BY-LAWS OF CAMPUS BIBLE FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL
Adopted 4 August 2010
Revised 9 July 2013
ARTICLE I: NAME
This Ministry Team’s name shall be “Campus Bible Fellowship International Ministry
Team of Team North America of Baptist Mid-Missions”.
The name of the Baptist Mid-Missions’ campus ministry shall be “CAMPUS
BIBLE FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL”. This name has been officially registered with the United States Government and, therefore, can be used only under the approval of the General Council.
This name, or the initials “CBFI”, are the official titles to be used to designate
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This Ministry Team exists for the purpose of prayerfully coordinating important
matters pertaining to the work of Baptist Mid-Missions in the area of campus missions around the world.
This Team shall guide the development and expansion of the work of CBFI in
assisting fundamental, independent Baptist churches and Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries in carrying out the Great Commission among college students by maintaining a local church emphasis through the establishment of Liaison Committees consisting of representatives from one or more local churches.
1. New ministry locations in North America should be opened only by our authorized missionaries after much research, a report to the Leadership Team, and approval by vote of the Ministry Team. Overseas ministry locations should be established at the discretion of that field’s Ministry Team leadership.
2. Priorities for this include:
a. One or more Baptist churches of like faith and order as Baptist Mid-Missions to
support the work and with which the work and workers shall be connected;
b. Locations having qualified personnel to help in the work, such as interested pastors, Christian education leaders, and college teachers or staff;
c. Areas near our like-minded schools, in that students from these schools can become involved and may become future staff;
d. Campuses which are new, ready to accept CBFI, or which show good potential.
e. Partnership with Baptist Mid Missions church planters or missionaries representing like-minded mission agencies who desire to plant a church in the vicinity of a college campus.
3. All CBFI ministry locations are to be identified by the name of the city or geographic location.
1. Specific placement may be declared only after that placement has been approved by
the applicable Ministry Team.
2. New appointees for North American ministry without prior CBFI experience shall be expected to serve an internship of one year with veteran staff at one or more locations. Consideration for modifying this requirement may be given for appointees with prior CBFI exposure.
3. CBFI appointees cleared for training for ministry in North America shall be placed by this Team after consultation with missionary staff at the ministry locations where the appointees desire to train.
4. This Team shall place all CBFI missionaries authorized for ministry in North America contingent upon their:
a. Consultation with this Team concerning their burden and placement desires;
b. Clearance to the work by the BMM administration.
5. This Team shall assign training locations for appointees planning to serve on fields outside of North America after consulting with the staff at the intended training locations and with the approval of the appropriate Field Administrator. Each appointee shall be expected to complete a series of at least four orientation visits to current CBFI ministry locations. Each visit should be for a minimum of one week. Two locations will be assigned, based upon future ministry plans and the nature of the North American ministry; two will be chosen by the appointee
6. Upon completion of the required training and clearance to the field by the Baptist Mid-Missions administration, appointees to CBFI ministries outside of North America shall be placed as directed by their respective Ministry Teams.
Each ministry location shall be considered free to carry on its own work within the framework of the principles and practices of Baptist Mid-Missions, but subject to the policies of their respective Ministry Teams.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
This Ministry Team shall be comprised of all missionaries approved by the General Council for Campus Bible Fellowship International.
Voting privileges shall be accorded only to missionaries who have completed their required training and have attended a previous Annual Ministry Team Conference.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
The officers of this Team shall be the Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.
The TEAM LEADER shall:
a. Preside at all meetings of this Ministry Team and its Leadership Team.
b. Inform the Team North America Administrator and the Leader of Team North
America of all major changes and decisions in the work.
c. Be an ex-officio member of all Ministry Team committees.
d. Maintain a file of all important papers pertaining to this Team. He shall remit
this file to his successor
The ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER shall:
a. Assume the duties and responsibilities of the Team Leader in the event of his
absence or resignation.
b. Work closely with the Team Leader and assume responsibilities given him.
c. Serve as the primary representative of the CBFI Ministry Team to the Team
North America Leadership Team.
d. Oversee the granting of charters for new CBFI chapters and the annual
renewal of charters for existing chapters.
The SECRETARY shall:
a. Record concise, accurate minutes of business meetings and send copies to
the Team North America Administrator, the Team North America Team
Leader, and all CBFI missionaries.
b. Maintain a file of all records and correspondence of his office, which he shall remit to his successor.
c. Handle international CBFI correspondence unless otherwise designated by this Team or the Team Leader.
d. Keep on file the names and current addresses of the membership and keep
members informed of all changes and additions.
e. Receive monthly statistical reports from individual North America CBFI ministry locations and compile annual local and overall Ministry Team reports.
The TREASURER shall:
a. Maintain a Ministry Team checking account and disburse funds for
b. Keep an itemized account of all funds received and disbursed.
c. Distribute a financial report for each fiscal year to the Team North America
Administrator, the Team North America Leader, and each CBFI missionary.
The HISTORIAN shall:
a. Contact new appointees and transfers to CBFI on behalf of the Ministry Team
and inform them of the requirements and procedures of this Team by sending
each an “Appointee Packet” of helpful information.
b. Compile and retain permanently for this Team the prayer cards and letters and other items sent in by each missionary, in order to register the history of CBFI on both a National and International level. He shall remit this file to his successor.
