Memorial 68

CONSTITUTION: Conditions of Membership

Whereas, The Conditions of Membership provide a path forward for those who are desirous of becoming members of the Church;

Whereas, These provisions will be strengthened by requiring the prospective member to not only accept our Articles of Religion but also be instructed in the same;

Whereas, Clearly linking the conditions of membership with an ongoing local church based discipleship relationship highlights the necessity of new believer discipleship; and

Whereas, The current condition outlining the voting procedure of a local church in receiving members seems better placed in a Discipline section pertaining to local church function and authority;

Resolved, That paragraph 297 in the 2012 edition of The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church be stricken in its entirety and replaced with the following:

297. The conditions of membership are:

(1) Confession of faith in Jesus Christ as evidenced by an inner witness of new birth through the Holy Spirit and a commitment to pursue holiness in all things.

(2) Christian baptism.

(3) Instruction in, acceptance of, and a commitment to abide by the Articles of Religion which are summarized in 299, the Elementary Principles and the authority of The Wesleyan Church in matters of church government.

(4) A commitment to live out the mission and vision of The Wesleyan Church through a discipling relationship within the local church.

And,

Resolved, That paragraph 297 (5) in the 2012 Discipline of The Wesleyan Church be relocated to paragraph 567.

COMMITTEE ON MEMORIALS

Wayne A. MacBeth, Secretary

Committee on Memorials

Recommended

General Conference

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