ARTICLE I: This organization shall be known as Ferrum Christian Fellowship (FCF).
This will be a non-denominational Christian organization.
ARTICLE II: Our Mission: To promote the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ: first by unselfishly
seeking to advance one another in their personal relationship with Christ, second
by upholding a Christian testimony by work and deed. We strive to be Christ’s ambassadors
as is stated in II Corinthians 5:14-21.
ARTICLE III: Membership
- A. Jesus Christ will forever remain the Eternal Head of FCF. NOBODY will replace His
position in our organization.
- B. Membership in this organization is open to all Ferrum College students and will
NOT be restricted on the basis of race, national origin, mental or physical handicap,
or sexual orientation. There are no restrictions for any members or class of members.
Participation is voluntary and students may choose to attend meetings and events at
their own free will.
- C. Officers must be full-time students are Ferrum College and will be chosen based
on their leadership skills and the strength of their faith. All officers are required
to sign a statement of faith each year before filling their positions.
- D. An advisor must be a full-time Ferrum College employee and is supervising based
on his or her faithfulness and desire to promote Christianity on campus.
- E. Affiliate membership is available to any members of the Ferrum community who wish
to participate in FCF activities or events.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
- A. FCF will have six officer positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Senate Representative, and Public Relations.
- B. The duties of each officer are as follows:
- Ø President – Responsible for organizing and conducting all meetings and events, appointing
duties to other members, revising the constitution if a revision is declared, obtaining
money from the FCF account when needed, and assisting the other officers.
- Ø Vice President – Responsible for assisting the President particularly with his or
her duties, assisting other members with their duties, and stepping into the President’s
position should the President be absent.
- Ø Secretary – Responsible for keeping written records of meetings and events, attendance,
an updated contact list, assisting the other officers with their duties, and stepping
into the Vice President’s position should the Vice President be absent.
- Ø Treasurer – Responsible for keeping accurate budget records, receipts, etc. He /
she will also be responsible for obtaining money from the FCF account when needed,
and assisting the other officers with their duties.
- Ø Senate Representative- Responsible for maintaining communication and relaying information
between the executive cabinet and the Senate, and presenting proposals or assisting
in the presentation of proposals when necessary. He / she is responsible for attending
all scheduled Senate meetings.
- Ø Public Relations – Responsible for keeping good relations with the Ferrum College
campus and the surrounding community. He or she will also be responsible for making
sure that all activities and events are made publicly known in some form to all Ferrum
College students and the surrounding community. He or she has the authority to appoint
other FCF members to serve on a publicity committee to help with various aspects of
- C. Succession of officers and responsibilities: should the President’s position become
vacant, the Vice President will fill his or her position. Should the Vice President’s
position become vacant, the Secretary will fill his or her position. Should the Secretary’s
position become vacant, a member of FCF may apply to fill the position.
- D. Voting: Voting for officer positions will be done annually at the end of the fall
semester. Applications for positions must be turned in to the FCF advisor before going
to the executive committee. The advisor will make sure that all applications remain
anonymous while they are being reviewed by the executive committee. The executive
committee will then screen all applications and pass or deny them in accordance with
Article III section C. After screening the applications, all passed applicant’s names
and their desired position will be presented to all FCF members and an anonymous written
ballot will be cast one position at a time (absentee ballots are also accepted). Once
all votes have been made on a position, the President will sort through them and determine
the winner for that position.
- Clause: Applicants may apply for more than one position. If an applicant applies for
more than one position and wins one position, they have the option of turning down
that position and giving it to the runner up if they desire the chance at winning
another position; however, they cannot get back the previously won position if they
do not win another position. If they accept the first position won, their name will
be removed from any other positions they are running for.
ARTICLE V: Executive Council
- A. The Executive Council will consist of the officers as defined in Article IV, section
A and a representative of any formed Ad-hoc committee.
- B. The Executive Council’s formed responsibility is to discuss the officer’s tasks
at hand and plan for upcoming meetings, events, and activities.
- C. Executive Council meetings are called by either the President or the Advisor on
a needed basis.
ARTICLE VI: Meetings
- A. A FCF meeting will be held the third Monday of each month. The President will call
the meetings and notify the members through previous meetings or some other form of
contact. Only the President can call an emergency meeting unless the meeting calls
for an impeachment of the President.
- B. Meetings will open with prayer and end in prayer. Meetings will be held to discuss
activities and events, the budget, problems, ideas, etc.
ARTICLE VII: Committees
- A. Should the officers feel a need to create an Ad-hoc committee, they may do so.
The Executive Council will select the members of any formed Ad-hoc committee and outline
ARTICLE VIII: Finances
- A. Members of FCF will not be required to pay dues.
- B. Allocation Procedure: The officers will determine how much money should be retrieved
from the FCF account by consensus. The treasurer shall maintain all financial records,
and shall countersign all financial transactions with a second club officer or the
ARTICLE IX: Elections
- A. All election guidelines and criteria are outlined in Article IV, section D.
ARTICLE X: Quorum
- A. A simple majority of the Executive Council is needed to conduct a FCF meeting.
ARTICLE XI: Discipline and Expulsion of Member
- A. The disciplinary actions will follow the scripture as set forth in Matthew 18:
ARTICLE XII: Selection of a Faculty of Staff Advisor
- A. The Dean of the Chapel’s office will have a say in the selection of the Advisor,
for FCF is responsible to the Dean of the Chapel.
- B. The voting privileges of the Advisor are outlined in Article III, section D.
ARTICLE XIII: Impeachment of Officers or Others in a Leadership Role
- A. Officers may be impeached from office if they fail to fulfill their duties, but
they will not be denied membership to FCF. Should an officer fail to perform his or
her duties, or defile the Lord’s name in a manner that disrupts the mission of FCF,
the remaining Executive Council will host a meeting to discuss the possible impeachment.
A majority of the remaining officers and the Advisor must agree to the impeachment
of their fellow officer and address the entire organization at the next meeting. An
immediate application process will begin in order to fill the vacant position at the
Executive Council’s will.
- B. Grounds for impeachment include more than three absences per semester from leadership
team meetings, or the persistence, after review, of specific violations of the articles
denoted in the FCF Spiritual Leadership contract.
- C. An officer will not be reinstated. However, they may reapply for their position,
or any other position the following year.
ARTICLE XIV: Vacancies in Leadership
- A. The guidelines and criteria for vacancies in leadership are outlined in Article
IV, section C.
ARTICLE XV: Constitutional Changes
- A. Any member of FCF may suggest a constitutional revision.
- B. The revision must be suggested to a member of the Executive Council. During an
Executive Council meeting, the officer will present the Council with the suggested
revision and all officers must agree to the revision. The President will the revise
the constitution and notify the members of Ferrum Christian Fellowship at the next
APPENDIX A: Historical Reference of the Constitution
- A. The constitution was written by the first President, Abby Rusnak. It was then accepted
by four students and the first Advisor, Jason Powell on August 29, 2003.
- B. The constitution was edited by the Executive Council November 4, 2004.
- C. The Constitution was edited and added to by the Executive Council on November 5,