The Constitution of
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
Instituted April 19th, 2019
We the people under the grace of God belonging to The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, in order to evangelize for the greater good, establish the one true living God’s Justice, promote the agenda of Heaven, provide guidance in spiritual warfare, promote the welfare of God’s people, and secure the Freedom of God’s love for all who seek it, do ordain and establish this Constitution of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
- Article 1: NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the Church organization is The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
The lighthouse symbolizes bringing people to God’s magnificent light so they can be the body of Christ, creating the temple. The ‘of Joseph’ symbolizes that even in the darkest times God is with us like he was with Joseph in Egypt during Genesis. Even though we are not in our home in Heaven, God still guides us to where we need to be.
- Article 2: GOVERNMENT
- Section 1: Leadership Titles
The officers of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph will consist of:
- The President/Pastor/Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
- The Vice President of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
- The Treasurer of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
- The Secretary of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
- Section 2: Leadership Appointment
The allocation of the officers and members will be as followed:
- Officers shall be chosen by the President/Pastor/Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph and shall serve as Assistants to the organization. They shall be appointed annually.
- Administrative Board Members are to be chosen by the President/Pastor/Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph and they shall serve The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph as outlined in the by-laws. They will be appointed annually.
- Section 3: Trustees
The Board of Trustees shall be made up of the President/Founder/Pastor and three Board Members.
The trustees will execute all legal and civil matters of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph to satisfy all state or local government requirements of a non-profit corporation.
- Article 3. Assets and Law
- Section 1: Finances
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall be supported by the free will offerings of any voluntary person or entity.
All property shall be deeded to The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph and held in its name.
By a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to Churches. Which is as follows:
“(a)Allowance of deduction
(1) General rule
There shall be allowed as a deduction any charitable contribution (as defined in subsection (c)) payment of which is made within the taxable year. A charitable contribution shall be allowable as a deduction only if verified under regulations prescribed by the Secretary.
(2) Corporations on accrual basis
(3) In the case of a corporation reporting its taxable income on the accrual basis, if—
(A)the board of directors authorizes a charitable contribution during any taxable year, and
(B)payment of such contribution is made after the close of such taxable year and on or before the 15th day of the fourth month following the close of such taxable year,
then the taxpayer may elect to treat such contribution as paid during such taxable year. The election may be made only at the time of the filing of the return for such taxable year, and shall be signified in such manner as the Secretary shall by regulations prescribe.
(4) Future interests in tangible personal property
For purposes of this section, payment of a charitable contribution which consists of a future interest in tangible personal property shall be treated as made only when all intervening interests in, and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of, the property have expired or are held by persons other than the taxpayer or those standing in a relationship to the taxpayer described in section 267(b) or 707(b). For purposes of the preceding sentence, a fixture which is intended to be severed from the real property shall be treated as tangible personal property.
(c)Charitable contribution defined
For purposes of this section, the term “charitable contribution” means a contribution or gift to or for the use of—
(1)A State, a possession of the United States, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, or the United States or the District of Columbia, but only if the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes.
(2)A corporation, trust, or community chest, fund, or foundation—
(A)created or organized in the United States or in any possession thereof, or under the law of the United States, any State, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States;
(B)organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals;
(C)no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; and
(D)which is not disqualified for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) by reason of attempting to influence legislation, and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
A contribution or gift by a corporation to a trust, chest, fund, or foundation shall be deductible by reason of this paragraph only if it is to be used within the United States or any of its possessions exclusively for purposes specified in subparagraph (B). Rules similar to the rules of section 501(j) shall apply for purposes of this paragraph.
- Section 2: Property
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall have the right to purchase or acquire by gift, bequest, or otherwise, either directly or as a trustee; it may own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of such property, real or personal, as may be needed for the conducting of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph’s work. The property shall be held in the name of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
No part of the net earnings of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this constitution and by-laws.
- Section 3: Submitting to Secular Authority
No substantial part of activities of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall be the carrying on of secular political propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence United States of America legislation, and The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall not participate in, nor intervene in (including publishing or distribution of statements) any secular political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph is only for the propaganda of the Kingdom of Heaven and serves one King, the king of kings, God Almighty. The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph is not a secular political entity and has nothing to do with worldly political affairs.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by (a) a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the internal Revenue Code of 1954, or (b) a corporation’s contributions which are deductible under section 170 (c)(2) of the Internal revenue Code of 1954.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall not, except to any insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in the furtherance of the purpose of The Lighthouse Temple or Joseph, or that are not in our book of Law: The Holy Bible.
