Membership

Why Membership?

You are welcome to worship and participate in the fellowship of our congregation whether or not you are a member.

If you become a member, you can vote in congregational meetings, you are eligible to serve as a deacon or elder, and you will be recognized as full participant in the life of the Presbyterian church.

Why Presbyterian???

Membership in the church is ultimately about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you join Southminster, you join the universal Christian church; you make it known that you believe in Jesus and joyfully receive his promise of forgiveness and everlasting life.

We believe that we are justified (saved) by grace through faith. When you profess your faith in Jesus, God’s saving grace works through your faith to bring you ever closer to God’s love.

Inquirers’ Class

Three or four times a year we hold an informal luncheon for individuals and/or families who may be interested in church membership. Attendance does not obligate you to join. The meeting is purely informational, and questions are encouraged.

Becoming a Member

You may enter into active church membership at Southminster in the following ways: profession of faith, reaffirmation of faith, or certificate of transfer from another church.

Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you desire to profess your faith in Jesus Christ and be incorporated in the life of the church as a believer, you do so by making public your profession of faith and receiving baptism. If you have been previously baptized, you make your profession of faith without being baptized a second time.

Those making their profession of faith answer the following questions in the affirmative:

§ Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?

§ Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love?

§ Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?

§ Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

Certificate of Transfer

If you have made a profession of faith and have been received into membership in another church, you may be received upon receipt of a certificate of transfer from the church in which you are currently an active member.

Reaffirmation of Faith

If you have previously made a profession of faith and became an active member in a church, but are unable to secure a certificate of transfer or other evidence of church membership, you may reaffirm your public profession of faith and your acceptance of responsibility in the life of the church.

Meaning of Membership

The incarnation of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to the church not only its mission but also its understanding of membership. One becomes an active member of the church through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and acceptance of his Lordship in all of life. Baptism and a public profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance into the active and on-going membership of the church.

A faithful member accepts Christ’s call to be involved responsibly in the ministry of His Church. Such involvement includes:

a. proclaiming the good news,
b. taking part in the common life and worship of Southminster church,
c. praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian Church,
d. supporting the work of Southminster church through the giving of money, time, and         talents,
e. participating in the governing responsibilities of the church,
f. demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,
g. responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others,
h. living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social    relationships of life,
i. working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment.