Joining Fruitport CRC as a Member
(Recently Asked Questions & Answers)
DOES A CHURCH MEMBERSHIP REALLY MATTER ANYMORE TODAY?
It's true that many churches today don't place an emphasis on membership. We believe however that being a member of The Body of Christ is both a personal and a communal experience. The Bible speaks of this often where members worship, pray together, support each other and help each other grow.
If I become a member must i be baptized or be re-baptized like other churches require?
If you have never been baptized, we would encourage you to consider doing so as you step into membership. Baptism is one of two sacraments commanded by Christ. In baptism, the promises of God, become more than words - we receive a visible confirmation that Christ has indeed forgiven our sins. If you already have been baptized, providing it was done in a Christ-centered church - there is no need to be re-baptized. The church administers baptism on behalf of God - One faith, One baptism, One Lord.
If I join, am i expected to contribute a certain amount?
No. The congregation here at Fruitport CRC is made up of a wide variety of economic levels. Some can give and other's can't. That being said, there are costs to be covered around ministry - the building, utilities, ministry & outreach, the living costs for the pastor's family and the payroll for our secretary and janitor among other costs. Many of our members make a personal commitment to God to dedicate a certain amount of their income. Call it a tithe or whatever you like - but again it is not required. Budget envelopes are given to members and available on request to frequent attenders. A second offering is often held to help support other ministries as well that we both prayerfully and financially support. We maintain a transparency with all of our finances - Check out the latest monthly report on the deacons' bulletin board in the classroom/office wing.
I'm interested in joining, what do i do next?
Start by becoming a frequent attender to worship and Wednesday nights -- This will give you the best opportunity to prayerfully sense if our church offers the right fit for you. Second, speak to our pastor - Pastor John. He'll offer to sit down with you over coffee or meal. Then together, look for opportunities where your gifts might best be used. Frequent attenders are welcomed to participate in all of our programs with one exception - In order to maintain a Safe Church that is free of harm, any leadership involving our youth programs require special approval and screening.