“BY-LAWS” OF SHORESH DAVID MESSIANIC CONGREGATION, INC.,
AND ITS’ ASSOCIATED CONGREGATIONS AND MINISTRIES
1. These By-Laws, authorized by “Article III (h)” of the Articles of Incorporation (“Articles) of
Shoresh David Messianic Congregation, Inc. (a Florida non-profit “Corporation”), and its'
associated Congregations and Ministries (“Ministry”), are established here to develop and
regulate for the Ministry:
1.1 A definite and distinct ecclesiastical government;
1.2 A formal code of purpose, doctrine and discipline;
1.3 Regularly scheduled religious services;
1.4 Messianic classes and programs for instruction and education
2. Government of the Ministry:
2.1. The Board of Directors shall be the only voting members of the Corporation, as
established by “Article IV” of the “Articles of Incorporation”, and shall conduct all business
of the Corporation under the final authority of the President of the Corporation.
Accordingly, no act of the Board of Directors shall be considered a Corporate act without
the approval of the President of the Corporation.
2.2. The Senior Rabbi of Shoresh David Messianic Congregation, Inc. shall serve as the
President of the Corporation.
2.3. From “Article IX” - The President of the Corporation shall be Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Corporation, and shall manage the daily affairs of the Corporation. The
President will be elected by the voting members of the Corporation, by a two-thirds (2/3)
majority vote. He may not be removed without his consent, except for immoral conduct or
unrepentant heresy, as determined by the Judiciary Committee of the International Alliance
of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues, of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America.
2.4. From “Article X” - The By-Laws of the Corporation may be made, altered, or rescinded by
the Board of Directors of the Corporation, through regular or special meetings.
2.5. From “Article XI” – These Articles may be amended at any regular meeting of the Board of
Directors of the Corporation, or at a special meeting called for that purpose, by a two-thirds
(2/3) majority vote of the Board.
3. Vision Statement, Statement of Faith, and Doctrine & Disciplines Governing the Ministry
and its' Authority
3.1. Beliefs on Doctrine
3.1.1. The Vision Statement (Appendix A), Statement of Faith (Appendix B), and Doctrine &
Disciplines do not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself, from Genesis thru
Revelation, is the inspired and infallible Word of God concerning truth, morality, and
the proper conduct of mankind. It is the sole and final source of authority over all that
we believe. We do believe, however, that this Vision Statement, Statement of Faith, and
Doctrine & Disciplines accurately represent the teachings of the Bible, and therefore
are binding upon all Leaders and Members of the Corporation and Ministries.
3.1.2. Written and oral teachings, and all literature distributed or used in the Ministry,
whether in print or electronic form, shall be in complete agreement with this Vision
Statement, Statement of Faith, and Doctrine & Disciplines.
3.1.3. In all issues or conflicts regarding interpretation of the Vision Statement, Statement
of Faith, and Doctrine & Disciplines, the Senior Rabbi and Board of Directors, on behalf
of the Corporation and its’ Ministries, shall render final authority.
3.2. Beliefs on Cultural Issues
3.2.1. Marriage & Sexuality
126.96.36.199 We believe the term “marriage” has only one legitimate meaning, and that is,
“marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single,
covenantal union, as stated in Scripture.”
(Gen. 2:22-24, Lev. 18:22, Rom 1:26-27)
188.8.131.52. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased, or rented by the
Ministry, or performed by any of its’ Ministers, will only be those marriage
ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as their
gender was determined at birth.
184.108.40.206. We believe that God instructs us that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in
outside of marriage (as it is defined above in 220.127.116.11.). We believe that any
type of sexual activity, identity, or expression that lies outside this definition of
marriage, including those that are becoming more accepted in the culture and
the courts, are contradictory to, God’s natural design and purpose for sexual
activity (Gen. 2:24, Rom. 1:26-27, 1Cor 6:9, 1Thess. 4:3).
18.104.22.168. Whenever there is a conflict between the Ministry’s position and any new legal
standard for marriage, Section 3.2.1. (Marriage & Sexuality) of these By-Laws
will govern (Gen. 2.24, Eph. 5:21-32, 1Cor 7:1-9).
3.2.2. Family Relationships
22.214.171.124. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of
126.96.36.199. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God,
but God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and
women in the home and Ministry.
188.8.131.52. The husband is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her
husband. (Ephesians 5:33)
184.108.40.206. The wife is to submit herself to the Biblical leadership of her husband, as the
Ministry submits to the headship of Messiah.
220.127.116.11. Children are a wonderful gift and heritage from the Lord. Parents are
responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values, through
consistent lifestyle-example, and appropriate and loving training and
discipline. (Deut. 6:6-7, Ps. 127:3-5, Prov. 22:15, Eph. 6:1-4, Col. 3:20-21)
3.2.3. Sanctity of Human Life
18.104.22.168. We believe that all human life is sacred, and created by God in His Image.
22.214.171.124. We believe that human life begins at conception, and that an unborn child is a
living human being.
126.96.36.199. We believe that abortion and euthanasia constitute the unjustified taking of a
188.8.131.52. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born
babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage
or condition from conception through natural death.
184.108.40.206. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life
(Ex. 20:13, Ps. 139:13-16).
3.2.4. Protection of Children
220.127.116.11. We believe children must be absolutely protected by the Ministry from any
form of abuse or molestation. The Ministry has zero tolerance for any person
who abuses or molests a child, whether paid staff, volunteer, parent or family
member, congregant or visitor. (Matt. 18:6. 19:14, Mark 10:14)
18.104.22.168. We believe that God does not approve of divorce except on the grounds of
adultery (Mal. 2:14-17, Matt. 19:3-9, Rom. 7:1-3)
22.214.171.124. We believe we are called to demonstrate love for others. Not only toward
fellow Believers, but also those who are not Believers, those who oppose us,
and those who engage in sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose
us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of
strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of
resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God
commands us to abhor sinful behavior, we are to love and pray for any person
who engages in such actions.
(Lev. 19:18, Matt. 5:44-48, Luke 6:31, John 13:34-35, Rom. 12:9-10, 17-21,
Phil. 2:2-4, 2Tim. 2:24-26, Titus 3:2, 1Peter 3:8-9, 1John 3:17-18).