to each resident male member who is at least twenty-five (25) years of age and has been a Connell member for at least one year. Pastors and ordained deacons will be excluded. The letter will explain the qualifications and duties of deacons and ask if the individual would be willing to be added to a list of men to be considered for nomination by the church. The deacons shall prepare a list of all men who respond positively to the survey letter for consideration by the church members. At least one week prior to the business conference the list of potential deacon candidates, the qualification for deacons, the number of deacons to be nominated, and the date and time of the business conference shall be made available to the membership. After the lapse of no less than one week, a regular or special called business conference shall be held wherein a secret ballot will be passed to each church member present. Church members will be asked to make their nomination by writing the names of those members whom they believe should serve as deacons, not to exceed the number of new deacons being sought. Three deacons shall tabulate the nominations and present the results to the senior pastor, then destroying the ballots. As soon as practical after the nomination, the pastor(s) and deacons will review the nominations and, after much prayer, select the nominees who should be candidates for the office of deacon. The senior pastor, at least one other pastor or ministerial staff member, the chairman of deacons, and at least one other deacon will interview each potential candidate concerning the biblical qualifications for a deacon and its teachings concerning the deaconship as well as the candidate's willingness to serve. This process will continue until the number of deacon candidates equals the number of new deacons previously determined. These candidates will be asked to attend a prospective deacon training class. This training will be required for prospective deacons. After the conclusion of this class, the candidates will be presented to the church for election. The deacons will recommend to the church that they be ordained.Emeritus DeaconsDeacons who serve well in the church and in their office, and who have, because of advanced age or disability, signify that they cannot regularly fulfill the office of deacon, may become deacons emeritus.Activating DeaconsA deacon who has been ordained by another church but is now a member of Connell Baptist Church may be invited by the pastors and the deacon body to become an active deacon with the following three provisions: 1) the deacon shall have been a member of this church for no less than one year, 2) be interviewed by a team composed of pastors and deacons, and 3) if that team believes the deacon is qualified to serve as a deacon at Connell Baptist Church, they will invite the deacon to complete the prospective deacon training class. After completion of the training class, the deacon will be recommended to the church for formal recognition as an active deacon of this church.4.ClerkThe church shall elect annually a clerk as its clerical officer. The clerk shall be responsible for keeping a suitable record of all official actions of the church, except as otherwise herein provided. The clerk shall oversee the keeping of a register of names of members with dates of admission, dismissal, death or erasure, together with a record of baptisms. The clerk shall issue letters of dismissal that are approved by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give required notice of all meetings where notice is necessary, as indicated in these bylaws. The clerk shall also be responsible for preparing the annual letter of the church to the association. The clerk shall not be compensated by the church for services rendered.The church may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to the church secretary who will assist the elected clerk. All church records are church property and shall be filed and maintained in the church office.5. TrusteesThe church shall have three (3) church members to serve as trustees. Trustees shall have powers conferred and duties imposed upon them by Article 1396 of the Texas Non profit Corporation Act, however, management of the affairs of the church shall be by the members. Briefly stated, trustees shall hold in trust the church property. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any church property without a specific vote of the church authorizing each action. When the signatures of trustees are required, they shall sign legal documents involving the sale, mortgage, purchase or rental of property, or any other legal documents related to church approved matters.Trustees shall not be compensated for their services. Vacancies shall be filled by church election.ARTICLE 3: MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONSCommittee and Ministry TeamsThe Church shall have such committees and ministry teams to which it may commit responsibility for various functions of the church as are deemed necessary. The duties of committees and ministry teams shall be given in the Church Operations Manual. Church members are eligible to serve on a committee or ministry team no less than six months after joining the church. All committee and ministry team members shall be active members of the church. A committee on committees shall contact active members as to their willingness to serve, then nominate such members to the church for election to service on committees or ministry teams.TeachersThe church shall have such teachers as it needs to carry on its teaching and discipleship responsibilities. Church members are eligible to serve as teachers in ongoing ministries of the church no less than six months after joining the church. All teachers in ongoing ministries of the church shall be active members of the church. Teacher’s helpers and secondary teachers for short-term ministries such as Vacation Bible School may be non-church members, at the discretion of the director in charge and of the ministerial staff member in charge of Christian education. Teachers shall be chosen according to their spiritual gifts and proven servanthood.ARTICLE 4: CHURCH COUNCILThe church council shall plan, coordinate, and evaluate the ministries of the church by recommending objectives and goals to the church, evaluating achievements church objectives and goals. Members of the church council shall be ministerial staff members, leaders of church ministries, and deacon chairman. The senior pastor will be the leader of the council and will call meetings as necessary.ARTICLE 5: CHURCH ORDINANCESThe church shall observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.BaptismBaptism shall be by immersion in water of a professed believer in Jesus Christ in obedience to His command, and shall be administered by the church. The senior pastor shall administer baptism or he may appoint suitable persons to do so. Baptism is a symbol of one's belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and union by faith with the same. The deacon appointed Baptism committee shall assist in the preparation for, and the observance of baptism, which shall be administered in association with any worship service of the church within a reasonable length of time after a public profession of faith. Candidates for baptism shall be counseled by the senior pastor and/or ministerial staff or deacons prior to baptism.Lord's SupperThe Lord's Supper shall be observed at a worship service with such frequency as the senior pastor and deacons shall determine. Physical preparations shall be made by the deacon appointed Lord's Supper committee. All members of this church as well as other baptized believers may participate. The senior pastor shall preside over the ordinance and may call upon members of the deacon body for assistance. In the senior pastor's absence, or at his request, or when the church shall be without a senior pastor, an associate pastor or pastor of a sister church may presideARTICLE 6: CHURCH MEETINGSWorship ServicesThe church shall conduct regular worship services on Sunday and through the week as needed. It may also calendar any other church meetings essential to the work and advancement of God's kingdom. Prayer, praise, music, preaching, instruction, and evangelism shall be ingredients of these services.Meetings/ClassesThe church shall hold such meetings and classes for Bible study, training, encouragement, prayer, and other such purposes as it deems necessary. Such meetings and times of meeting shall be set under the direction of the senior pastor and ministerial staff or those whom they may delegate.Priority of Church ProgramsThe program of the church and its regular or stated meetings shall take precedence over any and all meetings, programs, and the like of any organization in or out of the church. Exceptions to this are subject to the approval of the senior pastor and ministerial staff.Business MeetingsThe church shall hold regular business meetings on a designated day and time when the majority of members are able to gather for such purpose. Only members of this church shall have a vote in a business meeting of the church. Proxies shall not be recognized in any business meeting of the church. Absentee ballots will be accepted if signed and received prior to the meeting.Special Business MeetingsThe church may conduct called business meetings to consider matters of a special nature and significance. A one week's notice shall be given for the called business meeting unless extreme urgency makes such notice impractical. The notice shall be given in all worship services prior to the meeting. It shall state the subject(s) to be addressed, date, time, and place of the meeting.QuorumFor all matters requiring church action, except as noted below, a quorum consisting of at least ten (10) percent of the average Sunday Morning Bible Study attendance for that month must be present. For amendments to the constitution and bylaws and for the election of all church officers except the pastor (i.e., the remaining members of the ministerial staff, the deacons, the trustees, and the clerk), a quorum consisting of at least twenty (20) percent of the average Sunday Morning Bible Study attendance for that month must be present. For the election of a pastor, a quorum of at least twenty five (25) percent of the average Sunday Morning Bible Study attendance for that month must be present.Rules of OrderThe authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church is Robert's Rules of Order, Revised.Alteration of MeetingsThe senior pastor or those whom he delegates shall have the discretion to alter any regular scheduled meeting of the church because of inclement weather, holiday, great tragedy, or other essential meetings.ARTICLE 7: LICENSING AND ORDAININGLicensing to the Ministry Any member of the church who gives evidence of being called of God to the work of the ministry may, after examination by the pastor(s) and deacons and by their agreement, be licensed by the church to the Christian ministry. Ordaining to the Ministry When this church shall desire to ordain an individual to the ministry, this church’s senior pastor shall assemble an examining council made up of ordained ministers and ordained deacons from this and sister Southern Baptist churches, who shall examine the candidate. If the examining council recommends the candidate for ordination, and the church approves, the ordination shall be carried out.ARTICLE 8: CHURCH FINANCESBudgetThe church shall conduct its financial business in accordance with an annual budget approved by the church. The church fiscal year shall begin January 1 and end on December 31. A budget committee, which shall be a joint committee composed of members of finance and a stewardship committee, shall prepare and submit to the church for approval, an inclusive budget. This proposed budget shall be compiled after prayerful examination of budget requests from all ministries and committees of the church requiring funds. Accounting ProceduresAll funds received by the church for any and all purposes shall be overseen by the financial secretary and be properly recorded as an item on the books of the church. The financial secretary, or designated appointee, shall be bonded; the church shall pay for this bonding. The financial secretary shall lead in the preparation of a monthly financial report which will be available for review by the deacon body and the church at their regular monthly meetings.All expenditures shall be made by check; checks shall be signed by not less than two church approved individuals whose signatures are on file at the bank. The Finance Committee shall recommend the list of individuals for approval. The Finance Committee will establish controls to assure that expenditures are in accordance with budget requirements.ARTICLE 9: CHURCH OPERATIONS MANUALThe pastor and church staff shall develop and maintain with the aid of the church secretary, a church operations manual. This manual shall contain church approved documents such as those pertaining to personnel policies, benefits, and administration; personnel job descriptions, church committee duties and responsibilities; and general church policies covering church finances, church property usage, church services and programs, memorial gifts to the church, etc. Said manual shall be kept in the church office and shall be made available for information and use of members of the church individually or collectively upon request to the church secretary.The pastor and church staff shall review this manual annually and shall recommend, for consideration by the church, changes which it deems desirable and/or necessary. Additions, revisions, or deletions of church policies and procedures may also be achieved by individual church members or church ministries by recommendation of a church officer or a ministry in whose area of responsibility the policy or practice relates, affirmation of the recommendation by the deacon body, and approval of the recommendation by the church at large. ARTICLE 10: AMENDMENTSThe Constitution and Bylaws may be amended at any business meeting of the church, provided that copies of the proposed amendment shall have been presented to each member present at a previous business meeting. Amendments shall require a consenting vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting.ARTICLE 11: OPERATION AND DISSOLUTIONThis church is organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in Christian worship or promoting the spiritual development or well-being of individuals. It is to be operated in a way that does not result in the accrual of distributable profits, realization of private gain resulting from payment of compensation in excess of a reasonable allowance for salary or other compensation for services rendered, or realization of any other form of private gain. The church pledges its assets for use in performing the organization’s religious functions. It directs that on discontinuance of the church by dissolution or otherwise, the assets are to be transferred to a charitable, educational, Christian or other similar organization that is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.AppendixWhat Does The Bible Teach About Divorce And Remarriage?•When you read the passages in Scripture about divorce, it is obvious that God hates divorce because marriage is meant to be one man/one woman for life.(Malachi 2:15-16) Let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. ‘For I hate divorce,’ says the Lord.(Matthew 19:4-6) Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.(Mark 10:11-12) Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery. (Jesus is here laying out the ideal, intended standard of marriage: that it is one man/one woman for life)(1 Corinthians 7:10) But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.•The only exception against divorce is adultery, which breaks the marriage vow and undermines the “one flesh” bond.(Matthew 5:32) But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.(Matthew 19:9) But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.Note: The Greek word for “Unchastity,” “Immorality”, or “Fornication” (KJV) is porneion, which is a broad term for any sexual intercourse outside of marriage. •The only cases where remarriage is permitted are: 1) Death of the spouse(Romans 7:2-3) For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning her husband. So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.(1 Corinthians 7:39) A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.(1 Timothy 5:14) Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach.2) Adultery by the spouse Note: See Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9. Divorce and remarriage are not permitted, except in the case of adultery, in which case, the logical conclusion is that divorce and remarriage are permitted under those circumstances.3) Divorce prior to conversion(1 Corinthians 7:8-9) But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Note: The Greek word for “unmarried” is agamos, a broad term both for those never married and for those formerly married but now single. In v.8 Paul uses “unmarried” and “widows” separately. (But I say to the unmarried and to widows…) In v.34 Paul uses the words “unmarried” and “virgin” separately. (The woman who is unmarried and thevirgin…) There are three classes of single people: virgins (arthenos, those never married), widows (cherais, those made single by death), and unmarried (agamos, those who are divorced). See v.11 (If she [the wife] does leave [her husband], she must remain unmarried). So “unmarried” in this passage refers to those who are divorced. (1 Corinthians 7:27-28) Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned.Note: “Released from a wife” is the opposite of “bound to a wife,” i.e., married. One released from a wife is divorced. Paul says “if you (who are divorced, or “released from a wife”) marry, you have not sinned.Note: See verses 17 – 24. The basic question 1 Corinthians 7 is dealing with is, “Now that I’ve become a Christian, what should I change?” Paul’s answer is basically, “Nothing. Stay in the state you are in. Stay single if you can, but if you can’t, get married because it’s better to marry than to burn with lust.” So those who have come to Christ and were divorced pre-conversion, whatever the circumstances were, Paul’s advice is to stay single if possible, but if that’s not realistic, then marry. In Christ, we are “new creatures,” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and everything starts fresh, a clean slate. The one qualifier for re-marriage is, “only in the Lord.” That is, the marriage should be to a Christian, a Christian marriage. Connell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, TexasConstitutionPreambleFor the preservation and security of the principles of our faith, and to the end that this body may be governed in an orderly manner consistent with the accepted principles of the Southern Baptist denomination, and to preserve the liberties of each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches, we do declare and establish this constitution.I.NameThis body shall be known as the Connell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas.II.ObjectivesConnell Baptist Church shall have these objectives in the areas of worship, proclamation, education, and ministry.WorshipTo provide, participate in, and promote meaningful and joyful worship where God is reverently honored and praised,people become committed, salvation is proclaimed, and the church grows in discipleship and service.ProclamationTo actively proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many non-Christians as possible both in our community and around the world.EducationTo provide learning opportunities in areas of biblical truths and doctrines, missions, church history, church music,and church organization that result in salvation, spiritual growth and total commitment of life and service.MinistryTo minister unselfishly to persons in the church, community, and the world in Jesus' name.III. Basic BeliefsThe ScripturesThe Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are the only sufficient, certainand authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.GodThere is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.The TrinityGod is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division ofnature, essence, or being.ProvidenceGod from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs allcreatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will andresponsibility of intelligent creatures.ElectionElection is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life - not because of foreseen merit in them, butof His mere mercy in Christ - in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified.The Fall Of ManGod