Every Nation Church membership standards

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  1. Doctrinal unity

Agreement with the Every Nation Statement of Faith.

Maintaining the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace in the presence of nonessential doctrinal diversity.

  1. Philosophical agreement

Agreement with Every Nation mission, vision and values statements.

  1. Relational unity and connection

Commitment to the following principles:

  • We recognise that a vital part of the meaning of membership includes a sense of God’s calling and joining.
  • In order to facilitate effective and biblical input to member churches, leaders of member churches must maintain healthy relationships with other Every Nation pastors, regional directors and International Apostolic Team members.
  • We’re committed to building and maintaining an atmosphere of love, trust, humility and respect, while following the golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • We are committed to conflict resolution through the principles and patterns of Scripture.
  • We are committed to relationships that are free from slander, gossip and divisiveness.
  • We are committed to a redemptive process of biblical discipline and restoration.

4. Financial integrity and accountability

  • On application: Full disclosure upon request in respect to all aspects of finances.
  • Ongoing: Maintain the highest level of financial integrity and good financial reporting. Fulfil all reporting requirements as laid out by the Regional Leadership Team, as well as local statutes.
  • Commitment to accountability in all financial matters.
  1. 5.   Discipleship and leadership development

A commitment to making disciples and developing leaders.
6.  Stewardship of the next generation

According to context, a commitment to evangelise and disciple children, youth and students.
7.  Moral and ethical integrity

The leadership team of every member church subscribes to the biblical standards of ethics         and morality.
8.  Financial contribution

Every member church contributes ten percent of the general contributions of the church to           Every Nation Churches to be used internationally (5%) and regionally (5%).
9.  Governmental connection

Every Nation recognises the authority of the local church, as well as the authority of the   International Apostolic Team and Regional Leadership Team in order to grow healthy       churches.
i) The International Apostolic Team’s authority is primarily expressed in the following           areas:

  • To strengthen and establish churches;
  • Provide pastoral support and encouragement to the region’s leaders;
  • Communicate Every Nation’s vision and values;
  • Facilitate conferences, staff meetings and other regional events;
  • Help train and appoint elders;
  • Mediate church conflicts;
  • Coordinate regional church-planting and mission efforts;
  • Understand and support core ministries and their policies.

ii) To provide emergency covering in the following situations:

  • Severe doctrinal error;
  • Moral failure;
  • Financial impropriety;
  • Mediation of church conflicts;
  • Violation of relational unity.