General Provisions 2

Article One:  Offices 3

Article Two:  Statement of Faith 3

Article Three: Membership 5

Article Four:  Government 5

Article Five:  Executive Board 6

Article Six:  Executive Director 7

Article Seven:  Transformation Network Church Plants 7

Article Eight:  Relationship To Local Transformation Network Churches 8

Article Nine:  Officers 9

Article Ten:  Business Practices 10

Article Eleven:  Amendments            11

General Provisions         

Non Profit Status

This network shall be organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.  The network received this status from the Internal Revenue Service on November 2, 2007. Copies of the filings are maintained in the church offices. This network is not organized, nor shall it operate, for pecuniary gain or profit, and it does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits, or dividends to its members and is organized solely for non-profit purposes. The property, assets, profits and net income of this network are irrevocably dedicated to charitable, educational, and religious purposes and no part of the profits or net income of this network shall ever inure to the benefit of any individual. On the dissolution of this network, its assets remaining after payment, or provision of payment of, all debts and liabilities of this network shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation, or corporation that is organized and operated for charitable, educational, ecclesiastical, religious, or sacerdotal purposes and that has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations as they now exist or may hereafter be amended.

Prohibition against sharing in corporate earnings

No member, trustee, officer, employee, committee member, or person connected with the network, or any other private individual shall receive at any time any of the net earnings or pecuniary profit from the operations of the network, provided that this shall not prevent the payment to any such person of such reasonable compensation for services rendered to or for the network in effecting any of its purposes as shall be fixed by the network  leadership, and no such person or persons shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the network assets upon dissolution of the network. All members of the network shall be deemed to have expressly consented and agreed that upon such dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the network, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the network, after all debts have been satisfied, then remaining in the hands of the leadership shall be distributed, transferred, conveyed, delivered and paid over, in such amounts as the leadership may determine or as may be determined by the court of competent jurisdiction upon application of the leadership, exclusively to charitable, religious, scientific testing for public safety, literary or educational organizations which would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations as then now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

Exempt Activities

Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, no member, trustee, officer, employee, or representative of this network shall take any action or carry on any activity by or on behalf of the network not permitted to be taken or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) or the Internal Revenue Code and its Regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended, or by an organization, contributions to which are now deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) and 509 (a) (1) of such Codes and Regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.

Article One:  Offices

The principal office of Transformation Network, Inc. (TNI) hereinafter referred to as the TNI, shall be located at the address set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.  TNI may have such other offices, either within or without the State of Incorporation, as the Executive Board may determine.

Article Two:  Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and women, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life.         (2 Timothy 3.16-17, 2 Peter 1.19-21, Matthew 5.17-18, John 10.34-36)

The Trinity

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Deuteronomy 6.4, Matthew 28.19, 2 Corinthians 13.14)

The Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He actively and mercifully intervenes in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Exodus 34.6-7, John 3.16, John 4.23-24, Ephesians 1.3)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is now our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the Father.  (John 1.1-18, Romans 4.25, Ephesians 1.15-23, Colossians 1.15-23, Hebrews 7.23-25)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and the Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus by convicting non-Christians of their need for Christ; giving new birth to believing sinners; and indwelling, sanctifying, leading, teaching, and empowering believers for godly living and service.  We believe that all Christians are to be baptized (filled) with the Holy Spirit subsequent to conversion. We also believe that all of the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible (Romans 12.6-8, Ephesians 4.11, 1 Corinthians 12.8-10, 28-30) continue to be distributed by the Spirit today; that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry; and that these gifts are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines. (John 3.3-8, John 14.15-27, John 16.5-15, Romans 8.9-17, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Galatians 5.16-26, Ephesians 5.18-21)


We believe God created humanity in the image of God. We further believe men and women are sinners by nature and action and are therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and place their trust in Jesus Christ are spiritually born again to new life by the Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1.27, Acts 2.38-39, Ephesians. 2.1-9, Romans 3.9-26, Romans 5.12-21)

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God and is received by individuals through faith in Jesus Christ apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus and His resurrection provide the only grounds for the forgiveness of sins for all who believe and that only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit, become children of God, and are given eternal life. (John 3.16-17, John 8.23-24, John 14.6, Acts 16.29-34, Romans 3.21-31, Romans 10.9-10, Ephesians 2.4-9, 1 Timothy 2.3-6, Titus 3.5-7)

The Church
We believe that the Church is composed of all people who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head. (Ephesians 1.22, 2.14-22 and 4.1-5)



                       We believe the following three ordinances have been established by God as channel of   

\                       His grace to us, provided we practice them in faith.  