created Man in His own image, and free from sin, but through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed thecommand of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. Man's inherent nature is inclined toward sinand as soon as he is capable of moral action, he becomes a transgressor and is under condemnation.The MediatorJesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed Mediator between God and Man. Having takenupon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for thesalvation of sinners. He was buried and rose again the third day, and ascended to the Father, at whose right hand Heever liveth to make intercession for His people. His is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.RegenerationRegeneration is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins,enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole natureso that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.RepentanceRepentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evilof his sin, humbleth himself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, genuinely and activelyturns away from it to God with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.FaithSaving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; acceptingand resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the HolySpirit, and is accompanied by the other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.JustificationJustification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfactionthat Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.SanctificationThose who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctificationis progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life incordial obedience to all Christ's commands.Perseverance of the SaintsThose whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance and be kept by the power ofGod through faith unto salvation.The ChurchThe Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves intoparticular societies or churches, and to each of these churches he hath given needful authority for administering thatorder, discipline, and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors), and Deacons.BaptismBaptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in thename of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of His fellowship with the death and resurrectionof Christ, of remission of sins, and of His giving himself up to God to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord's Supper.The Lord's SupperThe Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and unfermentedgrape juice, and to be observed by His churches until the end of the world. It is designed to commemorate His death,to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge or renewal of their communion with Himand of their church fellowship.The Lord's DayThe Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship andspiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessityand mercy only excepted.Liberty of ConscienceGod alone is Lord of the conscience; and He has left if free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which arein anything contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty ofChristians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God.The ResurrectionThe bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God - the righteous to rest with Him, the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of the dead, both just andunjust, will be raised.The JudgmentGod hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according tohis deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment.NOTE: For a more detailed description of our beliefs with corresponding scriptures refer to the doctrinal statement The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963.Some Beliefs We CherishWe believe that the Bible is God's Word to man and that it is the only sufficient authority as the rule of doctrine and practice.We believe in a regenerated church membership and that the conversion experience is a prerequisite to church membership.In the New Testament the candidate was taken to the water, not the water brought to the candidate; the candidate wasplaced in the water, not the water put on the candidate; so we believe in immersion only as answering Christ's command of baptism and symbolizing the heart of the gospel message - death, burial, and resurrection.We believe in the New Testament order of baptism and the Lord's Supper. New Testament Christians were baptizedbefore taking the Lord's Supper.We believe in the right of each member of the church to a voice in its government, plans, and discipline. A Baptistchurch is a true democracy at work.We believe in the total independence and separation of church and state.IV. Church CovenantHaving been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. For the Advancement of This ChurchWe engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship,ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.As Christian StewardsWe also engage to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, therelief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.At HomeWe further engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances.In the WorldWe also engage to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and useof intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to use our influence to combat the abuse of drugs and the spread of pornography; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.Toward One AnotherWe further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.When We MoveWe moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.V. Principles of Church GovernmentThe government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose its membership. Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership (See Article 1 of the By-Laws.)All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action.This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Tarrant Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention.By-LawsI. CHURCH MEMBERSHIPSection 1. GeneralConnell Baptist Church is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church which is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church.The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership.Section 2. CandidacyAny person may offer himself (or herself) as a candidate for membership in this church. All such candidates shall be presented to the church at any regular church service for membership in any of the following ways:1. By a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and as a candidate for baptism by immersion in accordance with the policies and practices of this church.2. By promise of a letter of recommendation from another Baptist church of like faith and order.3. By statement of prior conversion experience and baptism by immersion in another Baptist church of like faith and order when no letter is obtainable.Should there be any dissent at the presentation of any candidate, such dissent shall be referred to the Deacon Body for investigation. The Deacon Body shall bring a recommendation within thirty (30) days regarding candidate's worthiness. A three fourths (3/4) vote of those members present and voting shall be required to elect such candidate to membership.Section 3. Church Expectations of MembersNew members of this church are expected to cooperate with, as well as participate in, the church's new member orientation efforts. All members are expected to be faithful in all duties essential to the Christian life, including faithful attendance at services of the church, regular giving in support of its programs, and sharing in its organized work.Section 4. Rights of Members1. All members of the church who are in full and regular standing are entitled to vote in all, elections and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided the member is present or provision has been made for absentee balloting.2. Every member of the church is eligible for consideration by the membership as a candidate for elective office in the church, except as noted hereinafter. 3. Every member of the church may participate in the ordinances of the church.Section 5. Termination of MembershipMembership shall be terminated by church action in the following ways:1. Death of a member.2. Granting of a letter to another Baptist church of like faith and order.3. Exclusion (See Section 6, Discipline).4. Erasure upon written request from the person desiring termination of membership.5. Presentation of proof of membership in another church.Section 6. DisciplineIt shall be the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any member. The pastor, other members of the church staff, and deaconsare always available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members towards one another shall be Christlike at all times. The paramount concern shall be for redemption rather than punishment.The continuation of membership in this church shall be governed by the following principles:1. Any member, who wishes to be released from covenant obligations to this church for reasons which may ultimately be deemed acceptable to the church, may be allowed to terminate his (her) membership, but only after the pastor and deacons have taken every reasonable measure to resolve that member's problems.2. If a member becomes an offense to the church and its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, by persistent breaches of covenant vows, or by non-support of the church, membership may be terminated, but only after every effort has been made to bring the member to repentance and reconciliation. All such efforts shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance.3. Should any unhappy difference arise between members, the offended member shall follow the steps set forth by Jesus in Matthew, Chapter 18. If the offender still refuses to resolve the unhappy difference, a complaint should be brought before the church against the offender.Complaints against any offending member must be presented to the church in writing. A copy of the complaint must be furnished to the offender. Ample time shall elapse before the complaint is presented to the church. The offender must be notified in writing not less than ten (10) days before the impending hearing. He (or she) may call to his (or her) aid any member of the church who is willing and able to testify as a witness and/or serve as a counselor. It the offender fails to present himself (or herself ) at the appointed time, or to give satisfactory reasons for not doing so, the church may proceed with any disciplinary action which may result from consideration of the complaint. A two thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot of the members present shall be required to declare the offender to be no longer in the membership of the church. 4. In the case of grave difficulty resulting from the polarization of groups within the congregation, the groups involved shall be amenable to seeking the advice of an acceptable council consisting of representatives from neighborhood participating Southern Baptist churches and/or Tarrant Baptist Association.Section 7. Restoration of MembershipAny person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored to full membership by a two thirds (2/3) vote by secret ballot of those members present. Such restoration shall depend upon the presentation of satisfactory evidence of repentance and reformation.II. CHURCH OFFICERS, PROGRAM ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMITTEESAny individual who serves as either a church officer, a program organization officer, or a committee member shall be a member of this church, except as noted herein.Section 1. Church OfficersThe officers of this church shall be the pastor, the church ministerial staff, the deacons, the clerk, and the trustees.1.The PastorThe pastor is responsible for leading the church in functioning as a New Testament church. The pastor will lead the church, program organizations, and the church staff in performing their tasks.The pastor is God's under-shepherd of the church. As such, he is responsible for leading the church in the following pastoral ministries, in which he works with the leadership of the church (i.e., deacons, church staff, committees, etc.) in the promotion and accomplishment of each:a. Corporate worship and Bible study,b. Preaching and teaching the Word of God, and proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,c. Overseeing the work and general welfare of the churchd. Counseling and shepherding the flocke. Visiting and ministering to the moral, spiritual, and physical needs of the people for Christ's sake A pastor shall be chosen and called by the church whenever a vacancy occurs. A pastor search committee shall be elected by the church to seek out a suitable pastor, and its recommendations shall constitute a nomination. Any church member has the privilege of making a recommendation to the pastor search committee. The pastor search committee shall work in conjunction with the personnel committee in counseling the person being considered. Before the election of the candidate, he shall preach in a Sunday morning service and, if possible, the evening service. At least one week's public notice shall be given prior to the candidate's preaching.Balloting in the election shall be by secret ballot; an affirmative vote of three fourths (3/4) of the ballots cast by an appropriate quorum (see Article VII, Church Meetings; Section 5. Quorum) shall be required to elect a pastor.The pastor, thus elected, shall serve until the relationship is terminated by his request or the church's request. It will not be necessary to elect a moderator as a church officer, except as otherwise noted herein. The pastor shall preside at meetings of this church and serve as moderator at all business meetings in keeping with the parliamentary rules of procedure found in Roberts Rules of Order Revised. In the absence of the pastor, the chairman of deacons shall preside; or in the absence of both, the vice chairman shall call the church to order and preside for the election of an acting moderator.The pastor may relinquish the office of pastor by giving at least two weeks notice in writing to the church of his resignation. If the church desires to remove a pastor, it may declare the office of pastor to be vacant. Such action shall take place at a meeting called for that purpose, of which at least one week's public notice has been given. This meeting may be called upon the recommendation of a majority of the members of the personnel committee and the deacons or by written petition signed by not less than one fourth (1/4) of the resident church members. A moderator for this meeting shall be designated by the members present by majority vote, and he shall be someone other than the pastor. The vote to declare the office vacant shall be by secret ballot. An appropriate quorum (see Article VII. Church Meetings; Section 5. Quorum) must be present before votes may be cast. An affirmative vote of two third (2/3) of this quorum is necessary to declare the office vacant. Except in instances of gross misconduct by the pastor so removed from office, the church will compensate the excluded pastor with not less than one twelfth (1/12) of his total annual compensation (salary and benefits). The termination shall be immediate and compensation shall be forthcoming in not more than 30 days.2.The Church StaffThe church staff consists of both ministerial and non ministerial members. Ministerial members may include the associate pastor, minister of education, minister of music, and minister with youth. The number and composition of the ministerial staff may vary, depending upon the needs of the church and its ability to compensate its staff. A job description shall be made available by the personnel committee when the need for a ministerial staff member is determined. Ministerial members of the staff shall be sought out and elected in a similar manner as the pastor. Each ministerial staff member shall serve in his (or her) elected capacity until the relationship is terminated. Members of the ministerial staff may relinquish their office by resignation. The church may declare their office vacant in the same manner as the pastor, except that a different quorum shall be involved (See Article VII, Church Meetings, Section 5. Quorum). Compensation shall be provided in the same manner as the pastor. Non ministerial members of staff may include, but not be limited to, the church secretary, the financial secretary, the church pianist, the organist, the custodian, and nursery director. Non ministerial staff members do not have to be members of Connell Baptist Church. The number and composition of the non ministerial staff may vary depending upon the needs of the church and its ability to compensate its staff. A job description shall be made available by the personnel committee when the need for a non ministerial staff member is determined. The personnel committee shall have the authority to employ and to terminate the services of non ministerial staff members with the approval of the church. Such employment and termination of services shall be with the recommendation of the supervising staff member (usually the pastor) and, as appropriate, after consultation with related committees of the church.All individuals employed by the church shall be encouraged to retire at age 70 years. If, however, an individual wishes to continue employment beyond that age, the church may continue the person's employment on a year to year basis. Such continuation shall depend upon a favorable review of the service record of the employee by the personnel committee.3. DeaconsIn accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice in the New Testament, the church shall select and ordain deacons to be servants of this church. There shall be a minimum of twenty (20) deacons. The deacon body shall be responsible for manning and overseeing the efforts of a constitution and bylaws committee, the Lord's Supper committee and the baptism committee. Refer to Article III for qualifications, duties and responsibilities, nomination, election, and ordination of deacons in this church.4.ClerkThe church shall elect annually a clerk as its clerical officer. The clerk shall be responsible for keeping a suitable record of all official actions of the church, except as otherwise herein provided. The clerk shall oversee the keeping of a register of names of members with dates of admission, dismissal, death or erasure, together with a record of baptisms. The clerk shall issue letters of dismissal that are approved by the church, preserve on file all communications and written official reports, and give required notice of all meetings where notice is necessary, as indicated in these bylaws. The clerk shall also be responsible for preparing the annual letter of the church to the association. The clerk shall not be compensated by the church for services rendered.The church may delegate some of the clerical responsibilities to the church secretary who will assist the elected clerk. All church records are church property and shall be filed and maintained in the church office.5. Trustees The church shall have three (3) church members to serve as trustees. Trustees shall have powers conferred and duties imposed upon them by Article 1396 of the Texas Non profit Corporation Act, however, management of the affairs of the church shall be by the members. Briefly stated, trustees shall hold in trust the church property. They shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease, or transfer any church property without a specific vote of the church authorizing each action. When the signatures of trustees are required, they shall sign legal documents involving the sale, mortgage, purchase or rental of property, or any other legal documents related to church approved matters.Trustees shall be elected to serve on a rotational basis and serve a three year term. One new trustee shall be elected each year. Prior notice of an impending election shall be given at a previous regular business meeting. The senior trustee should serve as chairperson where possible. Previous service as a trustee shall not disqualify a member for reelection as a trustee; however, a period of not less than one (1) year must elapse between terms. Trustees shall not be compensated for their services to the church. Vacancies shall be filled by church election.Section 2. Church Program OrganizationThe church shall maintain programs of Bible teaching; church member training, church leader training, and new member orientation; missions education, action, and support; and church music education, training, and performance. All organizations related to church programs shall be under the control