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An interdenominational association of churches and individuals, The Church Network (TCN) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members. TCN offers valuable opportunities to leverage collective thought of a large, diverse group of church administrative leaders with a wide range of experiences and resources.

Why does membership matter? TCN membership matters because it is designed to support and enhance your administration effectiveness through opportunities for you to expand your network, save money, develop your professional skills, protect your church and strengthen your staff. 

Expand your network: Add 2,500 church administrative leaders to your network. Gain support, knowledge and lasting relationships.

TCN helps you save money for your church through significant member discounts and free resources, as well as a variety of tools and information with the latest tips on handling finances and cutting costs.

 

Classifications of membership

Active $190.00  (voting) membership may be granted to those who are employed (paid) full-time or part-time on the staff of a Christian church. This may include denominational members with like responsibilities who serve at other levels of their denominations such as Presbyteries, Synods, Conferences, Dioceses, et cetera; and active duty members of the United States Armed Forces who are assigned duties as Chapel Manager, Chaplain’s Assistant, or other Christian business administrative duties in their military service.

Associate $190.00 (voting) membership may be granted to those engaged in an activity closely related to Christian administration in a Christian institution/foundation or not-for-profit organization (501(c)(3)).

Active and Associate must adhere to the TCN Code of Ethics.

Business $285.00  (non-voting) membership may be granted to individuals or individuals who represent for-profit companies wishing to join for commercial purposes and who desire to join in the support of TCN, its purposes, and its programs. This category includes those individuals, or individuals representing organizations, that provide consulting services to churches.

Student $50.00 (non-voting) membership may be granted to individuals who are full-time students in a college or seminary, who are interested in church administration. Student membership is limited to not more than a five-year period. Full time students, if employed part time by a Christian church/organization are eligible for student membership.

Affiliate $190.00 (non-voting) membership is for individuals who do not meet the definitions for Active, Associate, or Business membership, includes volunteers (unpaid) and those seeking employment.

Additional Member $140.00  from the same organization.
 

Application for Emeritus Membership

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The Board of Directors will use the following guidelines for granting the Emeritus status: Those applying for Emeritus status should have been an Active or Associate member for:

  1. at least ten years,
  2. attended the Annual Conference a minimum of five times,
  3. attained age 62, and
  4. entered into a retirement recognized by the local congregation or institution for whom the applicant last worked. It is further understood that retirement means that the applicant is not engaged in any full-time Christian administration employment.

Applications received by February 15th will be considered at the Spring Board Meeting (late Feb. - early March); by June 15th will be considered at the Summer Board Meeting (July); and by October 15th will be considered at the Fall Board Meeting (late Oct. - early Nov.).

MEMBERSHIP BY FAITH GROUP
(as of May 31, 2015)

African Methodist/Episcopal 1
Anglican 9
Apostolic 4
Assemblies of God  78 
Baptist    
   American 23 
   Conservative  7 
   Cooperative Fellowship 38 
   General 19 
   Missionary 22 
   Nat'l Convention/America 2 
   North American 3 
   Progressive National 4 
   Regular 3 
   Southern 469 
   Other Baptist 84
Catholic 51
Christian N Am Gen Coun 1
Christian Missionary Alliance 9
Christian Reformed 1
Church of Christ 18
Church of God 20
Church of God in Christ 1
Conserv Cong Christian Conf 1
Disciples of Christ/Christian 32
Episcopal 71
Evangelical Ch of N America 3
Evangelical Covenant Ch 10
Evangelical Free Ch America 31
Fellowship Brethren Churches 1
Fellowship of Evang Churches 1
Foursquare 4
Fundamentalists 4
Holiness, Charis, Apostolic 1
Independent/Nondenom 299
Interfaith Military Chapels 1
Jewish 5
Lutheran 
  Lutheran 27 
  EV Lutheran Ch in America 56 
  Missouri Synod 41 
  Brethren 2 
  Congs/Mission for Christ 9
Mennonite 3
Methodist   
  Methodist 5 
  Free Methodist 4 
  Methodist/Pres United 1 
  United Methodist Church 288
Missionary Church 4
Nazarene 8
No denom/no church now 23
Open Bible Standard Church 3
Orthodox 1
Pentecostal  10 
Pentecostal Assemblies/CAN 2
Presbyterian  
  Presbyterian 20 
  Church in America 26 
  USA 207 
  Associate Reformed 2 
  Cumberland 2
  ECO 10 
  EPC 18
Reformed Ch in America 5
Unitarian Universalist 12
United COC/Congregational 20
Unity Church 2
Business Members   144
Vineyard USA 5
Wesleyan 10 
     
Total all groups  2,301