is available for groups that are seeking to qualify for full membership, but do not meet all the criteria. Associate members may send one representative, with voice and vote, to UMJC business meetings. In addition to the three criteria listed in section 1, associate membership requires:
- Meeting at least weekly on Shabbat.
- Bylaws or other governing document giving the group legal status that provides for financial accountability, and containing a process for removal of members and leaders for scriptural cause.
- A minimum of two leaders, that is elders, trustees, or governing board members, who meet scriptural qualifications, including those outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, and other biblical criteria for leaders cited in their governing document. Associate members may enlist such leaders from outside the congregation, as long as they are from within the UMJC community. At least one of the leaders must be a Messianic Jew.
Associate membership is not intended as a permanent status, but is transitional, with full membership as the goal. Associate members will receive an annual review and regular consultation with the Regional Director, with assistance from the Executive Director, to help them meet the criteria for full membership.