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LAST UPDATE: 12-3-2009

 

PURPOSE:

 The purpose of this policy is to offer a written set of reasonable expectations by which to ensure the best interests of our members in the context of our fellowship. It is not intended to be a code of laws that are blindly upheld in the absence of common sense. Occasionally there are situations where this policy should be overridden for the better interests of our fellowship, or even for the sake of a principal found in scripture. However, such cases are unique to individual circumstances, and are decided at the discretion of our administrators.  Ultimately, our goal is to honor God, protect the membership, and maintain an environment of fairness for all.

 

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).

 

INTRODUCTION:

 We are delighted to offer this fellowship to the body of Christ. It is here that we seek to accomplish the unity of which Christ spoke in John 17:

I have sent them into the world the same way you sent me into the world. I'm dedicating myself to this holy work I'm doing for them so that they, too, will use the truth to be holy. "I'm not praying only for them. I'm also praying for those who will believe in me through their message. I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me.” (Joh 17:18-21 GW).

Condition of the Church

A consideration that the church is divided by denominations is by no means a new observation. Since the ascension of Christ, the World Christian Encyclopedia (2001), reports that there are approximately 33,820 denominations of Christianity in the world. More than 2000 years of church history have not resulted in greater unity, but rather separation. These splints are motivated by disagreements over the interpretation of God's word (theology). Bringing the whole church into a place of full agreement over theology is an unrealistic pursuit which is not likely to occur before the return of Christ. However, we believe that a very obtainable goal is to pursue unity at the foot of the cross and the affirmation of the empty tomb.

 

The Spirit and Culture of Our Fellowship

The spirit of this network is to offer all of our members a place for prayer, encouragement, exchanging ideas, research, networking, ministerial training, and fellowship with one another.

 However, we are an inter/non-denominational organization which means that our membership consists of many Christian backgrounds: Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Lutheran, Non-denominational, etc. These denominations exist because at some time in church history each group separated from a religious body and formed a set of doctrines that they believed were more aligned with scripture. Therefore, the very nature of a denominations is the concept that it is separated from the doctrines of other Christian bodies. We do not claim that this is necessarily wrong; however, the separatist attitude is not permitted here. What makes the NACM unique is that we are uniting under the name of Jesus, in spite of our doctrinal differences.

Back to the Basics

 All believers (that we consider Christian) should be able to affirm that Jesus is the son of God, sacrifice for sins, advocate to the Father, Lord of resurrection, and full member of the trinity.  It is on this foundation that all of Christianity stands.  We may hold different beliefs regarding the administration of baptism, communion, practice of worship, etc., but these are not the things that are likely to forbid people from salvation or a place in Heaven. Therefore, we unite around the shared goal of advancing the gospel of salvation that is only available in the name and work of Jesus alone. As an organization, we believe this is our highest responsibility in service to God, and the fundamental purpose of our callings to Christian ministry.  The Scriptures are clear that “God is not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), and that we are commissioned to “go unto all the world” (Mark 16:15) with this hope. It is with this vision that we seek the unity of Christ so that the world will know that the Father sent Him, and call on his name for salvation (Joh 17:18-21).

 

GENERAL  FELLOWSHIP  GUIDELINES

For these reasons, and for the collective interest of our organization, every member who fellowships on this network must acknowledge the following guidelines:

Individual Responsibilities

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.

Contact information may be updated on your profile and at the following link:

 http://nacministers.org/page/update-your-contact

 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.

Spiritual Gifts

 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.

This would also include posting politically motivated opinions: opinionated statements about differing political persuasions or political figures (whether promoting or criticizing - such as the president or other leaders) tend to only cause argumentation and division.  Members are certainly welcome to have their biases and opinions, but those should be held personally rather than posted on the NACM website.  This is political promoting, and such posts will be deleted and posting members reminded of this policy, and that the biblical directive is:  "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: for kings and all who are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior..."  (1 Tim 2:1-3).

Our focus is on encouraging one another in Christ in our joint mission of preaching the Gospel, furthering the Kingdom of God, and discipling believers.

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.



Self-Promotion

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.

Sexual Harassment

 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.

 

 

 

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I am thankful that this organization is here for someone like myself that desires to be ordained. I am ready to learn more and anything that can be. So many question a woman wanting to serve and don't give us the oportunity. Someone said something about woman in the church at the one I am currently attending and serving on the Prayer team. My desire is to help any way God needs me, not to be judged by man. Ready to learn and be placed where my Savior needs me. Thank you for all your service and this membership. Everyone here is a blessing, again thank you from the bottom of my heart. These statements here are well said and true.