of the church, and all program activities shall be subject to church coordination and approval. The church shall provide the human resources, the physical resources, and the financial resources for the appropriate advancement of these programs. Officers of these church program organizations shall be elected yearly by the church. Church programs and organizations shall include but not be limited to the Sunday School, the Church Training Organization, the Woman's Missionary Union, the Brotherhood, and the Church Music Program.1.The Sunday SchoolThe Sunday School shall be the basic Bible teaching and evangelism organization of the church. It shall teach the Biblical revelation in both inreach and outreach endeavors with the specific purpose of reaching, teaching, winning and training. It shall extend its teaching ministry, when possible, to reach the homebound members of the church.The Sunday School shall be organized by departments and classes as appropriate by age groups and/or physical condition. Departments shall be under the leadership of a departmental director. In those rare instances where a class is not identified with a department, the teacher shall direct the class.2.Church Training Church Training shall serve as the training organization of the church. Its task shall be to train church members to perform the functions of the church; train church leadership; orient new church members; teach Christian theology, Christian history, church polity, practices, and organization; and provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination.3.The Woman's Missionary UnionThe Woman's Missionary Union shall be the missions education, missions action and missions support organization of the church for women, young women, girls, and preschool children. Its tasks shall be to teach missions, engage in mission action, support world missions through praying and giving, and provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination. The Woman's Missionary Union shall be under the leadership of a director.4.BrotherhoodThe Brotherhood shall be the church's organization for mission education, mission action, and mission support for men, young men, and boys. Its task shall be to teach missions, engage in mission action, support world missions through praying and giving, and provide and ion regarding the work of the church and denomination.The Brotherhood may be under the leadership of a director.5.The Church Music OrganizationThe Church Music organization shall be under the direction of a church elected Minister of Music. It shall be the music education, training, and performance organization of the church. These objectives shall be accomplished through adult, youth, and graded choirs. The church shall also endeavor to maintain a bell choir. The task of the Church Music organization shall be to teach church music; train persons to lead, sing and play music; and provide and interpret information regarding the work of the church and denomination.The Church Music organization shall coordinate its efforts with the Music Committee. It shall have such officers and organization as the program requires.Section 3. Church Program SupportIn support of the church programs, the church shall maintain audio-visual services, library services, food services, transportation services, and nursery services. The policies and functions governing these services shall be set forth in the church operations manual.Section 4. Church Committees The committees of the church shall include a Nominating Committee, a Committee On Committees, a Personnel Committee, a Property and Space Committee, a Missions Revival Committee, a Finance Committee, a Stewardship Committee, and such other committees as the church may authorize. The function, duties and responsibilities of all church committees shall be set forth in the Church Operations Manual.III. DEACONSSection 1. PurposeAs the number of Christians grew in the early days of the church, the duties of ministering to them required more and more time and the apostles found less and less time to preach the gospel. Their solution was to set aside "men of good report, full of the Spirit and wisdom" who were appointed to perform some of the duties which had previously fallen upon the apostles.Section 2. QualificationsThe qualifications of the deacon and his wife shall be in harmony with the Scriptures as follows:Acts 6 :3 81. He is to be blameless in character (a person of integrity).2. He should be full of the Holy Spirit (total sincerity, complete dedication).3. He ought to be full of wisdom (wisdom endowed by being full of the Holy Spirit).4. He is to be full of faith and power (total commitment). 1 Timothy 3:8 131. Grave (possesses Christian purpose and reverence for spiritual matters).2. Not double-tongued (keeps his word and controls his tongue).3. Not given to much wine (not a user of intoxicating drinks as beverage).4. Not greedy of money (not to love money, not to make unfair bargains, to be a tither).5. Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience (sound biblical convictions).6. Proved (by demonstrating his spiritual qualifications).7. Being found blameless (possessing character above reproach).8. Husband of one wife (never divorced).9. Ruling his children and own house well.10. The deacon's wife:(a) Not a slanderer (false accuser, guilty of gossip).(b)Grave (possesses Christian purpose and reverence for spiritual matters).(c)Sober (temperate in all things).(d)Faithful in all things (dedicated to Christ and His work).Section 3. Duties and Responsibilities1. Lead the church in achievement of its mission.2. Promote and assist in proclaiming the gospel to believers and unbelievers.3. Visit periodically in the hospital, new members, prospects, bereaved families, widows, and others needing ministry. 4. The deacon shall encourage and support the pastor in his ministry and be available to the pastor at all times individually and collectively for discussion of church needs, conflicts or problems. With the pastor, the deacons shall consider and formulate plans for the constant effort and progress of the church in all things pertaining to the saving of souls, the development of Christians, and the extension and growth of the Kingdom of God.5. The deacons shall be zealous to guard the unity of the Spirit within the church in the bonds of peace.6. The body of deacons and pastor will meet once each month and at special times upon call of the pastor or its chairman to consider matters relating to the duties of their offices. Deacon officers shall consist of a chairman, vice chairman and secretary. It shall also have such committees as it may deem necessary.7. The deacons will assist the pastor in serving the Lord's Supper to the congregation.8. The deacons will assist the pastor in the ordinance of baptisms.9. The chairman of the deacons shall each year appoint a committee of three deacons to be responsible for an annual review of the Constitution and Bylaws and preparing for the church's consideration recommendations for such changes an/or update that may be required.10. A quorum of not less than ten (10) deacons shall be necessary for the transaction of any business.Section 4. Nomination, Election, and OrdinationNominationWhen the deacon body determines that a need exists for new deacons, the church shall nominate deacons at a regular or called business conference of the church as follows:1. The Deacons shall send a survey letter to each resident male member who is at least 25 years of age and has been a Connell Member for at least one year. Pastors and Ordained Deacons will be excluded. The letter will explain the qualifications and duties of Deacons (Sections 2 and 3 of Article III) and ask if the individual would be willing to be added to a list of men to be considered for nomination by the Church. 2. The Deacons shall prepare a list of all the men who respond positively to the survey letter for consideration by the Church Membership.3. The following shall be made available to the membership at least one week prior to the business conference:a.The list of potential deacon candidate (Item 2)b.The qualifications for deacons (Section 2 of Article III)c.The number of deacons to be nominatedd.The date and time of the business conference4.Nominations shall be made by secret ballot with each church member having the privilege of making nominations. The number of names submitted by each member shall be no more than the number called for by the deacons in each election.5.A committee of three deacons shall tabulate the nominations and present the confidential results to the chairman of deacons. The ballots shall be destroyed. ExaminationA committee of deacons and the pastor (if available) shall interview each nominee to determine if he is spiritually qualified and willing to serve. It is recommended that the interviewing committee be composed of deacons who know the candidate well. When the required number of nominees is reached the interviews shall cease.ElectionThe deacon body shall recommend to the church those qualified men for election.OrdinationAfter the election of the deacons, an ordination service shall be conducted by the church after which those ordained shall assume the duties of their office.Previously Ordained DeaconsMen who have been ordained as deacons in other Baptist churches shall be recognized as deacons in the following manner:1. An interview by a deacon committee and the pastor (if available) shall be held after the deacon has been a member for at least one year to determine if he is spiritually qualified and willing to serve.2. The deacon body shall recommend the deacon, if qualified, to the church for formal recognition as a deacon of Connell Baptist Church.IV. CHURCH COUNCILPurpose:The church council shall serve the church by planning, coordinating, and evaluating the ministries and programs of the church and its organizations.The primary function of the church council shall be as follows:1. To recommend objectives and goals to the church.2. To coordinate ministry and program plans recommended to the church by church officers, organizations, and committees.3. To prepare and maintain a current calendar of church activities.4. To evaluate achievements in terms of church objectives and goals.5. To recommend to the church candidates for the committee on committees in accordance with the Church Operations Manual.Membership: Regular members of the church council shall be ministerial staff members, directors of church program organizations and program support organizations, chairman of deacons, and chairpersons of Finance, Stewardship, Missions Revival, Property, Hostess, Preschool, Youth, Camp and Music.V. CHURCH ORDINANCEThe church shall observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.Section 1. BaptismAny person who has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior by personal faith, who has publicly professed Him at any worship service, and who has indicated a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, shall be received as a candidate for baptism by a church vote in accordance with Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution and Bylaws. The following requirements shall govern the ordinance of baptism:1. Baptism shall be by immersion in water.2. Baptism shall be administered by the pastor or, in his absence, whomever the church shall authorize. The deacon appointed Baptism Committee shall assist in the preparation for, and the observance of, baptism.3. Baptism shall be administered in an atmosphere and spirit of worship during any worship service of the church.4. Baptism shall be administered within a reasonable length of time after a public profession of faith. The candidate shall be counseled by the pastor and/or ministerial staff or deacons prior to baptism.Section 2. The Lord's SupperThe church shall observe the Lord's Supper on a quarterly basis alternated between the Sunday morning and Sunday evening services unless the church schedules it otherwise. Physical preparations shall be made by the deacon appointed Lord's Supper Committee. The pastor and deacons shall administer this ordinance.VI. CHURCH MEETINGSSection 1. Worship ServicesThe church shall meet regularly each Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening for the worship of God. Prayer, praise, music, preaching, instruction, and evangelism shall be the ingredients of these services.Section 2. Special Services Revival services and any other church meetings essential to the work and advancement of God's kingdom shall be placed on the church calendar. The Pastor and Minister of Music shall work with the missions committee to recommend an evangelist, song leader, and date to the church for each revival.Section 3. Monthly Business MeetingsThe church shall hold monthly business meetings on a designated Wednesday evening.Section 4. Special Business MeetingsThe church may conduct called business meetings to consider matters of a special nature and significance. A one week's notice shall be given for the called business meeting unless extreme urgency makes such notice impractical. The notice shall be given in all worship services prior to the meeting. It shall state the subject(s) to be addressed, date, time, and place of the meeting.Section 5. QuorumA quorum refers to the minimum number of resident members who must be present in a monthly or called business meeting before a recommendation to the church can be considered. For all matters requiring church action, except as noted below, a quorum consisting of at least five (5) percent of resident members must be present. For amendments to the constitution and bylaws and for the election of all church officers except the pastor (i.e., the remaining members of the ministerial staff, the deacons, the trustees, and the clerk), a quorum consisting of at least ten (10) percent of rest dent members must be present. For the election of a pastor, a quorum of at least twenty five (25) percent of resident members must be present.Mission members shall not be considered resident members for voting purposes.Section 6. Parliamentary RulesRobert's Rules of Order Revised is the authority for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the church.VII. CHURCH FINANCESSection 1. BudgetThe church shall conduct its financial business in accordance with an annual budget approved by the church. The church fiscal year shall begin January 1 and end on December 31. The budget committee, which is a joint committee of members of the finance and stewardship committees, shall prepare and submit to the church for approval, an inclusive budget as an integral part of the annual fall stewardship emphasis. This proposed budget shall be compiled after prayerful examination of budget requests from all fund-raising entities in the church.It is understood that membership in this church involves financial obligation to support the church and its causes with regular, proportionate giving. An opportunity shall be provided in the annual fall stewardship emphasis for each member to sign a commitment card pledging to give regularly and proportionately in support of the church and its programs through its unified budget system of financing.Section 2. Accounting ProceduresAll funds received by the church for any and all purposes shall pass through the hands of the financial secretary and be properly recorded as an item on the books of the church. The financial secretary, or any other person who is church approved to handle funds, shall be bonded; the church shall pay for this bonding. The financial secretary shall lead in the preparation of a monthly financial report which will be available for review by the deacon body and the church at their regular monthly meetings.All expenditures shall be made by check; checks shall be signed by not less than two church approved individuals whose signatures are on file at the bank. The Finance Committee shall recommend the list of individuals for approval. The Finance Committee will establish controls to assure that expenditures are in accordance with budget requirements.VIII. CHURCH OPERATIONS MANUALThe constitution and bylaws committee, which is under the direction of the deacon body, shall develop and maintain with the aid of the church secretary, a church operations manual. This manual shall contain church approved documents such as those pertaining to personnel policies, benefits, and administration; personnel job descriptions, church committee duties and responsibilities; and general church policies covering church finances, church property usage, church services and programs, memorial gifts to the church, etc. Said manual shall be kept in the church office and shall be made available for information and use of members of the church individually or collectively upon request to the church secretary.The constitution and bylaws committee shall review this manual annually and shall recommend, for consideration by the church, changes which it deems desirable and/or necessary. Additions, revisions, or deletions of church policies and procedures may also be achieved by individual church members or church organizations by the following procedure: 1. Recommendation of a church officer or an organization in whose area of responsibility the policy or practice relates,2. Approval of the recommendation by the deacon body,3. Final approval of the recommendation by the church at large. IX. AMENDMENTSThe Constitution and Bylaws may be amended at any monthly business meeting of the church, provided that copies of the proposed amendment shall have been presented to each member present at a previous monthly business meeting. Amendments shall require a consenting vote of two-thirds of the resident members present and voting.X. OPERATION AND DISSOLUTIONThis church is organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in religious worship or promoting the spiritual development or well-being of individuals. It is to be operated in a way that does not result in the accrual of distributable profits, realization of private gain resulting from payment of compensation in excess of a reasonable allowance for salary or other compensation for services rendered, or realization of any other form of private gain. The church pledges its assets for use in performing the organization=s religious functions. It directs that on discontinuance of the church by dissolution or otherwise, the assets are to be transferred to a charitable, educational, religious or other similar organization that is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Wedding Policies & Procedures All of the wedding events to be held in any of the buildings belonging to Connell Baptist Church should reflect the spirit and good taste of a Southern Baptist Church. No beverages containing alcohol may be brought into or served on the premises. Violations will result in the immediate cancellation of the ceremony and/or reception.Sacred Ceremony Connell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas is grateful for its staff and facilities and cordially offers them for use in ceremonies of Christian marriage. It is expected that those using the church's facilities for a wedding will have a relationship to Connell Baptist Church. The church is happy to offer you these resources: counseling, planning for music, the physical setting for the ceremony, and a coordinator to consult in use of property for your wedding. We encourage you to commit your marriage to God from the very beginning. It is hoped that your being a part of a wedding ceremony in our church will bring you abiding joy and result in many happy memories.Connell Baptist Church shares your wish that your wedding ceremony reflect the joy that you feel on that important day. We believe that you will appreciate and share the church's conviction that the ceremony must reflect the spirit of Christ. In love and concern, the following guidelines are established for wedding ceremonies in Connell Baptist Church. These guidelines should be read carefully and relevant information should be shared with the caterer, florist, photographer, and others in the wedding party.Scheduling The first step in planning your wedding at Connell Baptist Church is to obtain a Wedding Packet from the church secretary. Please fill out the wedding request form and return it to the church secretary. The secretary will inform you of dates available to schedule your wedding. Once your name is tentatively on the church calendar you must contact the church wedding coordinator. Enclosed in the packet you will find the name and telephone number of the wedding coordinator. You must contact the coordinator as soon as possible to ensure that the date is okay with all church staff involved. Upon receipt of a deposit, and concurrence with the Wedding Coordinator these dates will be considered firm.Only after the events dates