Updating our By-Laws

Proposed 2017 St. John's Greek Orthodox Church By-Laws

In June 2005, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta adopted Model Parish By-Laws as a guide to harmonize these local by-laws with the Uniform Parish Regulations (“UPR”) and to provide a vehicle to share “Best Practices” between the parishes. In May 2008, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Tampa, Florida (“St. John’s”) adopted an amended Charter and By-Laws, which did not include many of the Model Parish By-Laws. In June 2014, the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of America amended the Archdiocesan Regulations to include the Uniform Parish Regulations.

Based on the above, St. John’s Parish Council and Legal Committee began drafting the proposed 2017 St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Parish By-Laws (“By-Laws”). The Metropolis of Atlanta’s office and St. John’s Parish Council have endorsed the proposed By-Laws being presented to the General Assembly on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Please note that if any Steward would like to propose additional changes or amendments to the 2008 Charter/By-Laws or 2017 proposed By-Laws, a written petition must be presented to the Parish Council on or before August 1, 2017, with a minimum of twenty (20) Steward signatures, outlining the requested change(s) or amendment(s). Notice of the By-Laws General Assembly meeting will be mailed to eligible Parish voters on or before August 5, 2017.

Key changes are as follows:

  • The UPR and Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws do not require or recommend a Charter and therefore, it has been removed from the proposed 2017 By-Laws as it is redundant and unnecessary.
  • Preamble and Article I of 2017 By-Laws track the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws.
  • Article II regarding the role of the Priest of the Parish is new and tracks other Parish By-Laws within the Metropolis of Atlanta.
  • Article III tracks the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws, and updated the definition of “Steward” to ensure a properly completed pledge form for the current year is submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of a Parish Assembly.
  • Article IV, V, VI and VII track the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws.
  • Article VIII tracks the UPR and is updated to include the requirement of a mandatory background check in accordance with the St. John’s Youth Protection Policy.
  • Article IX tracks the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws.
  • Article X tracks the UPR.
  • Article XI is new. St. John’s has a growing number of Parish Council committees and Church ministries. This new article tracks other Parish By-Laws within the Metropolis of Atlanta and is necessary to set forth the expansion of the committees and ministries of our Church.
  • Article XII is new. St. John’s has hosted an annual “Greek Festival” for many years. This new article tracks other Parish By-Laws within the Metropolis of Atlanta and is necessary to set forth the expansion of the Festival committee of this Church.
  • Article XIII tracks portions of both the UPR and Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Model Parish By-Laws.

There will be a table in the Kourmolis Center starting on Sunday, July 16 until Sunday, August 20 with hard copies of these documents for review, as well as members of the Parish Council and Legal Committee, available for questions and concerns.

Here is the 2008 Amended Charter & By-laws (Left) and Proposed 2017 Changes (Right). Please click the dated documents below for digital copies, for comparison.