who care for one another and bring God’s love into a broken world”
Name and Residence
- The denomination is named Vineyard Groningen
Vineyard Groningen is henceforth referred to as “the congregation”.
- The congregation resides in Groningen, The Netherlands.
- The congregation is instituted as of today, 28 June 2021, for an
- The congregation is affiliated with Vineyard Benelux (VYB), based in Wageningen, Netherlands, registered in the commercial register of the Chamber of Commerce for central Netherlands under file number 30263195.
- The congregation is founded on the Bible.
- Vineyard Benelux basic documents.
- The congregation defines its purpose in the proclamation of the gospel of
Jesus Christ in preaching and practice as well as the expanding of the Kingdom of God through the work of the congregation.
- The congregation has been called together to be an international, multi-
cultural community in and to (but not limited to) the English-speaking community in the north of the Netherlands.
- The congregation pursues these purposes through:
- Organizing congregational meetings and services;
- Organizing Bible study meetings
- Providing Biblical teaching;
- Providing training for spiritual leaders;
- Providing pastoral care;
- Sending spiritual workers for missions and evangelization;
- Founding new congregations;
- Utilizing all other legal means.
- The activities mentioned under article 4.1.a through 4.1h need not be
- The financial means of the congregation consist of:
- Contributions of her members;
- Donations and offerings;
- Donations from legacies and inheritance;
- Other means.
- Annually the board of the congregation will account for the financial
affairs of the congregation.
- The board of the congregation will donate a set amount of the
congregation’s annual income to Vineyard Benelux.
- Members of the congregation are those who:
- Have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and the Lord of their life;
- andConform to the foundation and purpose of the congregation;
- andRegularly partake in the congregational meetings and services.
- Membership of the congregation is initiated upon request and after
approval of the congregation’s Board. Membership is
personal and a choice made by each individual member.
- Membership will be terminated upon:
- The members’ deceasing;
- The members’ request;
- The decision of the Board;
- Observation of the Board that the member has
withdrawn from the congregation or that the member is living contrary to a Biblical lifestyle.
- The members of the congregation are expected to contribute to the
congregation according to their means.
- The rights and obligations of members are described in the By-laws.
- The congregation is governed by a Board which consists of members from the congregation.
- The Board consists of at least 3 persons.
The Board delegates the day-to-day management of the congregation to the Pastor and to Vineyard Benelux . The Board elects from among its members a Chairman, a Secretary and a
Treasurer, and possibly substitutes for the positions of Chairman and Treasurer.
. The Board will remain legally in place also when one or more of these positions becomes vacant, and the Board will seek to fill any vacancies within a
reasonable amount of time.
. The Board can appoint others outside the Board to
function in the role of Treasurer when necessary.
Instigation and Resignation
- New members of the Board will be appointed upon nomination
of the Board from the members of the congregation.
- Board members will serve for a three-year term, but at the
completion of the three-year term members can immediately be re-elected if they so choose.
- A Board member can resign from their post at any time.
- Board membership will end upon the deceasing of the team
Member, resignation, completion of the three-year term, or upon
- The Board can dismiss or discharge one of its members when the
individual contravenes the statutes or by-laws, does not observes a Biblical lifestyle, or acts in conflict with the general interest of the congregation. The decision to dismiss the member must be seconded by a two-thirds majority of votes in a Board meeting with all members attending, with the exception of the member in question.
- The member of the Board whose membership is thus questioned
must be allowed to respond to allegations in the before mentioned Board meeting, but cannot take part in the vote.
Tasks and Authority
- The Board will meet at least once a month with these meetings
chaired by the Chairman. The Secretary of the Board, or other team member appointed by the Chairman, will draw up minutes of the meetings containing all crucial decisions of the Board.
- The Board provides spiritual and practical leadership to the
- The Board selects, trains, and appoints leadership in all other
functions within the congregation.
- The Board will call congregational meetings a minimum of two
times per year to report on all matters relating to the congregation.
- The Board annually draws up and evaluates a strategic plan
and budget for the next year. These are made known the congregation.
- Additional staff is hired or appointed by the Board, as needed,
and can function as either employees or volunteers. Staff is directly accountable to the Board and operates under their leadership and supervision.
- The Board is authorized to close agreements for purchase, hire,
lease, registered real estate and to perform any legal action the Board considers in the interest of the congregation.
- On large purchases of real estate and payments of sums greater than 1000 euros,
the Board must be unanimous in their approval.
- The Board is not authorized to close agreements wherein the
congregation will be depositor or debtor, or provide guarantee for a third parties debt.
- The congregation will be represented inside and outside the law to
execute Board decisions by at least two of the following officials: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Member.
- The Board can allow itself to be represented by another
representative with written authorization. However, when the Treasurer is thus represented to access bank accounts the explicit limit of the authorization will be stated in the authorization.
- Every member of the Board is, on behalf of the congregation,
authorized to accept legacies, gifts, and donations to the congregation, without onerous burden for the congregation, and is authorized to sign deeds and documents and perform all necessary functions therefore.
Accounting and Responsibilities
- The accounting year is equal to the calendar year.
- The treasurer manages the congregation’s finances. He drafts an annual budget of income and expenditure for the coming financial year and submits it to the Board for approval. Within three months of the end of the financial year, he reports the income and expenditure of the past financial year to the board. Within four months of the end of the financial year, the board will present the income and expenditure accounts of the recently closed financial year to the congregation.
- Annually the Board appoints two members of the congregation, who may not be part of the board, as audit committee. This committee examines the end of year accounts and reports its findings to the Board.
- The Board is under obligation to keep account of the
congregational assets in such a manner that at all times the financial obligations of the congregation can be accounted for.
- The Board is under obligation to retain records of the above
mentioned for a duration of 5 years.
Change of Statutes
- The Board is authorized to change these statutes by unanimous
- Excluded are changes to the founding articles (art. 2) and defined purpose (art. 3) of the
congregation. This paragraph of Article 11 is therefore also excluded from amendments.
Dissolving and Settling
- The congregation will be dissolved when;
- A thus inclined unanimous decision is made by the Board
- Through insolvency, after bankruptcy has been declared
- After the congregation has been dissolved settlement of accounts will be
undertaken by the Board in accordance with Vineyard Benelux.
- After settlement the remaining assets will be distributed to similar
congregations or ministries according to the foundation and purpose of the former congregation.
- The Board is authorized to draw up By-laws for affairs not
described in these statutes.
- The By-laws cannot contain articles that contradict these statutes.
- In case of disputes concerning the application of these statutes, as well as
concerning any situation that these statutes do not address the Board is authorized to decide.
- In case of disputes concerning the Board, representatives from
Vineyard Benelux will be brought in as mediators, in accordance with the Decision Making Document.
Date of version: 28 June 2021