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Becoming members of the CEC Canada’s Christian Evangelical Church

By-law 13. Membership:
13.1 Membership requirements;                                                                                   
First requirement is, all members must be born again Christians;  for the meaning of the words "born again" please refer to the following Bible passage- John 3. 5
Second requirement is, all members must be in good standing with the Body of Christ; for the meaning of the words "Body of Christ" please refer to the following Bible passage-1 Corinthians 12.27. The words "in good standing " we take the liberty and say, they mean to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Please refer to the following Bible passage - Galatians 5. 16.
Third requirement is, all members must be in agreement with the association's constitution and it's by-laws.
Fourth requirement is, all members must be in agreement with the association's statement of purpose.
Fifth requirement is, all members must be in agreement with the association's statement of faith.
Sixth requirement is, all members must be baptized, Christians who have been baptized by sprinkling upon or after conversion shall be entitled to membership, provided they meet all the conditions of this by-law. 
13.2. Procedure to admit members; 1. The prospect shall appear before the church elders for an interview.  This interview shall include a look into the prospect's personal life, and into the prospect's attitude towards the association's and what it stands for.  2.  Upon satisfying the church elders the church elders shall introduce the prospect to the voting membership as early as possible. See article 21.2.  3. The prospect shall come before the voting membership, here the prospect shall give a personal testimony and a reason for wanting to be a member of the church, having done so the prospect shall be dismissed. 4.  The chair shall ask the voting membership to  vote; See article 21. 2.  5. The Church shall welcome the member. This shall take place during a regular meeting, as early as convienient.
13.3. Procedure to dismiss members in trespass; 1. All members shall be treated equally.  2. All members shall be brought before the church elders, however, not until after those who are in the know of the member's trespass, have exhausted the principles set forth in the Bible, in particular-Matthew  18. 15-17.  3. The church elders shall in accordance with the Bible, in particular with 2. Timothy 2. 24-26  attempt to rescue the member in trespass. Failing to do so, the church elders shall proceed towards the excommunication of the member in trespass. 4. The church elders shall vote, the vote shall determine whether or not to proceed with the excommunication of the member in trespass.. Voting procedure- see article 21. 2. 5. Having obtained agreement to proceed with the process of excommunicating the member in trespass, the church elders shall take the issue before the voting members for a final vote.  6. The church elders shall inform the voting membership, giving to them the details they need, so they can come up with a decision. 7. The voting members shall vote. The vote shall determine whether or not the member will be excommunicated.  Voting procedure - see article 21. 2.. 8. Should the decision to excommunicate the member in trespass be confirmed, the church elders shall instruct the voting members regarding their behavior towards the member who insists on living in trespass, by drawing attention to the scripture passages which deal with such matters, namely 1. Corinthians chapter 5. 9. The church elders shall enforce the decision to excommunicate the member in trespass by informing him or her in writing. The writing shall include the terms under which the excommunicated person can be reinstated.
13.4 Procedure to dismiss a member who has violated the criminal laws of the land; When a member has been charged under the law of the land for a violation which falls under the criminal code, the member shall be suspended forthwith.  The suspension shall stay in force until such time that the courts have passed judgment.  In the event that the member is found not guilty, the member is to be reinstated forthwith.  In the event that the
member has been found guilty all the rules of excommunication and reinstatement shall apply.
13.5. Membership withdrawal; Any member who’s desires to withdraw his or her membership is entitled to do so. It is requested that it be done in writing, however informing the Church is not compulsory.


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