A. Unity. The unity of Christian Life Assembly will be protected and enhanced by the member. The member will be supportive of church leadership and work to encourage and love those who are a part of the assembly. When difficulties arise, the biblical pattern for confrontation and church discipline will be followed (Matthew 18:15-18). The member makes a commitment to communicate with church leadership when there are concerns, conflicts or burdens. If conflict resolution cannot be properly attained and the member finds themselves in strong disagreement with the church doctrine, policy, vision, or constitution, the member then agrees to surrender their church membership and will refrain from bringing division or quarrels into the body of Christ.
B. Support for the mission and ministry of Christian life Assembly. The member makes a commitment to become an active and effective part of the local body of Christ. This will include prayer for, communication and partnership with the Pastors, church leadership and the assembly at large. Being a part of the mission and ministry at CLA commits the member to make sacrifices of time, talents and resources in order to strengthen the body of Christ and expand the Kingdom of God.
C. Serving Christian Life Assembly. The member is expected to serve the church by discovering their God-given gifts and talents and using them wherever and whenever possible to build up the body of Christ. It is desired that each member would find a place of ministry in the local church and that their abilities would add to the diversity and effectiveness of the ministry that CLA carries out. As each member volunteers their time in order to carry out ministry this is understood to be an offering of worship to God. The member commits himself or herself to be faithful in church attendance and to support the local church financially. The member desires, as God is faithful and enables, to give back a tithe (biblical principle of returning 10% to the Lord’s work) and to give offerings when possible and applicable, to strengthen ministry areas such as Missions, special projects and specific ministry departments. The member also commits to having a servant-like attitude towards their community. This would be seen in their attitude of care and compassion towards all people, no matter what their race or spiritual condition. It would also be seen in their actions, taking every opportunity to share the message of Jesus Christ’s salvation as God opens opportunity.
D. Agreement to support the constitution and bylaws of Christian Life Assembly. The member is familiar with the information contained in the church constitution and bylaws (booklet contained in your Membership Package) and is comfortable with these positions and practices. The member submits to these bylaws and understands our affiliation with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Please read the PAOC Statement of Fundamental Truths found at the PAOC web site (www.paoc.org
). The bylaws state that members are persons 18 years of age or over who fulfill the spiritual and biblical requirements for church membership.