Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Small Meeting -- no way we could fill any of the committees if we restricted the choice to 'members.' This is likely a common situation.
We had a clerk who wasn't a formalized member, though she had been attending for decades. We all considered her a member and she, for whatever reasons, never sought formal membership. For "legal reasons" I served as a co-clerk (though only to sign documents that needed to be signed by "a member". She was a wonderful clerk. It never bothered anyone that she had never sough formal membership
My meeting requires membership for certain committee positions, but with a perpetual shortage of members, some of the ones that don't require as much stringency will have exceptions granted if no member can be found to take the spot. But for example, personal aid committee deals with a lot of very personal matters and are expected to maintain people's privacy, so no exceptions would be granted there.
This is the meeting's handout about membership http://quakersdc.org/membership ... I personally find the "you're going to give us money if we make you member, right?" thing in having "Contribute generously to the financial support of the Meeting and its commitments" as an expectation of members a bit icky. It certainly put me off the idea of membership when I was a student on a small budget.
Thanks for sharing your meeting's Membership document, Mackenzie. Midlothian Meeting (my meeting) has one also. It is rather lengthy because it covers all aspects of membership as our meeting views it. We developed it over three years because our practice somewhat differs from the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice. I've uploaded it here: