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« on: November 05, 2003, 10:56:34 AM »

The referenced file describes the process of becoming a member of the Orthodox church as I have experienced it. I am presenting it here to see if this is a common process and a fit for what others have experienced. It is written for the mission I attend. The purpose is to give prospective members a one page description of the process in becoming a member.

http://orthotracts.org/ProjectGrowth/membership.doc

Please write me with your comments and suggestions.

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2003, 12:36:00 PM »

Looks good to me. This is the first time I have seen a church put this in writing.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2003, 01:24:40 PM »

It this an Antiochian mission?  Just curious.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2003, 03:00:05 PM »

This is good, but someone needs to correct the grammar/spelling to make a good impression on a prospective new member.

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2003, 01:36:21 AM »

Grammer isnt my forte...pls, if you would, help me out.

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2003, 01:37:48 AM »

Yes...I am Antiochian...but as a disclaimer...has not been adopted as anything official...just me trying to document the process.

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2003, 11:57:39 AM »

Grammer isnt my forte...pls, if you would, help me out.

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As time allows me, Dismas, I'll try.

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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2003, 11:59:19 AM »

Do you remember those sentence diagrams? I hated that.



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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2003, 12:17:33 PM »

I made some changes and checked the spelling...is it any better?

So far no comments on corrections to the process...anyone?

I am planning on putting this into a tract and posting it on my website. Personnally I think it will help those interested in becoming Orthodox, know what is instore for them and be able to follow the process.

I am also working on an eProcess for becoming Orthodox. It is more theological with articles and training materials.

Any comments?

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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2003, 01:25:42 PM »

Do you remember those sentence diagrams? I hated that.

I remember Sister M. Michael teaching me those in the fourth and fifth grades; I found them utterly useless and stupid.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2003, 02:33:01 PM »

Dismas, I've got a few minutes to spare, so I'll give it a shot...although I'll probably miss something.

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First, is must be understood that Orthodox doctrine teaches we must respect the individual decisions of all candidates for membership of St. Ignatius.  

First, it must be understood that Orthodox doctrine teaches that we must respect the individual decisions of all candidates for membership of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church.  


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-+   If you are not known by the Pastor, you may be asked to provide:
-+   Letter from your former Priest acknowledging the transfer
-+   Certificate of Baptism/Chrismation

You should probably make the latter two lines a subheading, such as:

* If you are not known by the Pastor, you may be asked to provide:
       * Letter from your former Priest acknowledging the transfer
       * Certificate of Baptism/Chrismation

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-+   Following the meeting with the Pastor, membership may be granted.

I'd switch this around.  Membership may be granted following the meeting with the Pastor.

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Candidates for membership from other religious

Do you mean "Candidates for membership from other religions"?

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You may be asked any or all of the following questions:

I think it would be helpful if you actually had questions there.  Here's what I'd do:

You may be asked any or all of the following questions:
-+   Do you understand the Orthodox faith? Your personal experience and beliefs in Christ, His Sacraments, His Church and other questions that our Priest thinks are important in understanding and assessing your particular needs in becoming a member of the Orthodox Church.
-+   Have you been baptised?The Sacrament of Baptism is critical in becoming a member of any Orthodox Church. Baptism must have been performed by a Trinitarian Church to be accepted by the Orthodox Church. A list of these churches may be provided upon request. You will be asked to provide documentation in the form a Baptismal Certificate. The Orthodox Church may accept your Baptism. Correct Baptism is as just as important as not re-baptizing when unnecessary.
-+   Are you prepared to be Chrismated?  Orthodoxy, along with Baptism, believes in the Sacrament of Chrismation. The Pastor will explain this belief to you in detail. If your Baptism is accepted, you will not be re-baptized but will need to be Chrismated into the Orthodox Church. If our Pastor does not accept your Baptism, you will be Baptized and Chrismated into the Orthodox Church.
-+   Do you acknowlDuring this time, the Pastor will help you understand how to become a Voting Member of St. Ignatius and determine how you can use how God has blessed you for the temporal maintenance of the Church.


Well, gotta run, hopefully someone can do more to help.  


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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2003, 06:01:04 PM »

You did a great job, David, and hit on every place where I would have made identical changes.

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2003, 10:20:40 PM »

Thank you all for your help.

I think you have made some definate improvements.



http://orthotracts.org/ProjectGrowth/membership.doc

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2003, 02:44:19 PM »

Here the Antiochian Orthodox Church does not re-Chrismate converts from the RC.
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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2003, 11:59:35 AM »

Subject/Predicate/Nominative - Sound familiar?
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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2003, 03:49:25 PM »

Oh, Joe, you don't know the half of it (or maybe you do)!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2003, 07:39:17 PM »

Here the Antiochian Orthodox Church does not re-Chrismate converts from the RC.
How are converts received then?  Just by profession of Faith?
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2003, 09:27:52 PM »

Welcome, Nicodemus...by the way...

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I have a lot of free time at work, so I will be "lighting these boards up" now that I've discovered them!
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