Membership

In some churches membership is not particularly important or meaningful. In our church, we encourage membership because we believe that it fosters Christian discipleship. Our members agree to live according to a membership covenant and reaffirm their commitment to this covenant on an annual basis.

If you would like to explore membership in the Church of the Resurrection, here’s how to begin:

Step One: Newcomers’ Dinner

Each month in the home of one of our pastors we offer a dinner for newcomers to the church. These dinners are family-friendly and informal, and a great way to learn more about the church.

Step Two: Rez Essentials Class

Our quarterly Essentials Class takes an in-depth look at components we believe are essential to the Christian life: the Gospel, Worship, Discipleship, Community and Mission. While many things distinguish Christian congregations from one another, these are the elements we hope are common to all Christians. That’s why we call them the Essentials.

Step Three: Pastoral Meeting

Before becoming a member, each person has the opportunity to meet with one of the clergy in a conversational setting, one-on-one. The main purpose of the meeting is to talk together about Jesus Christ, and how he has become Lord and Savior in one another’s lives. It is also an opportunity to ask additional questions of the clergy, and to find out about volunteer needs within the community–opportunities to serve and give and grow. Email the Parish Administrator to find a time to meet with one of them Dan or Sean.

Step Four: Baptism

Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s covenant with his people, and it signifies a believer’s initiation into the Christian community. We offer this sacrament to Christian believers and their children who have not previously experienced Christian baptism. If you would like to be baptized, let one of the clergy know and we will gladly walk you through the process. Christian baptism is required of all who choose to become members of our church, and of all who partake of Holy Communion. If you would like to consider baptism for yourself or your child, you can email Shawn Honey to discuss opportunities.

Step Five: Membership Covenant

Baptized Christians who have completed the pastoral meeting are invited to sign the church membership covenant. Most people do so within their church small group, since it gives opportunity to share with one’s immediate community and ask for their prayer in keeping the covenant. For those who aren’t yet in a church small group, we encourage signing the covenant with other close friends from the church who agree to provide accountability and support through prayer.

What about Transferring Membership from Another Church?

If you were previously a member of another church, make sure to tell one of our pastors during your pastoral meeting. We always make an effort to follow up with your former church in order to provide continuity of pastoral care. Particularly if you come to our church from other churches that share our beliefs in the area, we want to know why and have an opportunity to discuss this with you and with someone in leadership at your former church.