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Hardly a week passes in most communities surrounding a major metropolitan center that a new family does not move into town. No longer does the cleric or lay worker need to look to distant fields for those who are not being challenged by the Gospel. As they came into the new community, they brought in addition to their household goods, their former church attitudes. They were Baptists, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Nazarenes, Penticostals, and Presbyterians. When they moved into the community served by the Evangelical United Brethren Church, they became the responsibility of the local church in that community.
Can people from such varied backgrounds be brought into a local church and work together harmoniously? What can be done to help these people from such differing religious environments become part of and contribute to a smoothly operating church? Some of them have served a probationary period in their former church before they were accepted for membership. Others were accepted for membership on the basis of their "conversion". In addition there are some who had completed differing length courses of study in all the phases of the beliefs and practices of their church.
Wooldridge, Frank W., "A Survey of Adult Membership Training Experiences for Evangelical United Brethren" (1960). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 329.