Article II - Membership, taken from the ECPA Bylaws
Section 1. Qualifications for Voting Members
Voting membership in this Association is open only to publishers of evangelical Christian literature located in the USA and with net sales from such literature in excess of $1,000,000 (average for the previous two fiscal years).
For the purposes of these Bylaws the terms "evangelical Christian literature” or "Christian literature” mean any book, Bible, curriculum, magazine, periodical, electronic literature or other literature which promotes, encourages, confirms, defends or establishes the individual in his/her Christian belief or evangelical Christianity in general, and is not in conflict with the Association’s Statement of Faith
For the purpose of these Bylaws the terms "publisher” or "Christian publisher” mean any proprietorship, partnership, trust, firm, corporation, other business entity, or corporate division of subsidiary engaged primarily in the business of publishing evangelical Christian literature which involves a financial investment, operates from a regularly established location, has the customary overhead responsibilities of a publisher, including rental or ownership of a place of business, salaries and other publishing costs, and which maintains an ongoing program of publishing evangelical Christian literature. Two or more distinct publishing entities each qualify as voting members even if they are related through common ownership or a parent/subsidiary relationship. Entities that maintain an ongoing program of publishing materials deemed to be in conflict with the Association’s Statement of Faith are not eligible for membership.
Entities that are deemed by the Board of Directors to be unwilling to accept and abie by the General Principals and Practices for ECPA Members
are also not eligible for membership.
(For the purposes of these Bylaws, "net sales" means gross sales less returns credited or reserved for.)
Section 2. Qualifications for Nonvoting Members:
Individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, trusts, firms, corporations, other business entities, and corporate divisions or subsidiaries not qualified for voting membership may qualify as nonvoting members.
Classes of nonvoting membership shall include:
a) Affiliate Members—entities engaged in fields of business, or professional activities related to the interests and activities of the voting members.
b) International Associate Members—entities engaged in the publication of evangelical Christian literature outside the USA.
c) Small Press Associate Members—entities engaged in the publication of evangelical Christian literature in the USA with net sales from such literature below $1,000,000 (average for the previous two fiscal years.)
d) Individual Members:
i. Persons who are employed in the publishing industry by an organization that does not qualify for voting membership in this Association, and who personally subscribe to the Association’s Statement of Faith
ii. Persons who are employed by a voting member but are not the member’s designated representative, whose nonvoting membership is endorsed by the designated representative, and who personally subscribe to the Association’s Statement of Faith
e) Alumni Members—individuals who have been active in the Association in past years and who are no longer involved in evangelical Christian publishing or are retired.
f) Other classes of nonvoting member that the Board of Directors may from time to time create.
Such nonvoting members shall pay dues and have such other obligations as the Board of Directors may from time to time establish. Notice of meetings of the voting membership of this Association need not be given to any nonvoting member.
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