Q. Is Unity non-denominational?
No. Unity is a denomination founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore as part of the New Thought movement. Unity should not be confused with Unitarian Universalism or Unification.
Q. Are there Unity churches all over the United States?
Unity churches are found across the nation and world-wide. Unity’s magazine, The Daily Word, has millions of readers.
Q. What does Unity believe?
Q. How should I dress?
Dress here is casual. Congregants wear boots and jeans, walking shorts, dress clothes and everything in between. If we had a dress code, it might be clean, neat and appropriate.
Q. What can I expect when visiting for the first time on a Sunday?
You will be greeted at the Welcome Desk and given a newcomer packet. The Ambassador that day will give you a tour of the church. If you have children in your life, you and they, if they are with you, will be taken to Youth Ed where you’ll be introduced to Amber Holland, our Youth Ed Director. From there, Amber will take over and show you the rest of the church. If children won’t be joining you at church, you’ll be shown key areas of the church and will be introduced to others along the way. You’ll be asked to sit wherever you’re comfortable sitting and the Ambassador will most likely let you know where to find them during and after the service. Newcomers and 2nd and 3rd time guests are encouraged to stop at the Welcome Desk on the way out to receive a copy of the book, “Alternatives”.
AN OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
Our Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. has several parts. We start with the congregation singing the week’s two joy songs, followed by a welcome, meditation, and talk. When the talk is over, a collection is taken during which we’re entertained with musical talent. Most often, Bob Snook, our wonderful pianist, does one of the songs and a guest does the other. This is also the time during which new guests are welcomed. Last, but by no means least, the children come in from Youth Ed and share what they’ve learned.
FELLOWSHIP HALL After service, you’re invited to Fellowship Hall to meet people and to have coffee or tea and a snack.
That’s it! It’s our hope that new guests will take advantage of all that is offered on a Sunday and at other times. It’s the best way to get a feel for all that is offered here.
Our revised bylaws were finalized 12/18/2019.
UNITY CHURCH OF NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY
SECTION 1.01 – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County, a Texas Corporation, (hereinafter
sometimes referred to as the Church, Corporation, or the Ministry) is to teach the universal principles of Truth, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ and interpreted by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore.
SECTION 1.02 – OPERATION
Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall operate as a non-profit corporation in keeping with the laws of the state of Texas.
SECTION 2.01 – PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The principal executive office of the Corporation shall be fixed by the Board of Directors. Said
office shall be in the County of Tarrant, State of Texas, or at such other place within the State of
Texas as the Board of Directors hereinafter shall designate. The Corporation may also have offices at such other place or places, as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.
At present, the principal office of the Corporation is at 1650 Hughes Road, Grapevine, Texas 76051.
SECTION 3.01 – QUALIFICATIONS
A member of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall endeavor to live in accord with the
Jesus Christ principles of Love and Truth as taught by Unity. He or she shall further the work of
the Ministry through his or her active interest, love, and support.
SECTION 3.02 – ELECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS
Election into membership, classification, and verification of membership shall be performed as
(a) Election of Member: Anyone 18 years or older, including Junior Members who have turned 18 years of age, desiring membership in Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall attend membership orientation and file an Application for Membership with the office of the Corporation. The ministers and licensed Unity teachers are considered members of this Ministry.
(b) Classification of Membership: Membership in this Ministry shall be classified
according to voting eligibility and by the age of the member. There shall be
Voting Members, Non-voting Members, and Junior Members.
- Voting Members: Members who are 18 years or older and have
satisfactorily verified membership annually in accordance with Section 3.02(c) shall be Voting Members.
- Junior Members: Members who have not reached 18 years of age
shall be Junior Members. Junior Members are Non-Voting Members.
(3) Non-Voting Members: Members who have not satisfactorily
verified membership in accordance with section 3.02(c) shall be
Non-Voting Members. Non-Voting Members who do not return membership verification forms for 2 (two) consecutive years shall have their membership inactivated until they initiate reinstatement by completing the membership orientation and reapplying for membership.
(c) Annual Verification of Membership: The Board of Directors shall mail membership
verification forms to members annually. All members (except Junior Members) who
complete and return the verification forms by the deadline indicated by the Board of
Directors shall be Voting Members. Members who do not return membership verification
forms within the designated time shall be Non-Voting Members until they initiate
reinstatement of membership.
SECTION 3.03 – TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP
Tenure and removal from membership shall be determined as follows:
(a) Tenure: A member shall retain membership until it is voluntarily severed, or
as long as his or her ideas and conduct are in accord with the qualifications
specified in Section 3.01.
(b) Removal: Removal from the membership roll of any member whose qualifications
are in question requires at least a two-thirds (66%) affirmative vote of
the Board of Directors. Prior to action concerning removal, the member must be given an opportunity for a hearing before the Board.
SECTION 3.04 – POWERS OF VOTING MEMBERS
Voting Members of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall have power to do the following:
(a) Vote at any membership meeting called in accordance with Section 3.05, at
which the member is present.
(b) Elect members to the Board of Directors as specified in Section 4.04.
(c) Ratify the Bylaws of the Corporation or any amendments thereto as specified
in Section 8.01.
(d) Elect a member, and an alternate, to serve on the Nominating Committee as
Specified in Section 4.04(b).
(e) Call a special membership meeting when the affairs of the Ministry warrant
such action. Refer to Section 3.05(b).
(f) Vote to override any action of the Board of Directors. ln order to override an
action, it must be communicated to the Voting Members in writing at least ten
days prior to a meeting of the membership. A quorum is required and seventy-five
percent (75%) of those present and voting have the authority for determination.
(g) Vote for the removal of any Director from his or her office in accordance with
(h) Vote on any matters officially brought to the attention of the membership.
(i) Be notified by email and posting at the Information Center prior to any financial transaction over the initial amount of $5,000.
(j) Offer suggestions to the Minister or Board of Directors as may seem advisable
for the good of the Ministry.
(k) Request liaison assistance. A minimum of 10 members is required to originate such a request.
(l) Vote on Prospective Minister Candidate(s) at a special meeting should a vacancy occur. The Board of Directors will consider the results of the membership vote and make a final determination on the candidate(s).
SECTION 3.05 – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Meetings shall be conducted as follows:
(a) Annual Membership Meeting: The annual membership meeting of the Corporation
shall be held on the second Sunday in January or a day designated by
the Minister and Board of Directors, yet no later than the second Sunday in February.
(b) Special Membership Meetings: Any time the affairs of the Corporation warrant,
a special meeting may be called by:
(1) The Minister
(2) Majority of Board of Directors
(3) A minimum of ten percent (10%) of the Voting Members shall notify the Secretary of the Board of Directors in writing of their intent to hold a special meeting and declare the purpose(s). A petition signed by at least 25% of the Voting Members is required in order to hold the meeting. Upon receiving the petition, the Board of Directors shall call the meeting on behalf of the requesting party parties within 60 days.
The purpose(s) for a special meeting shall be stated in the written notice to the
membership. Business conducted at the special meeting shall be limited to the
(c) Written Notice: Written notice stating the date, time, and place shall be
mailed to all Voting Members at least ten days before any membership meeting.
(d) Quorum: The lesser of forty (40) Voting Members or twenty-five percent
(25%) of the Voting Members shall constitute a quorum at any membership
(e) Participation: Participation in the business affairs of any membership meeting
shall be restricted to Voting Members in attendance. Participation of other
persons in discussion of business must be approved by a two-thirds (66%)
majority vote of the Voting Members in attendance.
(f) Voting: Unless otherwise provided herein, the vote of the majority of the
Voting Members present and voting shall be necessary for approval or disapproval
of the action being voted upon.
(g) Prayer: ln any membership meeting, the chair, a Minister, or any member may request that action on an item of business be suspended while the membership enters a time of prayer on the issue. Upon such request, the chair shall provide a period of prayer and silence.
SECTION 4.01 – ADMINISTRATION
The government of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County shall be vested in the Minister and the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4.02 – MINISTER
Requirements and Duties of the Minister are as follows:
(a) Spiritual Leader: The Spiritual Leader shall be an ordained or licensed Unity Minister in good standing, or other ordained or licensed minister who is in alignment with Unity principles, responsible for the scheduling, conduct, and content of services, classes, and all other activities that further the purpose of the Ministry as specified in Section 1.01.
(b) The Minister shall be:
- The manager of operations of the church in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
- A Voting Member of the Board of Directors on all matters except his or her own employment or successor. Co-ministers shall have one vote, which may be exercised by either of them.
(3) A member of all committees. Refer to Section 5.01.
(4) Responsible for seeking liaison assistance in the event of a
dispute adversely affecting the Ministry.
(5) Empowered to employ and terminate employees of the Corporation
with the approval of the Board of Directors.
(c) Compensation: The compensation of the Minister shall be fixed by agreement
between the Minister and the Board of Directors.
(d) Vacancy: Should a vacancy occur in the office of the Minister, the Board of
Directors shall so move fill the vacancy.
SECTION 4.03 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – MEMBERS
Details of structure and duties of the Board of Directors are as follows:
(a) Structure: The Board of Directors shall consist of the Minister and six Directors
elected from the membership of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County.
Each elected Director shall hold office for three years, or until his or her successor is
duly elected. The terms of two elected Directors shall expire annually and their
offices shall be filled at the annual membership meeting in accordance with Section
4.04. No elected Director shall serve more than two consecutive terms of
three years each without an interval of one year between terms. Any member of
the Board of Directors who has served more than one year of a term shall be
considered to have served the full term. No individual receiving compensation
from the Church or the spouse, parents or children of an employee shall serve on the Board of Directors. Further, no Board member shall be the spouse, parent, or child of another Board member. At the time of the approval of these Bylaws, the current Board members are exempt for their current term.
(b) Prayer is important. Therefore, in addition to adhering to the normal procedures for legal functioning set forth in these Bylaws, it is also important that the spiritual principles taught by Unity are utilized in the handling of decisions, which may come before the Board of Directors. During the discussion of an item of business, any Director may request time for prayer about the issue. Upon such request, the Chair shall
provide a period of prayer and silence.
(c) Duties: As representatives of the membership, the Board of Directors shall:
(1) Uphold the spiritual purpose of the Ministry as stated in
(2) Uphold the highest interest of the membership in conducting
the business of the Ministry.
(3) Be conversant with these Bylaws.
(4) Be faithful in attendance at services, board and membership
meetings, and be supportive of other activities of the Ministry.
(5) Make determination of the business needs of the Ministry
and authorize payment of monies for those purposes.
(6) Administer the property of the Ministry, both real and personal.
(7) Make determinations on the purchase, sale, or pledge of
real or personal property on behalf of the Ministry.
(8) Authorize the Minister to employ all staff personnel of this
Ministry, and submit a salary schedule which is subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
(9) Set dates for the fiscal year.
(10) Be responsible for establishing the church’s overall annual budget.
(11) Cause to be prepared a complete financial statement with
disclosures, each year, setting forth the fiscal condition and operations
of this Ministry.
(12) Appoint a financial review team which is responsible for examining the financial records annually.
(13) Act to fill the unexpired term of any Director in accordance
with Section 4.05(b).
(14) Elect officers of the Board. When necessary, elect their
successors to fill any unexpired term. Refer to Section 4.07.
(15) Ratify committees and their chair as appointed by the
Board President. Refer to Section 5.01.
(16) Communicate with a dispute resolution specialist for aid in resolution of disputes between the Board of Directors and the Minister.
(17) Consider other duties brought to their attention by the Minister or other Directors.
(18) Verify the credentials of any prospective minister.
SECTION 4.04 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – ELECTION
Election to the Board of Directors is determined as follows:
(a) Qualification: Any person elected to the Board of Directors must be an active
Voting Member of Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County for a minimum of one year. At the time of the approval of these Bylaws, the current Board members are exempt.
He or she shall be a person who:
(1) Desires to serve on the Board.
(2) Endeavors to live in accord with the Jesus Christ principles
of Love and Truth as taught by Unity.
(3) Furthers the work of the Ministry through an active interest,
love, and support as shown by faithful attendance at services
and other activities of the Ministry.
(4) ls a sincere and continuing student of Unity, evidenced by
attendance and participation at classes and being conversant
with its teachings.
(5) Has demonstrated leadership capabilities and is willing to
serve as an example for the membership.
(b) Nominating Committee: A Nominating Committee shall be formed at least
three months prior to the annual membership meeting, and shall initiate a search
for at least two qualified candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee
shall consist of the Minister and three members selected in the following manner:
(1) At the annual membership meeting, the membership shall
elect one of its members, and an alternate, to serve on the
Nominating Committee for the next year’s election.
(2) The Board of Directors shall elect one of its Directors.
(3) Together with the Minister, the above two Committee members
shall select a third Committee member from the membership
who shall become the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
ln the event a member and the alternate member of the
Nominating Committee is unable to serve, the Board shall select
a person from the membership to fill the vacancy. The vacancy
shall not be filled by a current Board member.
(c) Nominating Procedure: As the presiding officer of the annual membership
meeting, the Board President shall:
(1) Read Section 4.04(a) of the Bylaws just prior to the call for
(2) Call upon the Chair of the Nominating Committee to present
the Committee’s nominations.
(3) Call for additional nominations from the floor.
The nominees should be chosen primarily on their ability to meet the qualifications
indicated in Section 4.04(a). Secondarily, a person’s past business success and skills may also be considered.
(d) Election: Votes shall be cast by ballot only if more than two nominations
have been made. The two nominees receiving the largest number of votes shall
be elected to the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4.05 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – VACANCY AND REPLACEMENT
Vacancy and replacement of Board members shall be handled as follows:
(a) Vacancy: The office of a Director may be vacated by any of the following
(1) The resignation of a Director.
(2) The Board voting for the removal of a Director due to absences
from three successive regular Board meetings. Absences
may be excused by the Board upon written request.
(3) The Board voting for the removal of a Director because of
his or her failure to fulfill the duties of the office as specified in
- The membership voting for the removal of a Director because
of his or her failure to fulfill the duties of the office as
specified in Section 4.03(c). Refer to Section 3.04(g).
(b) Replacement: ln the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the
Board shall proceed to fill the vacancy by ballot at its next regular meeting. ln
case of emergency, a special meeting may be called. Persons meeting the
qualifications specified in Section 4.04(a) shall be considered as replacements.
No replacement shall have served as Director during the year prior to his or
her election. A majority vote of those present and voting shall be necessary to
elect. The term of the newly elected Director shall expire on the same date as
the term of the Director that is succeeded.
SECTION 4.06 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – MEETINGS AND QUORUM
Meetings shall be handled in the following manner:
(a) Regular Board Meetings: The regular business meetings of the Board of Directors
shall be held monthly at the headquarters on a day specified by the Board of Directors.
(b) Special Board Meetings: Special meetings of the Board may be called by
the President, the Minister, or at the request of two or more Directors. Their
request shall be in writing and filed with the Board Secretary. Reasonable effort
must be made to notify all Directors of any special meeting.
(c) Quorum: Four Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
SECTION 4.07 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS – OFFICERS
Officers of the Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Treasurer. All officers shall be elected at the first meeting after the annual membership meeting by a majority vote of the Directors present and voting, and shall hold their respective offices for one year, or until their successors are duly elected or qualified. New members can only be elected to the position of an officer if he or she has a year of prior service on the Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County Board of Directors.
(a) President: The President shall:
(1) Preside at all Board of Directors meetings.
(2) Preside at all membership meetings.
(3) Appoint committees in accordance with Section 5.01.
(4) Be a member of all committees by virtue of his or her office,
except the Nominating Committee.
(5) Sign such papers and documents as may be necessary,
upon proper authorization by the Board.
(b) Vice-President: The Vice-President shall:
(1) Perform all the duties of the President in his or her absence.
(2) Become President in the event that office becomes vacant.
In such case, a new Vice-President shall be elected from among
the remaining Directors and serve the remainder of the term.
(c) Secretary: The Secretary shall:
(1) Keep, or cause to be kept, an accurate record of the minutes
of all board and membership meetings.
(2) Hold in custody and be responsible for all reports, contracts,
legal papers, minute books, and the corporate seal. The items
shall be kept in the Ministry office or in such other depository as
prescribed by the Board.
(3) Attend to all official business required by the Board.
(d) Treasurer: The Treasurer shall:
(1) Keep or cause to be kept, a record of all financial transactions
and submit a monthly financial report at each regular
Board meeting. This record shall be made available to Voting Members upon request.
(2) Submit a financial report covering the last complete fiscal
period at the annual membership meeting.
(3) Count, or cause to be counted, by the appointment of qualified
persons, all funds received and be responsible for their deposit.
(4) Place, or cause to be placed, the funds of this Ministry in the
bank or other depository approved by the Board.
SECTION 5.01 – FORMATION OF COMMITTEES
Committees can be established by the President of the Board of Directors for any specific purpose, except the Nominating Committee (Refer to Section 4.04(b)). Committee members shall be appointed by the President, approved by the Minister, and ratified by the Board. The Board shall also ratify the Chair of the Committees.
SECTION 6.01 – RULES OF ORDER
The latest edition of ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER shall be the authority of the Ministry unless
otherwise provided by these Bylaws.
All regular and special Board of Directors meetings will consist of the elected Board members, the Minister (Co-Minister if applicable), and the Administrator as a non-voting attendee at the discretion of the Board. Any Voting Member wishing to present an item for discussion at a regular Board meeting shall submit a request in writing to the Secretary of the Board no later than forty-eight (48) hours before the meeting time, stating the item for discussion to be placed on the agenda.
SECTION 7.01 – DESCRIPTION
The Corporate seal of the Corporation shall include the name of the Ministry in a circle.
Amendment of Bylaws
SECTION 8.01 – PROCEDURE
Amendments to these Bylaws must be made by Voting Members of the Corporation at a legally
constituted membership meeting. Written notice setting forth the proposed amendments must be mailed to all Voting Members at least ten days prior to the required membership meeting. An affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of all Voting Members present and voting shall be necessary to pass any amendment. These Bylaws fully supersede all previous Bylaws adopted by Unity Church of Northeast Tarrant County.
SECTION 9.01 – DISSOLUTION
Dissolution of the Corporation shall be handled as follows:
(a) ln the event of the dissolution of the Corporation, all property and funds remaining
after the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed, as determined by the Corporation’s Board of Directors, consistent with the Corporation’s organizational documents, and for one or more tax exempt purposes to an organization described in IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
(b) ln the event that the Board of the Ministry is unable to reach a decision regarding the
distribution of the Ministry’s property and funds, the property and funds remaining after
payment of the debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed by a court of
competent jurisdiction in Tarrant County, Texas to another organization to be used in
such manner as in the judgment of the court will best accomplish the general
purposes for which the Ministry was organized. The Board of the Ministry will be
considered to be “unable to reach a decision regarding the distribution” once a period
of at least six months has elapsed, from the time the Board, at a properly called
Board meeting, initially considers the issue of proper distribution of Ministry’s
property and funds upon dissolution, with no final decision by the Board having occurred.