are confirmed on the calendar, should any public announcement be made, or invitations sent. No wedding event will be scheduled when the church facilities are scheduled for church activities or on holiday weekends. Reservations may not be made more than eight months in advance of the calendered year. Church Membership To qualify for member fees you or your parent(s) must be member(s) currently and must have been members at least one year before requesting a date. The Church StaffMembers of the church staff as well as the Wedding Coordinator are willing to assist you in ways that they can.Pastor:___________________________________________Connell’s Pastor is available for counseling sessions and conducting the wedding ceremony. If you choose to use Connell’s Pastor you must schedule an appointment with him to discuss the pre-marital counseling sessions. This time must be at the Pastor’s convenience. The Pastor will share some time with you in discussing the basic principles relating to Christian marriage. These counseling sessions usually occur over a span of at least three months. The wedding ceremony order will be discussed during the final session. If a minister other than the Pastor of Connell is to officiate, he must be approved by the Pastor of Connell.Wedding Coordinator: The Wedding Coordinator will be responsible for organizing all communications between bride and staff members for weddings performed in Connell Baptist Church. The Wedding Coordinator has the authority and responsibility to enforce all policies set forth in this brochure. The coordinator will make an appointment for you to tour the facilities you will be using. You are allowed 2 meetings with the coordinator before the rehearsal date. If you have further questions they may be answered by phone conversation. The Wedding Coordinator will be present during your rehearsal, wedding and reception. You must inform the coordinator of exact times you wish to have the building open. The Wedding Coordinator from Connell Baptist Church is paid a nominal fee to act on behalf of the church and provide assistance to the wedding couple as it relates to use of church facilities. The fee paid to the church’s wedding coordinator is not intended to cover services related to planning and consulting (flowers, photography, catering etc.).The Hostess Committee of Connell Baptist Church is available to assist the Wedding Coordinator as necessary based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator.Minister of Music:________________________________ Connell’s Minister of Music is available to advise on music selections for your wedding.Your wedding ceremony will include prayers to God and sacred vows will be taken. You have chosen a church as the setting for this holy event and it is most appropriate for the music to reflect this Christian theme. Many popular favorites have no relationship to the Christian wedding. We at Connell Baptist Church have established a guideline for selecting wedding music. At various times during the ceremony, the music may be serious, joyous or festive, but all of the music should have a Christian orientation. All selections must contain at least one of the names referring to the Holy Trinity (examples: God, Father, Lord, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Christ, Savior, etc.) or another name for the Holy Trinity must be included, or implied, in any piece of music to be a part of the wedding ceremony; or music may be submitted for consideration by the Minister of Music. All wedding music must be approved.Organist/Pianist:_________________________________________The regular church accompanist may be available for your wedding. Outside accompanists must be cleared with the Minister of Music. As soon as the church has confirmed your wedding it is your responsibility to contact the church accompanist and together determine the music to be used and the fees required.Custodial Staff:_________________________________ The Wedding Coordinator will be your link in communication between yourself and the church custodial staff. You will find our facilities clean for each wedding event. Special arrangements (such as setting up chairs, tables, etc.) should be communicated to the Wedding Coordinator 30 days prior to the wedding. Our custodial staff will set out chairs, tables, etc., but are not expected to help in decorating or removing decorations.Nursery Workers: The Children’s Minister will be happy to arrange workers if needed, but the wedding party will be expected to pay the church at the established fee which allows for two workers. Inform the Wedding Coordinator if you desire this service.Audio Technician: The church has designated members who are authorized to operate the audio system. If you desire these services, you may so indicate on the list of Wedding Charges.BUILDINGS All of the wedding events to be held in any of the buildings belonging to Connell Baptist Church should reflect the spirit and good taste of a Southern Baptist Church.1.No weddings will be performed on Sundays, Wednesdays or holidays.2.No beverages containing alcohol may be brought into or served on the premises. Violations will result in the immediate cancellation of the ceremony and/or reception.3.Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings. Violators will be asked to extinguish their cigarettes and/or leave.4.Decorations may be fastened with qwik-tac. Decorations are not to be fastened with tape, tacks, or staples. Protective pads must be used under all vases, boxes, potted plants, candles, etc.5.Only silk flower petals may be used on floor.6.Only votive cups or metal tapers are permitted. Protective cloths must be used under all candles.7.Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.8.In order to prevent any damage, please arrange chairs a reasonable distance from the wall in Bentley Hall.9.If the wedding party desires, birdseed may be thrown outside the buildings. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.10.Special furnishings or decorations are to be removed immediately after the wedding, so that they will not interfere with the next regular church service.11.Should furnishings or carpet be soiled or damaged beyond normal use, the wedding party will be notified, and will be billed by the Financial Secretary for damages.12.There will be no electrical alterations.13.No equipment belonging to the church may be taken from the premises.14.The church sanctuary will seat 350 persons, and the balcony 150. The chapel will seat 150 persons. For receptions, the parlor will accommodate 50 and Bentley Hall 200.15.The wedding coordinator will open the doors for the rehearsal and/or wedding at the time designated.16.We recommend and encourage that the rehearsal be scheduled by 7:00 p.m. and be concluded within one and one-half hours. If a rehearsal dinner is also scheduled, the dinner should be concluded within two hours. 17.We recommend and encourage that the use of the buildings for the wedding not to exceed four (4) hours. This time frame allows for the facilities to be opened two hours before the scheduled wedding time and allows for two (2) hours for the wedding and/or pictures. If the wedding is over the allotted time an additional fee of $100.00 per hour will be charged and payable to Connell Baptist Church and given to the Wedding Coordinator at the conclusion of the wedding. No weddings are to be scheduled after 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.18.Time allotment for reception is 2 hours. If the reception is over the allotted time an additional fee of $100.00 will be charged and payable to Connell Baptist Church and given to the Wedding Coordinator at the conclusion of the reception. 19.You must discuss sanctuary and reception set up with the Wedding Coordinator 30 days prior to the wedding date.TO FLORISTS: This couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding ceremony in Connell Baptist Church. Since this is a religious ceremony, please be advised of the following:1.Please check with Wedding Coordinator for door with best access.2.It is suggested that you establish a delivery time with the bride so that she can communicate to the Wedding Coordinator to have the doors unlocked.3.Please bring a protective cloth if you plan to stand on any of the furnishings while decorating.4.Protective pads must be used under all vases, boxes, potted plants, etc.5.No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the furnishings, walls, or other woodwork. Decorations may be fastened with Qwik-tac.6.Only silk flower petals may be used on floor.7.Only votive cups or metal tapers are permitted! Protective cloths must be used underneath all candles.8.Take extra precaution when moving the candelabra after a wedding event so that hot candle wax will not spill.9.All decorations are to be removed immediately after the wedding and/or reception. Do not leave decorations to interfere with regularly scheduled church events.10.Please put everything back in the order in which it was found.11.If arrangements have been made for leaving any of the flowers for our worship service, please let the Wedding Coordinator know before leaving.12.No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.13.Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.14.Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.15.Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.16.There should be no electrical alterations.17.Bring your own equipment (example: extension cords, tape, adhesive putty, scissors, lighter for candles, ladders, etc.).18.No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church may be taken off the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY FLORIST TO COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE COUPLES THAT SUCH FLORIST IS UNACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH.TO CATERERS: If you have hired a caterer, the caterer should supply all dishwashers, servers, and food handlers. If you plan to ask friends to help in the kitchen, you should plan on two dishwashers, at least two servers (to circulate during a reception and gather used dishes and return them to the kitchen for washing), and at least two people to refill food trays, punch, coffee, etc. Neither the Wedding Coordinator nor the custodial staff wash dishes. Use of the dishwashing machine is not permitted.This couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding at Connell Baptist Church. Being a church, certain regulations are advised: 1.It is suggested that you establish a delivery time with the Bride so that she can communicate it to the Wedding Coordinator and have the doors unlocked.2.If you will need a refrigerator or freezer, please advise so that these will be left empty for your use.3.You must use your own equipment (dishtowels, dishwashing soap, extension cords, pots, pans, long handled spoons, foil, plastic wrap, containers for leftovers, doilies, tablecloths, serving trays, plates, silverware, cups, saucers, coffee pots, filters, sugar, salt, pepper, creamers, toothpicks, pins, matches, etc.). No exception for non-church members. Church members may request use of church owned linens, serving pieces, silverware and dishes.4.Use of the sanitizer is not allowed.5.Only votive cups and metal tapers are permitted.6.Take extra precaution when moving the candelabra so that hot wax will not spill.7.No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the walls, furnishings, or woodwork,.8.All decorations and equipment are to be removed from premises immediately after the event.9.Clean up! Please put everything back where it was found.10.No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.11.Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.12.Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.13.Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.14.There should be no electrical alterations.15.No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church is to leave the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY CATERER TO COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE COUPLES THAT SUCH CATERER IS UNACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH. PHOTOGRAPHSThe Bride and Groom are encouraged to have pictures made. Flash pictures, however, are not permitted during the wedding ceremony. The Pastor and others will be pleased to pose for pictures, either before or after the ceremony. If you wish to have a video tape made of the ceremony you must make these arrangements. Please make sure your photographer receives a copy of the policies concerning photographers made available in this packet.TO PHOTOGRAPHER AND/OR VIDEO TECHNICIAN:This couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding ceremony in Connell Baptist Church. Since this is a religious ceremony, please be advised of the following:1.It is suggested that you arrange with the bride to take as many pictures as possible prior to the hour of the wedding.2.Pictures may be made at the rear of the sanctuary as the Bride goes down the aisle and as she and the groom come out.3.No flash pictures are to be taken during the ceremony proper (defined as from the kiss by the father until the kiss by the groom). 4.It is the photographer's responsibility to see that the wedding party is informed about group pictures to be made after the ceremony so that they will stay together.5.It would be advisable to have a list on hand of the pictures to be made. Take larger groups first to release them sooner.6.Please bring a protective cloth or pad if you plan to stand on the furniture to take pictures. (This includes reception.)7.Do not rearrange the candelabra when taking pictures following the wedding, as this causes the hot wax to spill.8.No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.9.Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.10.No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the furnishings, walls or other woodwork.11.Eating is prohibited in all areas except Bentley Hall or Parlor.12.Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.13.Do not leave special furnishings or decorations so they will interfere with the next regular church service.14.There should be no electrical alterations.15.Bring your own extension cords.16.No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church may be taken off the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY PHOTOGRAPHER TO COOPERATE WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE WEDDING COUPLES THAT SUCH PHOTOGRAPHER IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH.REVIEW ORDER OF CEREMONY: LIGHTING OF CANDLES (children, youth, or adults) SEATING OF GRANDPARENTS SEATING OF MOTHERS LIGHTING OF CANDLES CHIMING OF HOUR SOLO PROCESSIONALMinister entersBridal Party enters from: Men Organ Side, Women South rear Rear: Men South, Women south Rear: By couple, Alternating sides Flower girl and ring bearer Stand-in for Bride Flower to Mother SOLO CEREMONYCeremony Content:Biblical Basis of MarriageVowsMemorized or Repeated Rings: Single Double Ring vows Pastoral ChargePronouncementPrayer Kneeling SoloEmbracePresentation of CoupleUnity Candle RECESSIONALFlower to MotherBridal PartyUsher out ParentsUsher out Grandparents ANNOUNCE RECEPTION _________________________________________Name/DateWEDDING CHARGES FOR NON-MEMBERS Revised 1/03 A $50.00 deposit is required to hold the dates firm on the church calendar and is non-refundable. The balance is due 30 days before the wedding date.USE FEE PAYMENTRefundable Damage Deposit$100.00 $ Building Use;Sanctuary (Seating 350 / balcony 150) $700.00 1 hrs rehearsal/ 4 hrs weddingFellowship Hall (Seating 200) $200.00 2 hrs reception or other useParlor & Kitchen (Seating 50-75) $100.00 2 hrs reception or other useChapel (Seating 150) $200.00 1 hrs rehearsal/ 4 hrs weddingAdditional hours (per hour)$100.00 Wedding Coordinator/Event Rehearsal/Wedding$120.00 Reception or other use$40.00 Additional Hours (per hour)$10.00 Custodian's ServiceRehearsal (Sanctuary/Chapel) $ 40.00 Rehearsal Dinner ( Fellowship Hall) $100.00 Wedding (Sanctuary) $ 60.00 Wedding (Chapel)$40.00 Reception or other use (Bentley Hall) $100.00 Reception/Wedding or other use (Parlor/Kitchen) $ 50.00 Platform Assistance (As required) $50.00 Audio Fee (includes 1 tape) $60.00 Each additional tape$5.00 Connell Minister's Fee$100.00 Extra Clean-up for throwing material (other than birdseed)$20.00 Nursery (2 workers) $65.00 TOTAL __________ DEPOSIT$50.00 (due 30 days prior to wedding date)BALANCE Initial $50 deposit is non-refundable. In case of cancellation, for any reason, all other monies will be refunded only if 30 days notice prior to wedding date has been given. All charges payable to Connell Baptist Church.Soloists and any others not on the Connell Staff should be paid their fees individually at the time of the Rehearsal and not through the Financial Secretary.Other minister’s honorarium or gift should be handled individually by the groom prior to the ceremony and should not be paid to the Financial Secretary. (A guideline would be $100-$150.)All Non-Members must agree to abide with the policies and procedures set forth in this document without exceptions. Paying your deposit and scheduling your wedding is an affirmation of the agreement.______________________________________ Name/Date WEDDING REQUEST FORMConnell Baptist Church /4736 Bryce Avenue/Fort Worth Texas 76107-4143Please fill in the requested information and return to the church secretary. Date submitted:____________BRIDE’S INFORMATION: Name: ____________________________________________________________________Address: __________________________________________________________________Employment: _______________________________________________________________Telephone(s): Home ________________ Work ________________ Cell ________________Age: _____________ Marital Status: single [ ] divorced [ ]Church Affiliation: ___________________________________________________________Bride’s Parent Information: Name: _____________________________________________________________________Address: ___________________________________________________________________Telephone(s): Home ________________ Work ________________ Cell ________________GROOM’S INFORMATION: Name: ____________________________________________________________________Address: __________________________________________________________________Telephone(s): Home ________________ Work ________________ Cell ________________Age: _____________ Marital Status: single [ ] divorced [ ]Church Affiliation: ___________________________________________________________Groom Parent Information:Name: _____________________________________________________________________Address: ___________________________________________________________________Telephone(s): Home ________________ Work ________________ Cell ________________Couple’s Address after wedding: ______________________________________________FIRST CHOICE OF DATES: Rehearsal ______________________________Time ______________________Wedding ________________________________Time ______________________SECOND CHOICE OF DATES: Rehearsal ______________________________Time ______________________Wedding ________________________________Time ______________________Church facilities desired: Sanctuary ____, Chapel _____, Fellowship Hall ____, Parlor ____.Style (attire): formal __________ semi-formal __________ informal __________Number of Attendants: Bride’s ________ Groom’s ________ Ushers ________Expected Number of Guests __________Officiating Minister: _______________________________ Phone #: ___________________Name of Florist: ______________________________________________________________Please list all types of candles to be used. _____________________________Name of Caterer: _____________________________________________________________Name of Photographer: ________________________________________________________Name of Video Technician: _______________________________________________Name of Accompanist: __________________________________________________________Name of Vocalist: _____________________________________________________________List of vocal music:1. _________________________________________________2. _________________________________________________3. _________________________________________________Name of Wedding Consultant: _________________________________________________We agree to read the Wedding Booklet provided by Connell Baptist Church and abide by the policies and procedures set forth in this booklet.Bride’s Signature __________________________________________________________________Groom’s Signature _________________________________________________________________Deposit Paid: Amount $___________________ Date Received ______________________________Approved: _________________________________ Notified ________________________________

