Friday, October 05, 2007
Excerpts from the Bylaws of Knox Theological Seminary
KTS Bylaws, Section I. The Institution, A. Governing Standard and Legal Identity
The operation of Knox Theological Seminary, a commission of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Inc., shall in all instances be according to the Holy Scriptures and the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, which consists of the doctrinal standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms and The Book of Church Order, as adopted by the Presbyterian Church in America.
The Session of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is responsible for the lawful affairs of Knox Theological Seminary, as a commission of the Church.
This manual is for the purpose of governing the Board of Directors of Knox Theological Seminary and is to provide procedures for the necessary activities of the Board and/or faculty members.
Further, at any time that there is a conflict between the manual and the Articles of Incorporation of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC), Inc., the Articles of Incorporation shall govern. At any time there is a conflict between this manual and The Book of Church Order of the Presbyterian Church in America, except as may be required by the laws of the State of Florida or the United States of America (provided such laws are not in conflict with the Holy Scriptures or classical reformed doctrine), the Book of Church Order shall govern.
KTS Bylaws, Section I. The Institution, C. Statement of Belief and Covenant
The members of the Board of Directors shall subscribe annually at the annual meeting to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and to the following Statement of Belief and Covenant:
1. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (excluding those books commonly called the Apocrypha) are the inspired, authoritative, and only infallible Word of God.
2. There is only one God, eternally existent in three co-equal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
3. Our Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man in one person. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and vicariously atoned for sin through His shed blood and death. He was bodily resurrected from the dead. He ascended to the right hand of God the Father and will personally return in power and glory.
4. Sovereign regeneration by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
5. God justifies the sinner on the basis of Christ’s righteousness alone, which is imputed to him by grace alone and which is received by faith alone.
6. Eternal life is received by faith, that is, by trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
7. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers and enables them to live godly lives.
8. Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected from the dead; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
9. There is spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
KTS Bylaws, Section I. The Institution, D. Statement of Purpose
The purpose of Knox Theological Seminary is to prepare and equip Christians to serve under the Lordship of Christ and the authority of God’s Word, to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Cultural Mandate (Genesis 1:28).
This purpose is fulfilled primarily (1) by training those men called to the Christian ministry; (2) by providing individuals already in full-time service, opportunities for continuing education and advanced degrees for more effective ministry; and (3) by equipping lay persons with greater biblical and theological understanding and with effective skills.
The theological perspective from which the training is offered is that of the classical Reformed theology expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms and in the principles of presbyterian church government. Students from other evangelical perspectives are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The method employed by Knox will provide a quality education, wedding academic content with ministry skills and on-the-job training, enabling the students to discharge a variety of functions in God’s Kingdom such as church planting, pastoral work, evangelism, missions, establishing a Christian school, and the use of media. Knox Seminary will provide opportunity for theological education at the main campus and through extension courses offered at other locations in South Florida and beyond. The school will also offer courses in formats favorable to geography and student needs.
KTS Bylaws, Section II. The Governing Authority, A. The Board of Directors,
The civil activities and affairs of the Seminary shall be managed by its Board of Directors. In addition to the powers and authority expressly conferred on it by the Session of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Inc. and these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may exercise all such powers of the Seminary and do all such lawful acts and things as are not prohibited by law (provided such laws are not in conflict with the Holy Scriptures and our doctrine), by the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in America, or by these Bylaws. Such powers and authority shall include, but not be limited to, the buying, selling, mortgaging of property for the Seminary, the acquiring and conveying of title to such property, the holding and defending of title to the same and the managing of any permanent special funds entrusted to them for the furtherance of the purposes of the seminary, provided that such duties do not infringe upon the powers and duties of the Session of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Inc.
The Board shall in all instances conform to the working of a commission as outlined in the Book of Church order of the Presbyterian Church in America.
KTS Bylaws, Section II. The Governing Authority, A. The Board of Directors,
The officers of the Board of Directors consist of: Chancellor/Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.
a. The Chancellor/Chairman is one position and retains the right to protect the Seminary from any deviation from its stated beliefs, purpose, or intention.
b. The Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by the Board and shall be reelected annually at the spring meeting of the Board of Directors.
