Years ago, I was taught that a local church cannot join another organization. Rather affiliation is the proper term. JOIN: 1 a: to put or bring together so as to form a unit <join two blocks of wood with glue> b: to connect (as points) by a line c: adjoin 2 : to put or bring into close association or relationship <joined in marriage> AFFILIATE: af·fil·i·ate verb \ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt\1 a: to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch b: to associate as a member <affiliates herself with the local club> ************ So, does it make a difference which term is used? My only concern is that I would not want my church to "join" an organizatio which would refuse or restrict leaving that organizationn. Thoughts?