Section Three: Membership
Membership at Christ Church is a personal commitment individually made in response to your sense of God’s calling and purpose. Since it is a personal commitment, each person lives out their membership in unique ways that capture their sense of purpose and empower their ministry.
That said, there are some core components of everyone’s membership. In essence, this is what you are “signing up for” – a basic definition of what it means to commit to membership.
Membership at Christ Church consists of four core components:
Members commit to regular worship with us at one of our weekly worship services. Regular and faithful worship attendance is the single most important thing you can do to deepen your faith and grow spiritually. It is in worship that we hear scripture read, hear the sermon preached, pray together, sing together, gather with our community and discover new opportunities for engagement.
Service is a core part of membership that takes many forms. You might serve on a planning team for a church-wide event. You might help our worship team or become an usher. You might lead an outreach effort and impact our community. However you chose to serve you will find numerous opportunities at Christ Church. More importantly, through service you will encounter the presence of Jesus as you make a difference in people’s lives.
God is not finished with us. Each of us continues to develop and grow over the course of our lifetimes. Christ Church members are committed to focusing their time and energy on growing in their faith. As you find ways to nurture your spirit and learn new things, your faith will deepen and your appreciation for your church family will grow. Each week, our Adult Forum offers one formal opportunity to grow, as does our Sunday School for children. We also offer topical and biblical studies from time to time. Retreats also provide a powerful opportunity to grow by stepping out of the ordinary rhythms of life.
Connection is not just fun, it’s a Christian duty! Membership forges a relationship and connecting intentionally with others is an important aspect of membership. This takes a couple of forms. First, obviously, is the social engagement component of connection. Join us for coffee hour! Make friends over lunch or dinner. Have a drink at one of our roof-top socials. Take a moment to reach out to one of your new member classmates. Social connection is a vital part of our life.
Additionally, connection means expressing your financial commitment to your church. We are connected, in part, by a financial obligation to maintain our ministries, our outreach efforts and our facilities. But giving is not just an obligation, it’s a spiritual discipline that many have found to be a joyful way to follow Jesus. All members are expected to give joyfully and generously. The fundamental mechanism for giving to Christ Church is the annual stewardship pledge, which is a simple financial commitment for one year. Your pledge is important because it is your commitment. Pledging assists the church in planning our financial year and our program priorities, but it also helps you regularly support the work of your church.