Rear Cheryl --

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that male and female are literally equal. When eve was removed from Adam, a distinct characteristics were removed from Adam, making Adam instantly incomplete without the elements that were removed. Naturally, God had specific purposes for each. These differences are cancelled "in the Spirit;" (Galatians 3:28) and only in the Spirit. A woman can do, in the Spirit, anything a man can do; however, God is a God of "order," (1Corinthians 14:33). When men read passages suggesting that woman must be "silent," they have studied the Bible superficially and need to delve deeper into the Greek texts -- through aids that explain what is really going on in those passages. Nevertheless, the physical differences do have ramifications. Just as the epistles of Timothy forbid a well meaning pastor to go into a room with a young lady, under the guise perhaps to council her; the same applies to a well meaning female. The devil is not slow to exploit the fact that the female is the object of man's desire. 

Thus, we all do well to be, "In the Spirit" as much as humanly possible; and God will place you, in your heart where we all should be. 

I noticed that one of the situations that strikes the ire of some leaders is the "leadership" of men by women. One young minister once asked me, "What if she is beautiful and desirable?" I told him it was a fair question. I told him to know his limitations, and not to try to engage a situation that will cause him to stumble. 

You can see this subject is controversial, and needs to be worked out in prayer, discernment, and study; and not to be taken lightly. So seek ordination and go through your ministry with discernment. 

Dear Sister Cheryl.  As an ordained female minister, (through this wonderful organization)  I welcome you for your willingness to learn, and to pass on what you learn to others.  This website is so oriented to fulfil the needs of those who wish to become ordained ministers, whether male or female.  I thank God for this organization, and I know that if you continue to stay within the organization and study the Word and pray (and we will hold you up in prayer here), that God will bless your ministry in a mighty way.  You already are an inspiration because you are a willing vessel that God can use.  I thank you for being that willing vessel.  You are in my prayers.  God will use the willing!!

Thank you so much Charlotte for this very encouraging word.

my mother was a minister when it was not cool. But she persevered anyway. God makes no distinction of men or women. Win as many to Christ as possible. God loves you.

Absolutely Brother Eddie -- Agreed. However, There is no difference between male and female "in Christ." I have witnessed many situations where people seemed to have forgotten that fact. Women should at the same time celebrate their womanhood -- it's a glorious entity. Men should celebrate their manhood. It is the differences between the two that I love. It's the differences that make life interesting.  There is so much biblical precedence to show the equality, and the indelible contribution of women, in Jesus, it's a non-issue.  

Hi Cheryl. I, myself is inspired by your desire to be used by God according to what He purposed us to be. As a woman myself, I see it as  men's  co-laborers in Christ. God can use women who are willing vessels for His Kingdom purposes. In the Old Testament, Ruth & Esther were used by God. God poured out His Spirit into ALL flesh (Joel 2). Acts 21:9, four virgin daughters prophesied. Romans 16, men and women co-laborers were mentioned and acknowledged.  God is a God of order.The Spirit of God will give us wisdom and discernment in whatever ministry He will entrust to us. 

Let us lift each other up in love and unity, serving the body of Christ. Have a blessed and glorious day <> /p>

Cheryl, I hope you continue to enjoy the fellowship of this organization. It is an accepting and I am sure you will be able to achieve everything God has intended for you to. May God strengthen you as you continue to serve. Sylvia

Cheryl Renee Miller said:
I am thankful that this organization is here for someone like myself that desires to be ordained. I am ready to learn more and anything that can be. So many question a woman wanting to serve and don't give us the oportunity. Someone said something about woman in the church at the one I am currently attending and serving on the Prayer team. My desire is to help any way God needs me, not to be judged by man. Ready to learn and be placed where my Savior needs me. Thank you for all your service and this membership. Everyone here is a blessing, again thank you from the bottom of my heart. These statements here are well said and true.

Bro James,  Please reference your statements concerning the seating on opposite sides of the church.  I need such sources for future references.

 

Thanks, Bro Tim

 

The case of following the same order as with the Jews in the temple, is sufficient.  But the cut and paste is excellent and if you don't mind, I'm copying it for future reference.  You know, "...always we ready to give an answer...".

 

God Bless, thank you

Pastor Tim

Oh I feel so blessed to have access to your gift of teaching.

Tawanda

Oh how He loves us.

As a woman I struggled for awhile in getting from under the voice of men telling me that I am not qualified, but one day as I went to the Lord weeping and asking Him why. I said Lord I have no degree, no college or seminary training. Why? why do I believe I am hearing you calling me but being told I am hearing the wrong voice. I said I will do anything You say, I will be quite if that is what I am to do. I pleaded with Him to open my eyes to truth in the teachings of Paul on women in ministry, and within minutes He took me to Gal 3:28; Acts 10:34-35.                                                       That settled it for me and from there on I have kept my eyes trained on Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of my faith.

I have taken Phil 1:6 with Ps 34:5 unto me. There I know that my Lord will complete in me what He started if I keep the eyes of my heart on Him daily.                                                                              Women of God DO NOT let any one stop you from doing the will of God.

Rev James thank you for your encouraging words and I pray that you will continue standing on truth. Thanks to NACM for allowing us women to be able to freely spread the gospel. I love this ministry.

PRAISE THE LORD!

Angela R. Wallace

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