Membership at Living Faith

What is Membership?

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Following Jesus means committing to his Body (the Church) through active membership.  Membership isn’t like belonging to a social club or like having a "gold card" status.  It's more like the intentional decision to be a contributing member of a family. This is important given the consumerism of the American culture: easy come, easy go. But, the life of discipleship to Jesus involves commitment. This commitment to a local congregation is critical to your spiritual health and to the health of our local expression of Christ’s Body.  A body sinks or swims together.  Being a member of this body means you have a contribution to make to the body’s purpose. That means Living Faith is healthiest and most effective when its members are committed. In order to serve in lay leadership—whether staff, vestry or, ministry director—a person must be a member.

The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 20th c. Christian martyr

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Requirements for Membership

In order to be an active member in good standing at Living Faith it means that you:

  • Are a baptized Christian

  • Are living a life of active faith in Jesus Christ

  • Have attended a New Members Class at Living Faith

  • Are committed to giving sacrificially of your time, spiritual gifts, and financial resources to Living Faith

  • Have regularly attended Living Faith (2-3 Sundays each month) for 4-6 months


New Members Classes

Fr. Peter leads new members classes 2-3 times each year. Stay tuned for details on the next one.

 
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For Further Reading

I Am A Church Member, by Thom Rainer. *Copies available from Fr. Peter on Amazon

 
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Preparation for New Members Class

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