Discipline ¶221

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  ¶ 221. Accountability-1. All members are to be held accountable for faithfulness to their covenant of baptism.  
2. If a baptized member neglects faithfulness and discipline in terms of the Baptismal Covernant, every means of encouraging that member to return and of nurturing him or her to assume the vows of professing membership should be made.
3. If a professing member should be accused of violating the covenant and failing to keep the vows as stated in ¶ 217, then it shall be the responsibility of the local church, working through its pastor and its agencies, to minister to that member in compliance with the provisions of ¶ 228 in an effort to enable the member to faithfully perform the vows and covenant of membership.
4. In the event that those efforts fail, then the professing member and the local church may agree to voluntary mediation in which the parties are assisted by a trained, neutral third-party mediator, medation team, and/or their district superintendent in reaching a settlement or agreement satisfactory to all parties.
5. In the further event that those efforts fail to effect reconciliation and reaffirmation of the vows and covenant of ¶ 217 by the professing member, then the professing members of the church may pursue the procedures set forth in ¶¶ 2702.3, 2706.5, and 2714.