Membership at FMC

"You are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God."

Ephesians 2:19

Theology about Membership

We believe that every Christian is part of the universal and eternal family of God, whether they are a 'member' of a local church or not.  Therefore, all persons are welcome to partake of the Lord's Supper at FMC.

However, through salvation, God begins to reveal and develop unique gifts, talents and skills which are given for the sake for building up the Body of Christ in a local church (Ephesians 4:11-16).  We believe that these gifts cannot be properly discerned or exercised without being 'joined' and committed to a local congregation (like people committed to a family).

Christians are also called to 'submit to one another out of reverence for Christ' (Ephesians 5:21) and 'obey those who are keeping watch over your souls' (Hebrews 13:17b).  Membership is a way of following these Scriptural commands.

Who can be a Member?

Any Christian can be received into membership at FMC through
1) water baptism
2) a public confession of faith
3) or a letter of transfer from another Christian congregation.

Is there a class?

Yes.  Any potential member is expected to attend a series of classes in order to receive instruction in the faith and practice of our church.  These classes are offered yearly.  They are usually divided into three parts, each lasting approximately 90 minutes.  Classes are usually facilitated by one of the pastors and a lay-Elder.

Membership Covenant

Our current membership covenant comes from statements in our FMC Constitution.  All members make these commitments to one another before the Lord.

I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior
and reaffirm my baptismal vows today.  

I commend my life to the authority of God’s sacred Scripture as found in both the Old and New Testaments.

 I commit myself to the disciple-making practices and leadership of First Mennonite Church and the confessions of Mennonite Church USA.  

I will aspire to live a holy life by depending fully on the power of the Holy Spirit.  

I will support this congregation with faithful prayer, attendance and participation.

 I willingly offer my time, gifts, talents and tithe to the work and mission of this congregation.  

I am willing to serve according to the need and my ability when the Lord and the congregation calls.

I will share in the responsibility to care for the spiritual needs and social welfare of these brothers and sisters-in-Christ.

I will seek Jesus’ path of reconciliation, desiring to live at peace with all.

I want to learn more!