- Part 1: The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph agrees to submit the Authority outlined in the Holy Bible as followed:
Roman 13:1-7 According to the New International Version Bible:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
1 Peter 2:13 -25 According to the New International Version Bible:
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Matthew 20:15-22 According to the New International Version Bible:
“Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?’
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’
‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.
Then he said to them, ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”
For our purposes, replace Cesar with The United States of America (including the presidents which may appear on the money).
With the exception to any political entity believed to be the beast in Revelation according to Revelation Chapter 13 in the New International Version Bible:
“The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?’
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
‘If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.’
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
The Beast out of the Earth
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.”
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph will submit to the law of the United States of America as long as it adheres to Biblical Law which was stated above, and which was not included in this document but is included in the Holy Bible. However, The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph has the right to deny any law which appears to be the mark of the beast or blatantly opposed to the moral doctrine of the Holy Bible.
- Part 2: The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph agrees to submit to the regulations of The United States of America in so far as they do not infringe on Biblical Law, more so, The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph agrees to submit to the law 26 U.S. Code § 501.Exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts, etc. which accredits The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph as a Church tax exempt entity, by the submission to the following in reference to Churches:
(3)Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
No substantial part of the activities of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall consist of carrying on the secular propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence the legislation of the United States of America. Even upon dissolution.
- Section 4: In the case of dismantlement of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
In the event of the dissolution of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, 50% of the residual assets will be turned over to The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany to be used for the purpose of the ministry for young adults through the Catholic Newman Association at the New York State University of Albany [EIN number 14-1340033], the other 50% of the residual assets will be turned over to the Independent Christian Churches International [EIN number 27-2769848]. Both organizations quality as tax exempt under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. None of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph’s assets shall be distributed to, or inure to the benefit of, any private individual. Upon dissolution of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, the Administrative Board shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of the liabilities, shall deed 50% of assets to The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and 50% of the assets to the Independent Christian Churches International which are organized and operated exclusively for charitable, education, or religious purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt Organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
- Article 4. Amendments
This Constitution may be amended changed (except Article II, Government) by a thirds-fourth vote of the Administrative Board who attend any regular or special meeting called for that purpose, provided due notice of such proposed change shall have been made. The Independent Christian Churches International will be notified of amended changes in an appropriate fashion.
Be it therefore resolved that these Articles be adopted as the operating procedures of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph were adopted by the directors of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph on the 19th day of April 2019.
_____________________ President/Founder/ Pastor
_____________________ Vice President
The Bylaws of
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
Adopted April 19th, 2019
- Article 1. Name
Section 1. The Churches Legal Name
The name of this Church shall be The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
Section 2. The Abbreviation of the Name for Advertisement Purposes
The Organization will be abbreviated to LTJ11 for logo purposes.
Section 3. The Meaning of the Churches Name
The lighthouse is to guide people to God’s light. The temple represents that we are all part of the body of God as living Temples. Lastly, Joseph is because, even when sold into slavery and casted into Egypt, God is with us.
- Article 2. Corporate Purpose
Section 1. Nonprofit Purpose
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph is exclusively a religious, charitable, and educational organization for propagating the Gospel of the one true living God.
Section 2. Specific Purpose
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph has been founded as a Religious Non-Profit Organization for the purpose of propagating the Christian Gospel and to engage in Religious, Charitable, and Educational work. The Mission of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph is to administer and manage certain secular affairs, both real and personal, charities and temporalities of the corporation; to feed, clothe and counsel those in need.
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph mission is to create a Church so people who have strayed away from Institutional Religion have a place to worship instead of leaving God altogether. We want to set up a structured form of prayer which is open and welcoming. Our members are encouraged to have a close relationship with God by practicing the Biblical holidays, performing community service, participating in Bible Studies, and partaking in group and individual prayer with fasting.
- Article 3. Membership
Section 1. Member Qualification and Voting Rights
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall have no voting members other than the Board.
