Bylaws of DiscipleMakers, Inc.
Updated 10/7/2017 by the Board of Directors
Article I – Who we are
Preamble: Before He ascended to the Father’s right hand, Jesus gave us His Great Commission. Some of His servants have seen a strategic opportunity to make disciples of all nations among college students, and have banded together in a mission based on biblical models. We are called DiscipleMakers.
Our Vision: “Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” — Matthew 28:18–20
Our Mission: We believe Christ has:
called us to make disciples of all nations.
strategically prepared college students to respond to that call.
given us effective methods to accomplish His call:
Bible study that transforms character and worldview.
Leadership development and discipling.
Culturally relevant evangelism.
Life giving, encouraging fellowship.
Fervent prayer and moving worship.
used us in unique ways because we:
participate in, consult with and serve churches.
will to go to smaller colleges.
Motto: Reaching the Campus ... Reaching the World
Name: The legal name of the Pennsylvania corporation formed to support this mission is “DiscipleMakers, Inc.”
Legal Purpose: DiscipleMakers, Inc. shall be organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the purposes set forth in § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and none of the earnings of the organization may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate at all in campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Article II – Membership
Mission: Full time missionaries who raise their support are members of the mission. For married couples, both husband and wife must be full time missionaries and members of the mission. This provision is to protect the marriages of our missionaries and also to enhance their ministry to students in this age of broken families by showing them families that minister together. While many members of the mission are employees, not all are. Also, employees are not necessarily members. Employees who do not raise their support are not members of the mission.
Corporation: Only the members of the Board of Directors are members of the corporation.
Doctrinal Statement: All Board and missionary members of DiscipleMakers must subscribe without reservation to this doctrinal statement and resign as soon as they realize they can no longer do so. Though we believe each of these points are essential, how a member determines what is truth is ultimately more important than the individual points of a doctrinal statement. In other words, our epistemology is critical though we have not covered it adequately here.
In one true God, existing eternally as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the unique, inerrant, inspired Word of God, and is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
In the sovereignty and active rule of God in creation, history, revelation, redemption, and final judgment.
That Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, fully human and fully divine, eternally existing as God, yet born in time of a virgin, and that He lived a sinless and perfect life.
In the historic death of Jesus as the full and only atonement for our sins, in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
That men are justified only by the grace of God through faith alone, only on the basis of the death of Christ.
That man was created by God in His image, but that since Adam's sin, all men are sinful and subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
That those justified are also sanctified, only by the grace of God, through faith alone.
That the Holy Spirit is present and effective in applying the work of Christ to believers in regenerating and sanctifying them.
In one invisible, universal church, the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong, and in particular Churches governed by officers with the authority to rule in matters of belief and discipline.
In the visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory.
In the resurrection of the redeemed to the enjoyment of God forever in His presence, and the resurrection of the unredeemed to judgment and everlasting punishment in hell.
Core Values: All Board and missionary members of DiscipleMakers must give themselves to our Core Values. If they cannot, they must resign. While it's important to believe our Core Values, it's even more important to live them by actively seeking to implement them in every area of life.The Core Values of DiscipleMakers are:
The Scriptures direct our lives. They should drive all that we think, say and do—not just what is religious or spiritual. We apply them to family, politics, work, study, leisure and every other area of life. As a mission we are particularly concerned that our ministry conforms to the Scriptures. We don't quote verses mindlessly; rather, using the common standards of human language, we determine what the original author said, what that meant to the original audience in their context, and how it applies in our context.
Scripture: Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Matthew 24:35; Psalm 19; Psalm 119
We, the laborers, are the key resource and our character is what counts. We are often told that money is limited, that the harvest is not what it used to be, or that God must pour out His Spirit in revival. According to the Scriptures none of these things is true! Rather, God promises all we need; He declares the harvest is plentiful and that His Spirit indwells us. He tells us what is actually in short supply: workers for the harvest. His Great Commission is that we make disciples. Jesus’ conception of a disciple or a laborer is far beyond someone who claims to be a Christian. He must give up everything, he must hold to His teaching and he must love others. In doing so, he will bear much fruit. This may be an unbelievably high standard, but Jesus has commanded us to pray and to work for this end. The quality of our student discipleship is high because we are examples of the image of God worthy for them to imitate. More quality staff laborers are critical to our efforts.
