ARTICLE VII. MEMBERSHIP
 

 

Section 1. Membership Eligibility

 

 

Active voting membership in this assembly shall be open to all those who possess the following qualifications:

 

a. A testimony to an experience of the "new birth."

 

b. Having been baptized in water by immersion.

 

c. Evidence of a consistent Christian life (Romans 6:4; 8:1-4; 13:13, 14

 

    Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1, 2, 15; 1 John  1:6,7).

 

d. An indication of a willingness to contribute regularly to the financial support of the

 

church of which he is to become a member.

 

e. Acceptance of the Tenets of Faith as set forth in Article IV of these bylaws.

 

f. Knowledge of the mission statement of this fellowship.

 

g. Having reached at least 18 years of age.

 

h. Having regularly attended services of, and supported, this assembly for a period of

 

at least three consecutive months prior to the date of application for membership.

 

      i. Express a desire to be an active part of the ministry in this fellowship.

 

      j. Agreement to being governed by the bylaws of this assembly.

 

 

Section 2. Procedure for Membership Recognition

 

 

Those individuals eligible for membership who shall desire to become members of this church shall fill out the application and turn it into the pastor or church board. The church board shall have the right and authority to determine the eligibility and acceptability of all applicants for membership by majority vote.  Those approved for membership by the church board shall be received into the church publicly at any of its regular services, and their names thereupon added to the church membership roll. No applicant for membership shall be accepted as a member within 30 days before an annual business meeting or within 10 days before a special business meeting.

 

 

Section 3. Pastor and Spouse

 

 

By virtue of office the pastor shall be considered an active voting member of the church during his tenure. The pastor's spouse shall become an active voting member simultaneously with the pastor.

 

 

Section 4. Transfer Members

 

 

A member in good standing of another Assemblies of God church, who satisfies the standards for membership eligibility specified in Section 1 of this Article VII (other than the attendance and support requirements), may apply for membership by submitting a letter of transfer from the pastor of the other assembly, upon the approval of a majority of the church board.

 

 

Section 5. Junior Membership

 

 

Junior membership shall be available for young people under 16 years of age who give evidence of the new birth, meet the scriptural standards for membership as specified in these bylaws, and are approved by majority vote of the church board.

 

 

 

Section 6. Inactive Membership

 

 

Active voting members who shall without good cause absent themselves from the services of the assembly for a period of 3 consecutive months or more, or who cease to contribute of their means to its support for a period of 3 consecutive months, may be declared inactive members by a majority vote of the church board, and thereupon shall lose their voting privileges until they are restored to the fellowship, their standing to be settled by action of the assembly through its church board.

 

 

Section 7. Discipline

 

 

A. Grounds

 

 

Discipline is an exercise of scriptural authority for which the church is responsible (Matthew 16:19; 18:15-20; Luke 17:3; John 20:23; Acts 16:4; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 13:17). The purpose of discipline is to promote repentance and restoration through exposing sinful behavior. It is to be redemptive in nature as well as corrective. Any member of the assembly is subject to discipline on the basis of unscriptural conduct or doctrinal departure from the Tenets of Faith of this assembly, as determined in the sole discretion of the church board. The discipline of ministers who hold credentials with the Assemblies of God is administered by the District Council and General Council of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

B. Procedure

 

 

The assembly will follow the disciplinary procedure set forth in Matthew 18:15-20. This procedure consists generally of the following steps: (1) The pastor or a designated member of the church board discusses the charges with the member in an effort to resolve the matter privately; (2) if the first step does not resolve the matter, then the member shall meet with the pastor and church board or with a designated committee of the church board in an effort to resolve the matter privately; (3) if the first or second steps do not resolve the matter, then the member or the church board may submit the matter to the membership of the assembly in a special business meeting called for that purpose. Only active voting members of the church shall be permitted to attend such a special business meeting. The decision of a majority of the voting members present at such a meeting shall be final. A member found guilty may be dismissed from membership in the church (Matthew 18:17). However, lesser disciplinary sanctions may be imposed as appropriate, depending on the circumstances of each case.

 

 

C. Resignations

 

 

Members who are under discipline by this assembly forfeit and waive the right to resign from membership in this assembly. Resignations from membership are possible only by those members in good standing who are not under any disciplinary action.