Constitution

We, the Baptist students of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, recognizing the need to form an organized body of one faith and one baptism, to effectively carry forth God's wonderful command to introduce the Lord Jesus Christ as the Giver of eternal life and One who changes the man, who puts his faith and trust in Him with repentant heart, to a truly new person, do ordain and promulgate this constitution.

  • Article 1: Name and Nature
    1. The official name of this organization shall be the Baptist Youth Sowers for Christ, or to be known as BYSC.
    2. The sole nature of this organization is religious. It is a ministry of Christian Bible Baptist Church, Los BaƱos, Laguna, and is composed of Baptist Christians who happen to be students of UPLB.
  • Article 2: Declaration of Principles
    1. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and the truth without any mixture of error for its matter. It reveals the principle by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
    2. We believe that there is one, and only one true and living God. He is absolute in nature, perfect in attributes, holy in character, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. He is holy, righteous, and true, worthy of all confidence and love. He unites in Himself the infinite, the eternal, the Almighty-Three-God, the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the God-head subsist in the same divine nature, essence, and being. They are co-existent and in every divine attribute.
    3. We believe that man did, by voluntary transgression of the Lord's command, fall from the high and happy estate accorded to him by his Creator. Consequently, he became a sinner alienated from God, and brought upon himself and all mankind just condemnation. He is now by virtue of his fallen nature, utterly devoid of holiness, positively inclined to evil and actually condemned to eternal ruin, without compensation or excuse.
    4. We affirm the lost sinner is guilty and already under just condemnation. Atonement for sin was gained through by mediatorial office of the Son, who by divine appointment, really took upon Himself our nature, yet was without sin. His death on the cross actually satisfies the penalty of the offended law by suffering in the sinner's atonement for all sin. He, the just, died for the unjust, bearing our sin in His body on the tree. He, through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary, evidenced eternal provision for cleansing, for pardon, for peace, and for rest.
    5. Repentance and faith are solemn and inseparable prerequisites of salvation. They are graces which cannot be disjointed as they are wrought in the heart by quickening the Holy Spirit. The alien sinner, being deeply convicted of his sins of unrighteousness, and of judgment to come by personal ministry of the Holy Spirit, has his understanding enlightened. He can see the way of salvation through Christ. He actually repents, turning to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication. As a firm believer, he surrenders himself, wholeheartedly, to the Lord Jesus, immediately receiving Him as personal and all-sufficient Saviour and openly confessing Him before all men.
    6. We accept as true that grace is elective and saving, that it encompasses the personal triune, and the redemptive ministry of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It comprehends all the labors put forth by the Almighty in the interest of perfect righteousness and the salvation of the lost soul. It embraces foreknowledge, foreordination, and predestination; that it alone saves unto the uttermost all who repent toward God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is wrought truly by grace. It is the "free gift of God," requiring neither culture nor works in any form to secure it.
    7. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back to earth. His return shall be personal, audible, visible, and in the flesh.
    8. Baptism is the indispensable requirement before any person may become a member of a local church. The Scriptures emphasize the only the local, visible church has the authority to administer baptism, and that the method must be immersion. Every believer's public action is to submit to the ordinance of baptism in obedience to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    9. The New Testament Church that the Lord Jesus Christ built is composed of blood-bought baptized believers, controlled, energized, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word of God to all people. As members of this church, we therefore extend Christ's Great Commission in this University because we believe it is our responsibility to do so, by God's grace, through our collective efforts-a key factor which is essential to the realization of our ideals and objectives.
    10. We strongly believe that Jesus Christ is the only answer and solution to all the problems that we face now and in the future; whether social, political, or academic; whether in our personal life, in our society, nation, or the whole world; and that a personal relationship with Him is the only way to change a man from his evil ways.
