HRCF Constitution

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section 1

The name of the organization shall be the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship. It chooses to maintain independence from any organization external to Harvard in order that group direction may be determined solely by the members, led by the Spirit of God and their consciences; and in order that resources of other organizations may be freely used to the advantage of this organization. The purpose of HRCF is to glorify God and to articulate, affirm, and demonstrate the good news of Christ (as described in Article II, Section I) in the Harvard community.

Section 2

The mission statement of the fellowship is as follows: The mission of HRCF is to bring the whole gospel to the whole campus to transform the whole world.

Section 3

This purpose and mission shall be fulfilled by activities which:

a. witness to the Lord Jesus Christ as God Incarnate and are oriented toward leading others to a personal faith in Him,

b. deepen and strengthen the spiritual life of the members by the study of the Bible, by prayer, and by fellowship,

c. stimulate interest in and active support of foreign and home missions and encourage personal participation in the work of Christ and other endeavors of Christian outreach.

Section 4

HRCF recognizes and welcomes its traditional and long-standing partnership with the InterVarsity Chaplains at Harvard, while maintaining its commitment to being a student-led, locally autonomous student organization.

 

Article II: Principles of Faith

Section 1

The principles of faith are as follows:

a. The unique and divine inspiration, integrity, and authority of the Bible.

b. The Deity and Humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

c. The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historic fact of His bodily resurrection.

d. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration and sanctification.

e. The consummation of the Kingdom in the “glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

Section 2

Officers of this organization must subscribe without reserve to the above principles of faith.

 

Article III: Membership

Section 1

Membership in this organization shall consist of students of Harvard University who show a willingness to cooperate in the purposes of the organization regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability.

Section 2

Voting membership consists of members who attend one regularly-scheduled weekly HRCF meeting at least 50% percent of the time for one semester as long as he/she continues to attend one regularly-scheduled weekly HRCF meeting at least 50% percent of the time.

 

Article IV: The Executive Committee

Section 1

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the selected officers as stated in Article V, and any others that they shall add from time to time.

Section 2

The duties of this committee are:

a. to carry out the purpose and general policies of this organization.

b. to be responsible for the continuance of this organization as efficiently as possible from year to year

c. to announce the new officers to the membership

d. to prepare and make available to the membership reports (including a financial record) of the last year’s activities.

Section 3

The Executive Committee is responsible for supporting, mentoring, and encouraging all other members of the fellowship

a. one member of the Executive Committee shall meet regularly with the leaders of the small groups

b. members of the Executive Committee shall regularly meet with any other leaders they appoint to help lead the fellowship.

c. members of the Executive Committee shall keep in mind the best interests of fellowship members and the personal and spiritual growth of the members.

 

Article V: The Executive Committee, continued

Section 1

The officers of the organization shall compose an Executive Committee.

a. Of these officers (an) Executive Committee Coordinator(s) shall be chosen by the departing member(s) of the previous year’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee Coordinator(s) will fulfill the role of President when required.

b. The Executive Committee shall name (a) member(s) of the organization Treasurer.

Section 2

The members of the Executive Committee shall individually uphold the purposes of this organization (in keeping with Article IV, Section 2a) and determine their own specific duties according to the purpose of the organization as stated in Article One.

Section 3

The term of office shall normally be one year from the time of appointment.

Section 4

The Constitution shall be made available by request to the membership at the start of the fall term, and any time afterwards at the HRCF web site.

 

Article VI: Nomination and Selection of Officers

Section 1

The nominating committee shall consist of the officers, who shall consider nominations submitted to them by any member.

Section 2

The selection of officers for the succeeding year shall take place in December.

Section 3

Officers shall be chosen by the unanimous decision of the Executive Committee and shall affirm the purpose outlined in Article 1 and the beliefs outlined in Article 2. The Executive Committee may make the determination of whether nominated members meet these leadership standards.

Section 4

Newly-selected officers shall be presented to the whole membership to be prayed for at the first meeting of the whole membership of the spring term. All other new appointments to the Executive Committee shall be presented at the first regular whole membership meeting which occurs after their appointment.

Section 5

An officer may be removed from office in the middle of his or her term only by a unanimous decision of all other officers for no longer upholding the purpose of the fellowship (as stated in Article I) or the doctrinal basis of the fellowship (as stated in Article II).

 

Article VII: Meetings

Section 1

Prior to the start of the new year, the Executive Committee shall meet for the purpose of prayerfully laying plans for the direction of the Fellowship for the coming year.

Section 2

There shall be regular meetings of the whole membership.

Section 3

Subunits of the fellowship, or “small groups,” shall be created to facilitate small group fellowship, learning, and/or discipleship. Leaders for these groups shall be chosen by the Executive Committee. These groups shall meet on a regular basis.

Section 4

Any other activities shall take place as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee.

 

Article VIII: Constitution and Amendments

Section 1

The Constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members.

Section 2

Two-thirds of the voting membership’s vote shall be required for ratification of amendment to the Constitution.

Section 3

Amendments to this Constitution shall not become valid until a copy of the amendment has been placed in the office of the Dean of Harvard College.

Section 4

Amendments are to be made to the body of the document of the Constitution; no list of amendments shall be kept in Article VIII