Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

Faith and Practice

A Book of Christian Discipline
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  1. ”THE

    The Queries are thoughtful questions that remind people of the spiritual and moral values Friends seek to uphold. They help individuals and the church to consider the true source of spiritual strength, to nurture loving relationships, and to maintain a strong Christian witness to society. The Queries should be read frequently, as a whole or in part, in meetings for worship and business and other gatherings of Friends, and in private devotions. Always there should be time for reflection. Reading the Queries is a tradition of Friends.

    Personal Faith

    Query 1

    Do you live in vital relationship with God, trusting in Jesus Christ as your saving Lord and obeying the leadings of the Holy Spirit? Is Christ’s presence evident in your life?

    Query 2

    Do you cultivate your spiritual growth through prayer and Bible reading and through attendance at meetings for worship and study? Are you finding joy in the Lord?

    Query 3

    Does your inward faith turn outward? Do you pray for your friends and associates and for those engaged in spreading the Gospel? Have you examined your beliefs and prepared yourself to share them, with sensitivity and humility, as the Holy Spirit leads?

    Query 4

    Do you acknowledge God’s ownership of all that is under your care? Do you give of your time and abilities in service to church and community and gratefully use your possessions as a trust to honor God?

    The Individual and the Church

    Query 5

    Are meetings for worship and business duly held, and are you regular in attending them? Do you come ready to commune with God and to fellowship with believers, willing to participate in contemplation or in spoken ministry?

    Query 6

    As followers of Christ do you love and respect each other? Do patience and consideration govern your interactions; and when differences arise, do you resolve them promptly in a spirit of forgiveness and understanding? Are you careful with the reputation of others?

    Query 7

    Do you give generous financial support to the work of Friends? Do you contribute regularly to the ministry of your church and to the wider outreach of the Yearly Meeting? Are you and your meeting aware of those likely to require material aid, and do you give freely to those in need?

    Query 8

    Do you uphold the standards of Friends? Are you careful in appointing officers and Sunday school teachers, in calling pastors and special speakers, in sending out missionaries and recording ministers, to see that they are in harmony with the principles of Friends as stated in the Faith and Practice of Northwest Yearly Meeting?

    Marriage, Children, Home

    Query 9

    Do you conduct yourself in a manner that supports and preserves the sanctity and permanence of marriage? Do you who are married yield to each other in decisions and build up each other as individuals, always cherishing your common bond?

    Query 10

    Do you who have children under your care educate them for upright and useful lives? Do you nurture them toward Christian faith and commitment, giving them the Scriptures for their guide? Are you watching over your young people with loving concern and providing a place for each one in the life of the church?

    Query 11

    Are you teaching your children the ways of Friends? Do you encourage them to participate in Friends programs and to attend Friends schools?

    Query 12

    Do you and your family use your free time in ways that refresh the spirit and benefit mind and body, that encourage creativity and friendliness? Is your home a pleasant, peaceful place?

    Manner of Living

    Query 13

    Is your life marked by simplicity? Are you free from the burden of unnecessary possessions? Do you avoid waste? Do you refuse to let the prevailing culture and media dictate your needs and values?

    Query 14

    Are you careful to live within your income? Do you avoid involving yourself in business beyond your ability to manage or in highly speculative ventures? Are you willing to accept a lower economic standard rather than compromise Christian values?

    Query 15

    Are you honest and just in your dealings? Are you true to your promises, prompt in paying your debts, and responsible in handling money or property entrusted to you?

    Query 16

    Do you discipline your mind and body to serve as instruments of the Lord? Do you avoid pornography? Do you abstain from harmful, addictive, and unnecessary drugs—including alcoholic beverages, tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine—and from profiting through their use? Do you refrain from gambling and taking part in lotteries?

    Concerns for Society

    Query 17

    Do you exercise your civic responsibilities and support acceptable legislation? Do you pray for those in authority? Are you careful to avoid defrauding the public treasury? In or out of court do you affirm instead of taking oaths?

    Query 18

    Do you speak out for justice and morality, and against oppression, exploitation, and public wrong? Do you recognize the equality of persons regardless of race, gender, or economic status?

    Query 19

    As a Christian steward, do you treat the earth with respect and with a sense of God’s splendor in creation, guarding it against abuse by greed, misapplied technology, or your own carelessness?

    Query 20

    Do you observe and teach the Friends testimony against military training and service, making clear that war is incompatible with the spirit and teachings of the Gospel? Do you find appropriate ways to work for peace?

  2. ”MINUTES

    Suggested Form for Minutes of Service
    When a minister or other member has been liberated for service beyond the local church, a minute may be drawn to the following effect: ___________ has expressed a concern for ministry among Friends in ___________. We concur with this concern and recommend him/her/them to your fellowship and care. ______________ has been active among us in the following ways ____________. We would be pleased to receive an endorsement of this minute of service and any response to the ministry you may wish to send. Our prayers are with you.

    (Signed)_______________________ Presiding Clerk

    ________________________Friends Church

    (Similarly, a sojourning minute may be drawn for persons desiring to visit among Friends, particularly in other yearly meetings and in other countries.)

  3. ”MEMBERSHIP

    Membership Forms
    Suggested Application for Active Membership

    I (name) _________________, having acknowledged Jesus Christ as my Savior and having studied the Christian beliefs of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and accepted them, desire to become associated with fellow Christians of this faith and do hereby apply for active membership in ________________Friends Church.

