Make every effort to keep among you the unity of Spirit through bonds of peace. Let there be one body and one Spirit, for God, in calling you, gave the same Spirit to all. Ephesians 4: 3-4
The name shall be Churches Together in Billericay.
Churches Together in Billericay shall consist of all the Christian churches whose main centre of life and worship lies within the district of Billericay** who confess faith in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, and who, acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, wish to join together in pursuit of the Objectives.
Associate membership is available to other Christian groups working in Billericay at the discretion of Churches Together in Billericay.
To join together in prayer and to grow the people of God so that, in the fullness and unity of the Spirit, we bring the Gospel to every person in the district of Billericay.
The Council of Churches Together in Billericay shall comprise the clergy and ministers of all member Churches and not more than three lay representatives from each church. Each church shall be entitled to four votes. Associate members are not entitled to vote. Decisions of Churches Together in Billericay shall be made by a simple majority vote.
The officers of Churches Together in Billericay shall be a chairperson, vice-chairperson,honorary secretary and honorary treasurer, who together shall constitute the standing committee, whose function shall be to conduct the business of Churches Together in Billericay as necessary.
Where possible each church shall nominate at least one of its leaders (lay or clergy/minister) to be released to engage in the work of Churches Together. Concerning the work of Churches Together, those so nominated shall be accountable to the officers of Churches Together in Billericay and through them to the individual churches.
The work shall include inter alia:
The holding of 'memorable' services (where the awesome presence of God is manifest)
Outreach and social engagement across the district and across all ages and interest groups, including mums and toddlers, schools ministry, youth, working adults, older folk and the disadvantaged
Building up the body of Christ across all denominations, through the sharing of our God given talents in ministry, teaching, mentoring and other actions.
The Council of Churches Together in Billericay shall meet not less than four times annually.
The annual general meeting shall be held so far as possible in January, when the accounts shall be presented, annual reports submitted, and the following elected: chairperson, vice-chairperson, honorary secretary and honorary treasurer.
This shall consist of ten representatives of Churches Together in Billericay of at least three communions.
Each member church shall be asked to contribute to Churches Together in Billericay an amount to be decided at the annual general meeting. Associate members shall not be asked to make a contribution.
Churches Together in Billericay shall refer certain matters to the member churches for specific ratification by each church, including but not restricted to:
a. Amendments to the Constitution
b. Affiliation of Churches Together in Billericay to any external body
c. The powers and responsibilities of the executive
d. Matters requiring significant resources to be provided, not withstanding that any church may opt not to participate in such a matter.
** The district of Billericay is defined as the electoral wards of Basildon District Council known as Billericay East, Billericay West and Burstead.