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Community Living Option:

Membership Understanding

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One great way to grow in the Lord is to live together in fellowship with other believers. In biblical times, living in community with other Christians was the norm, not the exception. This would normally occur either in one's own Christian family or in the extended family of their parents. Christ apparently lived with his disciples, as did Paul with apostolic bands with whom he traveled. Living alone in an apartment is a modern phenomenon.

In order to provide this privilege, the WAM House has offered this community living as an enrichment option to the program. WAM Houses are not the only way to live in fellowship, but they are a very good way for singles to enjoy the benefits of Christian community. Genders each have their own house or apartment. In a WAM House, singles can develop a spiritual base that will last a lifetime, while serving the local church.

For these reasons, members need to understand that WAM Houses are not like other rooming houses because WAM Houses have added expectations. A WAM House is more like a sports team than a rooming house. If you were recruited to a sports team, it would be because of the contribution you could make to the team. By moving into the house, you agree to these extra expectations and willingly try to comply, or, if you change your mind, agree to move out. Be sure to read this paper carefully, so you understand what a WAM House is. This list of policies should enable believers to live together fruitfully, supporting one another while respecting each other's rights.

The Purpose of a WAM House:

A. A WAM House is a house of discipleship. These houses seek to promote discipleship through learning and sharing a lifestyle that is committed and obedient to Christ.

1.    House members will generally have the opportunity to meet with an older believer for personal discipleship, or mentoring.
2.    We practice hospitality to those within and outside the church.  Hospitality can cause extra work and interfere at times with personal privacy. (Heb. 13:2; I Pet. 4:9)
3.    We try to share Christian love with each other and friends outside the house (Jn. 13:34; I Thess. 3:12; I Jn. 4:8)
4.    We learn to give sacrificially and unselfishly to the Home Church and to others. (I Jn. 4:16)
5.    We try to provide an environment with some of the emotional support found in a family unit while learning how to grow and mature emotionally and spiritually without undue dependence on other people. (Rom. 12:5)

B. To develop mature relationships with other Christians and non-Christians (Gal. 6:10).

1.    Making and maintaining friendships with non Christians implies learning to share God's love with those who don't know him. (II Cor. 5:11; I Cor. 11:1; Mt. 5:13ff; love having its effect Jn. 13:35).
2.    Friendships with fellow Christians involve time spent socially, as well as regular involvement in fellowship meetings. (Eph. 4:15, 29; I Pet. 3:8,9).
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Areas of Commitment

A. House members should plan on regular involvement in:

1.    Ministry--Learning to serve others in the body of Christ by developing relationships and learning how to build up other believers.
2.    Spiritual growth--Learning and experience that help us gain relative victory over our sin areas while enhancing our relationship with God and others
3.    Emotional maturity--Engaging in learning and interactions that tend to enhance character traits advanced in Scripture as typical of mature Christians (Gal. 5:22,23)

Specifically, we expect members to:

(ok, maybe not the above, but....)
A. Participate in the house meeting once a week
B. Regularly attend the appropriate home church as a regular diet of Body Life (Heb. 10:24,25 and Acts 2:42).
C. Live responsibly in terms of performing your house chores according to the schedule (Eph. 4:3ff; I Jn. 3:18). Members should also have a job. (2Thess. 3:11,12) Laying around watching movies and playing video games is not an adequately healthy life for WAM Houses.
D. Pay your agreed upon  program and living expenses on time (I Thess. 3:11,12).
E. Accept and initiate loving involvement with other roommates.  WAM Houses are not for private living away from others.  These houses are intended to promote interpersonal involvement. This includes timely and godly resolution of conflicts with other members or leaders. WAM House staff will help, if necessary with conflict resolution.
F. Be diligent to find and practice appropriate ministry roles in the local church. (I Cor. 12).  You must exert initiative in finding ways to serve God.
G. Practice hospitality as part of a team, when the house hosts events.   This implies sharing in the work to set up and clean up, buying food, welcoming guests, etc.
H. Respect the rights of others, allowing them to sleep and study, not using others' personal belongings without permission, and helping to keep shared open areas free of personal clutter, out of consideration for other roommates and visitors.
I. Members should avoid offensive social practices that would negatively impact fellow members or guests. Out of control temper tantrums, drug abuse, drunkenness, and viewing pornography are examples of unacceptable behavior.
J. Roommates should avoid both the appearance of evil and becoming a bad example by inappropriate behavior with dates. This includes staying out all night with dates and entertaining dates in your bedroom. Dates are welcome in the common areas.
K. Members must agree in advance to move out of the house if the house participants, in consultation with the WAM House staff, judges them to be in violation of house rules.
L. Respect and cooperate with house participants.

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No rules will be added to this agreement without approval of the WAM House leadership, and the full knowledge and prior agreement of a majority of the existing membership of the house.

 

Special House Rules:


Some houses may decide to add special rules not mentioned above. All special rules must be approved in advance by the director.

House Name ________________________
Address ___________________________________
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We cannot guarantee a specific level of quality in living conditions.   Living in a WAM House is similar to living in any other rented residential property--the landlord normally carries liability insurance.  If, at any time, you become aware of a problem in your house that you believe will not be addressed adequately by your house or home church leadership, feel free to bring your complaint to the WAM House director, and we will help you arrive at a Christ-centered resolution.  By signing this you indicate that you have read the agreement and you agree to the terms of membership described.

Signed ______________________________________ Date __________________

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