EOM International constitutes an inclusive membership without regard to the race, ethnic origin, economic condition, or social status of its members. The EOM International Board shall duly admit adults (18 years of age or older) and preparatory members (12 to 17 years old) who shall join in accordance with the “Candidacy Qualifications” and the standards of the “Active Membership Covenant” pursuant to this Article of Membership, who willingly subscribes to the “Membership Statement of Commitment” included as part of these Bylaws, and therefore agrees to comply with all the provisions of the Bylaws and any amendments thereto, and who is approved by the EOM International Board therefore, and whose names are currently maintained on the Active Membership Records of the assembly. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
Section 1. Candidacy Qualifications. In order to become a duly recognized Member of EOM International, prospective candidates must:
(a) Must undergo the examination procedures stated in Article-5, section 2(c). Other non-profit entities desiring EOM members such as groups, churches, ministries, and organizations along with their members must agree to undergo the same procedures as a individual member; sign the affiliation agreement; stricley adhereing to the EOM leadership, bylaws, and articles.
(b) Experience A Genuine Born Again Conversion. Give witness of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, having experienced repentance from dead works, faith toward God, baptism in water and are believing for or have experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit as described in Article VIII: Tenets of Faith.
(c) Desire EOM Oversight. Willingly desire to submit to the EOM Presiding Bishop and EOM Board of Directors oversight of EOM International (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17) and desire the relationship privileges of the Body expression of EOM International (Acts 2:42).
(d) Affirm Membership Commitment. Personally believe that the Holy Spirit has joined them to the Body of “members in particular” of EOM International (1 Corinthians 12:18, 27), and express their personal conviction of commitment by requesting to become a member by means of the following membership induction:
(1) Membership induction requires prospective candidates to satisfactorily complete the Membership Confirmation Classes (Acts 14:21, 22).
(2) Prospective candidates who have satisfactorily completed the Membership Confirmation Classes, who having submitted their Membership Record and their signed Membership Statement of Commitment, thereby affirming their commitment to these bylaws and articles, who have been unanimously approved by the EOM Board shall be recorded in the membership records as duly admitted members of EOM International; and shall be recognized before the Church family during a worship service (Gal. 2:9).
Section 2. Active EOM Membership Covenant. The Active Membership (members in good standing) of faithful men and women is essential for personal growth and for developing an increasing sensitivity to the will and grace of God. As members involve themselves in private and public prayer, worship, the sacraments, the study of God’s Word, voluntary service, consistent tithing and freewill offerings, and holy discipline, they grow in their appreciation of the Body of Christ and mature spiritually in the following standards of the Active Membership Covenant.
(a) Faithful participation in the corporate life of this local Church membership is a commitment of the Christian to fellow members of the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16). A member of EOM International is bound in a voluntary covenant relationship to shoulder the responsibilities and celebrate the joys of fellow members (1 Corinthians 12:6). A Christian is under a Biblical injunction not to pursue or take legal action against this Church or sue its members in the connection with their Church or performance of their Church related responsibilities (1 Cor. 6:1-8). A Christian is called to speak the truth in love, always ready to confront conflict in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation (Mt. 5:21-24; 2 Cor. 5:18, 19; Eph. 4:25-32; Col. 4:6).
(b) A family member of the Body of Christ at EOM International is to be a servant of Christ. This servanthood is performed in family life, daily work, recreation and social activities, responsible citizenship, the godly stewardship of property and accumulated resources, the issues of corporate life, and godly attitudes toward all other persons. Each member is called upon to be a witness for Christ in the world (Acts 1:8), a light and leaven in society (Mt. 5:13-16), and a reconciler in a culture of conflict. Each member is to radiate and exemplify the Christ of hope. Therefore, this local Church has a moral and spiritual responsibility to nurture its members and to lead them into a full and active church relationship and service.
(c) Duly recognized active members forming the Body of believers of EOM International, sincerely and voluntarily believe in and submit to the following Scriptural truths, as being essential to the communion and covenant maturity of this local Church family; and will by the grace of God, give all diligence to live in accord with this Assembly of Believers in Christ as follows:
(1) Repentance. Repentance toward God and turning from sin. (Acts 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; 2 Cor. 7:10; 12:20, 21; Heb. 6:1)
(2) Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Luke 8:12; Rom. 3:21-28; 5:1; 10:10; 16:25, 26; Gal. 3:6-9; Eph. 2:8; Heb. 6:1; 11:6)
(3) Water Baptism. “And it shall come to pass, that whosever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved…Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto the, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:21,37,38,40,41). (Acts 8:12; 9:18; (22:16); 10:47, 48; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:5; Rom. 6:3, 4; Gal. 3:27; 1 Corinthians 10:1, 2; Col. 2:11, 12; 1 Pet. 3:20, 21)
(4) Receive The Gift Of The Holy Spirit. Reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39). (Acts 1:4, 5; 2:4, 38; 8:14-17; 9:17; 10:44-48; 19:1-17; Gal. 3:14; Eph. 1:13)
(5) Devoted To Teaching. Continuing in the apostles’ doctrine or teaching. (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Tim. 1:13; 2:2)
(6) SUBMITTING TO SCRIPTURAL RELATIONSHIPS. Walking in divine love and submitting to the Word of God in all our relationships as commanded in the Scriptures. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; 1 Cor. 13; Eph. 4:1-3, 15, 30-32; 5:2; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Pet. 1:22)
(7) Consistence In Tithing, Offerings And Assembling Together. The willing support of the work and ministry of this Body expression by consistently “bringing all the tithes into the storehouse” of this local Church (10% according to individual gross income), and contributions of freewill offerings, and a conscientious effort to faithfully attend the congregational meetings of this local Church Body. (Mal. 3:6-18; Heb. 7:1-10; Rom. 12:8; 1 Corinthians 9:1-13; Mt. 18:20; Heb. 10:25)
(8) Willingly Submit To Church Discipline And Or Reconciliation. When necessary, the exercise of discipline in this local Church according to the principles of the Scriptures. (2 Thes. 3:6-15; Titus 1:9-14; 3:10,11; Eph. 6:1)
Section 3. Preparatory Members (Ages 12 To 17 Years Old).
(a) Preparatory members consist of youth, twelve to seventeen years old, who have expressed their desire of commitment in the EOM International membership by means of membership induction set forth earlier; who shall also continue their preparatory foundation of local Church training and faithful commitment.
(b) Preparatory members, upon their eighteenth birthday or soon thereafter, must personally take the responsibility to once again submit their “Membership Statement of Commitment” thereby reaffirming their commitment to these Bylaws upon reaching adult membership age.
Section 4. Discipline. The Senior Bishop will seek the counsel and assistance of the EOM International Board to consider and determine the following discipline:
(a) To prayerfully administer all discipline according to Scriptural precepts (e.g. Matthews 18:15-17; Rom. 16:17, 18; 1 Cor. 5:9, 13; 2 Thes. 3:11-15; 1 Cor. 13).
(b) To determine when a member is disqualified as an active member in good standing. (See article X: Membership, Section 6-Inactive Membership)
(c) To reinstate a former member to active membership standing. (See Article X: Membership, Section 7-Reinstatement of Former Members)
(d) To revise membership records as required. (See Article X: Membership, Section 8-Church Membership Records Updated Annually)
Section 5. Dissolution Of Membership. A member in good standing shall be considered dismissed from Active Membership when:
(a) A Transfer Of Membership Is Imminent. A transfer of membership and or location is imminent, and a member may request a letter of dissolution addressed to the Senior Bishop acknowledging their membership at EOM International is in good standing; or
(b) Death Occurs. The demise of a beloved member occurs; or
(c) TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP OCCURS
(1) A member may initiate resignation of their Active Membership Covenant at any time by delivery of a letter requesting their name be removed from the Active Membership Records, addressed to the Senior Bishop, which is effective upon receipt; or
(2) Because membership is entered by mutual consent with the Church EOM International Board and the Body of existing members, all involved recognize that this voluntary relationship is not coercive because no one is bound except by their own convictions of a “blameless or clear conscience toward God and man” (Acts 24:16). Therefore, the Active Membership Covenant may be ended by either a member (as stated above) or by decision of the Senior Bishop who shall seek the counsel of the EOM International Board, at any regular or special meeting of the Board duly called and held for such purpose: (a) to remove the Active Membership standing of any member who may out of harmony with the Church teaching, ministries and or spiritual leadership of the EOM International Board; or (b) to remove the Active Membership standing of any member, either for or without cause, when such termination would be in the best interests of the Corporation.