  • Baptism- We practice the baptism of believers. Believers' baptism is a testimony of the death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ.  We give freedom for each church to choose which mode of baptism to practice- sprinkling (aspersion), pouring (affusion), or immersion- and we see both Biblical truth and imagery behind each mode.  Sprinkling- Hebrews 10.22; Pouring- Acts 2.17; Immersion- Romans 6.3-4.     

  • Communion- We believe communion is both a remembrance and a proclamation of the death of Jesus on behalf of humanity (Matthew 26.26-28, Luke 22.19-20, 1 Corinthians 11.23-26.)  There is freedom for each church to decide how to take communion (common cup, intinction, individual servings) and how often to do so.

  • Christian Marriage- Christian marriage is a loving, exclusive, and covenantal union between one man (born male) and one woman (born female) for life (Genesis 2.23-24 and Matthew 19.4-6.)  This union is the only appropriate context for sexual intimacy and all sexual activity outside of this union is sinful (Hebrews 13.4.)  We believe Christian marriage is a reflection of the union between Jesus and His Church (Ephesians 5.25-33.)

Christ's Return
We believe that the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our future hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Matthew 24, John 14.1-4, 1 Thessalonians 4.16-18, Titus 2.11-14, Revelation 19-20)

We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead: of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord; and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting separation from God.

(1 Corinthians 15.35-58, 2 Corinthians 5.1-10, 2 Thessalonians 1.5-10, Revelation 20-21)

Kingdom of God
We believe that the Kingdom of God has come in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ when He returns to the earth as King. We believe that after Christ returns He will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heaven and the new earth. (Matthew 4.23, Matthew 12.28, Mark 13.26, Acts 1.1-8, Acts 2.14-39, Romans 14.17-18, 1 Thessalonians 4.15-17, Revelation 19.11-16, Revelation 20.10, Revelation 21.1-5)

Christian Responsibility
We believe that the highest priorities for every believer are the Great Commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  These commands are fulfilled by glorifying God, enjoying Him and fulfilling His Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” These pursuits require personal commitments to live by the truth of God's Word and to depend on the power of the His Spirit. Practically, both the Word and the Spirit call us to a life of Christ-like character, wholehearted worship, generous giving, unselfish service, and compassionate outreach to the lost. (Matthew 20.26-28, Matthew 22.37-40, Matthew 25.31-24, Matthew 28.19-20, Luke 6.38, John 4.23-24, Ephesians 4.12-13, Ephesians 5.18-21, 2 Timothy 3.16-17)

Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27)  Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning:  the uniting of one man and one woman, as biologically designed by birth, in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.  (Gen 2:18-25) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.  (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of RiverStone Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the RiverStone Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by RiverStone Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.  (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10, Cor 6:9-11)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of RiverStone Church.


Article Three:  Membership

Section 1:  General Structure

TNI is comprised of churches planted by TNI, herein after collectively referred to as “Local TNI Churches.”  

                       What is TNI: TNI is a family of like-minded churches committed to the transformation               

                       of their local communities through church planting and other missional expressions of the

                       Kingdom of God.


Section 2:  Church Planters

Church Planters desiring to join Transformation Network must be sponsored by a TNI Senior Pastor.  TNI Senior Pastors make a recommendation to the Executive Board regarding the Church Planter who must be approved by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.   Responsibilities of the Church Planter include:

  • Participation in TNI activities.

  • Adherence to the TNI Statement of Faith (see Article 2.)

Section 3:  Local Churches

All Local Churches planted by TNI approved Church Planters are members of TNI.  Responsibilities of Local TNI Churches include:

  • Giving 1% of all regular offerings to TNI.

  • Participation in TNI-wide ministry events.

  • Commitment to church planting through TNI.

Section 4:  Transformation Network By Laws

All Local TNI Churches agree to operate according to these By Laws.  These By Laws supersede the By Laws of the Local TNI Church at any point of disagreement.

Article Four:  Government

Transformation Network is governed by its Executive Board.  The Board executes the mission of TNI through the Executive Director.

Article Five:  Executive Board

Section 1. Composition of the Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of 7 members of TNI with at least 3 being Senior Pastors of Local TNI Churches.

Section 2. Role of the Executive Board

The Executive Board is charged with ensuring that the vision of TNI to plant like-minded, different-looking churches in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area is fulfilled.

Section 3. Responsibilities of the Executive Board

To TNI Planters:

  • Identify, approve and ordain Church Planters

  • Relate to Pastor of newly planted church for at least two years (unless planter request beyond this time) with evaluations every six month to assess the stability of the plant.