Barbara Johnson joined our staff as financial secretary in 2004. Her husband Earnest has been the pastor of the New Covenant Community Church in the Meadowbrook area of Fort Worth since 1989. She enjoys working with the Women and Youth Ministries of the church. She is the founder and director of the B.R.I.C.K.S. Program (Building Responsible Individuals Communities Kinships Systematically). This program utilizes the resources of the church and the community to equip and empower individuals and families, spiritually, physically, mentally and financially. She also enjoys writing poetry.

Lisa Arnold, a native of Dayton, Texas, has served as our Childrens Minister since 1992. Lisa is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lisa and her husband, Curt, have two children. Curt is employed as a financial analyst by an aerospace company in Fort Worth. Prior to coming to Connell, Lisa served as Childrens Minister at Williams Road Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

PRAYER CONNECTION We encourage you to sign up for an hour each week to pray for needs we have the privilege to lift up to the Lord. On the Sunday bulletin there is a place to give prayer requests and also to sign up to be in the intercessory prayer ministry. Each week we send our prayer partners a list of prayer requests to pray about during their assigned hour that week. We also ask the prayer partners whose schedules allow it to meet with our pastor each Sunday morning to pray for the worship service.

MESSAGES ONLINEThere are times when you can't make it to church. Or there are messages that you wish a friend or family member could hear. Good news! Every week we record the message live and you can listen online by clicking the link below.When you click the link, a media player will open in a new window. Choose a series and a drop down menu will give the titles of messages in that series.CLICK TO LISTEN TO OUR MESSAGES ONLINE

