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MEMBERSHIP

I agree to following church requirements for membership:

1. Must accept and recognize the 16 doctrines of the church

2. Must be a member who is committed to tithing (Luke 11:42,1Corinthians 16:2, 2Corinthians 9:6-7)

3. Must be actively attending church for 3 months

4. Must believe in the following:

  

  • Voluntary cooperation and commitment to the Fellowship, a cooperative spirit, and a readiness to seek and receive the counsel of older mature Christians and those in positions of authority. By voluntary it is meant that, upon learning the principles, doctrines, and practices of Middletown Assemblies of God, and by seeing the benefits to be derived from being associated with such an organization, persons of their own free choice decide to become members, thus subscribing to all that for which the church stands. Complying with all decisions setting forth and defining duties and responsibilities incumbent upon members of the church. It includes active participation in events and church activities whenever a commitment is made.

 

  • Marriage was established by God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:18, 21–25) and confirmed by Jesus Christ to be a permanent relationship between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4–6). Because marriage is not only a commitment to a spouse, but also to God (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:9; Ephesians 5:31), a believer should marry only another believer (2 Corinthians 6:14). Christian marriage is a reflection of the love, purity, and permanence between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23–33). Even though some marriages may fall short of the biblical ideal, husbands and wives who devote themselves to God (Ephesians 5:21) and find nurture and instruction in the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:25) can realize the strength and blessing of God in their relationship.

 

  • Children “are a heritage from the Lord”; therefore you agree to teach and raise your children in the ways of the lord. To have them participate in different children and youth programs in the church, so they may further expand their knowledge of the Bible. In thus furthering their relationship with God.

 

Membership can be revoked if:

1. There is clear and convincing evidence of incapacity, inefficiency, incompetence, or other grounds, not constituting a basis for formal discipline that renders the member unfit for membership and compromises the mission of the Assemblies of God. Such a decision by the Pastor or Elder shall not be effective unless and until it is ratified by the official board of the church by two-thirds votes.

 

To reinstate membership the following must be met:

1. When a member of our church is removed from our church membership for any cause, except failure to renew and dismissal, he or she shall apply for reinstatement, he or she shall not be eligible for reinstatement until at least 6 months have elapsed after his or her name has been stricken from our list of members. The application must be made between the months of September and November before the general membership meeting of the following year.

 

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

 

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.

 

By submitting the above form, I acknowledge that I understand and will adhere to all rules as stated