Matthew 18:15-17, If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that “every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Our aim is to follow biblical standards of discipline within the context of our ministry trips.
The goal of this policy is to clarify disciplinary procedures in order to avoid misunderstanding and provide clear guidelines for the safety and effectiveness of the team. We ask that you read the following procedures, sign the consent form and return it to us. In doing this, you agree to compliance with the decisions made by leadership; you agree to receive correction, public rebuke and/or removal as outlined in the procedures. If issues of sin or noncompliance with leadership surface, know with certainty that we will follow the steps below to bring resolution to the situation.
The reason for this policy is simple. The aim of these trips is to open regions up to the Gospel, and in doing so our team is responsible for demonstrating good character. If sin has taken root for too long, even loving correction from friends may not turn you aside. If this should happen, you will be asked to leave and if you choose not to leave, we will bring you before the ministry team and inform them that they must have nothing to do with you. In signing this consent policy, you agree to abide by the decisions of Sons of Thunder leadership and their collective wisdom in handling such matters.
We understand that it is difficult if not inappropriate for everyone to know the specifics of every possible scenario on a ministry trip, and that you must trust those in authority to seek the Lord in their decisions. By signing this policy, you agree to abide by their decisions totally. Please understand that we want only to work alongside each of you, yet we must also be realistic in laying out basic guidelines, so that the ministry trip is not ruined because of one person’s sin or noncompliance. Because of our experience with similar situations, we will endeavor to bring cohesion to the team to prevent chaos. We ask that you approach the ministry trip with a heart of honor knowing that compliance with the decisions of leadership are not optional but mandatory.
1- If you have a problem with anyone on the team, you should go to that person without approaching anyone else first. Try to bring resolution and understanding to the situation. If it is someone of the opposite sex, speak with them in a place where others are around but unable to hear. Very often, a perceived problem is only a misunderstanding that can be cleared up with communication and bringing it to someone’s attention.
2 - If you cannot reach resolution after talking with the other person, bring the issue to your team leader. The individuals involved are required to discuss the problem with the team leader, and the leader will determine whether someone is at fault and bring closure to the situation.
3 - If the team leader later finds that no closure has come following the meeting, he will confront the parties with the event coordinator. The team leader will inform him of the situation, to bring in another voice of reason and authority and arrive at closure.
4 - If the team leader and event coordinator have found the person to be in rebellion to correction, then they will inform the senior Sons of Thunder representative and he will bring final closure to the situation. All parties will be present and they will hear how the matter will be ended. At this time, options will be given for ending the situation, and it will end. Options may include returning home within 24 hours or be brought before the entire team. If the second option is chosen, the team will be instructed not to have anything to do with you for the rest of the trip. You will not be allowed to ride, sleep, eat or spend time with any team member.
5 - If you are involved in a sin that cannot be addressed in a timely manner – and which could adversely affect the team – the leadership reserves the right to go immediately to step 4 at their discretion.
6 - In signing this agreement, you agree to follow these procedures for discipline if you are directly involved. You also agree to follow the directions of leadership regarding other team members.