At First Presbyterian Church, our primary aim is cultivating faith in Jesus Christ. Welcoming folks for a Sunday, a year, a lifetime, we are grateful when a child or an adult discovers a kind of homecoming among our fellowship. We hope our congregational and outreach ministries provide opportunities for people to engage God, to extend grace, and to enrich faith in Jesus Christ.
Secondary to that is encouraging men and women to unite with our congregation…becoming “members”. Very simply, becoming a member formalizes a relationship. It’s a commitment we make to and with one another which clarifies pastoral boundaries and congregational expectations. In a “presbyterian-flavored” congregation, the Session, which is the governing body of the congregation, welcomes and shepherds members. At present this “shepherding” involves a coffee gathering with the Session and those interested in joining. Then at their request, the Session “approves” the means by which each person will be uniting with the Body of Christ (by Baptism, by Reaffirmation of Faith, or by transferring membership from one congregation to another). After that “approval”, we set aside a Sunday when participants become members during the worship service.
A ‘benefit’ of membership is that it gives folks the opportunity to vote on congregational decisions (calling a pastor or approving a budget) as well as the possibility of being called to serve on the Council by way of ordination to the office of elder.
If you have questions about membership, please contact India Mount, one of our ruling elders, 303-859-7790.