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By-Laws

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this Fellowship shall be the Christian Theological Research Fellowship (CTRF).

ARTICLE II. MISSION

The Christian Theological Research Fellowship is a distinctively Christian research organization in systematic and moral theology, and related disciplines. The society exists to promote and sustain fellowship and truth-seeking (fides quaerens intellectum) in theological reflection upon the Christian faith, within the mainstream of the Christian tradition. We see ourselves as a spiritual fellowship in service to the Church of Messiah Jesus.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Membership in CTRF is open to anyone interested in Christian research in systematic and moral theology, and related disciplines, who pays dues, and who is in agreement with the Mission Statement in Article II. Annual dues for membership are payable to the Secretary-Treasurer. Dues shall be used to defray communication expenses, costs of meeting rooms, and other expenses incurred by CTRF at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Dues shall be proposed by the Secretary-Treasurer and submitted by the President for approval by majority vote of the membership attending the Annual Business Meeting. A report of dues and expenditures shall be presented by the Secretary-Treasurer at the Annual Meeting of CTRF.

ARTICLE IV. BUSINESS MEETINGS

Business meetings of CTRF shall be held annually at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Business meetings shall be called by the Executive Committee, who may also call other general meetings of CTRF at appropriate occasions. Business meetings shall be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order.

ARTICLE V. OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The officers of CTRF shall consist of a President, two Co-Vice Presidents, a Secretary-Treasurer, and one at Large Member who together shall act as the Executive Committee of CTRF. The Executive Committee shall plan and oversee the meetings, programs, and finances of CTRF. The Executive Committee shall perform duties and fulfill other functions as are appropriate to the Mission Statement of CTRF (Article II).

ARTICLE VI. PROGRAMS

Programs of CTRF shall include two Sessions on a general topic at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The topic and the format of these Sessions will be compatible with the CTRF Mission Statement and determined by the Executive Committee.

Programs of CTRF may include additional meetings, newsletters, an electronic theological journal, series of books, or other programs consistent with the Mission Statement of CTRF.

ARTICLE VII. NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee which will solicit nominations from the membership for Officers of CTRF. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting. Elections will be by majority vote of voting members, normally at the Annual Business Meeting of CTRF. Members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum for voting. Officers will serve three-year terms. The President shall designate one of the Co-Vice Presidents as President-Elect at the Annual Business Meeting, normally in the second year of the Presidentís term in office. All other officers shall be elected one officer per year on a rotating basis. Terms begin January 1. The Executive Committee shall fill vacancies on the Executive Committee that occur between Annual Business Meetings.

ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the members of CTRF through the Executive Committee at least sixty days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Amendments shall be approved by a 2/3 vote of the voting members at the Annual Business Meeting. Members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum for voting.