Section 2. General Participants with no Legal Standing
General Participants can attend events and services but have no voting power. All General Participants must have been or must be baptized by this organization or any other Judeo-Christian Church. General Participants are not members in legal secular terminology and have no meeting or other legal obligations to The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. General Participants may attend and donate on a free will basis.
- Article 4: Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall govern the property, affairs and buisness of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. The Board, at its discretion, may delegate affairs and business of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. The Board, at its discretion, may delegate these responsibilities by motion or resolution to Officers or Committee of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
Section 1: Enumerated Responsibilities
In addition to the general responsibilities of Section I, the Board of Directors shall have the responsibility to approve the following items:
and amendments to the budget during the fiscal year;
- Sale, purchase, acceptance or donation, significant alteration of real property and shall hold in trust all real property of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph
- Borrowing or lending funds;
- Pledging security or real estate;
- Policy Issues and Changes in existing policy;
- Establishment of committees and appointment of attendees, volunteers, donors, and general supporters to chair these committees.
- Designation of additional Corporations to further the causes set forth herein.
- All properties of this Church/Organization will be held by the Church/organization, not individually owned and shall be irrevocably devoted to do the Church/Organization work.
Section 2. Appointment
A Board chaired by the President/ Pastor/ Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall manage it. President/ Pastor/ Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall appoint administrative Board members. The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall consist of no less than three Board Members. This Church/Organization does and always will have officers, including a Secretary/Treasurer.
Board members will remain so until their successors are appointed.
Section 3: Meetings
The Administrative Board shall meet annually. Any member of the Administrative Board may call additional meetings. All meetings shall be upon due notification of all Administrative Board Members.
- Article 5. Officers
Section 1: General Responsibilities
The Officers of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall be the President/Pastor/Founder, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Section 2: Term
The term of the President/Pastor/Founder shall be until resignation or death. The term of the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall remain so until their resignation or until their successors are appointed by the President/Pastor/Founder.
Section 3: President/Pastor/Founder
The President/Pastor/Founder shall have the general directive supervision over the other Officers and Board Members. The President/Pastor/Founder shall preside at all meetings of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph with the Administrative Board and shall execute on behalf of The Lighthouse of Joseph all legal instruments. The President/ Pastor/Founder shall be an ex officio member of all committees. The President/ Pastor/Founder shall have the oversight of all the interests, both spiritual and temporal.
The President/Pastor/Founder shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation, and shall have general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers of the corporation. The President/Pastor/Founder shall determine the general policies and best financial and operating interests of the corporation and shall be vested with the authority to determine the general policies and best financial and operating interests of the corporation and shall be vested with the authority to determine and further the non-profit religious purposes of the corporation. The President/Pastor/Founder shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, shall be ex officio a member of all the standing committees, including any executive committee, and shall have the general powers and duties of management, usually vested in the office of President of a corporation, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by these bylaws.
The President/Pastor/Founder is the pastor of a church associated within. The President/Pastor/ Founder may resign as President/Pastor/Founder without resigning as President/Pastor/Founder of the corporation. The President/Pastor/Founder may designate a successor or a partner Pastor when the organization expands.
The President/Pastor/Founder shall have general oversight of all spiritual matters concerning the Church/Organization, according to the Holy Scriptures. The President/Pastor/Founder shall institute personally or by designation, the performance of Teaching, Baptism, Weddings, Funerals, Holy Communion, Baby Dedications, Worship Services, Spiritual Counseling, and Administrative Affairs of the Church/Organization without the intention of excluding other sacerdotal functions deemed necessary.
In the event of the death/incapacitation of the President/Pastor/Founder, the Vice President of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall assume the office of President/Pastor/Founder.
The President/Pastor/Founder of the corporation on the date of adoption of these bylaws is The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. As President/Pastor/Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph and is hereby appointed as President/Pastor/Founder for an unlimited term of years to be terminated only by his/her resignation, incapacity, or death.
Section 4: Secretary/Treasurer
The Secretary and Treasurer shall be appointed by the President/Pastor/Founder and shall be responsible for the collection, management, disbursement, and appropriate reporting of all funds of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. The Treasurer shall be the chair of any budget or finance committee. The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph and maintain copies of these minuets in the offices of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. In the case where there are not two people to serve both roles, both roles of Secretary and Treasurer may be served by one person.
Section 5: Vice President
In the absence, (other than on vacation or on the business of the corporation, or disability, if the same continues longer than one (1) year,) of the President/Pastor/Founder, the Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President/Pastor/Founder, and when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or these bylaws.
