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Example 1. A local church purchases an Annual Membership. The pastor, board members, church treasurer, staff members, volunteer workers, and other members within the church all use the same Login and Password to obtain resources and training. This is an appropriate use of the privileges.
Example 2. Same facts as Example 1, but the church starts a mission church with twenty-five families from the congregation, and supports a new pastor for the new mission church. They allow the pastor of the new church to use their Login and Password to gain access to the website. This is a violation of the membership privileges. The new congregation must obtain its own membership account.
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