First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville
Friday, June 23, 2017
Go and Make Disciples!
   
 
Membership is directly related to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. As a disciple we are called into joyful obedience to follow and to serve Jesus Christ. Membership, like discipleship, is not a voluntary association but an act of obedience.

    Our membership begins in the covenant of baptism. In embracing that covenant we choose whom we will serve, by turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ. In baptism we are claimed by God and God's people as one of their own. As we commit our lives in Christ, one of the questions asked each new member is this:

    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?

    Discipleship or membership in the First Presbyterian Church is a journey of commitment and growth during which you will be expected to strive toward goals that include attending worship weekly; seeking ways to enhance the ministry of the congregation; praying daily for personal, congregational, and world needs; tithing of the wealth God has given you; daily reading of the Bible; attending a Study Group in the congregation; and sharing your faith with others.

    In this spirit, minimal expectations of discipleship or membership would mean attending worship 12 times a year, praying daily for personal, congregational, and world needs; giving at least $100 annually for the work of the church; reading the Bible; and committing yourself to growth in faith.
 

How To Join

 

We are glad to welcome new members into our community of faith.   We welcome new members via one of the following three ways:

 

1.    Baptism and Profession of Faith:

If you have never belonged to a church before and have never been baptized, you would receive this sacrament during morning worship. You would, at that same time, profess your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and your desire to follow him as a member of this congregation.

 

2.    Reaffirmation of Faith:

If you have been baptized and once belonged to a church, but have been inactive for some time, you would reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and promise to be a faithful member of this congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

3.    Transfer of Letter:

If you are on the active roll of another congregation, we would arrange for the transfer of your letter. If your former church does not practice this (some denominations or congregations do not, e.g. Roman Catholic and some Baptists), it would be appropriate to join by a reaffirmation of faith.

 

 

 

 

 

In all cases, persons wishing to join a Presbyterian church meet with the Session (governing board) to be received. During a Sunday worship service, new members are introduced and make their promises before the congregation.