17. Admission into this Order is gradually attained through a time of orientation, a period of formation of at least two years, and profession of the Rule. The entire community is engaged in this process of growth and formation. Profession by its nature is a permanent commitment. Members of any Christian denomination may belong to the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. This Order is a self-governing body whose members meet annually, and is governed by its professed members who shall elect officers and make rules as they see fit, in accordance with this Rule and in harmony with Jesus Christ.