II. The Assemblies of the Church
B. The Council
The following plan for affiliation shall be adopted by a particular church to affiliate with one or more denominations in ecclesiastical fellowship:
a. The following plan is adopted by the _____________ Christian Reformed Church of _____________, effective as of the date when the congregation has approved the plan by a two-thirds majority of those present at a regularly called congregational meeting with such notice and quorum as is required by its rules of procedure and when the local classis of the CRC and the local governing body of the additional denomination has approved the particular plan of affiliation.
b. The purpose of this af liation is to provide for the worship of almighty God, instruction in the Christian faith, and outreach and diaconal ministry by a congregation which is organizing as a dual or multiaffiliated church.
c. The dual or multiaffiliated church shall be known as the _____________ Church.
d. The dual or multiaffiliated church shall be subject to the Church Order/Constitution of each denomination involved as set forth in subsections m, n, p, and q below.
e. The council shall annually report its active membership count and other statistics to the respective denominations as required by each denomination.
f. In the case of an organized church, initially the officers (elders and deacons) shall be those officers in active service at the time of the change in affiliation. They will undertake to perform their responsibilities as indicated in subsections d above and m, n, p, and q below.
g. Following the change in affiliation in an organized church, or when an emerging church organizes as a dual or multiaffiliated church, officers will be elected according to the rules of procedure approved in the resulting church.
h. The minister(s) of the resulting church shall be full and responsible members of each assembly (judicatory) of immediate jurisdiction and shall be subject to discipline as provided below in subsection n.
i. The dual or multiaffiliated church shall make changes in its Articles of Incorporation to include the substance of subsections b, c, and d and the confessional standards of the affiliated churches.
j. While recognizing the basic right of any giver to designate the cause or causes to which a gift shall go, the council of the dual or multiaffiliated church shall annually propose to the congregation a general mission or benevolence program which shall be divided equitably among the officially approved causes of each denomination. The proportions shall be as the council shall decide in response to the request of the broader assemblies (judicatories).
k. Per capita ministry shares (assessments) shall be paid to each classis and synod (and equivalent governing bodies) on the basis of the total confessing membership of the church, equally divided among the denominations involved.
l. All members of the church shall be under the discipline of the elders, according to rules agreed upon in harmony with the Church Order/Constitution of each denomination where they coincide, and in harmony with the mandatory provisions of the Church Order/Constitution of one denomination where the other is permissive, and at the choice of the elders where the provisions may be contradictory.
m. Appeals against the actions of the council shall be made to one assembly or judicatory only (classis), at the choice of the members, and all subsequent appeals or complaints shall be in the assemblies of the members’ original choice, and decisions so nally made shall be binding on the council and on the members.
n. The minister(s) shall be subject to the discipline of the council and the governing assemblies of the denomination within which that minister is ordained, provided that when an assembly begins an action, it shall invite a committee from the others to join in formulating and pressing the charges. In the event of appeal, the case shall be finally decided by the broadest assembly to which the appeal is taken in the church which commenced the action, and that decision shall be equally binding on the council and classis.
o. The minister(s) shall participate in the denominational pension plan of the denomination within which that minister is ordained and in compliance with its requirements.
p. Protests/complaints against the actions of the council may be taken under the Church Order/Constitutional provisions of only one denomination, according to the choice of the complainant; once a complaint is registered with an assembly (judicatory), no other denomination shall accept jurisdiction in the same matter.
q. The plan of affiliation that is formed may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the congregation at two separate congregational meetings held not less than one year and not more than two years apart, subject to the concurrence of the classes (regional assemblies) involved. In case of dissolution of the plan, all property of the church, real and personal, shall be divided according to a formula established at the time of purchase or the plan of affiliation. If a written formula does not exist, then the acquired property shall be divided equally between the classes (regional assemblies) of jurisdiction, unless a classis or presbytery chooses to waive its right to the property.
r. Wherever the Church Order/Constitution of the denominations differs, the mandatory provisions of one shall apply in all cases when the others are permissive. Wherever there are conflicting mandatory provisions (except as provided in subsection l above), the council of the dual or multiaffiliated church shall petition the assemblies (judicatories) of immediate jurisdiction to overture their respective broadest assembly to resolve the conflict either by authoritative interpretations or by Church Order/constitutional amendment.
s. No provision in this document shall be construed as modifying or amending the Church Order/Constitution of this church in its application to any but dual or multiaffiliated churches organized under this provision, their members, officers, or ministers.
(Acts of Synod 2015, pp. 648-49)