Bylaws of DiscipleMakers, Inc.
Updated 10/29/2016 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.
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.