member congregation pays an initial participation fee of $300. The fee
is a good faith offering that is used to underwrite the cost of formal
leadership training ($1000 cash value for each individual member trained).
Each member congregation signs a covenant form as a condition of membership.
The covenant is a declaration before God and our fellow members that your
congregation will assist in building the organization. Pastors attend
monthly sponsoring committee meetings. These meetings are designed to
raise foundation support for the project, recruit additional congregations
into the organization, oversee the hiring of staff, and define the areas
to be organized. Participating congregations are required to form a leadership
team to oversee the organizing process in their congregation. A leadership
team consists of twelve members per congregation. The purpose of the leadership
team is to act as the pastor's point persons for the organization. These
persons interview members of their congregation to surface issues of concern.
Leadership team members are also responsible for producing their congregation
to public actions of the organization. Additional responsibilities include
recruiting congregational members for action committees and updating their
congregation on the work of the organization. Each individual leadership
team joins other leadership teams in forming a representative assembly.
The purpose of the representative assembly is to plan, host, and oversee
the public actions of the organization.