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Universal Life Church Seminary - ULC

Universal Life Church - ULC BY- LAWS OF Quest Ministries of the Universal Life Church & ULC Seminary, INC .



The principal office of the corporation, (also referred to as the Ministry) shall be located at: (Address) Ave. (City), (State) (Zip).



2.1 Civil Structure. The civil officers of the corporation may be a President, Vice-President, Director of Spiritual Innovation, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other offices as the corporation shall establish. (You may put in whatever offices you like, as long as you have a President and a Treasurer.)

2.1 .1 The President shall be the Pastor and shall preside at all meetings and shall make an annual report to the status and condition of the corporation to this Board of Directors. The President shall sign all certificates, contracts, deeds and other instruments of the corporation. During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall exercise all the powers and discharge all the duties of the President.

2.1.2 The Director of Spiritual Innovation shall exercise creative input on the spiritual content of the church material and shall be diligent in the act of improving the overall teaching standards of the church.

2.1.3 The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings: shall have charge of the seal and corporate books and shall make such reports and reform such duties as are required of him or her by the corporation, and shall sign all certificates, contracts, deeds and other instruments of the corporation.

2.1.4 The Treasurer shall have custody of all monies and securities of the corporation and shall keep regular books of account. He shall disburse the funds of the corporation in payment of the just demands against the corporation or as may be required of him he shall make an accounting of all his transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation.

2.1.5 The officers of the corporation shall hold offices until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

2.1.6 The Board of Directors shall meet at least once each year, either in person or electronically, but special meetings may be called if and when the same may become necessary.


2.2 Ecclesiastical Structure. Ecclesiastically, the Ministry shall be composed of:

2.2.1 The Board of Directors



3.1 The Board of Directors shall be at least 3 in number and shall have the power to exercise all powers necessary for the operation of the Ministry, expressed or implied, which shall be necessary and proper to carry out all the executive functions, and all other powers both civil and ecclesiastical as it may determine.

3.1 .1 The members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for a term of 5 years. The Terms shall be computed from the day of their election and each member may hold office until such time as an election by the members can be had.

3.1.2 In the event a vacancy in the Board of Directors occurs, remaining members of the Board of Directors shall fill such vacancy by a majority vote at a duly held meeting until the successor has been duly elected and qualified.

3.2 The Pastor. The Pastor may be the President and may be appointed by the Board of Directors, which shall authorize the Pastor and any other officers, or agents of the Ministry, or any other officer so authorized by these By Laws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of or on behalf of the Ministry, and such authority may be general or may be confined to specific incidence.

3.3 The Secretary. The Secretary shall be elected by the Board of Directors or appointed by the President..

3.3.1 The Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, Board of Directors, committees, councils and other Boards or tribunals authorized by the Board of Directors and these records shall be kept at the principal office of the Ministry.

3.4 The Treasurer. A Treasurer shall be elected by the Board of Directors or appointed by the President. The Treasurer shall be the treasurer of the Ministry, and shall have custody of all moneys and securities of the Ministry and shall make an accounting of all of the Ministry transactions.

3.4.1 All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes, evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation shall be signed by the Pastor or other officers or agents of the corporation, in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the board of Directors. In the absence of such direction from the Board of Directors the Pastor may sign on behalf of the Ministry.

3.4.2 All funds of the Ministry shall be deposited as required to the credit of the corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors or the Pastor may elect.

3.4.3 The Board of Directors or the Pastor may accept on behalf of the Ministry any contributions, donations, gifts, including real property, bequest or devise for any purpose of the Ministry. (Mal. 3:10; Luke 6:38; I Cor. 16:1; Il Cor. 9:6-8).

3.4.4 The Treasurer shall keep correct and complete financial records of all Ministry account(s). All books and records of the Ministry may be inspected by any member, or agent, for any purpose at any reasonable time.

3.4.5 The treasurer shall be authorized to appoint persons to assist the Treasurer in carrying out the duties and functions of the Treasurers Office.



4.1 The annual meeting of the Ministry shall be held on the first Tuesday of May of each year. At that meeting Directors shall be nominated and elected to office as appropriate.

4.2 Special Meetings may be called by the Board of Directors or the Pastor as they in their discretion deem necessary. Notices for the calling of such special meetings shall be given to all members in writing with 3 days prior written notice.



5.1 The Board of Directors may adopt such rules of procedure and regulations governing the conduct of its business and the organization of the Ministry as they may deem necessary, proper and expedient.

5.1.1 There can be no appeal from the decisions and determinations of the Board of Directors.



The provisions of the Bylaws may be modified, altered or amended by two-thirds majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors at a regular or special meeting. As soon as the proposed amendments have been adopted as herein provided, results of the vote shall be announced by the Pastor and declared adopted by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, whereupon such amendments shall be in full force of effect.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, acknowledged and filed the foregoing Articles of Incorporation under the laws of the State of California this eighth day of September, 2004.


_____________, Incorporator

Signature of Incorporator



Print Name of Incorporator


For more information about starting your own church, please see the following links:


Sample Bylaws - When creating your church, you will be asked to create your bylaws. This page has a sample of the bylaws I used. You are welcome to copy them and change them to suit your person church and situation. Articles of Incorporation - It's also necessary to have articles of incorporation if you wish to incorporate your church. These are ones I created. Again, you are welcome to use them and change them as appropriate for your own needs.
Declaration of Faith - For each church, this is obviously going to be different. You may use this as a template to create your own declaration of faith. This is a great statement to share with the people of your congregation. How To Start A Church - Here are the basics for starting a church, as well as an article for how to
Opening Resolutions - This is one of the things required when starting a new church. As with all the other things in this section, you can use this as a guide to help you create what you neeed for your own church. This is what I used when creating the ULC Seminary church.  IRS Qualifications - This article talks about what the main 14 points are that the IRS requires in order to establish your church as a church in the IRS's eyes. You can review them and see how well your church fits those requirements before you file for consideration.
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