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  1. davidmartinhanke
    March 19, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

    This is great Erin. Thanks for spelling it out so clearly for us.

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  2. Jon Terry
    March 20, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    Thanks Erin. Good to know you were raised in another denomination and went through this process. As someone currently confirmed in the Presbyterian church, this will be a good opportunity for me to reaffirm my faith in Jesus and commitment to RAC.

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  3. Mary Ann Carter-Calhoun
    March 22, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Thanks for that explanation. My question is do you have to be confirmed in order to be a member of RAC? And does confirmation confer membership? What is membership in CANA or is that the same thing as confirmation? Does current membership in the PCA (where there is no confirmation per se) count for anything? I’m not opposed to undergoing confirmation but not quite clear on the lingo.
    At any rate, it sounds like fun! 😉

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  4. Erin Coleman
    March 22, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Great questions, Mary Ann. The short answer is that no, you don’t need to be confirmed to be a member of Restoration. The requirements for membership are that you be a baptized and believing Christian; that you are giving of your time, talent, and treasure to Restoration; and that you are an active participant in a small group. The slightly more complicated answer is that there are a few forms of leadership in the church that -do- require you to be confirmed: being a member of the vestry (when we form one); serving as a representative from RAC to wider Anglican synods, conferences, etc; and being ordained. (These are CANA’s rules, by the way.) So if you foresee being interested in serving in any of those capacities, then you would need to be confirmed.
    Your membership in the PCA “counts” as your having been part of a faithful, committed faith community… But it doesn’t transfer over to the Anglican church in relation to confirmation. Whether or not you are confirmed at RAC, if you choose to become a member, there will be a bit of a paperwork process whereby you’ll request that your church membership be transferred from your PCA church to RAC. We’re going to invite all who want to be RAC members to do that process in May, in anticipation of “formally” receiving mbmbers on Pentecost (May 31). So regardless of whether you choose to be confirmed, you don’t have to worry about that part yet.
    Hope that helps! If I didn’t answer your question, or this isn’t clear, please ask again!

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  5. Bob Wright
    February 3, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    Good job in getting the essentials across. One minor item you might want to erase the (when we form one) about the vestry.
    Bob

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