GIVINGOur mission and vision is funded by generous givers. Giving towards the mission of the local church honors God and it’s also a catalyst for our spiritual growth. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that "Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." Connell Baptist Church relies on regular percentage giving to fulfill our mission of helping people connect with God, others, and the world. Thank you for supporting the ministry of Connell Church!Mail your check to:Connell Baptist Church4736 Bryce Ave.Fort Worth, TX 76107

SERVE OTHERS"FAITH IN ACTION"On the third Sunday of every quarter we have a special day set aside for doing acts of service. We call it "Faith In Action Sunday. After the morning worship service, we have a potluck lunch and our small groups go out and do community service projects together. These projects include: making care packages for our troops, rehabing low income housing, feeding the homeless, making busy bags for Cooks Children's Hospital, visiting nursing homes, random acts of kindness, collecting toys for needy children, and Backyard Bible Clubs.Some Ways To Serve At ConnellMeals on WheelsFaith in Action Community Service ProjectsReading Coaches"Prayer Connection" Prayer WarriorsSunday Morning GreetersEnglish as a Second Language (ESL)Good News ClubOperation Christmas ChildAngel TreeChurch Library VolunteersVacation Bible SchoolXYZ Senior Adult MinistryWednesday Senior Adult Lunch/Bible Study, Kitchen HelpChurch Kitchen/Fellowship VolunteersAdult Worship ChoirPraise TeamPraise BandLite The Nite (Halloween Alternative)O'Malley Alley Children's Ministry Volunteers/TeachersPreschool Place Volunteers/TeachersRe:Generation Youth Ministry Volunteers/Sponsors/Teachers"Dios Es Amor" Hispanic MinistrySmall Group Leaders

OUR PARTNER CHURCH: COURAGEOUS CHURCHOn May 19, 2013 Connell entered into a partnership with a new church start, Courageous Church, to double the impact of the gospel through our church campus. Connell ministers on Sunday mornings and through the week, and Courageous Church ministers on Sunday evenings. To find out more about Courageous Church, go to their website by clicking this link: Courageous Church.

MISSIONS There are many opportunities each year for members to get involved in mission projects and mission trips. We also ask our members to give special offerings in support of worldwide missions. MISSION TRIPSWe take at least one church mission trip a year to demonstrate Christ's love to people with a variety of projects. From San Antonio, to the small town of Menard, to Brazil, to Haiti, we encourage our members to be involved personally in away-from-home church mission trips.MISSION PARTNERSHIPSWe partner with the North American Mission Board as well as the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to support mission work in North America and across the globe. We currently support some 9,000 missionaries. Nine and half percent of our undesignated offerings goes to missions locally, across the state, in North America, and worldwide.

WEDDINGSWith its white stone, prominent copper steeple, and historic gothic architecture, Connell is a beautiful church building in which to have a wedding. If you are thinking about having your wedding here, the pictures to the left will give you a sense of the look of our facilities. Our wedding policies are given below.WEDDING POLICIESAll of the wedding events to be held in any of the buildings belonging to Connell Baptist Church should reflect the spirit and good taste of a Southern Baptist Church. No beverages containing alcohol may be brought into or served on the premises. Violations will result in the immediate cancellation of the ceremony and/or reception.Sacred CeremonyConnell Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas is grateful for its staff and facilities and cordially offers them for use in ceremonies of Christian marriage. It is expected that those using the church"s facilities for a wedding will have a relationship to Connell Baptist Church. The church is happy to offer you these resources: counseling, planning for music, the physical setting for the ceremony, and a coordinator to consult in use of property for your wedding. We encourage you to commit your marriage to God from the very beginning. It is hoped that your being a part of a wedding ceremony in our church will bring you abiding joy and result in many happy memories.Connell Baptist Church shares your wish that your wedding ceremony reflect the joy that you feel on that important day. We believe that you will appreciate and share the church"s conviction that the ceremony must reflect the spirit of Christ. In love and concern, the following guidelines are established for wedding ceremonies in Connell Baptist Church. These guidelines should be read carefully and relevant information should be shared with the caterer, florist, photographer, and others in the wedding party.SchedulingThe first step in planning your wedding at Connell Baptist Church is to obtain a Wedding Packet from the church secretary. Please fill out the wedding request form and return it to the church secretary. The secretary will inform you of dates available to schedule your wedding. Once your name is tentatively on the church calendar you must contact the church wedding coordinator. Enclosed in the packet you will find the name and telephone number of the wedding coordinator. You must contact the coordinator as soon as possible to ensure that the date is okay with all church staff involved. Upon receipt of a deposit, and concurrence with the Wedding Coordinator these dates will be considered firm.Only after the events dates are confirmed on the calendar, should any public announcement be made, or invitations sent. No wedding event will be scheduled when the church facilities are scheduled for church activities or on holiday weekends. Reservations may not be made more than eight months in advance of the calendered year. Church MembershipTo qualify for member fees you or your parent(s) must be member(s) currently and must have been members at least one year before requesting a date. PastorConnell’s Pastor is available for pre-marriage counseling sessions and conducting the wedding ceremony. If you choose to use Connell’s Pastor you must schedule an appointment with him to discuss the pre-marital counseling sessions. This time must be at the Pastor’s convenience. The Pastor will share some time with you in discussing the basic principles relating to Christian marriage. The wedding ceremony order will be discussed during the final session. If a minister other than the Pastor of Connell is to officiate, he must be approved by the Pastor of Connell.Wedding Coordinator The Wedding Coordinator is responsible for organizing all communications between bride and staff members for weddings performed in Connell Baptist Church. The Wedding Coordinator has the authority and responsibility to enforce all policies set forth in this brochure. The coordinator will make an appointment for you to tour the facilities you will be using. You are allowed 2 meetings with the coordinator before the rehearsal date. If you have further questions they may be answered by phone conversation. The Wedding Coordinator will be present during your rehearsal, wedding and reception. You must inform the coordinator of exact times you wish to have the building open.The Wedding Coordinator from Connell Baptist Church is paid a nominal fee to act on behalf of the church and provide assistance to the wedding couple as it relates to use of church facilities. The fee paid to the church’s wedding coordinator is not intended to cover services related to planning and consulting (flowers, photography, catering etc.).The Hostess Committee of Connell Baptist Church is available to assist the Wedding Coordinator as necessary based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. Minister of MusicConnell’s Minister of Music is available to advise on music selections for your wedding.Your wedding ceremony will include prayers to God and sacred vows will be taken. You have chosen a church as the setting for this holy event and it is most appropriate for the music to reflect this Christian theme. Many popular favorites have no relationship to the Christian wedding. We at Connell Baptist Church have established a guideline for selecting wedding music. At various times during the ceremony, the music may be serious, joyous or festive, but all of the music should have a Christian orientation. All selections must contain at least one of the names referring to the Holy Trinity (examples: God, Father, Lord, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Christ, Savior, etc.) or another name for the Holy Trinity must be included, or implied, in any piece of music to be a part of the wedding ceremony; or music may be submitted for consideration by the Minister of Music. All wedding music must be approved.Organist/PianistThe regular church accompanist may be available for your wedding. Outside accompanists must be cleared with the Minister of Music. As soon as the church has confirmed your wedding it is your responsibility to contact the church accompanist and together determine the music to be used and the fees required.Custodial StaffThe Wedding Coordinator will be your link in communication between yourself and the church custodial staff. You will find our facilities clean for each wedding event. Special arrangements (such as setting up chairs, tables, etc.) should be communicated to the Wedding Coordinator 30 days prior to the wedding. Our custodial staff will set out chairs, tables, etc., but are not expected to help in decorating or removing decorations.Nursery Workers The Children’s Minister will be happy to arrange workers if needed, but the wedding party will be expected to pay the church at the established fee which allows for two workers. Inform the Wedding Coordinator if you desire this service.Audio TechnicianThe church has designated members who are authorized to operate the audio system. If you desire these services, you may so indicate on the list of Wedding Charges.BUILDINGSAll of the wedding events to be held in any of the buildings belonging to Connell Baptist Church should reflect the spirit and good taste of a Southern Baptist Church.1. No weddings will be performed on Sundays, Wednesdays or holidays.2. No beverages containing alcohol may be brought into or served on the premises. Violations will result in the immediate cancellation of the ceremony and/or reception.3. Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings. Violators will be asked to extinguish their cigarettes and/or leave.4. Decorations may be fastened with qwik-tac. Decorations are not to be fastened with tape, tacks, or staples. Protective pads must be used under all vases, boxes, potted plants, candles, etc.5. Only silk flower petals may be used on floor.6. Only votive cups or metal tapers are permitted. Protective cloths must be used under all candles.7. Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.8. In order to prevent any damage, please arrange chairs a reasonable distance from the wall in Bentley Hall.9. If the wedding party desires, birdseed may be thrown outside the buildings. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.10. Special furnishings or decorations are to be removed immediately after the wedding, so that they will not interfere with the next regular church service.11. Should furnishings or carpet be soiled or damaged beyond normal use, the wedding party will be notified, and will be billed by the Financial Secretary for damages.12. There will be no electrical alterations.13. No equipment belonging to the church may be taken from the premises.14. The church sanctuary will seat 350 persons, and the balcony 150. The chapel will seat 150 persons. For receptions, the parlor will accommodate 50 and Bentley Hall 200.15. The wedding coordinator will open the doors for the rehearsal and/or wedding at the time designated.16. We recommend and encourage that the rehearsal be scheduled by 7:00 p.m. and be concluded within one and one-half hours. If a rehearsal dinner is also scheduled, the dinner should be concluded within two hours. 17. We recommend and encourage that the use of the buildings for the wedding not to exceed four (4) hours. This time frame allows for the facilities to be opened two hours before the scheduled wedding time and allows for two (2) hours for the wedding and/or pictures. If the wedding is over the allotted time an additional fee of $100.00 per hour will be charged and payable to Connell Baptist Church and given to the Wedding Coordinator at the conclusion of the wedding. No weddings are to be scheduled after 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.18. Time allotment for reception is 2 hours. If the reception is over the allotted time an additional fee of $100.00 will be charged and payable to Connell Baptist Church and given to the Wedding Coordinator at the conclusion of the reception.19. You must discuss sanctuary and reception set up with the Wedding Coordinator 30 days prior to the wedding date.TO FLORISTSThis couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding ceremony in Connell Baptist Church. Since this is a religious ceremony, please be advised of the following:1. Please check with Wedding Coordinator for door with best access.2. It is suggested that you establish a delivery time with the bride so that she can communicate to the Wedding Coordinator to have the doors unlocked.3. Please bring a protective cloth if you plan to stand on any of the furnishings while decorating.4. Protective pads must be used under all vases, boxes, potted plants, etc.5. No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the furnishings, walls, or other woodwork. Decorations may be fastened with Qwik-tac.6. Only silk flower petals may be used on floor.7. Only votive cups or metal tapers are permitted! Protective cloths must be used underneath all candles.8. Take extra precaution when moving the candelabra after a wedding event so that hot candle wax will not spill.9. All decorations are to be removed immediately after the wedding and/or reception. Do not leave decorations to interfere with regularly scheduled church events.10. Please put everything back in the order in which it was found.11. If arrangements have been made for leaving any of the flowers for our worship service, please let the Wedding Coordinator know before leaving.12. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.13. Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.14. Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.15. Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.16. There should be no electrical alterations.17. Bring your own equipment (example: extension cords, tape, adhesive putty, scissors, lighter for candles, ladders, etc.).18. No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church may be taken off the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY FLORIST TO COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE COUPLES THAT SUCH FLORIST IS UNACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH.TO CATERERSIf you have hired a caterer, the caterer should supply all dishwashers, servers, and food handlers. If you plan to ask friends to help in the kitchen, you should plan on two dishwashers, at least two servers (to circulate during a reception and gather used dishes and return them to the kitchen for washing), and at least two people to refill food trays, punch, coffee, etc. Neither the Wedding Coordinator nor the custodial staff wash dishes. Use of the dishwashing machine is not permitted.This couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding at Connell Baptist Church. Being a church, certain regulations are advised:1. It is suggested that you establish a delivery time with the Bride so that she can communicate it to the Wedding Coordinator and have the doors unlocked.2. If you will need a refrigerator or freezer, please advise so that these will be left empty for your use.3. You must use your own equipment (dishtowels, dishwashing soap, extension cords, pots, pans, long handled spoons, foil, plastic wrap, containers for leftovers, doilies, tablecloths, serving trays, plates, silverware, cups, saucers, coffee pots, filters, sugar, salt, pepper, creamers, toothpicks, pins, matches, etc.). No exception for non-church members. Church members may request use of church owned linens, serving pieces, silverware and dishes.4. Use of the sanitizer is not allowed.5. Only votive cups and metal tapers are permitted.6. Take extra precaution when moving the candelabra so that hot wax will not spill.7. No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the walls, furnishings, or woodwork,.8. All decorations and equipment are to be removed from premises immediately after the event.9. Clean up! Please put everything back where it was found.10. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.11. Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.12. Eating is allowed only in Bentley Hall or Parlor.13. Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.14. There should be no electrical alterations.15. No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church is to leave the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY CATERER TO COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE COUPLES THAT SUCH CATERER IS UNACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH. PHOTOGRAPHSThe Bride and Groom are encouraged to have pictures made. Flash pictures, however, are not permitted during the wedding ceremony. The Pastor and others will be pleased to pose for pictures, either before or after the ceremony. If you wish to have a video tape made of the ceremony you must make these arrangements. Please make sure your photographer receives a copy of the policies concerning photographers made available in this packet.TO PHOTOGRAPHER AND/OR VIDEO TECHNICIANThis couple has chosen to have a Christian wedding ceremony in Connell Baptist Church. Since this is a religious ceremony, please be advised of the following:1. It is suggested that you arrange with the bride to take as many pictures as possible prior to the hour of the wedding.2. Pictures may be made at the rear of the sanctuary as the Bride goes down the aisle and as she and the groom come out.3. No flash pictures are to be taken during the ceremony proper (defined as from the kiss by the father until the kiss by the groom).4. It is the photographer"s responsibility to see that the wedding party is informed about group pictures to be made after the ceremony so that they will stay together.5. It would be advisable to have a list on hand of the pictures to be made. Take larger groups first to release them sooner.6. Please bring a protective cloth or pad if you plan to stand on the furniture to take pictures. (This includes reception.)7. Do not rearrange the candelabra when taking pictures following the wedding, as this causes the hot wax to spill.8. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.9. Smoking is prohibited in the church buildings.10. No tape, tacks, or staples are to be driven into the furnishings, walls or other woodwork.11. Eating is prohibited in all areas except Bentley Hall or Parlor.12. Birdseed may be distributed and thrown OUTSIDE the building. Other materials will be considered based on the discretion of the Wedding Coordinator. A $20 fee will be applied for additional clean-up.13. Do not leave special furnishings or decorations so they will interfere with the next regular church service.14. There should be no electrical alterations.15. Bring your own extension cords.16. No equipment belonging to Connell Baptist Church may be taken off the premises.THE FAILURE OF ANY PHOTOGRAPHER TO COOPERATE WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NECESSITATE THE CHURCH ADVISING FUTURE WEDDING COUPLES THAT SUCH PHOTOGRAPHER IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO CONNELL BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT WORTH.The Church StaffMembers of the church staff as well as the Wedding Coordinator are willing to assist you in ways that they can. WEDDING CHARGES FOR NON-MEMBERS A $50.00 deposit is required to hold the dates firm on the church calendar and is non-refundable. The balance is due 30 days before the wedding date. USE FEE Refundable Damage Deposit $100.00 Building Use;Sanctuary (Seating 350 / balcony 150) $700.00 1 hrs rehearsal/ 4 hrs weddingFellowship Hall (Seating 200) $200.00 2 hrs reception or other useParlor & Kitchen (Seating 50-75) $100.00 2 hrs reception or other useChapel (Seating 150) $200.00 1 hrs rehearsal/ 4 hrs weddingAdditional hours (per hour) $100.00 Wedding Coordinator/Event Rehearsal/Wedding $120.00 Reception or other use $ 40.00 Additional Hours (per hour) $ 10.00 Custodian"s Service Rehearsal (Sanctuary/Chapel) $ 40.00 Rehearsal Dinner ( Fellowship Hall) $100.00 Wedding (Sanctuary) $ 60.00 Wedding (Chapel) $ 40.00 Reception or other use (Bentley Hall) $100.00 Reception/Wedding or other use (Parlor/Kitchen) $ 50.00 Platform Assistance (As required) $ 50.00 Audio Fee (includes 1 CD) $ 60.00 Each additional CD $ 5.00 Connell Minister"s Fee $100.00 Extra Clean-up for throwing material (other than birdseed) $ 20.00 Nursery (2 workers) $ 65.00Initial $50 deposit is non-refundable. In case of cancellation, for any reason, all other monies will be refunded only if 30 days notice prior to wedding date has been given. All charges payable to Connell Baptist Church.Soloists and any others not on the Connell Staff should be paid their fees individually at the time of the Rehearsal and not through the Financial Secretary.Other minister’s honorarium or gift should be handled individually by the groom prior to the ceremony and should not be paid to the Financial Secretary. (A guideline would be $100-$150.)All Non-Members must agree to abide with the policies and procedures set forth in this document without exceptions. Paying your deposit and scheduling your wedding is an affirmation of the agreement.

