Article I Name
The name shall be the (Christian State Network Name).
Article II Offices
The corporation shall maintain in the State of XXXXXX a registered
office and a registered agent located at the registered office. The
Board of Directors may, at any time, change the location of the
registered office and the person designated as the registered agent. The
corporation may also have other offices at such places as the Board of
Directors may fix by resolution.
Article III Purpose
This corporation shall be organized and operated exclusively for
charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. Subject to
the limitations stated in the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of
this corporation shall be to engage in any lawful activities, none of
which are for profit, for which corporations may be organized under
Chapter 65 of the XXXXXX Revised Statutes and Section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 19545 (or their corresponding future statutes.)
(Christian State Network Name) exists to provide support and communication to Christian
home education support group leaders, and to make information accessible
to support groups and home educators, governing bodies and the general
public. All activities of (Christian State Network Name) shall be consistently and forthrightly
Article IV Statement of Faith
Section 1. Preface
While there are truths other than these which are taught in the Bible
(and all Scripture is equally important), this brief statement of faith
delineates truths which we believe to be essential for Christian
Section 2. Statement
A. The Bible alone is the inspired and infallible Word of God and
constitutes completed and final revelation. The Bible, in its original
autograph, is without error in whole or in part, including theological
concepts as well as geographical and historical details. (II Tim 3:16;
II Peter 1:20-21)
B. God alone is self-existent and has existed from all eternity in three
eternal and co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the
Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God, come in human flesh, being fully God
and fully man except without sin. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1; John 10:30, 37-38)
C. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and
everything that God created was good. Yet his perfect creation was
marred by sin. Through Adam's sin, death and decay entered into this
world. (Gen. 1:1, 31; Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6-10,23; Rom. 8:20-21; Rom
D. All men are in violation of God's righteous requirements and His Holy
character both by nature and by act, and are therefore under His wrath
and just condemnation. Yet because of God's infinite love and mercy, He
sent His Son to bear the penalty of our sins. The central purpose of the
coming of Jesus Christ was to atone for sins through His substitutionary
death on the cross - the successful accomplishment of which was attested
to by His subsequent visible bodily resurrection. (Rom. 3:19; Rom 5:6-8;
Eph. 2:1, 4-5; II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor 15:3-6)
E. Salvation is offered as a gift free to the sinner. This gift must be
responded to individually in faith, not trusting in any personal works
whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone. (Rom.
6:23; John 3:16; Eph.2:8-9; Rom. 3:21-24; Rom. 10:9)
F. The Holy Spirit is the comforter and counselor, promised by Jesus,
who came upon the church at Pentecost and indwells every believer. He is
co-equal with the Father and the Son and provides the power which
enables individual Christians to live in accord with God's will. (John
14:16-17, 26; Rom 8:9-11; Rom 12:2-3; Gal. 3:3; Phil 2:13)
Article V Tenets
Section 1. We believe that every family has the God-given mandate and
responsibility for the education of their children (whether they choose
to educate their children at home or in a classroom) and should have
these rights protected by law, regardless of their philosophy of
education or religious affiliation.
Section 2. Trusting to the working of the Holy Spirit in all believers,
we believe that all home school groups are completely autonomous in
their activities and are not responsible to (Christian State Network Name) for their
organization or management.
Article VI Members
This organization shall have no members.
Article VII Board of Directors
Section 1. Governing Authority
The governing body shall be known as the Board of Directors, and shall
have plenary powers to do all things necessary and proper to operate
(Christian State Network Name).
Section 2. Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of married couples.
Section 3. Number
The Board of Directors shall consist of at least five (5) and not more
than nine (9) married couples with one vote per person. The exact number
of couples on the Board of Directors shall be fixed from time to time by
resolution of the Board.
Section 4. Qualifications
Each member couple of the Board of Directors shall:
A. sign an affirmation of (Christian State Network Name's) Statement of Faith,
B. be members of a local Christian church that is essentially in
agreement with (Christian State Network Name's) Statement of Faith,
C. have their faith be evident in their manner of life,
D. be home educating all of their school-age children and/or have home
educated their children through their secondary education,
E. have demonstrated their understanding of the requirements of a Board
member by having previously given of their time voluntarily in service
to the Network.
Section 5. Terms of Office
The terms for Board member couples shall be staggered two-year terms.
Each member of a couple shall serve the same term. A Board member couple
may serve an unlimited number of terms.
Section 6. Manner of Election.
The Board shall elect its own members, except that a Board member couple
shall not vote on their own position. Any affiliated support group
leader member may submit a nomination for a new Board member couple to
the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will submit a slate
of qualified nominees to the Board of Directors two months prior to the
annual meeting of the Board. Election of a nominee to the Board of
Directors shall be by at least two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of
the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Removal.
Any Board member couple that fails to meet the qualifications as set
forth in this document is expected to voluntarily resign and may be
removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board then in office.
Additionally, any Board member couple may be removed from the Board with
or without cause by a unanimous vote of the remaining members of the
Board then in office.
Section 8. Vacancies.
Vacancies in the Board of Directors caused by the death, resignation,
removal of a member, or a newly created position shall be filled by
appointment by a 2/3 vote of the remaining Board for the balance of the
Section 9. Compensation.
