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¶ 935 DISCIPLINE AND RESTORATION OF NON-MEMBERS

¶ 935 Discipline and Restoration of Non-Members
The conduct of persons who are regular participants in the life of the church affects the integrity of the Christian witness of the individual and the church. As such, these persons, although they have taken no formal vows of commitment or made formal covenant, must also be held accountable for their conduct insofar as it affects the integrity of the Christian witness of the individual and the church.

In the event of disciplinary action, every effort should be made through use of private and group reproof to bring repentance and restoration in these situations. In all cases, if the alleged offence is criminal or involving the abuse of children, the matter is to be reported to the police or, in the case of child abuse, to the appropriate child welfare authorities as outlined in the denomination’s child abuse policy.

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