The Vice President of the corporation on the date of adoption of these bylaws is April 19th, 2019. As stated in Article 6, Section 1(c), in the event of the death of President/Pastor/Founder of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, the Vice President shall become President/Pastor of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, unless the President stated otherwise before death.
Section 6: Vacancies
The President/Pastor/Founder shall have the power to appoint a successor to fill any vacancy caused by the death or resignation of said officer. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or any other cause shall be filled in the manner prescribed in these bylaws for regular appointments to such office.
- Article 6. Committees
Section 1: Committees
The Administrative Board may establish and dissolve Standing Committees (hereinafter called departments), delegating to each such powers and duties as it may determine. A member of the Administrative Board shall chair each department.
Section 2: Committee Operations
- All Departments shall secure the approval of the Administrative Board, prior to Announcing or implementing their decisions.
- All Departments shall submit budgets and amendments to budgets for review by the Administrative Board.
Section 3: Board of Presbyters/Pastor’s Advisory Council
a. Selection of Presbyters
If the President/Pastor/Founder so desires, he/she may appoint a Board of Presbyters, consisting of ordained ministers, for a term of one year or until their successors are appointed. The Board of Presbyters shall consist of a majority of ministers, who are non-members but General Participants of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph but who have accepted the fundamental doctrines of this church as set forth by the Board of Directors. They must be persons of notable character and integrity in making decisions and delivering counsel.
b. Duties of Presbyters
Each Presbyter shall serve as a volunteer and be available to give admonition and counsel to the President/Pastor/Founder, or the Board of Directors, or the Pastor’s Advisory Council. The President/Pastor/Founder and the Board of Directors or the Board of Presbyters shall have the authority to ordain and license ministers of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph.
c. In the Event of Death
In the event of the death of both The President/Pastor/Founder and Vice President simultaneously, the Board of Presbyters shall assume the position of President of the Board of Directors to fill the post of President. In the event of such an untimely death of both President/Pastor/Founder and Vice President, and there is no Board of Presbyters in place, the remainder of the Board of Directors shall yield to the oversight of the Board of Directors of the Independent Christian Churches International to assist them in filling the position of Sr. Pastor and/or President/Pastor/Founder of the corporation.
- Article 7. Amendments
Upon recommendation of the Administrative Board these Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourths or two-thirds vote, depending on the number of Board Members, of those present and voting in person at any Administrative Board meeting, provided that the proposed changes be mailed to the Administrative Board at least fourteen (14) days before the date of such meeting.
- Article 8. Limitations
No part of the net earnings of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph, if any, shall inure to the benefit of any individual. No substantial part of the activities of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall involve attempts to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise. The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph is organized and operated exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of internal Revenue Code 501 (C) 3 and Tax Code Section 11.18 (c )(1 ).
- Article 9. Conduct
Because of its strong beliefs in high moral standards based on traditional values, The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph reserves the right to expect from all of its officers and directors to maintain high moral standards and social values that do not conflict with traditional spiritual morals.
Section 1. Annual Meetings
An annual meeting of the members shall take place in the month of March, the specific date, time and location of which will be designated by the chair. At the annual meeting the members shall elect directors and officers, receive reports on the activities of the association, and determine the direction of the association for the coming year.
Section 2. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by a simple majority of the board of directors.
Section 3. Notice of Meetings
Printed notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member, by mail, not less than two weeks prior to the meeting.
Section 4. Quorum
A quorum for a meeting of the members shall consist of at least twenty percent (20)% of the active membership.
Section 5. Voting
All issues to be voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place.
Section 6. Confidentiality
Directors shall not discuss or disclose information about the Corporation or its activities to any person or entity unless such information is already a matter of public knowledge, such person or entity has a need to know, or the disclosure of such information is in furtherance of the Corporations’ purposes, or can reasonably be expected to benefit the Corporation. Directors shall use discretion and good business judgment in discussing the affairs of the Corporation with third parties. Without limiting the foregoing, Directors may discuss upcoming fundraisers and the purposes and functions of the Corporation, including but not limited to accounts on deposit in financial institutions.
Each Director shall execute a confidentiality agreement consistent herewith upon being voted onto and accepting appointment to the Board of Directors.
