ARTICLE XII. FINANCE
 

 

Section 1. In General

 

 

All funds for the maintenance of the assembly shall be provided by the voluntary contributions, tithes, and offerings of the members and friends of the organization. Offerings shall be accepted by the assembly at such times and in such ways as agreed upon by the church board and shall be administered by the pastor under their direction (Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38;1 Corinthians 16:1,2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

 

 

Section 2. Handling of Offerings

 

 

All offerings shall be counted by at least two authorized persons before the funds are removed from the church building. An offering receipts form shall be signed in duplicate by those counting the offering, with one copy going to the treasurer and the other to the pastor. A record shall be kept of all receipts and disbursements of the local assembly and of all individual giving.

 

 

Section 3. Pastoral Remuneration

 

 

A. Regular Remuneration

 

The pastor shall be remunerated for his services by a salary or by other means agreed upon by the church board and himself. The church board shall review the pastor's remuneration at least annually.

 

B. Reimbursement for Expenses

 

The pastor shall be given consideration by the church board for expenses incurred by his attendance at District Councils, General Councils, and other District functions by reimbursement of such expenses, or by an offering to help defray such expenses, according to the ability of the church as determined by the church board.

 

C. Severance Pay

 

In the event a pastor is removed from office by a vote of the active voting membership of the church, he shall be given a minimum of 2 months regular or average remuneration as severance pay, except in the case of moral turpitude.