    11. All financial obligations of the organization shall be the responsibility of the members. BYSC may also seek financial assistance from the churches of the members and other Baptist churches. But it will never collect or solicit any amount of money from non-Baptists in whatsoever way such as entertainment, contests, and the like. Any voluntary unsolicited support, however, is acceptable.
  • Article 3: Objectives
    1. The general objectives of BYSC is to lead students of all cultures and other UPLB constituents to faith and maturity in Christ and to active involvement in a local Baptist church by teaching the Word of God through Bible studies, tracts distribution, evangelistic meetings, and other activities which enhance such aim.
    2. The specific objectives of BYSC are embodied in the three-fold thrust which arrives to the end that God be glorified:
      1. For the Baptist believer: to gather people who are already member of Baptist churches to unite them and to harness their individual skills and talents, to keep the flame of Holy Spirit burning in their hearts, and keep them from being blemished and influenced by the vain philosophies of this world, keeping them in faith.
      2. For the lost: to introduce and win the lost people to Christ, declaring to them that Jesus, the Son of God, is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life, and that no man can go to the God the Father except through Him.
      3. For the Church: to channel each believer and direct each saved person (won to Christ) to the Baptist church local to the area where he is from, thus, extending the arm reaches to the true church, which Jesus Christ built, from all over the Philippines and around the world.
  • Article 4: Membership
    1. Any interested bona fide student of the UPLB who is a member of the Baptist church and has been a student in the University for at least two semesters may apply for membership, provide that he/she:
      1. Can submit a certification from his/her pastor of his/her membership in the church concerned and the pastor's willingness to support BYSC; and,
      2. Is willing to sign and to follow the BYSC Covenant.
    2. Classification of Members
      1. Regular Members which shall consist of the resident and non-resident members:
        1. Resident members are those who are duly registered in the UPLB System.
        2. Non-resident members are those who on the last stay in UPLB are regular members of BYSC and for any reason are no longer connected with the UPLB System.
      2. Alumni members which shall consist of the regular members who had already graduated from the University.
      3. Charter members which shall consist of those original signatories of the 1992 BYSC Covenant.
  • Article 5: Duties of Members
    1. The duties and responsibilities of all members are embodied in the Baptist Youth Sowers for Christ Covenant.
    2. The Covenant shall be signed only by qualified applicants during the first month of the first semester. The Covenant Signing will be done only once a year.
    3. The Covenant must be read in the presence of all resident members at least once every semester.
  • Article 6: Organizational Structure
    1. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Director, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, and heads of the Standing Committees.
    2. The Standing Committees shall be the Membership Committee, Finance Committee, and Business Committee.
  • Article 7: Duties and Responsibilities of Officers
    1. The Director
      1. The Pastor of the host church automatically becomes the Director of BYSC unless he defers or rejects the position; in which case, selection shall be decided upon by the body and the elders of the host church.
      2. He shall have the uttermost rule in the organization and all authority and final decisions rest upon him.
      3. All preplanned major activities shall be subject to his approval.
      4. He shall be the only officer with appointive power which is not subject to the body's verification.
    2. The President
      1. The President shall be the executive officer of the organization as far as the student adherents are concerned, for he shall be subject to the authority of the Director.
      2. He shall head the Executive Committee; call, conduct, and preside over all meetings of the organization in the absence of the Director; sign all communications, documents, and other pertinent papers of the organization; seek the Director's approval for all preplanned activities; represent the organization, in his capacity as President, in any activity, occasion, or event that is not necessary; approve and sign all monetary disbursement in coordination with the Treasurer; and, to perform all other functions pertaining to the Office of the President.
    3. The Vice-President
      1. The Vice-President shall be the chief representative of the organization and assume all the powers and responsibilities of the President in all undertakings not requiring the latter's presence or in the latter's absence.
