By Submitting Your Request for Membership You Agree and Affirm the Following:
You are the applicant.
That you are at least 18 years of age or older.
That without compromise, you share our belief that Jesus is the "only" way to salvation.
That without compromise, you share our belief that homosexuality is a sin before God and humanity.
That you sincerely believe that God has called you to ministry.
That to the best of your knowledge, you certify that the information submitted in this application is true without any intion to be misleading.
That You Share Our VALUES:
The following values represent the essence and personality of the National Association of Christian Ministers. They are the standards by which our culture and unity are kept.
- We value the Word of God as the highest authority by which to govern our lives.
- We value the advancement of the Gospel of Christ for the perpetuation of Christianity (Mat. 28:18-20).
- We value the pursuit of unity (at the foot of the cross) among brothers and sisters in the Christian faith (Joh 17:21; Eph. 4:13).
- We value God’s calling of both men and women to ordained Christian ministry (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 2:17; Gal. 3:28)
- We value the independence of ministers to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to govern their individual ministries (Act. 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2-4; 16:6-7; 20:22, 21:4).
- We value leadership that duplicates the servant example set by our Lord (Mat. 20:27; John 13:14).
- We value fellowship among ministers for the sake of strength, encouragement, edification, prayer, and support (Rom.14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11; Eph. 2:21-22; Php. 4:8).
GENERAL FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES
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:
- "He has also qualified us to be ministers of a new promise, a spiritual promise, not a written one. Clearly, what was written brings death, but the Spirit brings life." (2Co 3:6 GW).
- 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 the Senior Elder posted that he believes 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.
Criticism and “Witch Hunting”
5) The National Association of Christian Ministers seeks to build the Kingdom of God. Our goal is to use Christian unity to build, as opposed to tear down. For this reason, we will not tolerate any messages within our network that are written in a manner that criticizes other Christian ministers or their ministries. We are aware that there are false ministers in the world who dress in sheep's clothing. However, it is not within the scope of our purpose as a ministry to expose these people. If any of our membership feels that they must do so, let them do it elsewhere. By so doing, they will not compromise their membership with us. However, members who ignore this rule and criticize ministers within our network will be disciplined and possibly dismissed from membership.
Use of Titles
6) The NACM is an interdenominational organization. For this reason we will have a diversity of Christian religious backgrounds bearing a verity of ministerial titles (Dr., Pastor, Prophet, Apostle, etc.). These titles are permitted within our network, however, it must be understood that these titles are not appointed by the National Association of Christian Ministers.
We would like to make it clear that the NACM officially recognizes only the titles: Ordained Minister, and any title that may be granted to its leadership (such as Elder, Minister unto ___ Admin., Director, etc.). If someone has chosen to call themselves by a title other than these, it is by their free decision to do so, and not by any official assignment by the NACM. Additionally, no member may call themselves “Elder, Special Minister, or Administrator” within our network, unless they have been appointed to this position by our organization. This is so that our membership will be able to clearly identify our leadership.
Solicitation and Promotion (of self, similar ministries, products)
7) No one may use the network as a means by which to solicit the giving of money or materials of any type for themselves or any other cause--MEANING members may not use this network to ask other members to give them money and/or materials. The ministry of the NACM is to license, equip and network ministers. We have chosen not to receive donations, and expect that our membership can feel safe from the potentiality of scams. If a person is in need of financial assistance, they should seek the help of their "local church", and or other local charities.
We are a fellowship of ministers. It follows that we ALL have ministries, charities, and causes to support, and or know individuals needing financial support. However, if all of us were to use this fellowship to solicit support for those causes, we would no longer be a fellowship!
Spirit of this guideline:
However, for clarity we would like to add that it is acceptable to tell people about something that you have made such as a book, CD, craft etc. that is for sale -as long as your promotion does not become a spamming annoyance to other members. Tactful ways to promote such is by posting 1. announcement on the discussion board, and or your personal page. We permit this because we do want to encourage networking and the advancement of our talents.
The fellowship shall not be a place by which to solicit membership into anything not pertaining to our organization.
This is an area of some confusion because there is a right and wrong way to do just about anything. For this reason we will attempt to provide a few examples and definitions of terms in an attempt to demonstrate the differences between appropriate and inappropriate promotions.
We define 'networking' as: A goal that begins with one person, who then uses their personal rapport with another to gain a mutually shared goal. This pattern is then repeated until the goal is achieved.
One important factor that identifies this as 'networking' is the use of interpersonal influence gained through personal relationships. Networking is not accomplished by sending mass emails of spam hoping that someone will discover a value for whatever it is being offered.
8) No member should send emails or make postings for the promotion of anything that is of similar offerings to that the NACM (ordination ministries, Christian Discussion boards, Biblical training programs of similarity to our Mentor Program, etc.). This is a conflict of interest and has caused members to become confused about NACM programs in times past.
Spirit of this guideline:
The key word here is "promotion". It is quite fine to say that you attended a school or was ordained at a local church. What we are prohibiting is solicitation.
The above rule 8 is the rule is rarely broken, but more often than the others. It is an unfortunate truth that we have had to even dismiss Elders from membership for ignoring this rule. Please be advised that we have no tolerance for members who disregard the warning of this policy.
Photo and Image Posting Guidelines.
9. Posting of images (photos or graphic images) within the NACM network should be done with thoughtful consideration as to the appropriateness and or edifying nature of the images.
The posting of ministry-related images within the NACM is encouraged. Images of a personal nature are permitted with deference to and with the understanding that the NACM is an online Christian ministry fellowship. Images that could reasonably be perceived as divisive or inappropriate are prohibited, including but not limited to 'selfie' type images that may be perceived as suggestive or alluring, as well as politically focused images.
If an image is deemed inappropriate by an NACM Administrator, that image may be removed immediately, or you may be contacted with instructions to remove the image yourself. If an image that you posted is no longer visible, you can assume that image has been deemed inappropriate and removed.
All images uploaded via the “My Photos” tool on your “My Page” can be viewed by the entire fellowship via the photo viewer and will be displayed on a rotational basis throughout the NACM website.
Some forum and discussion areas within the NACM network may be deemed as text only areas and prohibit the posting of photos or images.
The National Association of Christian Ministers will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment, as defined in this policy, includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, visual forms of a sexual or offensive nature (e.g., signs and posters) or requests for sexual favors.
Any intentional sexual harassment is considered to be a major violation of our organization’s policy and will be dealt with accordingly by corrective counseling and/or suspension or dismissal of membership, depending upon the severity of the violation.
To report violations, please follow the procedures at this link : http://www.nacministers.com/allegationsinministry.htm
If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to post them here and they will be answered. Thank you all for your participation and cooperation.
Note: above is just a brief explanation of generally accepted conduct on this network. You may click here to read the rest of our terms of service.
Continuity of Policies - Right to Change or Discontinue
The policies and procedures in this manual are not intended to be contractual commitments by The National Association of Christian Ministers and employees, volunteers, or members shall not construe them as such. They are intended to be guides to management and merely descriptive of suggested procedures to be followed.
We reserve the right to revoke, change, or supplement these guidelines at any time without notice. Such changes shall be effective immediately upon approval by management unless otherwise stated.
This policy is not intended as a guarantee of continuity of benefits or rights. No permanent relationship to our organization for any term is intended or can be implied by statements in this manual.