Interested in joining Christ Church as a member? Here are the steps:
- Contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The office will contact your parish elders who will set up a membership meeting with you and your family
- The elders will present your membership request at the next elder meeting for approval
- The office will send an official letter of transfer to your former church if necessary
- When your former church has officially released you, the office will schedule a Sunday for you to come forward to take your vows (see below)
- You will receive a membership sheet which you will complete and return to the church office
To the individual or head of household:
- Have you acknowledged yourself to be a sinner in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ?
- Have you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting and resting in Him alone, as He was offered in the gospel? Have you been baptized in accordance with His Word?
- Are you resolute, in humble reliance upon the help of God, in endeavoring daily to live as a follower of Christ?
- Do you promise to support this church in its worship and work? Do you promise to submit yourself to the government and discipline of this church, pursuing its purity and peace?
When the vows are presented to the head of a household, he will also be asked if he speaks on behalf of his household. When these vows are taken, the congregation will respond with “Amen” when they are asked: “As a congregation of Christ, do you receive [this Christian/these Christians] into the covenant fellowship of this local church together with you, renewing your membership vows as you do so?”
From the Christ Church Constitution:
Individuals are eligible for membership in Christ Church if they have been lawfully baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19), and they live in our geographical area. Membership begins when the covenant membership vows have been taken (Philemon 2; Heb. 13:7,17). Membership for children of members begins when those children are baptized. The elders oversee a membership list, which must include names, baptisms, and communicant status.