North Cincy 101 Class
(Saturdays from 8:30 am -12:30 pm)
Why Church Membership? - Why “join” a church versus “visit” or “attend”?
While the phrase “church membership” is found nowhere in the Bible, the concept is everywhere. Throughout Scripture, we see that those who have a relationship with God are members of the visible expression of His people. These followers of Christ grow in their spiritual maturity, become equipped, and are deployed for the service of His kingdom under the care of an organized church with leaders who are accountable before God for each person’s spiritual well-being, and to whom each member of the people of God is accountable as well (see Hebrews 13:17; Matt. 16:13-19; Matt. 15:15-18). In this way, God’s design in the church reflects His design in the family, intending that we are “born” into and nurtured within a spiritual family.
Following the resurrection of Christ and the expansion of God’s people from Jerusalem to every corner of the globe, as new churches were formed in new places the believers in that place elected leaders according to God’s design that would care for them and to whom they would be accountable (see Titus 1:5). How our church practices this truth is through the process of church membership. Membership in our church is a “voluntary” relationship, on both our part and yours. We intend to be faithful to God as leaders, faithful to you, and to enable you to do the same.
What is required to become a church member?
To put it simply, if a person can join the ranks of heaven, they can join our church. This a commitment of both our church and the denomination of which we are a part, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This means that the only thing required to join North Cincinnati is a credible profession of faith in Christ, as expressed through our church’s four membership vows.
What is the process to become a church member?
In the church, while a credible profession of faith affirmed by the leaders of a church is all it takes to become a member of Jesus’ Church, what it takes to thrive as a member of His church is an understanding of a local church’s history, philosophy, beliefs, and expectations.
For this reason, we ask that adults seeking to join the church attend our quarterly North Cincy 101. North Cincy 101 is a four-hour seminar that gives an overview of our church’s history, philosophy, beliefs, and expectations. Attendance at North Cincy 101 is a prerequisite for those seeking to become church members; however, attending does not obligate you to join.
If you would like to move forward in joining the church after attending North Cincy 101, please email the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to line up a membership interview with one of our church’s elders.
Similar to marriage, while the bare minimum required to get married, the desire to do so, a license from the State, and an authorized person to officiate, what it takes to thrive in a marriage is so much more. In the church, while a credible profession of faith affirmed by the leaders of a church is all it takes to become a member of Jesus’ Church, what it takes to thrive as a member of His church is an understanding of a local church’s history, philosophy, beliefs, and expectations.
Is the process of children seeking to become a member the same?
We do not require children twelve and under to attend the North Cincy 101 Class as a prerequisite for becoming a communing member. Instead, we seek to assist and equip parents to help their younger children to investigate the truths of Christianity. Our current recommended resource for parents to use is John Kwansy’s book, Established in the Faith: 12 Conversations to Lead Your Child to Profess Faith in Christ, which can be purchased here [Osman, please include a link]. Once a parent is confident that their child is ready, they may contact the church office to schedule a membership interview with one of the church’s elders.
We also encourage those to become communing members as younger children to attend North Cincy 101 once they become teenagers to better understand the church’s history, philosophy, beliefs, and expectations.
When is North Cincy 101?
See below for upcoming dates…
April 4, 2020
May 16, 2020