Bylaw Article III - Membership
- Applicants for Membership shall be of sufficient age to understand and appreciate the step being taken (determined by the Board of Elders to be 16).
1. Each applicant shall attend and participate in classes led by the Senior Pastor, Elder or qualified person appointed by the Pastor. Membership study material shall be approved by the Senior Pastor. Transfers from other Alliance churches shall be encouraged to attend the class.
- Upon completion of membership classes, applicants shall fill out the membership application form and return it to the Senior Pastor. At least two elders shall be appointed to meet with the applicant to hear their personal testimony of conversion and commitment to this church and be given opportunity to ask questions about the church and share any concerns they might have. The senior pastor and the other elders shall then act upon the applications. They shall also act upon requests for membership transfers from other Alliance churches.
- All applicants will be provided with a copy of, and be required to read and consent to this Constitution, and these Bylaws. Further, they must affirm their willingness to subscribe to the UNIFORM POLICY ON DISCIPLINE, RESTORATION, AND APPEAL, as found in the current edition of The Manual of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Such consent and affirmation exists when applicants place their signature on the application for membership.
- Upon approval by at least two thirds of the Board of Elders, the new members shall be publicly acknowledged at a regular worship service of the church.
C. TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP.
- Active Membership. Active members shall consist of those members who adhere to the conditions stated in the Constitution and Bylaws, and are regularly attending this church.
- Inactive Membership.
a. Those who have permanently moved from the community, but have not transferred their membership to another church shall be placed on the inactive membership list. A letter shall be sent informing them of this action.
b. Those, who for any cause, except physical disability or who are temporarily absent from the community, have absented themselves from the regular services of this church for one year or more, shall be placed on the inactive membership list. A letter shall be sent informing them of this action.
c. An inactive member may be placed on the active membership list again by request to and approval of the senior pastor and the other elders.
d. Inactive members shall not be eligible to vote on any Question.
D. MEMBERSHIP LIST. The membership list shall be examined each year by the senior pastor and the other elders in the month prior to the annual congregational meeting so that the church will have an updated membership list. After efforts have been made to contact inactive members as to their relationship to the church, the senior pastor and the other elders shall have the power to remove inactive members from the rolls who have exceeded the one-year mark or to extend the inactive status for another year. A letter shall be sent to the member concerned informing him/her of this action.
E. TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP. Upon request, members in good standing may be granted a letter of transfer to other evangelical bodies upon approval of the senior pastor and the other elders.
F. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP:
1. Membership in this Church may be terminated in five ways:
a. By death.
b. By written request from the member(s).
c. By transfer. Upon request, and with the approval of the Board of Elders, active Members in good standing may be granted letters of transfer to other evangelical churches.
d. By heresy, a willful persistence in sin, or disorderly conduct. A Member who avows a clearly heretical doctrine, who persists in sin without repentance, or who flagrantly and habitually disrupts the harmony of the fellowship may be ejected from the Church. (I Corinthians 5:9-13; Galatians 1:8,9; II Thessalonians 3:6)
e. By habitual absence. A Member�s absence from the regular services of the Church for as long as six (6) months for reasons other than those listed above is considered evidence of disinterest in continuing as a Member of the Church. The Board of