Constitution of the
Jamaica Baptist Union
This Organization shall be called "THE JAMAICA BAPTIST UNION"
The Union shall consist of such Ministers and other persons as are in
agreement with the Articles of Association hereafter set forth and are
registered and recognised as members thereof in accordance with such
Regulations as shall be enacted and adopted hereafter relative to its
We unite in affirming:
there is one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator; That Jesus
Christ as presented in the Scriptures is the Lord and Saviour,
the sole and absolute authority for faith and conduct, God manifest
in the flesh, Who was crucified for our sins and was raised
from the dead for our justification and is the Living Head of
there is one Holy Spirit through Whom we are brought to worship
God, to know and obey His will revealed in the Scriptures and
to become living members of the Church.
Christian Baptism is immersion in water into the Name of the
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, of those who have been
led by the Holy Spirit to repentance towards God and faith in
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
it is the duty of every Disciple to bear personal witness to
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in Family and Public Worship, in
the observance of the ordinance of Baptism and the Lord's Supper,
in conduct and in the Evangelisation of the world.
The objects of the Union shall be to promote co-operative effort in
whatever may best serve the cause of Christ in general and the Baptist
Denomination in particular by:
of Churches: Encouraging and assisting in the establishment of
Churches, Sunday Schools and kindred organizations and in the
maintenance of work in connection therewith wherever needful and
Encouraging and assisting in the formation and maintenance of
Associations of Baptist Churches within the Union.
and maintaining Educational work in schools, among Women,
Men, Youth and the society in general.
promoting and developing projects for Christian ideals and
Schemes: Initiating and administering such financial schemes as
may be decided upon from time to time.
Issuing appropriate publications.
Work: Building or assisting in the building of Churches, Manses,
schools or any other project that the Union may approve.
Settlements: Co-operating with Ministers and Churches with reference
to the settlement of Pastors.
and Reports: Obtaining and disseminating accurate information
respecting the various activities of the Union.
World Fellowship: Promoting fraternal relationship between Baptists
at home and abroad.
with other Bodies: Conferring and Co-operating with other Christian
bodies as the occasion may require.
Undertaking in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of
Association of the Jamaica Baptist Union Corporation, the Trusteeship
of Churches, Manses, other church property, Trust Funds and legal
The Union consisting of such units are specified under foregoing Article
II while recognizing the autonomous character of each Church in membership
therewith, nevertheless, require that strict adherence shall be given
to such Rules and Regulations as are now in force, or as may be adopted
from time to time in the interest of the "body corporate" and in consequence
thereof hereby provides that whenever any of its members (Church,
Minister, Deaconess or personal or honorary member) shall be adjudged
to have acted or to be acting in contravention to the said Rules and
Regulations and in a manner injurious, or calculated to be injurious
to its interests, it shall have power to act in accordance with the
provisions of such regulations as are in force relative to its discipline
The Officers of the Union shall be:
other Officer specially provided for by Resolution or Regulations.
Immediate Past President
officers, except the General Secretary, shall be elected annually
and shall function in accordance with the provisions of the regulations
relating to their respective offices.
Operations: The Union shall act through:
Statutory Corporation established by Act 16 of 1969.
The General Assembly: The General Assembly shall consist of:
of the Jamaica Baptist Union
from the Jamaica Baptist Union Churches
of the Executive Committee
Members, and shall function in accordance with the provisions of the
regulations relating thereto.
Ministerial Council: The Ministerial Council shall consist of all
Ministers of the Jamaica Baptist Union and shall function in accordance
with the provisions of the regulations relating thereto.
The Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall consist of:
of the Union
Ex-Officio Members as may be provided for by regulations.
elected annually; in accordance with the provisions of the regulations
The Statutory Corporation shall consist of the persons holding the
undermentioned offices in accordance with Article 3 Section 1, of
Act 16, 1969, being:
Departments: The Departments of the Union shall be:
of Mission and Evangelism
other Departments as may be created from time to time.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY shall meet in Annual Session at such time and
place as may be determined from time to time in accordance with
the provisions of the regulations relating thereto.
Special Sessions of the Assembly to deal with matters of importance
and urgency may be convened.
MINISTERIAL COUNCIL shall meet in Annual sessions prior to or
during the Annual Assembly. Special Sessions may also be called
to deal with matters of importance and urgency.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE shall meet at least four times a year and
shall function in accordance with the regulations relative thereto.
STATUTORY CORPORATION shall meet at least once per quarter and
shall function in accordance with the provisions of Act 16 of
Year of the Union: The Year of the Union shall be the 1st of October
to 30th September.
Funds: The Funds of the Union shall be administered under the following:
and personal property
other Fund approved by the Union
of the foregoing Funds shall be administered in accordance with the
provisions of the regulations relating thereto.
Audit: all Accounts of the Union shall be audited annually and presented
to the Executive, who will, in turn, lay them on the table of the
House (Assembly) at the first opportunity.
Seal: The Union shall have a Seal which shall be used in accordance
with the provisions of Act 16 of 1969.
Power to Frame Regulations: The Union shall have power to enact and
enforce from time to time such Regulations and Rules of Order which
are not in conflict with any of the Articles of Association herein
CONSTITUTION was passed at a regular meeting of the Jamaica Baptist
Union Assembly held at the Boulevard Baptist Church, St. Andrew, on
the 19th day of February, 1981.
or all of the foregoing Articles may be amended at any Annual
Session provided notice of the proposed Amendment shall have been
sent to the General Secretary at least 6 months before the Assembly.
notices received by the General Secretary under the provisions
of the foregoing paragraph shall be published by him in full,
in at least three consecutive issues of the Official Denominational
Newspaper immediately prior to the meeting at which the matter
to which they relate are to be considered.
however, that the lack of any such publication shall not of itself
be sufficient to prevent the consideration of any matter notice
of which shall have been otherwise duly given.
also that no amendment can be made to any of the foregoing Articles
except upon the vote of at least two-thirds of those present at
the time of voting.
Rev. D. M. Millwood, B.D., M.Th
P.O. Box 676
Spanish Town Post Office
Jamaica, West Indies
Rev. George Simpson
P. O. Box 3
Anchovy Post Office
Jamaica, West Indies
Mr. Sydney Greaves
Sangster's Book Store
97 Harbour Street
Jamaica, West Indies
Rev. A. McKenzie, M.A., B.D., S.T.M.
6 Hope Road
Jamaica, West Indies