The membership of this church shall consist of such believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as have been baptized by immersion in water, who take the Holy Bible as their only rule of faith and practice, and who agree to be governed by this constitution.
Qualifications for Church Membership
Any person may become a member of this church upon examination and recommendation of the leadership and by vote of the church; in each case the candidate giving evidence of a new birth and the testimony of a Christian life and having adopted the views of faith and practice held by this church – a vote of two-thirds of all members present and voting being necessary for the admittance of new members.
Voting Members Definition
All members in good standing 18 years of age and older shall be qualified to vote. Any child under the age of 18 who has been saved and immersed is included in membership as a non-voting member.
Duties of Members
In order that persons applying for church membership may be informed as to the duties of members, they shall have the statement of faith and church constitution presented to them, and they shall abide by them both in letter and in spirit. Members will honor and respect the church leadership, pray for them regularly, and assist them in carrying out the work of the church. They will endeavor to preserve the unity of the church, and if at any time they find themselves opposed to the fundamental doctrines of the church, or if for any other reason are unable to harmonize with others, they will seek to resolve the matter with counsel from church leadership.
Participation in church ministry
Individuals are encouraged to use their gifts and talents in areas of leadership and service. In order to provide accountability to the church body, involvement will be open to individuals who are in good standing as members of this church. Participation of non-members will be at the discretion of the leadership.
Reconciliation of members
Members of a church body who are all sinners saved by grace, will at times be tested by conflict and sin. Each member is responsible to deal with these issues in a biblical manner as outlined below:
Follows the example of God reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor 5:18-19)
Is to be done gently in love, being mindful of our own weaknesses (Gal 6:1-2)
Members should seek to encourage each other as a way to combat habitual sin (Heb 3:12-13)
An offense should first be dealt with between the parties directly involved. (Matt 18:15, Matt 5:23-26)
If there is no resolution to the matter, then additional witnesses should verify the facts of the offense and seek to persuade the offender. (Matt 18:16)
If still no resolution, the matter is to be brought before the church membership for a public response. (Matt 18:17)
The church membership has final authority in matters of church discipline (Matt 18:17-18)
Membership status changes
People who regularly attend this church and agree to the principles of faith stated in this constitution and are willing to submit to the spiritual leadership of the elected church officers are encouraged to join the membership. Membership is considered permanent unless one of the following events occurs:
Voluntary. Members may at their own request have their name removed from the membership roll.
By Exclusion. Any member who is guilty of serious misconduct and who persists in the same after due admonition (as outlined in section 5), may be excluded from membership by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting. (Matt. 18:15-17, 1 Cor. 5, 2 Cor 6:14)
Any member habitually absent from the services of the church shall be contacted to determine the circumstances and intent of their absence. Continued unjustified absence for six months or longer may result in automatic dismissal.