BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
In todayʹs society where joining the church is not the norm, church membership is an act
of commitment to changing the world to the glory of God.
Some of the benefits of membership are:
● Membership identifies a person as a genuine believer.
● Membership provides a spiritual family to support and encourage believers in their walk with Christ.
● Membership gives people a place to discover and use their God‐given gifts in ministry.
● Membership places people under the spiritual protection of godly leaders.
● Membership gives Christians the accountability they need to grow.
WHY BECOME A CHURCH MEMBER?
Church provides benefits that Christians cannot find anywhere else.
● Worship helps us focus on God. It prepares us spiritually and emotionally for the week ahead.
● Fellowship helps us face lifeʹs problems by providing the support and encouragement of other Christians.
● Discipleship helps us fortify our faith by learning the truth of Godʹs word and applying biblical principles to our lifestyles.
● Ministry helps us find and develop our talents and use them to serve others.
● Outreach enables us to serve God in the world and to share His love with others so they can become more Christ‐like.
GUIDELINES FOR MEMBERSHIP
1. Attend worship on a regular basis and share in communion at least four times each year.
2. Create a spiritual growth plan for yourself and your family.
3. Support and promote First Congregational United Church of Christ, its mission, staff
and members in the community.
4. Actively participate in at least one volunteer ministry each year in
5. Financially support the ministry of the church by participating in the
stewardship program that encourages the biblical mandate of tithing.
6. Nurture and support fellow members.
7. Live your faith in your home, at work and in the world.
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with the Statement of Faith, Mission and Spiritual Plan of First Congregational United Church of Christ, I now feel led by Godʹs Spirit to unite with the First Congregational Church family. In so doing, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
I will protect the unity of my church
...by acting in love toward other members
...by praying for one another
...by following the leaders.
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together” (Romans 14:19)
“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart” (I Peter 1:22)
I will share the responsibility of my church
...by praying for its growth
...by inviting the unchurched to attend
...by warmly welcoming those who visit
...by reaching out into Godʹs world to serve
“…the Master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full’” (Luke 14:23)
“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified” (Romans 15:7)
I will serve the ministry of my church
...by discovering my gifts and talents
...by being equipped to serve by my pastors
...by developing a servantʹs heart.
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you” (I Peter 4:10)
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who...(took on) the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:4,7)
I will work to grow in my faith
...by attending faithfully
...by living a godly life
...by giving regularly
“All that I have and all that we are is a gift from God to be used in his service” (Psalm 24:1)
“...make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27)
“A tenth of (all your) produce...is the Lordʹs, and is holy” (Leviticus 27:30)
HOW TO JOIN
There are three ways to join Christ’s church:
1. Affirmation of Faith— You have not yet been baptized and are making a profession of faith for the first time.
2. Reaffirmation of Faith— You are reaffirming baptismal vows previously made such as an infant baptism or confirmation.
3. Letter of Transfer— You were a member of another church and are still on their active
church membership roll.
Friends Get Acquainted
Are you interested in learning more about First Congregational United Church of Christ, membership and its missions? Please call us to learn more or to register for the "Getting Acquainted Meeting". We will have a meetings for individuals interested in becoming a member. We welcome members into our congregation one Sunday a month or upon request.
For more information, contact Tracy Loomis at 695-0550 ext. 24.