- I: New Members
- II: Mission Works of TFI Members
- III: Revocation of TFI Membership
- IV: Excommunication
I: New Members
An individual who wishes to become a member of the Family International should:
- Receive Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- 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.
- Read the Charter of the Family International, and accept his or her membership responsibilities as articulated in Membership, Articles 4–5.
- Apply for a TFI member account at https://members.tfionline.com.
II: Mission Works of TFI Members
A member starting a new mission work:
- Determines and defines his or her mission work’s basic purpose and statutes of operations.
- Commits to abide by the Professional Standard for TFI Member Works.
- Strives to align his or her mission work with the principles articulated in TFI’s core values and mission statement.
- 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.
If a TFI member’s mission activities are found to be in contravention of the Family International’s Charter, in accordance with Revocation of TFI Membership in the Procedures of the Family International, the revocation of membership procedure may be enacted.
III: Revocation of TFI Membership
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 Membership, Article 9 in the Charter of the Family International.
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.
- 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.
- The member in question may within 30 days defend his or her position to the adjudication desk, and include letters of recommendation from other TFI members on his or her behalf.
- After reviewing the case, the adjudication desk will determine whether the case warrants revocation of membership.
- 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.
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.
- The applicant must submit a reinstatement request, and include references from two TFI members who can vouch for his or her change or repentance from whatever caused the individual to lose his or her membership.
a. 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.
- If the adjudication desk determines that the applicant is eligible for membership, he or she will be reinstated.
- If, after reviewing the case, the adjudication desk determines that the applicant is ineligible for reinstatement, the decision to deny reinstatement is final.
- 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.
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 Membership, Article 10 in the Charter of the Family International.
To initiate the procedure for excommunication of a member:
- 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.
- The adjudication desk may further investigate the allegations, if he or she feels it is warranted.
- If the evidence is deemed conclusive by the adjudication desk, the individual will be excommunicated and the case will be officially closed.
- If it is determined that there is insufficient evidence, the individual will not be excommunicated and the case will be officially closed.
- If officially closed, a case will not be reopened unless new evidence is provided that could overturn the decision.
- 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.
An individual who has been excommunicated will not be eligible for reinstatement of his or her TFI membership at any time.
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