Tres Dias Statement of Belief
Constitution and By-Laws
The purpose of TRES DIAS is to foster and guide
the growth of the Tres Dias movement, to assure continued adherence to its
Essentials and to advocate its purpose of developing Christian leaders and
to help to sustain their commitment to Christ as they pursue Christian
Apostolic Action in their environments.
TRES DIAS STATEMENT OF BELIEF
1. We believe and
profess our faith in one Triune God - The Father, The Son and The Holy
Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
2. We believe and
profess that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and is God in the flesh (John
1:1, 1:14, 3:36, 14: & Heb. 2:17).
3. We believe and
profess that The Holy Spirit is God and is The Lord and Giver of
life, who continues to work in believers today to sanctify, edify and
empower the whole Christian church on earth - - - for His purpose (Job
33:4, Acts 1:8, John 14:26 & Rom. 8:11).
4. We believe and
profess that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired and completely true Word
of God (II Tim. 3:16-17).
5. We believe and
profess that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; that
forgiveness of sins is received through confession and repentance - - and
that our sins are washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ
(Acts 2:38, I John 1:9 & Rom. 3:23).
6. We believe and
profess that salvation is a gift of God's grace received through personal
faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).
7. We believe and
profess that the Body of Christ is to make every effort to keep the unity
of the Spirit through the bond of peace until we all reach unity in the
faith and in the knowledge of The Son of God (Eph. 4:3, 13).
8. We believe and
profess that God's unconditional love, as made manifest to us through Jesus
Christ, is the primary witness by which people are renewed, edified and
changed (I Cor. 13:8).
9. We believe and
profess that God has called us to live holy lives that will bring glory to
His name (Col. 3:1-25).
For purposes of standards and principles, Tres Dias ascribes to those
stated in the "Authorized King James Version" of the Bible
of 1611 (KJV).
CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS
BIG SKY TRES DIAS, INC.
1. Name and
Address: The official
name of the organization shall be Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. The official mailing address shall be PO
Box 1, Highwood, MT 59450.
2. Purpose: The purpose of the
organization is to glorify God through Jesus Christ by developing Christian
leaders who will Christianize the environments in which they find
themselves. The organization will
use the Tres Dias method of the group reunion to sustain leaders in their
3. Membership: The membership of the
organization shall consist of anyone who has completed the Tres Dias three
day experience. Members shall be
known as Pescadores.
4.1 Purpose: The purpose of
the Secretariat is to serve as the Board of Directors of the community and
to serve, guide and foster growth of the community by:
4.1.1. Being aware of the needs of the members
as they Christianize their environments.
4.1.2. Establishing policy or taking other
action to meet these needs and to encourage the members.
4.1.3. Following "The Essentials of Tres
4.1.4. Communicating policies and actions of the
Secretariat to all members of the community.
4.1.5. Approving the planning, scheduling, and
carrying out of programs in the Tres Dias community (pre-weekend, weekend,
4.1.6. Exchanging support with other Tres Dias
4.1.7. Informing and promoting dialogue with
4.2 Membership: The membership of the Secretariat shall
General Members: Everyone who, in response to an open
invitation to all Pescadores, will serve as non-voting members.
Initial Qualifications: The qualifications for initially
becoming a voting member are:
22.214.171.124.1. To have been a Pescador for at least six
126.96.36.199.2. To have attended two (2) out of four (40
188.8.131.52.3. To be regularly involved in Secuela
and/or reunion group (ie. Christian based covenant group, bible study,
small group) and to regularly attend a Christian Church;
184.108.40.206.4. To be willing to attend Secretariat
meetings and to participate on committees;
220.127.116.11.5. Then, upon request to Secretariat, will
be accepted as a voting member and may vote in fourth or subsequent
18.104.22.168.6. To follow the Essentials of Tres Dias, to
abide by the Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. Constitution and By-Laws, and to
adhere to the Big Sky Tres Dias Statement of Belief;
Continuing Qualification: Once a member has requested voting
member status, he/she shall have voting status through the following
December. In December of each year,
members who have attended 50% or more of the regularly scheduled
Secretariat meetings for which they had voting status during the past year,
are extended as voting members through December of the following year. Voting members who attended less than 50%
of these meetings will be notified that they will not have voting member
status starting in January.
