Come check out our 3CLIFE Class! It’s a comprehensive 5-week introduction where we will answer your questions about us and pretty much tell you anything and everything you want to know to become a fitting participant at First Christian Church and in the Kingdom of God! Click here for more about the 3Cs. The 3CLIFE Class gives you a great chance to find out pretty much everything about us and also gives you a great chance to get to know some other folks just like you (i.e., average about 8-10 per class session!) Sign up for 3CLIFE on the back of the Connection Card and check the weekly bulletin for information on next time this class is offered.
Here’s a rundown of the 3CLIFE Class Curriculum:
- Week 1: “3CLIFE Intro” — of Staff, Tour of Building, History, Beliefs, Vision, Budget
- Week 2: “Celebrate God” — The Gospel and the Christian Life, Worship
- Week 3: “Cultivate Growth” — to Study the Bible, Study Groups, Life Groups, Church Community Builder software
- Week 4: “Communicate the Gospel” — Impact Team: Serving, Spiritual Gifts, Sharing Your Faith, Stewardship
- Week 5: “Getting Connected” — Community Church Builder, Next Steps
Much of the following information can be found in our brochure called General Info: Mission, Ministry, & Membership.
We believe membership is a biblical commitment to Christ’s church and is the biblical way to demonstrate that you are part of helping First Christian Church become the vibrant church God has called us to be! Click here for a thorough explanation of membership in the New Testament.
“If membership and the 3CLIFE Class are not necessarily requirements for participation at First Christian, why should I become a member?”
All Christians are members of THE Church, regardless of what local church they attend. But we also believe it is helpful for several good reasons. It’s essentially about involvement in a church family that will hold you accountable to growing in Christ. Having your name on a Church’s list of members does not improve your standing before God, but it will impact your Christian walk!
Also, it is important to note that, for non-members, there are some limitations on involvement, for purposes of providing a secure environment. We unapologetically require our teachers, Ministry Team leaders, and elected leadership to be members. In a violent and uncertain world like ours, this helps us create a safe and secure culture that coheres around our mission. See “Nursery & Toddlers” for a good example of applying this principle of maintaining a secure environment.
“So how do I become a member of First Christian Church?”
(1) Contact A Minister/Elder
This step is not mandatory, but it is preferable. By alerting a Minister or Elder of your interest, you can have your questions answered, and we can get to know you a little more. This will also make your introduction to the congregation more personal and helps us, your new church family, celebrate with you and your family. Please contact an Elder or Minister in person, or call or email the church office. See “Contact Us.”
(2) Walk Forward At Invitation Time
An opportunity is extended during each worship service to walk forward and become a member. This allows us to introduce you to the congregation and affords you the opportunity to publicly confess: “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This means your new church family can join with you in confessing our faith in Christ. If you can’t do it on Sunday morning during worship, let us know, we’d be happy to discuss the matter with you at another time.
(3) Be Baptized
If you have never been immersed in baptism as a Believer, you will get that opportunity after talking with one of our Ministers or Elders. Since Christ Himself was baptized and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), baptism is a requirement for membership at FCC. We prefer that you become baptized during Sunday morning worship. If you can’t do this, we’d love to discuss finding another time or day. If you’ve already been immersed, great! Let us know and we’ll send a letter of transfer of membership to your previous church. Click here to find out more in our Baptism brochure.