Church membership means life in a community, and is both a vastly rewarding experience as well as a commitment. LMPC membership offers you the care of our Session, the privilege to vote in church elections, and the opportunity to serve the church in many different ways.
There are THREE steps in the process of becoming a member at LMPC:
- the Intro to LMPC or Communicant class
- an interview time with the elders of the church
- taking public membership vows before the congregation
Adults who join LMPC must take Intro to LMPC. Membership at the conclusion is not required, so come and learn what LMPC is about and what we believe. If you wish to become a member, this class is required. Even if you are transferring from another PCA church, the class is a pre-requisite to membership. If you take the class and don’t choose to join at that time, you have three years to complete the membership process without retaking the class. Children may not take the adult class for credit.
If you are a college student or residing temporarily in our church area, we encourage “associate” membership, which means you hold your primary membership at your home church, and a secondary membership at LMPC. You would have the benefits of membership, but you would not be able to vote in congregational meetings or become an officer. When you leave Lookout Mountain, your membership at LMPC will be removed and if you join another church, you would transfer your membership from your primary church, not from LMPC.
Our next Intro to LMPC class will be offered January 19-21, 2018. For more information and in order to sign up for the next Intro to LMPC class, please contact Julie Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-424-5980.
Children, or anyone who hasn’t yet graduated high school, are offered the Communicant Class in order to join the church. This class is typically held in January and February during the Sunday school hours. Children take an age-appropriate class geared toward them with extra requirements, including writing their testimony and submitting parent and adult member recommendations. Children 5th grade and below require a pre-interview with an appointed elder to ensure their readiness for the Communicant Class and need to be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the class.
In order to sign up for the next Communicant Class, please contact Jessica Anderson at email@example.com.
Following one of these classes, new member candidates will be scheduled for an interview with two elders (Membership Sunday). Don’t worry, this is not an exam; generally speaking the elders briefly share their testimonies and ask you about your testimony, and you’ll discuss the five membership vows that you learned about in your class. The interviews are held privately in the fellowship hall, with two elders interviewing two candidates at a time and married couples interviewing together. Children interview separately from their parents. Interviews usually last 30 minutes.
During Membership Sunday we will take your picture for our database and for posting on our new member wall in the hallway. While no childcare is provided, we invite you to bring your children or submit a picture of your family so that we have pictures of them as well. We serve snacks and coffee throughout the afternoon, so you are welcome to stay and mingle with the pastors and elders in the fellowship hall lobby.
The week after your membership interview, you publicly affirm your membership vows as a group in one of the five morning worship services. Right before the sermon, the pastor will call all of the new members forward to stand at the front of the congregation and will ask if you agree with the five membership vows, then pray over you. Feel free to bring all your family members with you—while your children may not be joining at the same time as you, it is good for the congregation to see your whole family together.
VOWS FOR NEW MEMBERS
- Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving his displeasure, and without hope save in his sovereign mercy?
- Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon him alone for salvation as he is offered in the Gospel?
- Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
- Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
- Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to further its purity and peace?