Reinstatement: A member who previously had voting
status may reinstate himself to voting membership by attending two (2) out
of three (3) consecutive meetings.
Then, upon request to the Secretariat, he will be accepted into
voting member status and may vote in any third or subsequent meeting
through the next November.
Those appointed as Rectors of
Tres Dias weekends are expected to attend Secretariat meetings for a time
period as necessary to review potential team members with the Secretariat,
observe the policies of the Secretariat for the duration of team meetings
and report following the Tres Dias weekend.
Since membership on the Secretariat is voluntary, there is no fixed expiration date for one’s
For purposes of determining Quorum
and Voting the Secretary shall maintain a list of current Secretariat
A name may be removed from the
membership list; at the request of the individual.
4.3 Operating Year
The operating year will begin on January 1 and conclude on December 31.
Selection of Officers:
In September of every 2nd year, the President of the Secretariat
shall appoint a nominating committee to serve for a two-year period.
In October of every 2nd year, the Nominating Committee will
present a slate of officers, at which time nomination may be made from the
In November of every 2nd year, the Secretariat members will
elect a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice President is optional.
A nominating committee will be formed in the fall of every odd numbered
year by the most recent out-going Rector and Rectora. The appointed nominating committee will
serve for a two-year period. The
nominating committee will present a list of potential officers after having
visited with said nominees. This
list will then be presented to the entire Secretariat and voted on before
December 31st. This
process should be done in a timely manner to ensure committed people are
found to serve and the Secretariat can have adequate discussion.
The officers two-year term shall begin January 1st.
Anyone accepting nomination as a Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. officer shall have
been a Pescador for 1 year; shall have worked one Tres Dias weekend; shall
be in regular attendance at a Secuela and reunion group (ie. Christian
based covenant group, bible study, small group); shall regularly attend a
Christian Church; shall follow the Tres Dias Essentials; shall adhere to
the Big Sky Tres Dias Statement of Faith and abide by the Big Sky Tres
Dias, Inc. Constitution and By-Laws.
Officers shall not succeed themselves; however, the Secretary and the
Treasurer may serve two consecutive terms.
The nominating committee shall be responsible to provide nominees to the
Secretariat to fill vacancies and additional nominations can be made from
4.4 Officers and Duties
The President may
be a former Rector of Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. The President shall call and chair
meetings, and serve as the official representative of this body for a
President may be a former Rector of Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. The Vice President shall chair meetings
in the absence of the President and shall perform duties assigned to
him/her by the President or Secretariat.
Secretary – The Secretary shall
take minutes of the business meeting and maintain lists of attendance and
Treasurer – The Treasurer shall
receive and disburse the funds of this organization. The Treasurer shall also present a
statement at every meeting or upon request and an annual report
for review of the Secretariat.
Bank Account – The location of
the Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc. bank account may be changed with a vote of
two-thirds (2/3) of voting members.
shall serve to increase the effectiveness of the Secretariat, and shall
report directly to the Secretariat.
Any Pescador may serve on these committees, with the exception that
the President and Vice President of the Secretariat may not serve on
a standing committee while in office.
The committee chairperson shall be appointed by the President with
the approval of the Secretariat.
The chairperson shall choose the membership of his/her committee and
should strive for diverse representation.
Chairpersons shall serve for a two-year term concurrent with the
officer’s term. Chairpersons may be
Pre-Weekend Committee – shall be
responsible for establishing the criteria for accepting candidates,
preparing application forms, reviewing, accepting and notifying candidates
and planning on-going programs for candidate orientation.