      2. He shall be responsible for the administration of the organization's activities, assist the President in the performance of his duties, be the head of the Membership Committee, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
    4. The Secretary
      1. The Secretary shall keep the records of all proceedings and activities of the organization, keep an accurate record of the attendance in all regular and special body meetings and activities, and make a summary and statistical report as the end of each semester concerning all the organization's undertakings.
      2. He shall keep a complete and continuously revised roster of members, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
    5. The Treasurer
      1. The Treasurer is responsible and accountable for all properties and financial matters.
      2. He shall take charge of all monetary disbursement upon the President's approval, keep an itemized account of all receipts and expenditures, present a financial statement of the organization on the last meeting of every semester, be the head of the Finance Committee, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
    6. The Public Relations Officer
      1. The Public Relations Officer shall be responsible in notifying the members about meetings and publicizing the activities of the organization.
      2. He shall secure the necessary permits for holding meetings and other activities, secure reservations of facilities to be used by the organization during the set activities, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
  • Article 8: Functions of Committee
    1. The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the organization. It shall plan the organization's activities and coordinate the activities of the Standing Committees.
    2. The Membership Committee shall attend to the academic, spiritual, and physical well-being of the members. It shall:
      1. Keep the old exams, exercises, and hand-outs donated by the members to the organization and provide tutorials to needy students.
      2. Follow-up the students who received Christ as their Saviour in any of the BYSC's activities and provide Bible studies for them.
      3. Visit the members who miss at least one weekly meeting.
      4. Take charge in the recruitment of new members and provide copies of the BYSC Covenant and the Pastor's Certification mentioned in Article4 Section1 of this Constitution.
      5. Take charge of the sports activities of the organization.
    3. The Finance Committee shall keep the organization's funds, budget the organization's expenditures and solicit funds from the members and from the churches of the members.
    4. The Business Committee shall take charge of all programs and activities of the organization.
  • Article 9: Adviser
    1. The organization shall have an adviser who is recommended and elected upon by the body subject to the approval of the Director.
    2. The adviser must be an active member of a Baptist church, most preferably of the host church and at the same time a faculty member of UPLB.
    3. The adviser shall be consulted on all major activities and may recommend ways and means of furthering the objectives of the organization.
    4. The adviser shall serve office for a term of one academic year or for as long as the body and the Director may decide.
  • Article 10: Election of Officers
    1. The President shall be the only officer whose election is solely by appointment by the Director or by elders of the host church. All other officers and chairmen shall be elected by the body, or appointed by the Director, if he chooses to, depending upon his discretion.
    2. The nomination for the non-appointive positions will be conducted one week before the annual election. Additional nomination, however, will be accepted immediately before the election takes place.
    3. Only official resident Covenant members shall be allowed to nominate and to be nominated to any position to the organization's set of officers.
    4. The election done through secret balloting, shall be held on a specific date specified by the body, preferably two weeks before the end of the second semester.
    5. Any member nominated for any office should be present during the elections. When a nominee runs unopposed, he must have at least two-thirds vote of confidence from the members present, for his election to be valid.
    6. Special election shall be held only in case of vacancy in any office, after that the Director has chosen not to appoint anybody for that position.
    7. The set of officers shall be effective at the beginning of the summer classes of that year.
    8. All officers holding non-appointive positions maybe allowed to hold office for four consecutive terms, that is, he can be re-elected at most three times.
    9. Any qualified member may be nominated in not more than two offices. All objections shall be entertained immediately after the nomination of the member concerned.
  • Article 11: Ammendments
    • The Constitution can be amended upon the consensus of the two-thirds of the body.
  • Article 12: Effectivity
    • The Constitution shall be effective upon the ratification by the Charter Members on July 5, 1993.

BYSC Constitutional Ammendments

First Ammendment (November 1998): Restructuring of Standing Committees, Realignment of Official Functions, and Creation of Separate Elective Positions for Heads of Standing Committees

  1. The Standing Committees shall be the Membership Committee, the Finance Committee, the Business Committee, and the Education Committee.
  2. Duties and Responsibilities of Officers
    1. The Vice-President
      1. The Vice-President shall be the chief representative of the organization and assume all the powers and responsibilities of the President in all undertakings not requiring the latter's presence or in the latter's absence.
      2. He shall be responsible for the administration of the organization's activities, assist the President in the performance of his duties, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
    2. The Treasurer
      1. The Treasurer is responsible and accountable for all properties and financial matters.
      2. He shall take charge of all monetary disbursement upon the President's approval, keep an itemized account of all receipts and expenditures, present a financial statement of the organization on the last meeting of every semester, and perform all other duties as maybe designated by the President.
    3. The Membership Committee Head shall be the chief officer and representative of the Membership Committee. He shall lead the committee in the performance of its functions.
    4. The Business Committee Head shall be the chief officer and representative of the Business Committee. He shall lead the committee in the performance of its functions.
    5. The Finance Committee Head shall be the chief officer and representative of the Finance Committee. He shall lead the committee in the performance of its functions.
    6. The Education Committee Head shall be the chief officer and representative of the Education Committee. He shall lead the committee in the performance of its functions.
  3. Functions of Committees
    1. The Membership Committee shall coordinate with the Vice-President in overseeing the spiritual welfare of the organization; visit members and regular attendees who missed at least one weekly meeting and know the cause of their absence; schedule follow-ups and Bible studies for new converts; distribute the discipleship materials; issue a monthly discipleship report form to disciplers to evaluate the performance of the program; be responsible for presenting birthday cards to celebrators; making posters and invitations for pre-planned activities, and keeping of art materials.
    2. The Business Committee shall coordinate with the P.R.O. regarding programs and regular meetings, including physical preparation of venues for the organization's activities; be responsible for the music ministry and the publication of the Newsletter; and take charge of the sports activities of the organization.
    3. The Finance Committee shall coordinate with the Treasurer with regards to the funds and expenses of the organization; conduct an inventory of the organization's properties; budget the organization's expenditures and solicit funds; and submit a monthly report of all income and disbursements.
    4. The Education Committee shall coordinate with the Secretary concerning the record-keeping and monitoring aspects of the organization; conduct tutorials and monitor the academic performance of the members; keep old exam papers, exercise and hand-outs donated by the members; manage the BYSC library; secure tracts and Christian literature; and provide academic calendars to the members of the organization.

Second Ammendment (November 1998): Disciplinary Measures

  1. It is the responsibility of every member of the organization to guide, correct, or restore, in all humility and love, a fellow member or officer committing any gross misconduct that would hurt, or cause disgrace and dishonor to, the reputation of the organization and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This covers all actions which are contradictory to the spirit of the BYSC Covenant.
  2. It is, in turn, the responsibility of the officers of the organization to reprimand erring member or erring officer if he refuses to heed the admonition of his fellow members.
  3. If the suspected erring member would still willfully disregard the reprimand of the officers and continue to commit the misbehavior, the officers shall, as an ultimate action, seek the formation of a committee (hereafter referred to as the Restoration Committee) that will investigate the details of and formulate plans in order to resolve the case.
  4. The Restoration Committee will be composed of the following persons:
    1. The incumbent president (unless only if he is the one in question)
    2. At least one, but not more than two ,other officers
    3. The Director, or in his absence, his representative, who is also an elder of the host church.
    4. At most one alumni member
  5. The Restoration Committee assumes the authority to examine the person concerned and to pass, based on the findings, the appropriate ruling (disciplinary action) and, as may be needed, other measures, upon the approval of the Director.
  6. In case-to-case basis, the Restoration Committee may formulate, as supplement to the disciplinary action, other measures that would help ensure he resolution of the case, the primary object of which is to restore the person to the fellowship of the organization's membership.
  7. The following disciplinary actions, depending on the degree of the offense and the census of the members of the Restoration Committee, will be passed:
    1. Clemency/Probation-if the member in question pleads guilty during the period of examination and promises to end his misbehavior
    2. Ban/Suspension-denial of attendance/participation/access to all activities and facilities of the organization of the length of which is to be decided upon by the committee
    3. Nullification of membership-maximum penalty
  8. The Restoration Committee reserves the right to recommend the Director an appropriate ruling if the concerned party fails to appear before the committee or if he refuses himself for examination.
  9. The Director, he only, possesses the power to grant amnesty, or to take action that would lead to the granting of amnesty, of the convinced party, especially concerning 7.2 and 7.3.