New Member Information
Membership in Christ Community Church is open to all persons, without regard to race, color, national origin, or economic condition, who have made a personal profession of faith in Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. In addition, each member is asked to meet the following membership requirements:
1. Following participation in a “new member’s class”, such new members shall be admitted into the fellowship of the church by: public profession of faith, church letter of transfer, or reaffirmation of faith;
2. Baptized in the faith: sprinkled, poured or by total immersion, is a prerequisite for all church members, child or adult baptism accepted;
3. All members must “own the covenant” of the church. Christ Community Church practices an annual renewable church membership. On Covenant Sunday (the Sunday immediately following Easter), the congregation is invited to renew their membership for one year by signing the church’s Covenant Book – this is referred to as “owning the covenant”; and
4. Each member must make a commitment to support Christ Community Church with his/her prayers, presence, gifts and service, as God gives each grace.
It is the desire and prayer of Christ Community Church that all members will take full advantage of any and all opportunities to grow spiritually. Church members are encouraged to:
1. Model a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled lifestyle.
2. Regularly attend worship services when able.
3. Discover and exercise their spiritual gifts in ministry.
4. Give joyously and generously of their time, talent and tithe to the church.
5. Pray regularly for the needs of the body and the world.
6. Serve as needs arise within the church.
All who attend Christ Community Church should seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in regards to church membership. Those who, for their own reason, do not make the commitment to “own the covenant” are considered Friends of the Church and are encouraged to regularly attend worship and participate in study opportunities. Friends of the Church may attend and observe the activities of congregational meetings but only church members are granted the privilege of voting and standing for election to a Ministry Team. Church members under 18 years of age must, in accordance with Michigan Corporate Law, refrain from voting on the purchase or sale of real estate; the calling or dismissing of church staff members; and election of church leaders.
D.RELEASE OF MEMBERS
Membership in Christ Community Church shall/may be withdrawn when a member:
1. Requests a letter of transfer to another church.
3. Fails to renew annual membership.
4. Requests through the Elders Ministry Team that membership be terminated.
5. Unites with another congregation without requesting a letter of transfer.
The congregation shall be informed, through the church’s written annual report, of those members who are removed from the membership roll.
A.Children and the Church
The Covenant has traditionally believed that parents who are in full communion with a Covenant Church may choose to either have their children baptized or dedicated. If baptism is delayed until such time as the child is of mature age, the child may be dedicated to God in a service of presentation of infants. Baptism or dedication is also appropriate for the children of nonmembers when Christian sponsors stand along side and take the vows with the parents or at least one parent. The parents and sponsors take direct responsibility for the Christian training of the child. The congregation joins in the vows since the whole Church is the community where the child matures and grows spiritually. The pastor should carefully review the service and spiritual implications of both baptism and dedication, making sure that the significance of both is understood by all concerned.
Parents are also encouraged to allow their children to participate in the “owning of the covenant” by signing or printing their names in the church’s covenant book on Covenant Sunday. All Baptized or Dedicated children along with those who sign the church’s covenant book shall be retained as Preparatory Members in the church until this status is terminated by: reception into full membership after a proper course of church membership training. The Preparatory Membership roll shall be updated each year with names of children/youth maintained on this roll until they reach their eighteenth birthday.
B.Youth and the Church
Youth (teens) are encouraged to participate in the “owning of the covenant” by signing their names in the church’s covenant book on Covenant Sunday. All youth are also encouraged to attend the church’s confirmation (Youth Disciples) class and/or a church membership class. Youth, under 18 years of ago, who are full members of the church have all rights and responsibilities of church membership with the exception of those indicated in CONGREGATIONAL MEMBERSHIP.