For these reasons, and for the collective interest of our organization, every member who fellowships on this network must acknowledge the following guidelines:
1) It is every member’s responsibility to know these standards and to uphold them in the fellowship and love of Christ. Ignorance of these guidelines is no excuse for failure to comply. For the most part, they are considered “common sense Christianity” and are not difficult to understand.
We interpret this policy and all other structure of this organization from the perspective of this passage:
The above passage speaks of a contrast between the Law of Moses and the liberty of the Holy Spirit. We use this passage as a “principle” in upholding and enforcing policy. The order defined herein is set as a compass for maintaining a clear focus of the vision which God gave to establish our fellowship. It is not a law, but rather a standard.
2) No member of the NACM is required to participate in this network. However, in order to remain a member they must keep their contact information up to date, and respond to the administration in the event that they are contacted.
a) Members should update their information with 15 days of a change.
b) If a member deletes their account on this network, we will assume that they have withdrawn their affiliation with us. In such an event their membership, ordination, etc. will become void. If the administration attempts to contact a member over a period of 30 days, but is unsuccessful, the member’s status may be changed from good standing to suspension until contact is made.
3) None of the views expressed on this network (by anyone, including leadership) necessarily reflect the religious policies of the NACM.
In other words, if an Exec. Elder posted that they believe in snake handling, this still has nothing to do with the religious position of the NACM. (this is intended to be a humorous example).
Click here to see the NACM confession of faith. These are the only doctrines that the NACM “officially” confirms, and agreement with them is a prerequisite to membership.
4) Disagreements are permitted; however, they must be done tastefully. Everyone must treat one another with respect and Christian love.
All members should consider the possible differences of views when interacting with others. A good example is in the area of spiritual gifts. All believers accept prophecy, otherwise they would have to reject many portions of the Bible. HOWEVER, the subject of personal prophecy is a matter of large controversy among Christians. The majority of believers in the United States do not embrace personal prophecy as a modern spiritual gift. For this reason, members who believe in the gift of personal prophecy should share their gift privately with like-minded members who embrace their gift.
Use the “golden rule” of blogging, which is to always assume that people mean well.
Studies show that people generally misunderstand 53% of all email, and this misunderstanding causes them to assume negative interpretations. The best way to avoid this perception is to just assume that everyone means well.