    I am ready to take advantage of opportunities for spiritual growth offered through the various ministries of the church and to take an interest in the business of the church and the work of the Yearly Meeting.

    I understand that membership implies an obligation on my part to support the church in the following ways:

    1. by living a consistent and godly life (Romans 1:21),
    2. by using my gifts in ministry and service as God directs me (1 Peter 4:10),
    3. by attending the regular meetings for worship and fellowship unless hindered by reasons I can conscientiously give to my Lord (Hebrews 10:23-25),
    4. by making regular financial contributions to the ministry of the church (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

    I am prepared to uphold the statements of Christian belief of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but if at any time I can no longer work in harmony with the faith and practice of Friends, I shall ask that my name be removed from membership. (Signed)_________________________________________________________Phone__________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________

    Birth date______________________________________________________

    Single___________Married___________

    Are you now a member of another church? _______________________

    If so, where?_____________________________________________________________________________________

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    Recommendation to the Business Meeting:

    The Committee of Elders accepts this applicant and presents ___________________________for active membership.

    Date__________________________

    (Signed)________________________________, Clerk of Committee of Elders

    Date______________________________

    Date of business meeting and action taken_______________________________


    Suggested Application for Affiliate Membership

    I (name) _______________________, having acknowledged Jesus Christ as my Savior and having studied the Christian beliefs of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, desire to become associated with fellow Christians of this faith and do hereby apply for affiliate membership in _________________ Friends Church. I am not yet ready for active membership for the following reason _____ (a) temporary residence, _____ (b) tentativeness about Friends beliefs, or _____ (c) other (specify) _________________________________________________________________________

    I am ready to take advantage of opportunities for spiritual growth offered through the various ministries of the church and to take an interest in the business of the church and the work of the Yearly Meeting.

    I understand that membership implies an obligation on my part to support the church in the following ways:

    1. by living a consistent and godly life (Romans 1:21),
    2. by using my gifts in ministry and service as God directs me (1 Peter 4:10),
    3. by attending the regular meetings for worship and fellowship unless hindered by reasons I can conscientiously give to my Lord (Hebrews 10:23-25),
    4. by making regular financial contributions to the ministry of the church (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

    I am prepared to respect the statements of Christian belief of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but if at any time I can no longer work in harmony with the faith and practice of Friends, I shall ask that my name be removed from membership.

    (Signed)______________________________________________________________Phone____________________

    Address________________________________________________________________________________________

    Birth date________________________________________________________

    Single _________ Married__________

    Are you now a member of another church? _____________

    If so, where?_____________________________________________________________________________________

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    Recommendation to the Business Meeting:

    The Committee of Elders accepts this applicant and presents ___________________________for active membership.

    Date__________________________

    (Signed)________________________________, Clerk of Committee of Elders

    Date______________________________

    Date of business meeting and action taken_______________________________


    Suggested Certificate for Active Membership

    This is to certify that ___________________ has been granted active membership on the basis of a credible profession of faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord, a manner of life consistent with that profession, an acceptance of the beliefs of Christianity as held by Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, and a unity with its spiritual disciplines.

    Children uniting as associate members:

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    Approved in business session on (date)________________________________________________________________

    _________________________________________ Friends Church

    (Signed)_________________________________, Presiding Clerk


    Suggested Certificate for Affiliate Membership

    This is to certify that has been granted affiliate membership on the basis of harmony with one of the following:

    1. The Faith and Practice of Northwest Yearly Meeting
    2. The following essential Christian doctrines: the sovereignty of God; the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ; the atonement through Jesus Christ by which persons may be reconciled to God; the resurrection of Jesus, which assures the resurrection of all true worshipers; the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers; and the authority of the Scriptures.
    3. The Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.

    Accordingly, ___________________________ is granted the privilege of participating in the worship and business of this church within the limits set forth by Faith and Practice, and the obligation of faithful attendance at services of the church, active moral and spiritual support, and considerate giving toward its financial needs. This membership will be reviewed annually and may be terminated at any time by the member or by the church.

    Approved in business session on (date) _______________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________Friends Church

    (Signed)________________________________, Presiding Clerk


    Suggested Certificate for Persons Received by Transfer

    This is to certify that __________________________ has been granted active membership on the basis of transfer from ___________________________ Friends Church (__________________ Yearly Meeting), which has issued a certificate of good standing and a commendation to Christian care and fellowship. Children uniting as associate members:

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    (Name) __________________________________________________ Birth date______________________________

    Approved in business session on (date)________________________________________________________________

    _________________________________________ Friends Church

    (Signed)_________________________________, Presiding Clerk


    Suggested Certificate of Transfer

    This is to certify that ____________________________, who wishes to transfer to (church/address) ________________ ____________________________________ is a member of good standing with us, and we commend him/her to your Christian fellowship. On behalf of __________________________Friends Church, (address) ___________________ _________________________________________and by official action (date) ______________________. The transfer will be made official upon acknowledgment of this certificate.

    _________________________________________ Friends Church

    (Signed)_________________________________, Presiding Clerk

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    Acknowledged on this date____________________________ by ___________________________ (presiding officer), ____________________________________ Church.

    Note: Local churches, or the Yearly Meeting, may wish to prepare more extensive certificates embodying spiritual goals and covenants. Any such certificates should include as the statement of faith the summary document “What Friends Believe” from this Faith and Practice.