Weekend Committee – shall be
responsible for the approval of proposed team members, and assisting the
rectors to understand and carry out the method of the Tres Dias
weekend. Members will be former
Rectors of Big Sky Tres Dias, Inc.
Post-Weekend Committee – shall
be responsible for providing on-going program to provide for the continual
spiritual growth of Pescadores.
Communications Committee – shall
be responsible for:
The preparation, printing and distribution of the newsletter. Articles dealing with policy are to be
reviewed by the Secretariat.
Obtaining and distribution of Tres Dias literature, as appropriate.
Maintaining and arranging for mailing labels or e-mail address lists,
Food Committee shall be
responsible for menus, food purchases, food preparation, training of cooks,
and maintaining inventory of needed supplies for food preparation,
handling, and storage.
“Ad Hoc” Committees may be
appointed for specific purposes as the need arises.
The Secretariat shall
meet not less than attempt to meet four
times a year by general meeting or conference call.
Any voting member may request that the Secretariat meet if there is
business to be brought before the members.
The member shall contact the current President who will direct the
Secretary to give notice to members either telephonically, in
person, in writing or by e-mail.
4.7 Voting and Conducting
Normal and Routine Business,
which includes normal and routine expenses for conducting weekends and up
to $500.00 for non-budgeted and unusual expenses, will be decided by a
simple majority of voting members in attendance at any meeting. Non-budgeted amounts over $500.00 will be
treated as “change of policy decisions.” (next item)
Change of Policy Decisions – All
voting members of the Secretariat will be notified by mail or
e-mail within 20 days after a meeting where a policy decision has been
moved and seconded. Having been
notified of the next meeting and content of the issue, 50% of voting
members in attendance at the next meeting of the Secretariat will
decide the issue.
Normal and Routine Business – All
expenditures shall be approved by the Secretariat.
The Rector(a) will be responsible for presenting a budget, two (2) months in advance of the weekends, to the
Secretariat for the upcoming weekends.
The budgets will be prepared in conjunction with the Treasurer and
will be approved by a simple majority of the voting members in attendance
at the meeting. Each weekend should
attempt to stay within the approved budget.
Constitution and By-Law Changes – All
voting members of the Secretariat will be given 20 days written notice by
mail or e-mail after a Constitution and By-Law change has been moved
and seconded. The Constitution and
By-Law change will be brought up at the next meeting of the Secretariat
and the issue will be decided by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
voting members present.
4.8 Criteria for the
Weekend Leadership – It is the intent of the Secretariat of Big
Sky Tres Dias, Inc. to ensure that the Rector(a), Vice-Rector(a), and
Spiritual Directors agree with and abide by the Big Sky Tres Dias Statement
of Belief and the Tres Dias Essentials.
All people in leadership capacities should be in regular attendance
at their Christian Church and should attend regular Secuelas and Reunion
Groups (ie. Christian based covenant group, bible study, small group).
All Spiritual Directors must be
approved by the Secretariat with a simple majority of the voting members
present. The list of approved Spiritual
Directors will be maintained by the Secretary.
the members determine the corporation shall be dissolved, written notice of
the dissolution of the corporation shall be given to the Montana Attorney
General. Upon the dissolution of the
corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making
provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation,
dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes
of the corporation in such a manner, or to such organization for
of or scientific purposes as shall at
the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section
501(c)(3) and 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1936, or the
corresponding sections of any prior or future United Sates Internal Revenue
Law, as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall
be disposed of by the District Court of the County in which the principal
office of the corporation is then located exclusively for such purposes to
such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which
are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE
That we, the undersigned,
being the Officers of BIG SKY TRES DIAS, INC., do hereby certify that the
above and foregoing Bylaws were duly adopted and in all respects ratified
and confirmed and approved as Bylaws of said corporation on this 14th
day of August, 2005, and that the same do now constitute the Bylaws
of said corporation.
Swan Semansky, Secretary