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AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST MOTORCYCLE CLUB
(afterwards identified as AFC)
Ambassadors for Christ Motorcycle Club Charter
The purpose of this charter is to record for posterity and future reference those things about the AFC Motorcycle Club that make it unique & effective. These will maintain the spirit and intentions of the original and ongoing ministry. The charter serves as a written guide to keep the ministry rooted in where we are and to build goals for where we are going.
The charter helps us to always remain focused on and never forget
the fact that God is the reason for this ministry.
To bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to motorcycle club members, veterans, independent motorcyclists, and any others who may not fit into the “norm of society” and to minister to everyone
and anyone else to whom God leads us.
A. AFC Membership is open to anyone:
1. Who is a practicing Christian, who embraces our statement of faith and our values.
2. Who regularly attends and supports his or her local church.
3. Who owns and operates at lease a freeway legal motorcycle or is the spouse of said person. (Patched membership will not be granted to boyfriends, girlfriends or fiancées.) .
4. Who maintains a current and valid motorcycle license and motorcycle insurance.
5. Who is 18 years of age or older.
6. Who completes an application.
7. Members shall purchase their own patches through the Treasurer
8. A member may receive a “retired status” when they are no longer able to ride due to age, poor health or injuries (not simply quit). Retired members will not vote or hold office
9. The widow or widower of a deceased member may remain a member (even if they do not own or operate a motorcycle) so long as they maintain all other rules of membership. If they do not own or operate a motorcycle they may not vote and hold office.
B. AFC members may NOT belong to another motorcycle club with the following exceptions: Members may join other auxiliary motorcycle organizations such as AMA, ABATE, HOG, LOH, Patriot Guard, etc. Such patches should be on the lower front of the vest. No member shall not wear any form of a “support” patch or colors. To do so would alienate us from other MC’s.
C. Alcoholic beverages will never be consumed on any AFC function or ride.
D. Public drunkenness of a member (in or out of the patch) will never be tolerated.
E. The known use of illegal drugs or the abuse of prescription drugs by members will not be tolerated. Members, while riding, shall not use any kind of drug, legal or otherwise, that may compromise their ability to operate a motorcycle.
F. Persistent vulgarity, off-color humor and promiscuous behavior by members will not be tolerated.
G. Violence and/or threats of any kind by a member will not be tolerated.
H. Members will not wear or display anything that is dishonoring to Christ.
1. Members of AFC, in and out of their patches, will be allowed to carry a concealed firearm when and where it is legal to do so.
2. Members of AFC, while wearing their patches or in ministry service, will not “open carry” or expose firearms even when it is legal by state law. To do so would create a greater opportunity for harm than good.
3. Members of AFC may carry a fixed blade or folding knife on their belt so long as the blade does not exceed 6”.
4. Members of AFC, while wearing their patches or in ministry service, will not expose or carry anything which may be misconstrued as a weapon. (Common gang weapons include: hammers, screwdrivers, large flashlights, numb chucks, brass knuckles, etc.) Use common sense.
J. Homosexuality and promiscuous heterosexual behavior will not be tolerated within our membership. Our members will either be single and celibate or legally married to one of the opposite sex. (AFC recognizes marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.)
K. Members who are consistently absent from participation in AFC chapter rides and meetings will be contacted by the local president to determine whether or not they should remain a part of this ministry.
L. Members who do not communicate with or cannot be reached by local, state or national leadership for a period of six months or more will be suspended from membership and designated as MIA.
The intent of these rules is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to clarify what some Christians may consider to be gray areas. It is not the intent of this ministry to become sectarian or legalistic regarding Christian behavior. We simply insist on our members representing Christ well in an otherwise ungodly world.
Applications and Fees
A. The application must be filled out completely, signed by the applicant's pastor stating that he is a church member in good standing and submitted to any of the executive committee leaders.
B. The cost of the AFC patches will be borne by the applicant and paid in full after application is approved.
A. The colors on our patch are a combination of Purple and Black. (Women's patch have additional violet flower color).
B. Anything with the patch displayed will be sold to and worn only by members. With the exception of AFC support patches.
C. Additional small (or front) patches may be purchased to be sewn on the left front of your cut. Do not put these patches on chaps, hats, bike saddles, sissy bars, Bible covers, etc.
D. Patches (all sets; front and back) will always remain the property of the AFC organization and will be returned when leaving this ministry for any reason.
E. Patches are to be worn to all official rides and functions. (We encourage you to wear your patch whenever you ride.)
F. Patches will never be defended with violence. (If you are requested by an M/C to remove your patch, you will do so without further discussion or attitude. This is for your safety and the safety of our members around the world.) Immediately let anyone on the AFC Executive Committee know so he can settle the matter with the other club.
G. Patches will not be worn while driving or riding in a car or truck. They may, however, be transported and worn later at their destination.
H. Patches are always to be treated with respect: never to be left hanging on a bike or on the back of a chair, tossed on the floor or otherwise mistreated. To store a patch in a saddlebag, fold it inside out.
