Ten seemed like the appropriately biblical number of terms to have in a ‘covenant’ between us. However, they’re not written on stone tablets—we may need to change them from time to time to clarify things.
Here they are:
1. The first thing to say: the original ten commandments were an expression of the steadfast love and faithfulness of God, and we want those characteristics to mark our relationship with you as well, as a member of GoThereFor. We have sought to be generous in the following conditions because we want GoThereFor resources to be used as widely and helpfully as possible. And we will seek to be faithful in serving you according to everything that we have promised to do on this site. Likewise, we ask that you be both gracious and faithful as a member—gracious to us when we slip up or something goes wrong, and faithful in putting the following guidelines into practice.
2. The basic principle of your use of the resources on GoThereFor is that you don’t own them. As a member you’ve been given a licence to use them in your personal ministry, and only while your membership is current and paid. This is regardless of how many copies have been printed, distributed via email, and so on. Once your membership expires, the resources may no longer be used.
3. Your paid membership licenses you to use the resources personally yourself and in groups that you lead or attend (see point 4 for what a ‘group’ is). You may distribute resources to members of your group/s (e.g. by print or email or file server), and members of the group may print out copies of these resources for their own use in the group time. However, members of your group/s are not licensed to share the resources with others outside the group.
4. What is a group? For the purpose of this license, a ‘group’ is two or more people who are meeting together, either physically or virtually (live), either occasionally or regularly. Examples would include: a one-to-one Bible reading meeting, a regular Bible study group, an elders meeting, a Sunday School class, a one-off seminar or training event, a family devotional, a work-based prayer triplet, and so on. Your membership entitles you to use GoThereFor resources in any group that you yourself are part of, but not in groups that you are not personally a member of. So, for example, if you are pastorally responsible for a number of Bible study groups or Sunday School classes at your church, but only attend/lead (say) two of those groups/classes yourself, you could only use the resources in the two groups you’re part of, not in all the others. Note that GoThereFor resources are for use only in group time. So, for example, if your group is reading and discussing a Little Black Book in the group time, you can distribute the ebook to the group members. However, if the ebook is not for use in the actual group time but for private reading, it should not be provided to group members.
5. In order to use or distribute resources in groups that you are not personally part of, the best value solution is get the leaders of those groups to purchase their own memberships, and get access to the large range of useful resources on GoThereFor. One of the reasons we’ve priced individual memberships so reasonably is to make it easy for that to happen.
6. You can print, email and digitally distribute as much as you like, but not outside the members of the group/s you are part of. Resources must not be placed on a server or file sharing service open to the public or non-group members. If you don’t want to print resources, you may purchase discounted hard copies from Matthias Media.
7. You can’t re-sell the resources you download to other people. All distribution of resources must be on a non-commercial basis. However, it is fine to collect a reasonable fee from group members to help cover the cost of printing and/or the cost of the GoThereFor.com membership (e.g. you might ask the members of your small group to contribute something to the cost of your membership, since it will provide many resources for group use throughout the year).
8. Don’t forget the copyright notice. All printed or otherwise distributed copies of a resource must include the appropriate copyright notice that refers to the terms of the licence.
9. Some resources are supplied as Microsoft Word files. You can make changes to the Word files, but be sensible. Minor modifications may be made to these files in order to suit a particular purpose or context (e.g. reformatting, adding a church logo or an extra application question relating to an aspect of church life, changing the order of the studies, etc.), but no changes are permitted that alter the theological content and integrity of the material. The copyright and licence information must also always be retained in any modified file.
10. If you’re not sure what to do (e.g. in a situation you think is ambiguous or not covered by these ‘commandments’), just apply the Golden Rule: do what you think you would say is fair and reasonable if you were in our shoes. And of course, always feel free just to get in touch and ask.
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