Members of the Board of Directors may receive reasonable reimbursement
for expenses incurred in the maintenance of their duties, but shall not
be compensated for their activities as board members. Persons who render
service to the organization in some capacity other than as a member of
the Board of Directors may be compensated for their services when
approved by the Board of Directors.
Article VIII Officers
Section 1. Titles
The offices of this corporation shall consist of at least four (4)
offices - Chairman, Vice-chairman Secretary and Treasurer - and shall be
selected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting to carry on the
business of the board for the period of one year. Board members serving
as officers do not forfeit their voting rights.
A. The officers shall be selected from men on the Board of Directors.
B. The officers may serve an unlimited number of terms.
Section 2. Removal.
Any officer may be removed by a minimum two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
Board of Directors then in office with or without cause.
Section 3. Chairman
The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board, compose Board
meeting agendas, maintain relationships with other state and national
home school organizations, and oversee and coordinate the business of
the organization except where specific duties are delegated by the Board
to other individuals. The Chairman, by permission of the board, may
assign administrative responsibilities to another individual, whether
paid or unpaid, said individual serving as a non-voting ex officio
member of the Board.
Section 4. Vice-chairman
The Vice-chairman shall assist in the fulfillment of the duties and
responsibilities of the office of Chairman. The Vice-chairman shall be
the presiding officer in the absence of the Chairman.
Section 5. Secretary
The Secretary shall take minutes at all Board meetings, act as custodian
of all records and reports, and shall in general perform all duties
incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time
to time may be assigned by the Board. The Secretary, by permission of
the Board, may assign certain of his responsibilities to another
individual, whether paid or unpaid, said individual serving as a
non-voting ex officio member of the Board.
Section 6. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept correct and accurate
accounts of the property and financial transactions of the organized and
in general perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and
such other duties and may be assigned from time to time by the Board.
The Treasurer, by permission of the Board, may assign certain of his
responsibilities to another individual, whether paid or unpaid, said
indvidual serving as a non-voting ex officio member of the Board.
Article IX Committees
Section 1. Executive Committee.
The Board of Directors shall elect an Executive Committee. The Executive
Committee shall have the power to make on-going decisions between Board
meetings and shall have the power to make financial and budgetary
Section 2. Other Committees.
Committees may be established from time to time as appointed by the
Chairman of the Board of Directors or by action of the Board of
Directors to consider and report on matters assigned at the time of
appointment or action.
Section 3. The Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of not less than 3 affiliated
support group members who will be appointed by the Board of Directors.
Not more than half the committee members shall be currently serving on
the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Composition of Committees Exercising Board Functions.
Any committee that exercises any function of the Board of Directors
shall be composed of two or more Board members, elected by the Board of
Directors by an affirmative vote of the Board members in office at that
Section 5. Quorum and Action.
A quorum at a Committee meeting exercising Board functions shall be a
majority of all Committee members in office immediately before the
meeting begins. If a quorum is present, action is taken by an
affirmative vote of a majority of Directors present.
Section 6. Limitations on the Powers of Committees.
No committee may authorize payment of a dividend or any part of the
income or profit of the corporation to its directors or officers; may
approve dissolution, merger, or the sale, pledge, or transfer of
substantially all of the corporation's assets; may elect, appoint, or
remove directors or fill vacancies on the board or on any of its
committees; nor may adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles, bylaws, or any
resolution by the Board of Directors.
Article X Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at times and
places established by the Board of Directors and shall be held at least
quarterly. No notice of the date, time, place or purpose of these
meetings is required.
Section 2. Special meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be held to conduct the
business of the organization. The Chairman may call such meetings on his
own initiative but shall be obligated to call such meetings when
requested to do so by three (3) or more other voting members of the
board. Notice of such meetings, describing the date, time, place, and
purpose of the meeting, shall be delivered to each Board member
personally or by telephone or by mail not less than two days prior to
the special meeting.
Section 3. Quorum and Action
There must be a quorum present in order for the Board of Directors to
conduct official business. A quorum exists when at least 2/3 of members
of the Board of Directors in office immediately before the meeting
begins are present. If a quorum is present, action is taken by an
affirmative vote of 2/3 of directors present.
Section 4. Conducting business by telephone
A telephone conference call shall be considered a regular or special
meeting if a quorum can be convened in the conference call such that
each member involved can hear each of the other members as they speak.
Article XI Affiliated support groups
Home school support groups can become affiliated by procedures adopted
by the Board of Directors.
Article XII Amendments
Section 1. Method of ammendment.
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of
Directors then in office. Prior to the adoption of the amendment, each
Board member shall be given at least two days notice of the date, time
and place of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be
considered, and the notice shall state that on of the purposes of the
meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the bylaws and shall
contain a copy of the proposed amendment.
Section 2. Irrevocable articles.
Notwithstanding the above provisions, Articles IV, VII.2, VII.4,
VIII.1.A, XII.2 may not be amended.
Article XIII Dissolution
This organization may be dissolved and its activities closed by a
two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors. After payment of all
bills and proper claims, remaining assets shall be disposed of in cash
or in kind by transfer to an organization (or organizations) with
purposes similar to those of (Christian State Network Name). Such organization(s) are to be
selected by the last Board of Directors of (Christian State Network Name).