Procedures of the Family International

Procedure I: New Members

Article 1

An individual who wishes to become a member of the Family International should:

  1. Receive Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior.
  2. Be 18 years of age or older.
    1. A 16- or 17-year-old who wishes to be a member of the Family International may become a member with at least one parent’s consent.
  3. Complete the Reading List for Prospective TFI Members in order to gain a basic understanding of the Family International, its core purpose, core values, core beliefs, membership, and history.
  4. Read the Charter of the Family International, and accept his or her membership responsibilities as articulated in Chapter II: Membership, Articles 4–5.
  5. Apply for a TFI member account at http://members.tfionline.com.

Procedure II: Mission Works of TFI Members

Article 1

A member starting a new mission work:

  1. Determines and defines his or her mission work’s basic purpose and statutes of operations.
  2. Commits to abide by the “Professional Standard for TFI Member Works.”
  3. Strives to align his or her mission work with the principles articulated in TFI’s core values and mission statement.
  4. If a member is planning to start a new mission work in a country that has significant religious restrictions, or where it is politically dangerous for Christians to carry out mission work, it is strongly suggested that members research and consult their embassy for safety guidelines, and/or contact others who have works in those countries for counsel related to that country before proceeding.

Article 2

If a TFI member’s mission activities are found to be in contravention of the Family International’s Charter, in accordance with Procedure III: Revocation of TFI Membership in the “Procedures of the Family International,” the revocation of membership procedure may be enacted.

Procedure III: Revocation of TFI Membership

Article 1

A member may have his or her membership revoked, resulting in loss of membership and services, and loss of access to members-only websites, for an infraction listed in Chapter II: Membership, Article 9 in the Charter of the Family International.

Article 2

Prior to initiating the procedure for revocation of TFI membership, the issues of concern must have been brought to the attention of the member whose actions are in question.

  1. If the matter is not resolved within a reasonable time, the initiating party should again communicate with the member in question to address the conduct at issue, stating that this communication has initiated the procedure for revocation of membership.
    1. TFI reserves the right to temporarily disable the account of a member under investigation, if the seriousness of the offenses merits the action to protect the privacy of members of the online community.
  2. If the matter is not resolved within a reasonable time, the initiating member should bring the conduct to the attention of two other members who have firsthand knowledge of the situation.
    1. If the other members agree that the conduct is grounds for revocation of membership, they should also communicate with the member in question to address the disputed conduct.
    2. In a case where the adjudication desk initiates the revocation of membership, the adjudication desk will counsel with his or her counselor.
  3. If the matter is still not resolved within a reasonable time, a “Recommendation for Revocation of Membership” form must be filled out by the members making the recommendation and be sent along with verification that there has been communication according to Articles 2:1–2 between the parties to the adjudication desk, who will forward copies to the member in question.
    1. The member in question may within 30 days defend his or her position to the adjudication desk, and include letters of recommendation on his or her behalf. The adjudication desk will forward copies to all those involved.
  4. After reviewing the case, the adjudication desk will determine whether the case warrants revocation of membership.
    1. If the adjudication desk determines that the case does not warrant revocation of membership, the case will be officially closed.
    2. If the adjudication desk determines that the case does warrant revocation of membership, he or she must communicate with his or her counselor, passing on all documentation pertinent to the case.
    3. If, after reviewing the case, the counselor agrees that the case warrants revocation of membership, the decision to revoke the person’s membership is final.
    4. If the counselor does not agree that the case warrants revocation of membership, the case will be closed and the individual’s membership will not be revoked.
  5. The outcome of the decision and a letter of explanation stating the reason(s) for the decision will be sent by the adjudication desk to the parties directly involved.

Article 3

An individual who has lost his or her membership is eligible for reinstatement if the matter for which that individual lost his or her membership is resolved and it is deemed by the adjudication desk that the individual is eligible for membership.

  1. The applicant must submit a reinstatement request, and include references from two individuals who can vouch for his or her change or repentance from whatever caused the individual to lose his or her membership.
    1. Those submitting the references would need to be aware of the reason(s) for the loss of membership and should state their relationship to the person requesting reinstatement.
  2. If the adjudication desk determines that the applicant is eligible for membership, he or she will be reinstated.
  3. If the adjudication desk determines that the applicant is ineligible for reinstatement, he or she must communicate with his or her counselor, passing on all documentation pertinent to the case.
  4. If, after reviewing the case, the counselor agrees that the applicant is ineligible for reinstatement, the decision to deny reinstatement is final.
  5. If the counselor does not agree that the applicant is ineligible for reinstatement, the application will be approved.
  6. The outcome of the decision and a letter of explanation stating the reason(s) for the decision will be sent by the adjudication desk to the applicant.

Procedure IV: Excommunication

Article 1

A member will be excommunicated, resulting in permanent loss of membership and services, including loss of access to members-only sites; disallowance from participation in community events, and TFI gatherings, for an offense listed in Chapter II: Membership, Article 10 in the Charter of the Family International.

Article 2

To initiate the procedure for excommunication of a member:

  1. Substantiated evidence supporting the accusation must be submitted to the adjudication desk to determine whether the action warrants excommunication. Substantiated evidence includes, but is not limited to, the accused having been found guilty by law, confession of the offense, physical evidence, or eyewitness accounts.
  2. The adjudication desk may further investigate the allegations, if he or she feels it is warranted.
  3. If the evidence is deemed conclusive by the adjudication desk and his or her counselor, the individual will be excommunicated and the case will be officially closed.
  4. If it is determined that there is insufficient evidence, the individual will not be excommunicated and the case will be officially closed.
  5. If officially closed, a case will not be reopened unless new evidence is provided that could overturn the decision.
  6. The outcome of the decision and a letter of explanation will be sent by the adjudication desk to the member in question with copies to the parties directly involved.

Article 3

An individual who has been excommunicated will not be eligible for reinstatement of his or her TFI membership at any time.

Addendum

Recommendation for Revocation of Membership

(To be filled out by those initiating recommendation for revocation of membership, and emailed to the adjudication desk.)

Name of initiator(s), city of residence, and contact information:

Name of second signer, city of residence, relationship to the initiator, and contact information:

Name of third signer, city of residence, relationship to the initiator, and contact information:

Name and contact information of the person in question:

Description of the individual’s activity that warrants loss of membership, including how the person is contravening the responsibilities of TFI members, and/or how his or her conduct is damaging to TFI communities or works.

Did the initiator(s) take action to rectify the matter prior to initiating this procedure? Please explain.

What action has been taken to fulfill Procedure III: Revocation of Membership, Article 2.1 in the “Procedures of the Family International,” and when was the action initiated? What actions have been taken by the three parties to fulfill Procedure III: Revocation of Membership, Article 2.2 in “Procedures of the Family International”? (List the actions of the three parties.)

Additional/relevant information for consideration:

Signatures of the three parties:

Notes

Insufficient Co-Signers: If there are an insufficient number of co-signers to follow Procedure III: Revocation of Membership, Article 2.2 in the “Procedures of the Family International,” the person(s) initiating the procedure should inform the adjudication desk of his or her extenuating circumstances when submitting this form.

Confidentiality: It is understood that the information contained in this form and all documents pertaining to it will be handled confidentially and with discretion by all parties involved. (Confidentiality by legal definition means “known or conveyed only to a limited number of people—confidential disclosure.”)

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