Article 4: Church Discipline
Discipline is a censure or correction that is required of the church by Scripture for the purpose of maintaining Biblically essential church conduct. Matthew 18:15-20 specifies the procedures and purposes of church discipline. Church discipline comes in two basic kinds. Informal discipline includes self-discipline, overlooking in love the failings of others, and the admonition of brothers and sisters in Christ when necessary. Formal discipline is to be overseen by the Elders. When a case warrants, the elders are to bring it to the electors of the church where public sanctions are to be applied through a two thirds majority vote (2 Corinthians 2:6). Excommunication is to be a public declaration of the church resulting in the removal from office and/or membership. All members and officeholders are subject to the disciplinary process. All members are responsible to submit to the will of the body in cases where separation or excommunication become necessary (1 Corinthians 5:1-6:11; 2 Corinthians 2:1-11.) Excommunication shall be ended when, in the opinion of the elders, the one under discipline has been restored through repentance. The elders shall publicly announce the end of the disciplinary action to the church. Any excommunicated officeholder who is restored must undergo re-election before again holding office of either deacon or elder.