To TNI Churches:

  • Oversee the commitment of TNI Churches’ to the Network’s values, vision and ongoing relationship.

  • Be aware of TNI Churches’ health through intentional relationship with the Board Members.

  • Has authority over the membership or termination of the church in the TNI according to the By Laws.  

  • Encourage churches to develop a church planting culture.

TO TNI Pastors:

  • Encourage TNI Pastors to pursue accountability in the areas of marriage, family, personal behavior and ministry.

  • Has authority over the membership or termination of the Pastor in the TNI according to the By Laws.

  • Hold pastors accountable to planting TNI churches with the network’s vision and values.

Section 4.  Decision Making

All decisions by the Executive Board are by unanimous vote unless otherwise noted in these By Laws.

Section 5.  Terms of Service

Members of the Executive Board serve a 3 year term with no term limit.

Section 6.  Nomination to Executive Board

Any member of Transformation Network may be nominated by any member of the TNI Board to serve on the Executive Board.  All new members must be confirmed by unanimous vote of the current Executive Board.

Section 7.  Removal from Executive Board

Any member of the Executive Board may be removed by unanimous vote of the remaining members of the Executive Board at the discretion of the Board.

Section 8. Meetings

  • A meeting of the Executive Board shall be held at least once per quarter.  The Executive Director may call a meeting at any time.

  • If possible, the Executive Director is to attend and lead each Executive Board meeting.  If not possible, a member of the Executive Board must lead that meeting and proceed in order, with an appointed member keeping minutes for the record.  

  • At any meeting of the Executive Board, any person may participate in the meeting by telephone provided all members of the Executive Board present at the meeting or by telephone can hear and speak to each other.  Participation by telephone shall be equivalent to attending the meeting in person.

  • Executive Board members, as such, shall not receive any salaries for their services.

Article Six:  Executive Director

Section 1. Selection of Executive Director

The Executive Director is to be nominated by members of the Executive Board of TNI.  Any member of TNI is eligible to serve as Executive Director.

Section 2.  Responsibilities of Executive Director

1.  To Identify Future Church Planters:

  • Meet with future Church Planters at least once each month to check in, answer questions, give encouragement, and feedback.

  • Manage future Church Planters according to their development plan

2.  To Senior Pastors of Local TNI Churches:

  • Meet with Senior Pastors at least once each month to check in, answer questions, give encouragement, and feedback.

  • Attend weekly service at least twice a year at each TNI church.

  • Hold Senior Pastors accountable to:

    • TNI Statement of Faith

    • Personal Purity

    • Mutually agreed upon growth plan

  • Be identifiable to the church and leadership team

  • Assist in resolving issues with the Senior Pastor and his Board of Directors, or equivalent body

  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors, or equivalent body, of a Local TNI Church and the Executive Board on breaches of pastoral accountability items

3.  To TNI Executive Board:

  • Give status updates on identified future Church Planters

  • Make recommendation on when to vote on Church Planters (readiness)

  • Prepare agendas for board meetings and provide content for meetings.

  • Make recommendations on action

Section 3.  Terms of Service

The Executive Director serves on an automatically renewing year-to-year term at the discretion of the Executive Board.  The Executive Director can be removed by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

Article Seven:  Transformation Network Church Plants

Section 1.  Overarching Goal

The goal is for all TNI church plants to become self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-replicating as quickly as possible.

Section 2.  Financial Support

TNI commits a total of $5000.00 to each TNI approved Church Planter.  $1500.00 is to be distributed at the time the Church Planter is approved by the Executive Board.  The balance is to be distributed within 3 months of Executive Board approval of the Church Planter’s Launch team, Mission Statement, and Timeline.

Section 3.  The Church Planting Process

TNI does not dictate a rigid process for church planting.  However a Church Planting Roadmap has been developed to outline the major milestones.  

Article Eight:  Relationship to Local Transformation Network Churches

Section 1.  Limited Scope of the Relationship

Transformation Network is not a denomination and has no governing authority in Local TNI Churches unless otherwise noted in these By Laws.

Section 2.  Discipline of Senior Pastor

It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to investigate and judge disciplinary charges brought against the Senior Pastor of Local TNI Churches by the Board of Directors, or equivalent body, of those Local Churches.

  • Bringing of Charges:  The Executive Board can address charges of Pastoral Misconduct that have been brought to its attention by the Board of Directors, or equivalent body, of a Local TNI Church in accordance with the By Laws of that Local TNI Church.  Senior Pastors may be charged with Pastoral Misconduct for engaging in questionable moral conduct, engaging in questionable financial practices involving Church money, or promoting theological views not in keeping with TNI Statement of Faith.