- Article 10. – Conflict of Interest and Compensation
This verbiage is from Appendix A of IRS form 1023
Section 1: Purpose
The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt organization’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.
Section 2: Definitions
- Interested Person
Any director, principal officer, or member of a committee with governing board delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.
- Financial Interest
A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:
- An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement,
- A compensation arrangement with the Organization or with any entity or individual with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement, or
- A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the Organization is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.
Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.
A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Article III, Section 2, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the appropriate governing board or committee decides that a conflict of interest exists.
Section 3. Procedures
- Duty to Disclose. In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the directors and members of committees with governing board delegated powers considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.
- Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists. After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, he/she shall leave the governing board or committee meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining board or committee members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.
c. Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest
- An interested person may make a presentation at the governing board or committee meeting, but after the presentation, he/she shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.
- The chairperson of the governing board or committee shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.
- After exercising due diligence, the governing board or committee shall determine whether the Organization can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.
- If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the governing board or committee shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested directors whether the transaction or arrangement is in the Organization’s best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.
d. Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy
- If the governing board or committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.
- If, after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the governing board or committee determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.
Section 4. Records of Proceedings
The minutes of the governing board and all committees with board delegated powers shall contain:
- The names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was present, and the governing board’s or committee’s decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact existed.
- The names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection with the proceedings.
Section 5. Compensation
- A voting member of the governing board who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.
- A voting member of any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.
- No voting member of the governing board or any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization, either individually or collectively, is prohibited from providing information to any committee regarding compensation.
Section 6.Annual Statements
Each director, principal officer and member of a committee with governing board delegated powers shall annually sign a statement which affirms such person:
- Has received a copy of the conflicts of interest policy,
- Has read and understands the policy,
- Has agreed to comply with the policy, and
- Understands the Organization is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.
Section 7. Periodic Reviews
To ensure the Organization operates in a manner consistent with charitable purposes and does not engage in activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, periodic reviews shall be conducted. The periodic reviews shall, at a minimum, include the following subjects:
- Whether compensation arrangements and benefits are reasonable, based on competent survey information, and the result of arm’s length bargaining.
- Whether partnerships, joint ventures, and arrangements with management organizations conform to the Organization’s written policies, are properly recorded, reflect reasonable investment or payments for goods and services, further charitable purposes and do not result in inurement, impermissible private benefit or in an excess benefit transaction.
Section 8. Use of Outside Experts
When conducting the periodic reviews as provided for in Article VII, the Organization may, but need not, use outside advisors. If outside experts are used, their use shall not relieve the governing board of its responsibility for ensuring periodic reviews are conducted.
- Article 11. IDEMNIFICATION
Section 1. General
To the full extent authorized under the laws of the United States of America, The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph shall indemnify any director, officer, employee, or agent, or former member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation, or any person who may have served at the corporation’s request as a director or officer of another corporation (each of the foregoing members, directors, officers, employees, agents, and persons is referred to in this Article individually as an “indemnitee”), against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by such indemnitee in connection with the defense of any action, suit, or proceeding in which that indemnitee is made a party by reason of being or having been such member, director, officer, employee, or agent, except in relation to matters as to which that indemnitee shall have been adjudged in such action, suit, or proceeding to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of a duty. The foregoing indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which an indemnitee may be entitled under any bylaw, agreement, resolution of the Board of Directors, or otherwise.
Section 2. Expenses
Expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred in defending a civil or criminal action, suit, or proceeding may be paid by the corporation in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit, or proceeding, if authorized by the Board of Directors, upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of the indemnitee to repay such amount if it shall ultimately be determined that such indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified hereunder.
Section 3. Insurance
The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a member, director, officer, employee, or agent against any liability asserted against such person and incurred by such person in any such capacity or arising out of such person’s status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power or obligation to indemnify such person against such liability under this Article.
- Article 12. Books and Records
The corporation shall keep complete books and records of account and minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors.
Article XII: Record of Adoption
Be it therefore resolved that these Articles be adopted as the operating procedures of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph were adopted by the directors of The Lighthouse Temple of Joseph. We, the undersigned, are all of the initial directors or incorporators of this corporation, and we consent to, and hereby do, adopt the foregoing Bylaws as the Bylaws of this corporation. ADOPTED And APPROVED On the 19th day of April, 2019.
__________________________ Vice President