CAMP CONNELLNestled under the trees and situated on the banks of the Paluxy River, Camp Connell is a favorite gathering place for many church groups and families. It's conveniently located within minutes from Glen Rose, Granbury, and the Dinosaur Valley State Park. Swimming, volleyball, horseshoes, and hiking are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed as you spend your days playing and worshiping God.Amenities* 2 Dorm-Style Bunkrooms with twin bunk beds in each* Bathroom in each sleeping area* Meeting room with fireplace which can be used as a sleeping area* Can sleep between 25-50 people (Cots/bunks are not provided for meeting room area)* Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, stove/oven* Central a/c and heat* Large covered patio can be used during inclement weather PoliciesRATES: One night stay = $100.00 Two night stay = $125.00 DEPOSITS: A deposit of 20% of expected bill is required to reserve the camp. Deposit is due within 10 days of reservation request being submitted. Deposit is refundable up to 14 days before retreat. PAYMENT: Final payment must be made within 7 days of retreat date. Payments can be mailed or brought to:Connell Baptist Church4736 Bryce AvenueFort Worth, Texas 76107 RESERVATIONS: All reservations must be made by submitting a Camp Connell Reservation Form. No Reservation is secured until proper deposits are made and dates are approved.Directions FROM FORT WORTH...Take Highway 377 South to Granbury. Take the Highway 144 Granbury - Glenrose exit off of Highway 377. Take a right-hand turn, get into the left-hand lane and take a left-hand turn at the red light - this will be Highway 51 South to Paluxy. Go approximately 8.5 miles. After crossing the railroad tracks, take the right fork onto 51 South. Go approximately 4.1 miles. Take a left-hand turn onto Edwards Road. Go approximately 3.5 miles and take a right-hand turn into the Camp Connell entrance.
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LIBRARYNeed a resource for Bible Study, an inspirational read, a children's book? Videos, CDs, DVDs? We have these and more. We have great resources to check out or to purchase. Check out our pastor's book, The BEST Body Plan, in the library now.CDs of Pastor Mark's messages are available for purchase after each worship service in the library.

ADULTSFor adults, our desire at Connell is to help you experience a relational progression from guest to friend to family. This progression is based on steps that you are invited to take at your own pace. Our Sunday worship gathering is designed to help you feel like a welcome guest. We want this to be a place where you are excited about inviting friends who don’t attend church on a regular basis.From there we want to help you make friends in a small group. Visit our Small Groups page to learn more about joining a small group where you can build significant relationships. Adult Bible Fellowships are small groups that meet on campus on Sunday mornings at 9:30 before the worship service for relating together then studying God's Word together.From there, we want to help you become part of our family and join us in serving others in service and missions. We have various opportunities for you regardless of your unique gifts and passions.Adult Bible FellowshipsYoung Adults (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Bell 103)Sojourners (Sunday, 9:30 a.m.,Bell 102) Seekers (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Bentley Hall) Business Women (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., second floor, Bentley Hall) Fellowship (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Parlor, Bentley Hall) Joy (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., second floor, Bentley Hall) Mary (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., second floor, Bentley Hall) Rebekah (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., second floor, Bentley Hall)

YOUTHSundaysRe:Generation Sundays is our Sunday morning environment. We begin at 9:30 and provide a weekly teaching time for 7th through 12th grade students. Each week, students experience a combination of worship, games, a challenging talk, and most importantly, interaction with a small group. WednesdaysRe:Generation Wednesday is our mid-week environment where students prioritize their relationship with Christ, influence their friends, and experience personal ministry.

ELEMENTARYChildren at CBC have a variety of opportunities for learning, praise, worship and fun. These include Sunday mornings at O'Malley Alley, Kids on Mission, Children's Summer Camp, Camp Christmas, Light the Night, and retreats to our very own Camp Connell. O'Malley Alley Sunday School - 9:30am Sundays Kidz Praise - 6:00pm - Sundays Team Kids - 6:00pm - Wednesdays

CHILDRENS MINISTRY PRESCHOOLWe welcome you and your preschoolers to Connell Baptist and the ministry of the preschool. Our desire is to provide a safe Christian atmosphere and challenging learning experiences for your child each time he or she comes to church. We also want to provide the best possible care for your child as you participate in the activities here at Connell. SCHEDULE SUNDAY MORNINGSBible Study is available for all children, babies through kindergarteners, beginning at 9:30 a.m.SUNDAY EVENINGSPreschool care is provided for children ages three through kindergarten throughout the school year while parents attend small groups. It begins at 6. WEDNESDAY EVENINGSChildcare is provided for birth through kindergarteners while adults attend evening programming. In order to provide a safe environment, all of our volunteers are required to complete a criminal background check consent form and attend a child abuse prevention training class.ELEMENTARYChildren at CBC have a variety of opportunities for learning, praise, worship and fun. These include Sunday mornings at O'Malley Alley, Kids on Mission, Childrens Summer Camp, Camp Christmas, Light the Night, and retreats to our very own Camp Connell. O'Malley Alley - 9:30am Sundays Kids on Mission - 6:00pm - Wednesdays

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP SMALL GROUPS One of our three main goals as a church is to connect people for the purpose of growing in Christlikeness. It's hard to grow to spiritual maturity all alone. We grow more quickly and more profoundly through relationships with other believers who will encourage us and urge us into a deeper walk with God than through any other means. That is why Christ instituted the Church, to give us relationships with other believers that would sharpen us. Proverbs 27:17): "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." So we have designed a time called "Bible Fellowship" to do just that. It's a time for relating to one another in small groups, sharing what's going on in our lives, having a spiritual conversation, and praying together; and then we spend time studying the Bible together. Joining couldn't be simpler. All of our Bible Fellowship groups meet here on our campus on Sunday mornings at 9:30. Ask at the welcome desk for directions to your Bible Fellowship group. There are Bible Fellowships for every age group from children through senior adults.

LISTEN OR WATCH OUR MESSAGESOur pastors' messages are available to listen to or watch online. You can also download the listening notes and discussion questions. Also the Bible Studies that Pastor Mark and Bernis teach are available for viewing.CLICK HERE TO LISTEN OR WATCH MESSAGES

WORSHIP AT CONNELLOur worship experience is designed to help you investigate and celebrate the love of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ, and everyone is welcome! Whether you consider yourself to be a spiritual seeker or a long time believer, you are invited to come and experience worship, investigate the teachings of the Bible and celebrate our awesome God!We sing contemporary worship music and also some classic hymns. We are grounded in the great traditions of the Christian faith and yet express that faith in a relevant way for the 21st century. We believe that the Bible is the source of truth and our pastor's messages are based on its teachings. We have a unique style which challenges believers and seekers alike to open up to the full life of faith that God offers.Join us this Sunday for an Experience that can change your life!WORSHIP ARTSIf you enjoy singing, you may want to be part of our Worship Community. We rehearse at 8:30 on Sunday mornings and sing the opening song in every worship service.If you don't want to sit in the choir loft during the service, no problem. After our Worship Team opens the worship service, we exit the stage during the welcome. Rehearsal:Sundays: 8:30amMusic RoomPRAISE SINGERSIf you would like to be one of our praise singers, we would love to audition you for the Connell praise team. Just talk to the worship leader and express your interest, or send us a message on the Contact Us page indicating your interest.