  • Investigation of Charges:  The Executive Board has sole responsibility and full discretion to investigate charges of Pastoral Misconduct as it sees fit.  Any charge of Pastoral Misconduct must be confirmed by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

  • Conflict of Interest:  If charges of Pastoral Misconduct are brought against a member of the Executive Board, that member must recuse himself from the discipline process.  If there is a representative of a Local TNI Church on the Executive Board and that representative’s Senior Pastor is charged with Pastoral Misconduct, that representative must recuse himself from the discipline process.

  • Discipline:  The Executive Board has sole responsibility and full discretion to discipline Senior Pastors as it sees fit including termination of the Senior Pastor from his church according to Article 8 Section 2 of TNI By Laws.

Section 3.  Ordination of Church Planters

The Executive Board ordains all TNI Church Planters.  All TNI Church Planters must be recommended to the Executive Board by a TNI Senior Pastor.  The Executive Board may ordain and/or license the Church Planter after examining the Church Planter according to his character, his calling, and his competence for church planting and pastoral ministry.

Section 4.  Confirmation of New Senior Pastors

The Executive Board must approve by unanimous vote any candidate for Senior Pastor in any Local TNI Church before that candidate is confirmed by the Local Church.

Section 5.  Expulsion of a Local Church

A Local TNI Church may be expelled from TNI by unanimous vote of the Executive Board for failure to adhere to any of the Responsibilities of a Local Church as stated in Article 4 of these By Laws.

Section 6.  Withdrawal of a Local Church

A Local TNI Church may withdraw from TNI at any time subject to the By Laws of that Local TNI Church the discretion of its Board of Directors.  Any and all contributions made to TNI will not be returned.

Article Nine:  Officers

Section 1. Officers

The officers of the Corporation shall be a president and a secretary/treasurer and any other officers that the Executive Board may authorize from time to time.

Section 2. Appointment, Election and Term of Office

  • Appointment of the President:  The president is to be appointed by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.  

  • Appointment of Secretary/Treasurer:  The secretary-treasurer is to be appointed by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

  • New Offices:  New offices may be created and filled at any meeting of the Executive Board.  Each officer shall hold office until his successor has been duly elected and qualified.

Section 3. Removal of Officers

  • Executive Board’s Responsibility for the President:  The Executive Board can remove the president by unanimous vote.

  • Executive Board’s Responsibility of Secretary/Treasurer:  The Executive Board can remove the secretary/treasurer by unanimous vote.

  • Executive Board’s Responsibility for All Other Officer:  Any officer elected or appointed by the Executive Board may be removed by the Board with or without cause, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the officer so removed.

Section 4. Powers of Officers

  • The President:  The president serves as the public representative of the TNI and has no additional authority within TNI except as given by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

  • The Secretary/Treasurer:  As secretary, the secretary/treasurer is responsible to attend all sessions of the Executive Board and is responsible to act as clerk thereof to record (or have recorded) all votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose.  This person shall oversee the keeping of the membership rolls of the Corporation, and in general perform the duties usually incident to the office of secretary, and such further duties as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.

  • The Secretary/Treasurer’s Role over Accounting:  As treasurer, the secretary/treasurer shall oversee the keeping of full and accurate accounts of the receipts and reimbursements in books belonging to the Corporation.  The secretary/treasurer shall also oversee deposits of all moneys and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such banks and depositories as may be designated by the Executive Board.  The secretary/treasurer does not determine expenditure, but does oversee the disbursement of the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Executive Board. This person shall perform the duties usually incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.  

Article Ten:  Business Practices

Section 1. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year.

Section 2. Contracts

The Executive Board may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation.  Such authority may be general or may be confined to specific instances.

Section 3. Checks, Drafts or Orders

All checks, drafts, order for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation shall be signed by the Executive Director or other such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, and such manner, as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Executive Board.  

Section 4. Deposits

All funds of the Corporation shall be deposited to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Executive Board may select in accordance with these bylaws.

Section 5. Books and Records

The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account.  The Corporation shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, Executive Board, committees having exercised any of the authority of the Executive Board and any other committees.

Article Eleven:  Amendment of Bylaws

These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed, and new bylaws may be adopted, by unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

Bylaws were approved by Executive Board on __8-30-2018____________.

Executive Board:

Tom Tanner, President_______________ ____Mark Nysewander__________

                       David Eldridge_____________________ ____Steve Hambrick____________

Randell Hambrick__________________ _____Bill Pinto____________________