ARTICLE IV – Membership

ARTICLE IV – Membership Section 1. Qualifications for Membership Membership in Kurdish Christian Church shall be open to all persons who: give a clear profession of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior have obeyed the Lord in believer’s baptism or be willing to be baptized provide a letter of commendation from a previous church [if applicable]. Section 2. Applications for Membership Anyone wishing to join Kurdish Christian Church shall make request for membership to a Pastor or an Elder. The individual shall be given a membership application, a copy of the Statement of Faith, and a copy of the constitution. The Elders shall meet with the applicant following completion of the application. Section 3. Receiving of New Members Applicants admitted to membership by the Elders shall affirm their membership commitment and be publicly acknowledged as members by the elders at a Sunday Morning worship service. Section 4. Responsibilities of Members Each member shall pursue the unity of the faith in cooperation with the other members of this church, and shall purpose to serve in consideration of the other members. Each member who is at least eighteen years old and not under any disciplinary action is entitled to vote at meetings of the church membership. Section 5. Removal from Membership Removal of members from this church shall be at the discretion of the Elders. The following are reasons for removal from membership: lack of regular attendance in a worship service for a period of six months or longer; request of transfer of membership to another church; exercise of the fourth stage of church discipline with no demonstration of repentance. Section 6. Discipline of Members (a) The church must properly and lovingly exercise discipline upon those members who, in the judgment of the Elders, have persisted in sinful behavior without demonstration of godly repentance [II Corinthians 7:9-10]. The purposes of church discipline are: 1) To seek the spiritual well-being of the sinning believers by calling them to Biblical conduct in their way of living (Galatians 6:1). 2) To maintain purity in the local church (1 Corinthians 5:6), 3) To deter sin in other members (1 Timothy 5:20). (b) The procedure shall be according to Matthew 18:15-17, allowing reasonable time for repentance after every effort has been made to call, exhort, and admonish the person. (c) Members of this church and all other professing Christians who regularly attend or fellowship with this church who err in doctrine, or who engage in conduct that violates Scripture as determined by the Elders, shall be subject to church discipline. Section 7. Annual Membership Meeting The annual meeting of the church members shall be held in January of each year. This meeting will include reports of the affairs of the church, and transact such other business as the Elders determine to be brought before the members, including but not limited to affirmation of the appointments made by the Elders of those who shall serve as Elders and Deacons for the ensuing year. Section 8. Special Membership Meetings Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the Pastor, the Chairman of the Elders, or by a majority of the members of the Elders. Section 9. Notice of Meetings Notice of all regular or special meetings shall be announced two weeks prior to the meeting. Section 10. Quorum The members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all regular or special meetings of the members.