Following Christ isn’t just about believing,
but about belonging
You don’t have to be a member of Southpoint to attend services, groups, or serve on ministry teams. It’s encouraged that you take the Introducing the Church Core Class. A person is not required to take this class before becoming a member, but it is recommended and highly encouraged before or soon after becoming a member.
3 STEPS TO BECOME A SOUTHPOINT MEMBER
1. Make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ to a church leader — typically when the invitation is given at the conclusion of a weekend message, or after the service concludes. This is for any who are making that profession for the first time, or for those who are already Christians from other churches.
2. If not previously baptized by immersion, be baptized. — The Bible nowhere connects baptism with identifying with a local congregation; rather it is connected with identifying with Christ himself. An immersed believer is not asked to be re-baptized. For more info, click here or contact: email@example.com.
3. Attend New Member Orientation — Upon talking to a church leader you will be given a choice of dates that you can attend this half-hour session.
Why become a member?
Membership in the church is not like joining a club. It instead reflects being a family member [Ephesians 2:19]. We belong to Christ and to one another [Romans 12:5, 2 Cor. 8:5]. All Christ followers are also members of the “Body of Christ”, reflecting the imagery that God fits us together so that Christ can continue his ministry on earth through us as His hands, feet, eyes, ears, etc. [1 Corinthians 12].
While becoming a Christian means committing to Christ, becoming a church member means to commit yourself to a specific group of believers so that you can practice the “one-another’s” of the New Testament (such as: love one another, build up one another, pray for one another, carry each other’s burdens, etc.).
Declaring that you desire to be a member of the church at Southpoint expresses that you’re in agreement with the Mission, the Core Beliefs and Values of Southpoint. It means that you can be counted on to build, sustain and resource the Mission of the church. It means active, sacrificial involvement, and seeking to live a Christ-honoring life.
While a single church cannot minister to the needs of everyone in the community, family members receive priority in the allocation of finite church resources and priority for hospital visitation, personal care and counseling (Galatians 6:10). It also gives you accountability and protection for your continuing growth. Because of ministers’ finite time and facility usage, only members are able to be married through Southpoint.
Members influence major decisions within the church. Members are able to vote annually on our financial budget, and affirm or reaffirm the Pastors of the church. Also leadership, staff and some ministry positions are reserved for members.
OUR MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENTS
COMMITTED TO CHRIST
- I shore up the mission of the church (with my participation and prayers). Ephesians 6:18-19; Romans 12:5-18
- I show up to worship services. Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 20:7
CONNECTED TO ONE ANOTHER
- I build up my brothers & sisters (by carrying out the “one anothers” of Scripture). Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- I keep up our unity. Ephesians 4:2-3; Colossians 3:14
- I back up my leaders. 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17
CONTRIBUTING TO THE WORLD
- I take up my ministry. 1 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 4:10
- I offer up my financial gifts. 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7
- I fill up our church. Luke 14:23; 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
We invite you to get on board and become a member. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org