Some people attend church without joining, and some members simply “warm a pew” without getting involved. Active membership matters. The concept of an uninvolved member is foreign to the New Testament. When people join a church, they’re becoming a vital part of something important. Church is a family of believers who have in faith united for worship, instruction, fellowship, service, and outreach. People who join a church receive a certificate of membership, but their true credentials are within. Membership doesn’t make anyone a believer, but it helps direct and energize believers to grow in their faith and find direction for ways to obey God.
Some people try to survive on religious programs on TV and radio, or from reading religious books. What they miss is a personal relationship with a minister and a congregation. When they’re sick, who will visit them? How will they receive Holy Communion? When there’s a significant occasion like a wedding or baptism, will a stranger conduct it? If they have a question about the Bible, or a personal problem, who will they turn to?
Giving is important, but how much is between the individual and God. Good churches do not pressure people to give. They can encourage giving, but they need to remind their people that giving is more than money. We also offer the Lord our time and talents. Every church has a need for people to use their abilities, and nearly every talent has a use within the church. Churches seek teachers, singers, people with computer skills, ushers, cooks, arts & crafts people, and people who like to visit shut-ins or work at a food pantry (a partial list). Volunteer your skills; don’t wait to be asked. Your minister may not know your unique gifts and interests.
One of the most important thing members can do is invite others. The number one reason churches grow is by someone inviting them. We all have our own sphere of influence. We’re members of civic and social clubs; we know people at work, school, in our neighborhood, and if we can recommend movies, books, and restaurants, we can recommend our church.
Being involved in a church is as vital as breathing. Church gives us strength to handle the tough decisions and stressors that come our way, and church gives us opportunities to live out our faith as we actively participate in church ministries. No Christian is an only child. Our goal is help people form lasting relationships within God’s family, a close-knit community of faith.
We in turn are responsible to provide you meaningful worship, substantive instruction, and compassionate friendship. We’ll celebrate your milestones and provide comfort in times of distress. We’re committed to being a part of your life. What happens to you matters to us; you’re not alone. We’re available to you and we care about you–that is our commitment.
Our church provides Confirmation classes for our young people, a time when they can examine and reaffirm their beliefs in preparation for full church membership. More than a rite-of-passage, Confirmation conveys to teens their responsibility for moral and spiritual development. There will be seven informal sessions covering essential doctrines and practical Christian living.
The sessions are as follows: