organisation known as Baptismal Integrity (BI) exists to promote the
Christian religion as set out in the doctrines and liturgy of the Church
of England by fostering a better understanding and practice of the
administration of the sacrament of baptism in that Church; and in
furtherance of that aim but not otherwise:
bring to an end the indiscriminate administration of infant baptism.
demonstrate that baptism is the sacrament instituted by Christ for those
becoming members of the visible Church.
* in a
spirit of loyalty to the traditions of the Church of England, to seek to
clarify the provisions relating to the administration of baptism in the
canon law of the Church of England in the light of a true theological
understanding of the responsibilities thereby undertaken.
promote within the Church of England legitimate debate and review of the
biblical, theological, pastoral and evangelistic aspects of Christian
affirms the propriety of baptizing the infants of practising Christian
believers and also of deferring baptism until later years.
BI affirms the relevance and value of the Service of Thanksgiving for
the Gift of a Child
its executive, committees, local groups and membership (as constituted
below) shall exist to promote knowledge of, commitment to and
achievement of these aims in the Church of England.
shall exist as a non-profit making organisation, raising funds only to
finance its ongoing activities.
structure: officers, committees, elections and appointments.
Every five years the full membership shall elect by ballot and by single
transferable vote a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary.
These elected Officers shall constitute the Executive Committee together
with a President (if one be in office according to clause 9) and other
appointed Officers and Representatives (appointed or elected) whom it
shall have power to co-opt as it considers necessary.
National Committee shall exercise general oversight of the organisation,
make statements on its behalf when appropriate, organise national events
and initiatives, and engage in necessary planning. The national
Committee may co-opt additional Committee Members with full voting
rights to serve until the next elections of the Executive Committee.
National Committee shall appoint a Treasurer, Membership Secretary and
Newsletter Editor. It may also, when thought appropriate, appoint a
suitable President for a renewable period of five years considered to be
agreeable to the whole membership.
National Committee shall meet at intervals decided by the Chairman Its business shall be
chaired by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, or in their absence a member
elected by the meeting. The Secretary shall arrange for discussions to
be minuted and circulated to the Members of the Committee. Agreement on
matters discussed shall be reached by common consent or, where
necessary, by vote, the chairman of that meeting having an additional
committee may also define rules by which decisions and be made by
exchange of emails. Voting
by this method shall be in response to specific motions approved by the
Chairman, sent to all committee members with closing date, shall be by
two-thirds majority, with non voting assumed to be supportive.
Executive shall meet as and when it considers fit and shall act on
behalf of the National Committee and the Organisation as and when
necessary. It shall at all times act, and be seen to act, in accordance
with the Organisation's aims.
paid-up full member of BI shall be eligible for nomination for election
or appointment to the stated Officer and Representative posts.
Nominations for election shall be proposed and seconded by paid-up full
committee Member may appoint another member to attend meetings in his
place, with full voting rights.
Officers, Representatives, Committees and Groups shall act and speak
with due regard to the stated objects as in clause 1.
Council of Reference
national committee may appoint to a Council of Reference, persons who
support the objectives of the organisation who are willing to offer
advice guidance and support to the Committee.
Such Council members are eligible to attend committee meetings,
but not to vote thereat.
Membership shall be available in three forms.
Full personal membership shall be open to all communicant members of the
Church of England, and Churches in communion with the Church of England,
who are in sympathy with the Organisation's aims, and to communicant
members of other Christian denominations who regularly attend a Church
of England church and who are in sympathy with the Movement's aims.
Associate personal membership shall be open to members of other
Christian denominations who are in sympathy with the Organisation's
Church membership shall be open to all parishes of the Church of England
which are in sympathy with the Organisation's aims: such sympathy being
normally signified by the agreement of the parochial Church Council.
national Committee may decline an application for membership with good
reason and in the interests of the Organisation.
forms of membership shall be effective by the payment of an annual
subscription, the level of which shall be set by the national Committee
from time to time.
Membership shall lapse by reason of non-payment of a subscription.
Members shall receive a Newsletter regularly.
to this constitution.
Amendments may be proposed by the National Committee. Such amendments
may be carried only by a two-thirds majority of the full paid-up
membership, voting in a postal ballot.
amendments may be made to clauses 1, 23, 24 or this clause without the
prior agreement in writing of the Charity Commission; and
amendments shall be made which would cause the charity to cease to be a
charity in law.
and when the aims of the Organisation are considered to have been
achieved the Organisation shall dissolve. This decision must be reached
by a two-thirds majority in a ballot of paid-up full members.
decision to dissolve the Organisation, for whatever reason, is to be
reached by a two-thirds majority in a postal ballot of paid-up full
members actually returning votes within one month of notice being given.
In the event of such dissolution any funds remaining will be given to
such charitable organisations as shall be decided at the discretion of
the National Committee existing at that time, and agreed with the