Scripture: Matthew 9:35-38; 2 Timothy 2; Genesis 1:27,28; John 4:34-38; Acts 6:1-7
Real unity is hard work. It comes from adopting a servant's attitude and speaking the truth in love. But normally, our relationships are so shallow that we cannot know if we have real unity. We maintain the Sunday morning facade rather than developing one heart and one mind. We must penetrate below surface issues and know each other at the heart level. Then we must work to expand what we agree on and minimize the areas of disagreement. We must be careful to work through conflicts and not avoid them. We must also hear each other out with sensitivity and affirmation, build agreement around the Scriptures, and not coerce one another. We are called to work together as one Body. We consider the welfare of the whole mission as more important than our own. We do what is needed regardless of our gifting or ability. As individuals we have not succeeded until the whole team has succeeded. We support the whole team and our leaders.
Scripture: Philippians 2; John 17:20-23; Psalm 133; Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; 1 John 3-4; 1 Peter 1:22-25
God asks us to see things from His point of view and then to act on them. It's not enough to see His truth ourselves; He calls us to make every effort to influence the world around us for Him. Sometimes that may mean working behind the scenes and other times that may mean leading the charge, but in every situation we take the initiative to do what we can for Him. We may have a formal leadership role, or we may have none. Whatever our organizational position, we are to ask ourselves what we can do to help. We do not allow fear of failure to stop us from trying. We keep failing in the right direction until the Lord calls us home.
Scripture: Hebrews 11; Luke 17:5-10; Nehemiah; Romans 4:20-21, 1 Timothy 6:11-12
The gospel is the glorious truth that God saves us from our sin through Christ's perfect life, death, and resurrection. As we believe this truth, God transforms us into His image over time. Nonetheless, we stubbornly trust in other things or in other things plus Christ. Faithfully revealing these as idols of the heart, God calls us to worship Him alone. By His grace He saved us, continues to save us and will one day save us. We certainly make choices that have real consequences, but our hope is in Him and not us. He disciplines us to show us the horror of our sin. He teaches us to renew our minds. He enables us to live as holy, pleasing sacrifices. Our family, ministry, dreams, hopes and accomplishments may disappoint us. All DiscipleMakers will be forgotten, but we will rejoice in God our Savior forever.
Scripture: Romans 1-8; Matthew 5-7; Isaiah 53; Genesis 3-9; Ezekiel 14:1-6; Psalm 32,51; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 2:6-11
Care for One Another
We trust in the Lord, but as a human organization, caring for one another is the source of our power. We, as a mission and individually as missionaries, shepherd each other. We love each other by doing what is best for one another. Many times that will mean a sympathetic ear and words of affirmation. At other times that will mean truth spoken in love frankly and directly. A helping hand can get us through a rough spot, but to make significant progress we must have our issues clearly identified and addressed. We will make mistakes in caring for each other, but we will keep trying until we get it right. The Lord has given us a fabulous opportunity, and we have banded together to take advantage of it. We need every member of our staff team, but we also need each member to be at his best and to be putting the team first. As we do this we develop energized missionaries who constantly re-energize each other. This gives us tremendous power.
Scripture: Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24,25; Ephesians 3:17b-19; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Article III – Board of Directors
The Organization shall have a Board of Directors who is responsible for the overall policy and direction of DiscipleMakers, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the President. All policies pertaining to the Board’s governance of the President of DiscipleMakers and of itself are found in the Board Policy Manual. The Corporation shall indemnify its current and former Board Members, officers, missionaries and employees to the extent permitted by law.
Article IV – Amendments
These bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted, by two-thirds of the entire Board of Directors at any regular meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose. Bylaws of DiscipleMakers, Inc.