KIDZ PRAISEWe offer an opportunity for our children to enjoy singing for God. It's fun and very interactive!With guidance from Kidz Praise Choir leaders, our children are learning how to praise God and worship Him through song. The Kidz Praise Choir meets Sundays at 6:00pm in the Grecian room in O'Malley Alley. Our children are never too young to learn about the glory of God's love and sing His praises. In the children's choir they learn to worship God through music in a safe and structured setting.

CONTACT USAddress: 4736 Bryce Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107Phone: 817-732-3321 Fax: 817-732-3322Email: connell@connellchurch.orgLead Pastor, Dr. Mark RileyWorship Leader, Renee WheatYouth Pastor, Eddie WilliamsChildren's Minister, Lisa ArnoldAdministrative Secretary, Adela CastellonFinance Secretary, Barbara Johnson

SCHEDULE(Childcare is provided for all scheduled activities)SUNDAYSWorship Choir Rehearsal: 8:30amBible Fellowship: 9:30amWorship Service: 10:45amPrecept Bible Study: 6:30pmMONDAYSPrecept Bible Study: 10:00amWEDNESDAYSSr. Adult Bible Luncheon: 11:00amESL & Citizenship Classes: 6:00pmRe:Generation: 6:00pmDIRECTIONSWe are located at 4736 Bryce Ave. in the historic/cultural district of Fort Worth, just off of historic Camp Bowie Boulevard and Hulen Street, behind Lucile's American Bistro. From I-30W, take the Hulen exit and go north to Camp Bowie. Turn left and we are on the right, behind Lucile's.CLICK FOR GOOGLE MAP

DRIVING DIRECTIONSWe are located in the historic/cultural district of Fort Worth, off of historic Camp Bowie Boulevard at Hulen Street...behind the popular Lucile"s Restaurant.Our address is 4735 Bryce Ave., Fort Worth 76107Phone: 817-732-3321 Email: Connell@connellchurch.orgCLICK FOR MAP

Henry Juarez became Minister to Hispanics in February 2011 after having been a member of Connell Baptist Church since February of 2006. Henry speaks fluent Spanish and served as interim minister to the Spanish-speaking congregation for 6 months prior to becoming the Minister to Hispanics. Henry is also a deacon, teacher, senior adult Bible Study director, and member of various committees. Henry and his wife, the former Margarita Sylvia Sanchez, also a member of Connell, have three children, Dani, Christina and Henry Jr.

Adela Castelon has been Administrative Secretary at Connell since 2008. Adela is a graduate of TWU and has served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Adela and her husband, Mario, are members of Mission de Paz in Fort Worth where they both teach and serve in the youth ministry. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Eric Roberson is a native of Forth Worth. He graduated from Alrington Heights High School and grew up at Connell Baptist Church and received Jesus as his Lord here as a child. Eric is called to minister and invest into young people and is passionate about discipling youth and seeing them follow after Christ.

Renee Wheat was born in Hawaii and raised in Fort Worth. She is married to Donnie. The Wheats have have two sons, one of whom is a Youth Pastor in Oklahoma and the other is a worship leader. Donnie is her best friend and enjoys helping with the sound and background details of worship events. She has recorded her own original music and can be contacted at reneerollins.com. Renee's personal vision is to know Jesus and experience Him through heartfelt worship and share his compasion with the world.

Mark Riley became our senior pastor in September 2008. Mark has pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma. Mark earned his bachelor"s degree from Baylor University, Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Fort Worth, and his Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is married to Bernis, a licensed professional counselor who practices at their counseling center, SoulCare Counseling, in Bedford. They have three grown children: Matt, John, and Heather.

What We BelieveGODWe believe in one God, the creator and sustainer of all. He is eternally existant as a holy trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit without division of essence or being.JESUSWe believe in the deity and humanIty of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God, and in His imminent personal return in power and glory.THE HOLY SPIRITWe believe in the person of the Holy Spirit of God the Father and God the Son, and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to people, convict of sin, regenerate repentant sinners and, by His presence and power, to sanctify the lives of the redeemed.THE BIBLEWe believe the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired and infallible Word, and is the supreme standard and final authority for all conduct, faith, and doctrine.HUMAN BEINGSWe believe that human beings are created in the image of God as His supreme work and as such have infinite worth and dignity, but by willful transgression became sinful and justly fell under the condemnation and wrath of almighty God.SALVATIONWe believe that the only salvation from sin's guilt and condemnation is through repentance and faith in the righteousness and atonement of the Lord Jesus, and that this salvation is the free gift of God's love and grace.ETERNAL SECURITYWe believe that because the believer is laid hold of and kept by the power of God and not by self-effort, and because salvation grants eternal life, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity and can never be lost again.THE CHURCHWe believe that a New Testament church is a body of baptized believers committed to the New Testament teachings of Christ, associated for evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. Its ordinances are baptism and communion. It's officers are pastors (in Scripture called "elders or overseers") and deacons.BAPTISM AND COMMUNIONWe believe baptism is only to be administered upon profession of faith in Christ, by immersion, declaring faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Lord; that communion is only for believers and is in remembrance of the Lord's death until He comes.CHRIST'S RETURNWe believe that, according to His promise, Jesus will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth and that, associated with His return, there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust, the just to be with Him in eternal blessing, the unjust to be separated from Him in eternal condemnation.

Who We AreOur church is very simple. We only do three things but they are the most important things, the things Jesus commanded His followers to incorporate into their lifestyle: worship, community, and service. Jesus gave this great commission to His church: "Going, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you." (Matt.28:18-19) The command is to do one thing, make disciples. How? By going and telling people the good news of how to have a relationship with God through what Jesus has done for them, then after they believe in Christ, baptizing them in the name of the three-in-one God, and then for the rest of their life teaching them to obey and incorporate Christ's commands into their lives.THE COMMANDS OF CHRISTWhat are the commands of Christ, then? He gave three commands and obeying each one makes a person a healthy, maturing disciple of Jesus. (Matthew 22:37-38) ""You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the great and foremost commandment." This is called worship, intimacy with God, full devotion to God. We call it "connecting to God." The main place where we help people connect to God is in our worship services. Sunday morning is all about this first command to love God and connect to God.(Matthew 22:39) "The second is like it, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."" In Luke 10 Jesus gave this same command and explained it with the story of the Good Samaritan who helped a stranger in need. This is called service, investing in a needy world. We call it "connecting to the world." Every member of our church is asked to participate in a church ministry, community service project, or mission trip. And every quarter each of our small groups choose a special "Faith in Action" service project to do together. Service projects are all about the second command to love our neighbor as ourselves.(John 13:34-35) "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." This is called community, involvement with other believers, fellowship. We call it "connecting to others." The place where we help people connect to others is in our small groups. We have our small group time during "Bible Fellowship." Small groups are all about the third command to love one another as Jesus loved us.OUR MISSION"Our mission is to help people connect to God, others, and the world." When a person responds to the good news and takes Jesus as Lord, declares Him as Lord by being baptized in His name, and then begins doing all three of His commands consistently, that person is a disciple. Jesus told us to make disciples. So we only do those three things. It keeps us laser focused on our mission.OUR STRATEGY "Our strategy is to help people connect to God, others, and the world." Sound familiar? The first place people usually come is our worship service where we help them connect to God in worship and begin the discipleship process. Then we begin encouraging them to take the next step and form relationships with others by joining a Bible Fellowship small group. Then all of our small groups choose a church ministry, community service project, or mission trip to participate in together. OUR BELIEFSGODWe believe in one God, the creator and sustainer of all. He is eternally existant as a holy trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit without division of essence or being.JESUSWe believe in the deity and humanIty of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God, and in His imminent personal return in power and glory.THE HOLY SPIRITWe believe in the person of the Holy Spirit of God the Father and God the Son, and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to people, convict of sin, regenerate repentant sinners and, by His presence and power, to sanctify the lives of the redeemed.THE BIBLEWe believe the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired and infallible Word, and is the supreme standard and final authority for all conduct, faith, and doctrine.HUMAN BEINGSWe believe that human beings are created in the image of God as His supreme work and as such have infinite worth and dignity, but by willful transgression became sinful and justly fell under the condemnation and wrath of almighty God.SALVATIONWe believe that the only salvation from sin's guilt and condemnation is through repentance and faith in the righteousness and atonement of the Lord Jesus, and that this salvation is the free gift of God's love and grace.ETERNAL SECURITYWe believe that because the believer is laid hold of and kept by the power of God and not by self-effort, and because salvation grants eternal life, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity and can never be lost again.THE CHURCHWe believe that a New Testament church is a body of baptized believers committed to the New Testament teachings of Christ, associated for evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. Its ordinances are baptism and communion. Its officers are pastors (in Scripture called "elders or overseers") and deacons.BAPTISM AND COMMUNIONWe believe baptism is only to be administered upon profession of faith in Christ, by immersion, declaring faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Lord; that communion is only for believers and is in remembrance of the Lord's death until He comes.CHRIST'S RETURNWe believe that, according to His promise, Jesus will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth and that, associated with His return, there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust, the just to be with Him in eternal blessing, the unjust to be separated from Him in eternal condemnation.

Before You AttendAdult Worship Service [Adults]The worship service starts at 11:00am. Please dress comfortably as our worship service environment is designed for you - our guest. Just like a home, we expect and ask nothing of you but to be our guest. Connell Baptist Church is a group of imperfect people. We are normal people just like you and we are in search of a meaningful life and real relationship with God. We highly value authentic relationships and seek to be culturally relevant. Our services are approximately an hour. They consist of enjoyable music, a conversational message from the Bible, and other elements which make the service engaging. We have Greeters on site to answer all your questions and help you find your way around. We also provide the opportunity to stay as anonymous as you like. We hope you enjoy it so much that you'll want to come back.Preschool Place [Birth - Preschool]Preschool Place is a Sunday morning preschool for children ages birth through four years. Our goal is to teach every child that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.O'Malley Alley [K-6th Grade]Named after a beloved children's teacher now with the Lord, O'Malley Alley is a Sunday morning environment for elementary-aged kids (K – 5th grade) that includes an engaging large group gathering for worship and teaching alongside a more personal, small group time with adult leaders. Re:Generation [7th-12th Grade]Re:Generation is our youth ministry. It meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. During those times your student gets to hang out and connect not only with other students, but also with leaders who will meet them where they are and challenge them to take the next step.Dios Es Amor (Hispanic Ministry)This goup was originally designed to provide a place where students of the ESL program, to whom their teachers ministered to and who subsequently became believers, could be discipled and would be made to feel welcome into the family of God. The group has grown to have its own Bible Fellowship department and they conduct a Spanish language worship service the first Sunday of each month.Dios Es Amor (Grupo de Hispanos)Este grupo fue diseado originalmente para proveer un lugar en donde los estudiantes del programa ESL, a quienes los maestros hayan ministrado y quienes posteriormente hayan sido creyentes, pudieran ser discipulados y hechos sentir bienvenidos a la familia de Dios. El grupo ha crecido hasta tener su propio departamento de Compaerismo Bblico y se renen en un Servicio de Adoracin el primer domingo de cada mes.

Welcome ToCONNELL BAPTIST CHURCHWhat does it mean to follow Christ? He commanded His disciples to love God wholeheartedly, love neighbor as self, and love one other as He loved us.At Connell, that's all we do...those three priorities:worship, community, and service. The atmosphere isfriendly, the messages are biblical and relevant, the worship is sincere, and everything is designed to help you and your family grow in your spiritual journey. We invite you to visit us soon and see for yourself.

Connecting people to ...God in worship ...others in community ...the world in service

Last Week's Message: STRONG AND COURAGEOUS: Start Where You Are - Joshua 17:14-18
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