Columbia Grove Covenant Church Discipline Policy
Discipline in the church is not punishment. It is discipline and discipline is designed to train and restore in the love of Jesus Christ.
- Out of love God disciplines us (Heb. 12:6-8), and out of love the church is called to discipline the church family (2 Cor. 2:5-8).
- To ensure that the church as a whole cleans out the wickedness so it does not spread throughout the body (1 Cor. 5:6-8).
- To restore, heal and lift up the sinning member (Gal. 6:1-2).
- To bring a member out of the devil’s trap and restore a soul to Christ (2 Tim. 2: 24-26).
- Any sin (James 2:10-11) that is preventing the member of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 59:1-2).
- AND who is also unwilling to make any changes to restore that relationship. (Luke 11:23).
- Members of the Church (1 Cor. 5:12-13).
- Leaders of the Church are held to a higher level of accountability (James 3:1).
- Youth and Children’s leaders must be especially careful (Matt. 18:6).
- Discipline must be done, by anyone who lives in the Spirit, with a kind, patient, humble, and gentle nature (Gal. 6:1-2).
- It must be done without bias or favoritism (1 Tim. 5:21).
- It must be done in love and out of respect for Christ’s body (Eph. 4:15-16) by any member of the church who lives in the Spirit (ref 1).
- It is the member’s responsibility to personally talk with the member first (Matt. 18:15).
- If the member will not listen, take one or two other members as witnesses (Matt. 18:16).
- If the member still does not listen bring them before the leadership team (Matt. 18:17). At this time the leadership team will derive an action plan that the member must complete in order to retain membership.
- If the member shows no signs or willingness to change then their membership, not their ability to attend the church, is to be removed from them (Matt. 18:17).
- The church will restore the membership once there is repentance and will quickly forgive, comfort and reaffirm their love for the member (2 Cor. 2:7-8).
- Repentance will be shown by proof of the way they are living (Luke 3:8).
- By acknowledging their sin (1 John 1:9).
- By ceasing the activity or seeking help for the reason which they were disciplined (Prov. 28:13).
- By asking forgiveness from those hurt (Matt. 5:23-24).
- By showing sorrow due to the harm done to the glory of God and the ones that were hurt (2 Cor. 7:9-11).
- By bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).
- Be sure that the sin which calls for discipline is Biblical and not just a personal preference.
- Bring the matter before the Lord and pray before the confrontation takes place.
- Don’t procrastinate, the longer the wait the harder it will be to overcome.
- Don’t gossip or talk to anyone until you talk to the member privately.
- Remember we all are sinners and discipline is not to bring anyone down but to help lift them up in our love for them.