J. AFC makes no distinction between men and women in terms of membership, holding office or the wearing of a patch.
Executive Committee Position Descriptions
The President shall preside over all officer and general membership meetings. He will oversee all affairs of the Club and may appoint persons or committees as may be required for Club business. If any officer in the Club is unable to, or fails to perform his duties, it is the responsibility of the President to appoint a replacement until the general election is held. The President also deals directly with all business involving sources outside of the club. The President’s focus is on external club matters.
The Vice President shall perform all duties incumbent upon the President during the absence of the President. The Vice President’s focus is on internal club matters.
The Treasurer must account for all income and expenditures of the Club. He will maintain an accounting journal and log all transactions by the Club. He will give a financial report at each Church meeting showing the current wealth of the Club. He will be responsible for collecting any funds for patches and ordering patches for patched members.
The Secretary is the clubs record keeper and is responsible for all paperwork for the organization. He shall be provided a Clerk to assist him The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings and shall keep a record of all runs and minutes. Within one week of the weekly meetings, he will distribute the minutes to the Club membership, via email. Paperwork is defined as, but not limited to: Club Access Requests, all club announcements, news stories, amendments to bylaws, crew memberships, member roster and information, and member awards.
The Sergeant-at-Arms shall promote safety throughout the Club. His duties include maintaining order during all Club meetings, events and functions, and to protect the rights of the Club and it’s members. It is also his duty to manage all complaints and to bring them to the attention of the President. The Sergeant-at-Arms will also keep an up to date record of all members to make sure members remain active. He is the first point of contact for all prospective members and will make sure they fill out their application and know the club's charter.
The Road Captain shall be responsible for the safety of the membership any time the Club rides as a group. He will review routes for safety concerns, and will assist other riders in practicing safe driving while traveling in formation. He will be responsible for scheduling departure times and locations for trips or rides, and will communicate this information to all the membership. In the event that the Senior Road Captain is unable to take part in a Club run or trip, he will pick a Road Captain and two (2) Assistants to lead the Club in his absence, and will help them in their preparation, if needed.
"Our commitment is to Christ first, then family, country and Ambassadors for Christ. I understand this is a MISSION and that I am now an ambassador for my Lord and savior Jesus Christ but that we will share the love of Christ with any who will listen. I understand this is a ministry in which I serve
and not a club to which I merely belong. I commit, therefore, to be involved and active in my local chapter to the best of my ability.
I commit to grow daily in my walk with Christ and His Word.
I commit to support and attend my local church regularly.
I will submit to my AFC leaders and pray for them often.
I will submit to the spirit of our Statement of Faith and Bylaws.
I commit to speak the truth in love, forgive when wronged and
never participate in gossip or divisive behavior, for we are the body of Christ. I commit to serve, sacrifice, give, listen, love and ride in the name of Christ, so help me God! I am an Ambassador of Christ; different and set apart for Christ and His Kingdom. May God give us favor in our mission and keep us safe as we ride. To Him be all of the glory, amen.”
Statement Of Faith:
WE BELIEVE the Bible to exclusively be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:19-21).
WE BELIEVE there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-14; John 10:30; John 14:15-26).
WE BELIEVE in the deity of Christ (Isaiah 9:6;John 8:58; John 10:24-30; Titus 2:13); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; II Corinthians 5:21; I John 3:5); His miracles (Matthew 8; Mark 2:5-12; John 2:11,23); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 3:18); His resurrection (John 2:18-22; John 11:25; I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Ephesians 1:19-21) And His return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 10:11-16).
WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are not saved to the resurrection of damnation (John 5:24-29; Revelation 20:11-15).
WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John17:20-23; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 5:16-25).
WE BELIEVE in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 5:16-25).
Each Member Of AFC Is Responsible For Their Own Actions
AFC will not be held responsible or liable, directly, indirectly or consequentially, for the actions of its members or other individuals.
Each individual is responsible for his/her own actions and the consequences of those actions. This particularly applies to members who backslide, break any laws, or are involved in motorcycle or vehicle accidents. All AFC members agree to hold harmless the organization of AFC in the event the member is involved in any problems, crimes or vehicle accidents. AFC is committed to a safe motorcycling and ministry experience and every precaution will be taken to that end, but motorcycle riding has inherent risks, and ultimately, each AFC member must acknowledge his/her own limitations and his/her own responsibility in this endeavor. Accordingly, each AFC member hereby agrees to hold harmless the organization of AFC.
Proper Use Of Social Media
No member at any time for any reason is to use social media to communicate personal opinions that are in conflict with the AFC Charter or jeopardize the efficacy of AFC ministries or good standing in the greater motorcycle community, that denigrate other motorcycle ministries, or mention, directly or indirectly, the name of any motorcycle club. If in doubt... leave it out. If you are not sure, ask your leaders. Any member who violates this trust will lose their good standing status and must surrender their AFC patch and other items.
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