(d) Inactive Membership Is Demonstrated. If a member asserts any of the “Inactive Membership” actions pursuant to Section 6 of this Article of Membership.
Section 6. Inactive Membership. Whenever any individual of EOM International discontinues their active commitment, thereby demonstrating an inactive membership status (members not in good standing), or is considered inactive at the discretion of the EOM International Board, under the guidance and subject to the final approval of the Senior Bishop, they shall ipso facto (by that very fact) cease to be a member. To contravene the following membership standards shall be sufficient grounds upon which any member may disqualify themselves as an active member of EOM International, and to have their name removed from the active membership records. Inactive membership consists of members not in good standing who shall:
(a) Neglect The Assembling Together For Congregational Meetings. Without good cause willfully absent themselves from the congregational meetings for a prolonged period of three consecutive months or longer (Heb. 10:25); or
(c) Refuse Reconciliation Of Scriptural Misconduct Or Causing Division. Refuse Scriptural reconciliation of sinful practices (Mt. 18:15-17; Rom. 16:17; Ja. 4:17; 2 Tim. 3:1-5); or
(d) Refuse Spiritual Oversight. Refuse and or oppose the spiritual authority of the Senior Bishop and or EOM Board (Heb. 13:17; Mt. 18:15-17; Rom. 16:17,18); or
(e) Doctrinally Depart From The Church Teachings. Doctrinally departs from the Scriptural teachings held by this local Church expression (Rom. 16:17, 18; Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Thes. 2:1-4; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:1-4; 2 Pet. 2); or\
(f) Violate Civil Laws. Repeated civil law offenses (Eccl. 8:2-4; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:13-17); or
(g) Discontinue Adherence To The Bylaws and Article. A member who no longer chooses to affirm and or agree to the Bylaws of EOM International.
Section 7. Reinstatement Of Former Members
(a) In Good Standing, Formerly. A former member, previously in good standing, desiring reinstatement of Active Membership approbation must make their request known by letter, addressed to the Senior Bishop, to be reinstated in the Church.
(1) The letter of request and a signed reaffirmed Membership Statement of Commitment shall be considered as the first step to reinstatement of Active Membership standing.
(2) Once the Membership Statement of Commitment and letter requesting reinstatement is received, the Senior Bishop, upon counsel from the EOM International Board, may approve the membership reinstatement of a former member accordingly.
(b) Not In Good Standing, Formerly. A former member, previously not in good standing, desiring reinstatement of Active Membership approbation must first acknowledge by letter, addressed to the Senior Bishop, their solemn desire to be restored in the Church, and their willingness to receive the ministry and or discipline of the Senior Bishop, upon counsel from the EOM International Board accordingly.
(1) The letter of request and a signed reaffirmed Membership Statement of Commitment shall be considered as the first step towards demonstrating a desire to reconcile Active Membership standing.
(2) Once the Membership Statement of Commitment and letter requesting restoration is received, the Senior Bishop will entreat the counsel and assistance of the EOM International Board to determine if appropriate steps for reconciliation enjoined with Biblical principles and instructions will be readily received for membership reinstatement, and also whether or not that individual continues to reaffirm their restored conduct of faith and commitment to the EOM International family. (Heb. 12:9-11; 2 Tim. 3:16)
Section 8. Church Membership Records Updated Annually. Annually or as otherwise required, the Church administration, subject to the final approval of the Senior Bishop, shall cause to be updated and or purged the Church records of:
(a) The Active Members and friends of EOM International (normally by means of a Record Information form to be filled out annually by members and friends and or purging Church records); or
(b) Any member previously dismissed or who disqualifies themselves by reason of the actions pursuant to Sections 6 and 7 of this Article of Membership.
Section 9. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. Membership shall not vest in any member any proprietary rights in the Corporation.