The officers shall be elected by ballot at the Ministry Team Conference for two
year terms. Due to travel limitations and the requirement to attend Leadership Team meetings, elected officers shall be limited to missionaries serving in North America.
Nominations shall be taken from the floor at the time of election. Voting by
acclamation shall not be employed.
Eligibility for office of Team Leader is reserved for those who have previously
served on the Leadership Committee. The Team Leader shall be elected for two year terms, not to exceed two consecutive terms.
ARTICLE V: LEADERSHIP TEAM
The Leadership Team shall consist of the five elected officers.
Its meetings shall be called by the Team Leader, or by the Secretary at the request of
two Leadership Team members. A majority shall constitute a quorum. Minutes of such meetings shall be communicated to all CBFI missionaries.
The duties of the Leadership Team shall be to:
Perform the routine business of the Ministry Team.
Prepare a preliminary agenda of business items in the form of motions for
consideration by the Team at its Annual Meeting. This agenda in no way limits the business of the meeting.
Appoint additional and/or alternate representatives when required, to the Team North
America Leadership Team.
4. Strategize and set goals.
The Leadership Team is authorized to spend up to $500 per project and up to $2,000 in executive session for regular bills or urgent matters.
ARTICLE VI: CBFI COORDINATOR
The CBFI Coordinator is a special ministry assignment within the CBFI Ministry Team. It is missionary in nature. The Coordinator’s authority is derived from the Ministry Team. He is to report directly to the Ministry Team or the Leadership
Team each time they meet. He is to serve as a liaison between the Ministry Team,
Team North America and the administration of Baptist Mid-Missions.
The CBFI Coordinator is to oversee the orderly implementation of all business, committee assignments and work projects authorized by the Ministry Team. He is to be a general consultant and advisor.
The Coordinator is appointed by the CBFI Ministry Team for an indefinite term of
The Coordinator is an ex-officio member of all committees.
Travel and ministry-related expenses for the Coordinator shall be paid from the CBFI General Fund.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
Written notice of each Annual Meeting shall be sent to each missionary at least two
months prior to the meeting.
The purpose of the Annual Meeting shall be to discuss and act upon items pertaining
to the work of CBFI, to include but not limited to election of officers, amendments to the
Ministry Team by-laws, policy changes and financial items; to collaborate on effective
means of performing our ministries; and to provide a program for inspiration and
Attendance at annual Ministry Team meetings is mandatory for all North American CBFI missionaries who have been cleared for ministry. Anyone wishing exemption must request, in writing, to be excused, with a reason for the request. This request is to be submitted to the Ministry Team Leader in advance of the annual meeting, with a copy of the request to be sent to the Coordinator and the Team North America Administrator.
CBFI missionaries serving internationally shall be required to attend the annual meetings during regularly scheduled furloughs. They shall be considered voting members but shall be excluded from voting on matters pertaining only to ministry in North America. (Also, see Article IV, Section C, paragraph 1).
Ministry Team members who miss three or more consecutive Annual Meetings
shall not have voting privileges at the next meeting.
A quorum shall consist of 50 per cent of the eligible voting members.
All decisions of this Ministry Team shall be determined by voting. Parliamentary procedure as described by Henry M. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall be employed.
Funds for Team ministries shall be provided by monthly contributions
from each missionary. The amount of this contribution shall be reviewed and approved
at each annual conference. CBFI missionaries serving outside North America will be
expected to contribute at the rate of 25% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of that of their North American counterparts.
ARTICLE VIII: COMMITTEES
1. Committee members shall be appointed by the Team Leader and approved by the
2. The chairperson of each committee shall be elected every two years by the
members of that committee.
3. The Leadership Team will serve as the Goals Committee.
Each committee chairperson shall submit a list of goals for the coming year to the
Coordinator and Leadership Team at the annual meeting. At the next annual meeting, the committee will submit a written report on the progress toward these goals.
Each standing committee shall continue to conduct business throughout the year as
needed to accomplish its goals.
Committees shall insure that all North American publications bear the name and/or symbol of Baptist Mid-Missions and the US and Canadian Home Office address, and shall follow Mission policy in the use of Scripture quotations. International publications shall defer to their individual ministry team policies.
3. CBFI standing committees shall be:
This committee shall be comprised of at least three members.
This committee shall oversee CBFI written and electronic publications.
This committee shall be comprised of at least three members.
This committee shall employ the best means and methods to recruit
new CBFI missionaries.
Additional committees may be created as necessary.
ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may only be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Ministry Team at its Annual Meeting. All members must be notified of the proposed amendment(s) at least three months prior to the Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE X: ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Articles of Faith of Campus Bible Fellowship International shall be identical to the current Articles of Faith of Baptist Mid-Missions.
ARTICLE XI: PERSONNEL MATTERS
All apprentices must be processed through the First Look Program of Baptist Mid-Missions
before working with CBFI. The duties and time of their apprenticeship shall be determined by the missionary with whom they are to work.
Criteria for Single Women: For CBFI ministry locations without male CBFI leadership, these criteria shall be followed:
a. Men from the local ministry shall be directly involved in the campus outreach.
b. Single women shall be responsible to male leadership.
c. The leadership arrangement shall be approved by the CBFI Ministry Team.
d. There shall be regularly scheduled meetings of church personnel with CBFI staff.
Vacancies on the Leadership Team shall be filled by appointment by the remaining
officers on a temporary basis until the next Ministry Team meeting.