Why Become a Member?
It’s a good question - why is church membership important? We believe it’s important because of what the church is called to be - we are called to extend God’s kingdom in the world by living sacrificial lives for one another and for the world around us.
Church membership is a commitment not just to attend church meetings - but to truly belong. Instead of being a consumer, members recognize they are called to be a part of God’s family. This commitment is to serve the life of the church in its mission and submit to the authority that God has placed among His people.
HOW IT WORKS
Our Membership Process:
The process of becoming a member at Christ Presbyterian Church involves four things:
1. Participating in the Intro to CPC Class
2. A personal profession of faith in Christ
3. An interview with an elder in the church
4. Taking vows before the church body
We value this process in that it gives us an opportunity to know you more but also for you to get to know us more as you commit the life of our church body.
1. INTRO TO CPC CLASS
Learning Who We Are
The Intro to CPC Class is a six-week class where we present to you who we are as a church.
We discuss the gospel, the Reformed faith, baptism, membership, the life in our church community, and ways you can be involved. Taking this class does not mean that you are intent on becoming a member. We welcome all who want to learn more about our church.
This class is a great opportunity for you to get to know our leadership team and for us to learn more about you and your family. The Intro Class is six consecutive weeks and takes place during the Sunday School hour at 9:30am
2.PERSONAL PROFESSION OF FAITH
Membership is for Believers in Christ
We believe church membership is only for professing Christians. While our doors are open to all who come, church membership is not.
Being a member means that you are submitting to the authority of the church and committing to serve the mission of the church, ultimately under Christ’s headship. The church is described as one body with Christ as the head. So how can one be a member of a church without first submitting to Christ as their Lord and Savior?
While membership requires professed faith in Christ, serving and enjoying the life of our church does not. While you may be considering the claims of the gospel, yet remain skeptical, we encourage anyone to be a part of the life and service that happens at CPC.
3. INTERVIEW WITH A CHURCH ELDER
Learning Who We Are
Each person that desires to become a member of our church will be interviewed by a church elder after completing the Intro to CPC Class.
The elder interviews are always low-key. They are an opportunity to learn more about you and to ask you a few questions about your faith and your commitment to the church. Upon completion of the interview and approval by the elders, you are officially a member of Christ Presbyterian Church.
4. VOWS BEFORE THE CONGREGATION
Celebrating You Joining Our Church Family
Upon completion of the membership process we present new members to our church body. The process is simple - all we do is bring up you and your family during a service and ask you the same questions that you were asked in your elder interview.
This is an opportunity for the church to receive your commitment to them, but also for the church to receive you by vowing to commit themselves to you. The church is a family - at CPC we are a family that strives to be faithful to God’s Mission - and this can’t be done without committing ourselves to one another.