Constitution and By-Laws
Article I – Name
The name of the organization shall be Central Georgia Christian Home Educators (CGCHE).
Article II – Definition
CGCHE is an organization of families dedicated to observing the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4. CGCHE promotes home education. CGCHE is not a church nor is this organization meant to replace the ministry of the local church.
Article III – Authority
We believe that the education of one’s children is an inalienable right given by God which government can neither create, destroy nor alter. Parents may delegate to others certain aspects of their children’s education, but ultimately, all education must be under the control and supervision of parents. Therefore, we believe the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4: 9, 6: 4-9, 6: 20-25, Proverbs 4:4).
Every father has the God-given mandate and responsibility for the overseeing of the education of his children. If the father is unavailable, then the mother assumes this responsibility.
Article IV – Purpose
CGCHE exists for the purpose of providing service and support to Christian home educators within the central Georgia vicinity, including, but not limited to, the following:
Providing encouragement to Christian home schooling families within central Georgia.
Providing information regarding the legal climate of home education in Georgia and in our nation.
Working to protect the future freedoms of home education in Georgia and in our nation.
Reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to Christian home educators.
Publishing the CGCHE newsletter.
Conducting conventions and other educational activities to provide information and training to Christian home educators and their children.
Article V – Statement of Faith
The Bible is the verbally inspired and only infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3: 16, 2 Peter 1: 19-21).
God is one Being who eternally exists as three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; all Persons being equal in power and glory (Matthew 28: 19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man (John 1:1, 14), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18, 22-23) and sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15). He died on the cross as a substitute for sinful men (2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53: 5-6). He rose bodily from the grave (John 20: 1-9, 24-31, Acts 2:24) and now reigns with the Father (Acts 7:55, Hebrews 10:12). He will return visibly and personally to the earth in both salvation and judgment (Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, Matthew 24:30).
All humans are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23, 5:12) and can only receive forgiveness by faith in Jesus as savior (John 3:16, Ephesians 2: 8-9), brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3: 5-7).
We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8: 1-17).
We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social, and spiritual unit created by God. In the family the child learns self-control and social responsibilities while developing a relationship to the Creator and Savior (Ephesians 6: 1-4, Colossians 3: 20-21). The family also provides protection from over-extensive government and over-stimulating social involvements.
We understand “family” to mean a male and female parent with one or more children, all related by blood (Genesis 1: 26-28), though we recognize exceptions due to death, divorce and adoption (1 Corinthians 7:15).
We reject homosexual marriages and homosexual orientation, because it is contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in creation (Romans 1: 18-32, Leviticus 20: 13). We believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the very idea of “family”. In addition, we reject co-habitational relationships outside of marriage as being equally in violation of God’s laws and incapable of providing the long-term nurture and instruction needed by children and commanded by God (Proverbs 1: 8-9, 2: 1-11, Colossians 3:21, Ephesians 6:4). In view of this, no homosexual or merely co-habitating “parents” are eligible for membership (Hebrews 13: 4, 1 Corinthians 5: 11, 6: 9-10).
Nature of Education
We believe that all education is religious in nature since one’s view of the world and of life is inseparable involved in teaching. Every discipline of knowledge, such as mathematics, science, or history will have as its reference point a humanistic or theistic view of reality. There is no neutral academic discipline.
As Christians, we believe that all education should have as its beginning the fear of God and as its end, the glory of God (Proverbs 1:7, Romans 11: 33-36).
We specifically reject as anti-Christian the following: secular humanism, the general theory of evolution, one-world government, government-mandated sex education, government-mandated parenting courses, radical feminist ideology, abortion, New-Age philosophy, the so-called “gay-rights” agenda, and philosophical relativism (including Outcome Based Education).
Article VI – Membership
Section 1: Specifications
Membership is open to all home educating families who are in agreement with the statements of authority, purpose and faith of this organization and who agree to abide by the guidelines as published in the yearly handbook.
Section 2: Expectation
It is expected that all member families will support CGCHE in the work of the organization so that its purposes are met.
Section 3: Applying for Membership
Applications for membership are made by submitting to the Secretary a signed Statement of Agreement and the annual dues payment. Dues will be discounted if your application is postmarked by August 1st. There will be no other discounts or proratings except for new members. The fiscal year is August 1 to July 31.
Section 4: Term of Membership
The term of membership shall be for a period of one year beginning at the start of the fiscal year. Member families will be required to renew their membership on an annual basis at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Section 5: Voting Rights
Each member family shall constitute one vote.
Section 6: Use of the Central Georgia Christian Home Educators Name
Member families must obtain prior written approval from the current Board of Officers (the Board) before using the name CGCHE in any manner.
Section 7: Termination of Membership
If any member is found to be in violation of the constitution and by-laws of this organization, there shall be a hearing before the Board to consider the matter with two weeks prior written notice given to the parties involved. If the matter remains unresolved, the Board may decide by simple majority vote that the said member be dropped from membership.
Article VII – Government
Section 1: General Powers
The affairs of CGCHE shall be under the policy direction of the current board. The Board shall include six positions: Organization Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator of Communication, Assistant Coordinator of Education, Assistant Coordinator of Activities, Secretary and Treasurer. Each Board position shall be a husband-wife team with one vote. The term of office shall consist of one fiscal year.
Section 2: Quorum
Four positions of the Board shall constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present at any meeting, a majority of those present may postpone the meeting to another time.
Section 3: Board Decision
A majority vote of the Board of Officers at a meeting at which there is a quorum shall be an act of the Board.
Section 4: Organizational Meeting
Prior to the September Parents Meeting, the newly elected Board shall meet for the purpose of adopting an annual budget and addressing any other business deemed necessary by the Board.
Section 5: Officers
In the March newsletter, announcement will appear informing all members that nominations will be accepted by the Board during March and April. The board will place on the ballot the names of the first two candidates for a board position meeting the following criteria:
minimum of twelve months membership in CGCHE prior to taking office
endorsement by five member families
The Secretary will validate each candidate’s eligibility and record endorsements by name, date and time received. The Secretary will close nominations for an office when two candidates have met the nomination criteria. Endorsements must be registered with the Secretary verbally or in writing. The records of the Secretary are binding in this matter.
The Board will prepare a ballet to be included in the May newsletter. Ballots must be returned to the Secretary and postmarked by the date specified on the ballot. The Board will meet to tally the votes. The June newsletter will announce the new Board of Officers.
If a board position is not filled by the election process or becomes vacant during the year, the existing board shall appoint a couple to fill the position.
Section 6: Special Meeting
Special meetings can be held at the discretion of the Organizational Coordinator, when called for by the majority of the officers, or by one-fourth of the member families. Member families calling a special meeting shall present to the Board a proposed agenda. The Organizational Coordinator or Board shall call a meeting within 30 days. A notice of the Special Meeting shall be mailed to all members families at least two weeks prior to the meeting date and shall include the agenda to be considered. Only those topics on the agenda shall be dealt with in the Special Meeting.
Section 7: Guidelines
Guidelines for functions and activities shall be published in the CGCHE yearly handbook as well as on the website. Guidelines shall be reviewed and modified annually by the appropriate Assistant Coordinator and their respective committee members. This review shall occur after the election of new officers and prior to the announced deadline for publication of the annual handbook. Periodic changes to the guidelines may be made as necessary by the appropriate Assistant Coordinator and will only become effective after announcement in the next newsletter. The Board may choose to review and/or revise such changes as needed.
Please click here to download a copy of the Guidelines.
Article VIII – Amendment of Constitution and By-Laws
With the exception of Articles VII and IX, which are irrevocable and not subject to amendment, these By-Laws shall be amended only by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of membership.
Article IX – Dissolution
In the event that the corporation should be dissolved for any reason, then, in that event, all assets of the corporation, if any, shall be transferred to another Christian home school organization, which is exempt from state income tax.