The Unitas Fratrum and Its Congregations
The Unitas Fratrum was called into being by God as a Church which stresses fellowship. After its apparent destruction in the land of origin, it was renewed in Herrnhut, Germany.
We recognize that it is the Lord's will to confront and call to Himself each individual through His Spirit and that formal membership in a congregation is for no one a substitute for a personal encounter with the Savior, nor does it relieve any from making a personal decision to accept Him. We learn from the Scriptures however that it pleased God to make the Church the place where God's fellowship with humanity becomes a reality. A living Church is the clearest witness for its Lord to the world.
A Church is and remains a living one when it:
Within each congregation the various groups may become aware of, and participate in, the special gifts and tasks which can be dawn from the pattern of Jesus' life on earth.
Such congregations are "living stones" out of which the Lord will build His Church on earth.
Wherever such congregations exist in the various parts of the Unitas Fratrum they form a living Church -- a member of the body of Christ on earth.
Communicant members of the Unitas Fratrum are those who have been received in one of the following ways:
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