Training up children in the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6)

Constitution & By-Laws

Constitution

Highlights:

2. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Society is to further the cause of Christian education in general and more particularly to conduct in its own community a school system which will provide that weekday Christian instruction and education which the applicants deem necessary for covenant children in order that such children may be true Christians and occupy worthily their places in society, church and state.

4. BASIS
The supreme standard of the Society is the Word of God written, the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, the only infallible guide for faith and practice. These Scriptures are here confessed to be the Word of God according to the conception of it embodied in the historic creeds of the Reformed churches, such as the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt, the Westminster Confession of Faith and other Reformed creeds.

In harmony with the above statement we confess the following:

a. Creation

That “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb. 11:3). By this act of creation God gave “unto every creature its being, shape, form and several offices, to serve its Creator”, and “He also still upholds and governs them by His eternal providence and infinite power for the service of mankind, to the end that man may serve God”. (Belgic Confession, Art. 12).

b. The Fall

That through the fall of man into sin in paradise, man’s heart became corrupt, and his mind was darkened so that he cannot rightly know God and His world unless he is regenerated by the Spirit of God. Through the fall of man, creation was also cursed and subjected to bondage. (Rom. 8:20, 21)

c. Redemption

That God sent his Son Jesus Christ into this world to redeem fallen man and to restore the creation to its original position. In Christ, the second Adam, “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God”. (Rom. 8:21) Christ is the key to true knowledge, for “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3).

d. Man’s Calling

That man was created in the image of God, and was thereby called into office as vice-regent of God, to have dominion over God’s creation and subdue it in the service of God as prophet, priest, and king, “that he may confess His name, present himself a living sacrifice to Him, and rule with Him over all creatures”. (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 12)

e. Kingdom

That the Kingdom of God, as it was established in Christ, His Son, is a present reality which embraces the entire cosmos. As subjects of the King, we are called to promote His Kingdom as stewards of His manifold gifts. We are to teach our children how to live in God’s world as loyal subjects of Christ Jesus. The Kingdom shall reach its completion when “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1Cor. 15:28).

f. Parents

We believe that the primary responsibility for education rests with the parents, to whom the Lord entrusts children. They must therefore accept this obligation in view of the covenantal relationship which God established with believers and their children. By virtue of the covenant of grace these children are called to belong to God and must be taught to live in obedience to God in His domain. Such education must be of a high quality and in fundamental harmony with what is taught in the home.

5. ALTERATIONS

Article 2, 4 and 5 of the Constitution are unalterable.

 

BYLAWS (Revised May 2010)

Highlights:

1. TEACHING STAFF

All members of the teaching staff must declare their unconditional acceptance of the basis and principles of the Society and must be members in good standing of the Society. Teachers must also be a member in good standing of a Reformed Christian church.

2. MEMBERSHIP

a. Any person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years, who is in agreement with the basis of the Society as hereinbefore set out, and who desires to aid in the achievement of the objectives of the Society shall be eligible for membership.
b. Any person eligible for membership may become a member upon application and by making a payment to the Society of one hundred dollars ($100.00). Continued membership in good standing is dependent upon regular financial support of the Society in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per year.
c. Only members in good standing are entitled to vote.

5. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

a. The affairs of the Society shall be administered by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than five (5) and not more than eleven (11) Directors.
b. One or two advisory members may be appointed by consistory of Bethel Free Reformed Church of Monarch, AB for interviewing/hiring of teachers and viewing of curriculum. A church which fully concurs with and endorses the basis of the Providence Christian School Society as spelled out in its constitution, is entitled to appoint one director to the board of Providence Christian School. Such an appointee must be a duly registered confessing member of the church making the appointment, and must be made within one (1) month of the Annual General Meeting of PCS.

6. POWER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

a. The Board is the controlling body in all matters pertaining to the schools operated by the Society.
b. The Board may make rules and regulations:
i. pertaining to the meetings of the Board and its transactions;
ii. for the appointment of such committees and officials as the Board deems necessary;
iii. for conferring on any such committees and officials power and authority to act for the Board in relation to such matters as the Board deems it expedient to delegate to a committee or official with power to act for the Board.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2010.