and By-Laws
of the
Midwest Presbytery
Covenanter Youth
of the
Reformed Presbyterian Church of
North America

Submitted by Shawn Reed and Denny Prutow

at Sterling Retreat, December 28, 1991

Edited by Executive Committee March 4, 2006

Approved by the CY, Covenant Heights July 2006



CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 1.

Name

The name of this organization shall be The Covenanter Youth (C.Y.) of the Midwest Presbytery of the Reformed Church of North America.

ARTICLE 2.

Object

The object of the Covenanter Youth in the Presbytery is to inspire as many young people as possible to a deep loyalty to Christ and the church in fellowship through conferences, psalm sings, and other presbyterial activities. It will include creating and maintaining within itself an interest in: the teachings of the Bible, the views of the church, and the needs of one another.

ARTICLE 3.

Membership

Presbytery C.Y. shall be composed of youth from 14 years to 24 years of age that are at least baptized members of Midwest Presbytery Reformed Presbyterian churches.

ARTICLE 4.

Officers

SECTION 1.
  1. The officers of the Presbytery C.Y. shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary/Registrar, Treasurer, Manager, and Recreation Director.
  2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of these officers, and shall work under the supervision of the Presbytery Youth Sponsor.
Duties of Officers

SECTION 2.
  1. The duties of the officers of the Presbytery C.Y. shall be as such as usually pertain to their respective offices. At meetings of Presbytery C.Y. they shall have the direction of, and responsibility for, the meetings and the program presented there. The President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall each make an annual report and other such reports as the Executive Committee may require.
  2. The Executive Committee shall have charge of arranging for all meetings of the Presbytery C.Y., and shall attend to all business requiring the attention between meetings.
Election

SECTION 3.

The officers of the Presbytery C.Y. shall be elected for a two western conference term. The officers will be elected on a rotating basis. Each year a Vice President will be elected, with the current President stepping down and current Vice President assuming the office of the President. Also, Treasurer and Recreation Director or Secretary and Manager will be elected each year. Past officers may not be re-elected to allow others the opportunity to assume responsibility.

ARTICLE 5.

Meetings

SECTION 1.

The Presbytery C.Y. shall hold regular (4-6 per year) retreats and assist in the management of the annual presbytery family conference.

SECTION 2.

An annual business meeting shall be held during the western conference. An annual planning meeting will be held at the winter retreat.

SECTION 3.

Other meetings may be held at the call of the Executive Committee.

SECTION 4.

The Executive Committee may meet at any time, on the call of the President and one or more of the other officers.

ARTICLE 6.

Amendments

If at some time in the future changes need be made to this constitution, amendments may be submitted by any member to the executive committee. If the executive committee deems the Amendment necessary and unanimously agrees to it, it should be presented to all the members at the annual business meeting. There, if it is upheld by a two-thirds majority, it will be added to this constitution.

By-laws

If it is found necessary that the By-laws need changed, then they may be edited by the Executive Committee as needed.. This new document must be agreed upon unanimously by the Executive Committee and then submitted to the members at the annual business meeting. There, if the changes are upheld by a two-thirds majority, the edited By-laws will replace the old ones.

BY-LAWS

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The election of officers shall be by ballot, following nominations by Sessions. Those nominated must be a junior in high school or above and a communicate member of a Midwest Presbytery Reformed Presbyterian Church.

COMMITTEES
  1. The committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee or the President.
  2. Committees appointed by the Executive Committee shall report at the annual meeting or special meetings.
RETREATS
  1. The registration fees shall be fixed by the Executive Committee in coordination with the host church representative.
  2. The program for the retreats shall be approved by the Executive Committee.
RULES OF ORDER

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Presbytery C.Y. in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution and its By-Laws.



OFFICERS AND MEMBERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DUTIES



PRESIDENT

Duties:
Privileges: VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER CAMP MANAGER RECREATION DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

Duties:
Rights:


STANDARD AGENDA FOR REGULAR MEETINGS


DON’TS FOR THE PRESIDING OFFICER
DON’TS FOR MEMBERS

GOALS FOR THE C.Y. OF THE MIDWEST PRESBYTERY

Goals of the Leaders:

  1. Tie each retreat topic together by giving a brief reminder of previous topics before introducing the present topic.
  2. Continue to mull over retreat topics with the CY and apply them.
  3. To review and revise the Constitution so that it provides a useful, succinct framework for the operation of the CY.
  4. To act towards fellow believers outside of the RPCNA in a way that reflects the love of Christ and brings glory to Him.
  5. To establish substantial, God-centered fellowship with each other through prayer, encouragement, and an officers’ retreat.
  6. Within 24 hours of receiving communication, to acknowledge that we have received that communication.