KTS Bylaws, Section II. The Governing Authority, B. The Executive Commission,
The Executive Commission shall exercise the authority of the Board of Directors except in matters as may be specifically reserved by the Board. Such matters will always include:
a. Any revision or change in the Statement of Belief and Covenant or the Statement of Purpose.
b. The hiring and firing of resident faculty members.
c. The approval of the annual budget.
d. Individual members of the Executive Commission shall have no authority to act for or on behalf of the Seminary.
e. All actions of the Executive Commission shall be reduced to writing and reflected by minutes of the Executive Committee.
KTS Bylaws, Section III. The Administration, A. The Chancellor
1. The Chancellor is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Knox Theological Seminary.
2. The Chancellor’s primary responsibility is to see that the Seminary remains true to the Statement of Belief and Covenant and the Statement of Purpose. As Chancellor, he is able to act alone, if necessary, to assure that this intention is maintained.
3. The Chancellor is the Senior Minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. (Note: When Dr. Kennedy passed away, the Board of Directors elected Dr. R.C. Sproul to the position of Interim Chancellor until a Senior Minister has been called to CRPC.)
4. The position of Chancellor serves as the visible head of the Seminary in the local and national community.
Excerpts from the Faculty Manual of Knox Theological Seminary
KTS Faculty Manual, Preface: Vision and Statement of Purpose
In obedience to the Great Commission and desiring to meet the need for laborers in the harvest—in our nation and, indeed, the world—Dr. Kennedy and the leadership of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (a.k.a. CRPC) met in 1989 to establish a seminary faithful to the entire Word of God. Knox Theological Seminary (a.k.a. Knox; KTS) is the fulfillment of their dreams.
Our vision is to train men for full-time gospel ministry while enriching and enabling laypersons who seek to become more knowledgeable and effective in their own personal ministries.
Our goal is to prepare leaders for the 21st century, emphasizing the application of Scripture to all aspects of our culture and providing them with excellent academic instruction combined with Evangelism Explosion training, guidance in the student’s personal spiritual growth, and hands-on ministry experience.
Our model is Scottish reformer, John Knox. Future leaders inspired with his commitment, fervor, and fire will cry from their hearts for their own homelands—and the world—just as he did, with his now famous prayer: “Lord, give me Scotland, or I die!”
Knox Theological Seminary seeks to provide students with nothing less than the integration of solid biblical, historical, and practical theology with true spirituality, enabling men and women to become Christian leaders of the church and society.
The purpose of Knox Theological Seminary is to prepare and equip Christian men and women to serve under the lordship of Christ and the authority of God’s Word, to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and to obey the Cultural Mandate (Genesis 1:28).
The theological perspective from which training is offered is that of classic Reformed Theology as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms and in the principles of presbyterian church government.
Each faculty member is required to affirm his support of the Seminary’s Vision and Statement of Purpose (see also sections I.3.c. and II.8.)
KTS Faculty Manual, Section V. Dismissal
Doctrinal deviation, moral failure, neglect of duty [including, but not limited to, those duties implied or expressed in section II.8. above], or unsatisfactory classroom performance may be grounds for dismissal. With respect to doctrinal deviation and moral failure, the standard for determining the grounds for dismissal will be the Scriptures, as interpreted by the Westminster Standards. With respect to unsatisfactory classroom performance and/or neglect of duty, the standards for determining grounds for dismissal shall be the Faculty Manual.When the Administration1 concludes that dismissal proceedings are in order respecting a given faculty member, it shall advise the faculty member of its opinion and grant the faculty member full opportunity to discuss the matters in question with the Administration. After this conference has occurred and the Administration concludes that dismissal is necessary, the intention to dismiss shall be reported to request a hearing before the full Board. Should such a hearing be granted, the faculty member will have the privilege of addressing the Board respecting those issues that the Administration cites as grounds for his termination. He is granted the opportunity of having a teaching elder present for his hearing to provide advice and counsel should he so desire. Should the Board determine that termination is called for, it shall give notice of its decision to terminate the faculty member, with a written statement of the grounds included.
Should termination result for any reason other than doctrinal deviation or moral failure, at the discretion of the Board, the faculty member dismissed may receive his salary and benefit package as severance pay from the date of his termination for up to but not to exceed six (6) months or until he secures and commences other employment or reaches the age of 65, whichever comes first.