If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. The New Testament points us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join Grace on the Ashley.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership class. The curriculum is composed of four one-hour classes entitled:
- Why membership? & Statement of Faith
- Church History; by-laws
- Church Covenant & Conflict Resolution
- Final Things; Where do I go from here?
Courses are offered in a Sunday morning format quarterly through the year. Upon completion, those who attended all four classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.
Membership Interview – In a meeting with two elders, the prospective member provides basic biographical information and recounts God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation – During a regularly scheduled service the prospective member would be introduced to the congregation for their affirmation of the decision to unite with GotA.