This is the new constitution for Churches Together in Billericay. It was introduced in January 2016.

The constitution

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

1. Overall name

Churches Together in Billericay (CTB).

2. Membership

CTB 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 as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who, acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, wish to join together in pursuit of our objectives. (see 3. below)

Associate membership is available to other Christian groups working in Billericay at the discretion of the annual general meeting (AGM) of CTB.

** defined as the electoral wards of Basildon District Council known as Billericay East, Billericay West and Burstead.

3. Objectives

Guided by the Holy Spirit and under the headship of Christ, our overall objective is to build the Kingdom of God and share the Good News of Jesus with all the people of Billericay.

We will seek to provide a Christian presence in Billericay where all churches have the opportunity to participate in, and all residents have the opportunity to engage with, a vibrant Christian community.

4. Shared worship and prayer

CTB will aim to meet together in January, March, May, July, September and November for worship and prayer; and to seek God’s will as we discuss our future work and witness together. Such acts of worship, may be led by any people who are authorized by their local church, and will be overseen by the Church Leaders' Meeting.

Whilst there will be no formal voting procedure at these services, it may be helpful to gauge the level of support for what is proposed during these gatherings as we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit .

5. Other meetings

a. Church Leaders' Meeting

The church leaders of all member churches (see 11. below) will aim to meet together monthly for prayer and mutual support and to oversee the ongoing work of CTB. When any leader is not able to be present, for any reason, an appointed substitute may be sent.

b. Task groups for CTB activities

Ad hoc task groups involving both church leaders and lay people will be appointed to arrange individual events. The leader of the group may be a church leader or lay person.

6. The annual general meeting of CTB

We will meet together for an AGM each January to review the past year, receive audited accounts, elect officers, share a vision for the coming year, agree a budget and church contributions ( see 9. below), begin to establish any task groups that are already seen to be needed and make any changes to the constitution.

All are welcome to attend this meeting, but those entitled to vote shall be the Church leaders (or their nominated substitute) and up to three named lay representatives (or their nominated substitute) of each member church (see 11. below) . Decisions shall be made by a simple majority vote of those present, holding voting rights.

7. Officers of CTB

The officers of CTB shall be a chairperson, vice-chairperson, honorary secretary and honorary treasurer, who once elected by the AGM will meet together as necessary to conduct the business of Churches Together in Billericay as directed by the AGM and as appropriate by the other formal meetings of CTB.

8. Quorum

For all meetings of CTB and its other meetings (see 5. above)

This shall consist of the church leaders or lay representatives from at least three denominations of the member churches (see 11. below) being present

9. Finance

Each member church shall be asked to contribute financially to CTB on an annual basis . The amount of the annual contribution to be decided at the AGM.

Associate members shall not be asked to make a financial contribution.

10. Other Christian organisations in Billericay

CTB has pioneered ventures such as Schools Ministry Billericay and Billericay Street Pastors, which continue as separate entities supported by CTB member churches. CTB aims to provide a platform for information from these entities, particularly through the CTB AGM and worship & praise services.

11. Member churches

Baptist Baptist Church, Billericay (meeting at Perry Street, South Green, and Sunnymede)
Church of England Billericay and Little Burstead Team Ministry:
. Christ Church, Billericay
. Emmanuel, Billericay
. St John the Divine, Outwood Common
. St Mary Magdalen, Billericay
. St Mary the Virgin, Little Burstead
  St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead
Independent Revival Church, Billericay
Methodist Billericay Methodist Church:
. Western Road Methodist Church
. Queens Park Community Church
Roman Catholic Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay
United Reformed United Reformed Church, Billericay

12. Associated member church

Baptist Baptist Church, Ramsden Bellhouse


Version: 17th November 2016