Membership matters. We believe that the safest and most biblical place for every Christian is in the covenant membership of a local church. It was the assumed position of every believer in the New Testament. Biblically speaking, an essential element to being a Christian is to be committed to a local body of fellow believers.
We desire people who join with us in membership to understand who we are and where we are going, to share our dreams and our vision for the future.As a result we offer a number of avenues for getting to know our church as you move toward membership.Our membership process consists of the following three steps:
At Fellowship Louisville we understand that finding a church home is a challenge. And as with any other major decision, you have a lot of questions. If you’re interested in joining Fellowship Louisville, or just finding out more about us, then Discover is for you.
Discover is a two-session introduction to the vision, values, and ministries of Fellowship Louisville. The goal of Discover is to give you a clear picture of who we are, what we believe, where we’re headed, and how we plan to get there.
The two sessions that make up Discover are offered on a rotating basis, with session one being held one month, and session two being held the next. You can also take the sessions in any order you like. So if the next Discover class offered is session two, we encourage you to jump right in. As an added convenience, all sessions are held during our Sunday service.
If you are interested in participating in Discover, please email Andrew Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you’re coming, and to receive more information. Below is a schedule for our Discover sessions for the remainder of 2013.
|January 19||Session 1|
|February 16||Session 2|
|March 16||Session 1|
|April 13||Session 2|
|May 18||Session 1|
|June 22||Session 2|
|July 20||Session 1|
|August 17||Session 2|
|September 21||Session 1|
|October 19||Session 2|
|November 16||Session 1|
|December 14||Session 2|
2. Membership Interview
The second step in our membership process is a membership interview. You will schedule your membership interview after completing sessions 1 & 2 of Discover. In these interviews you will sit down with one of the elders and share your story. We have two main goals for membership interviews.
- First, we want to hear your testimony. This helps us get to know you better. But it also allows us to see if you truly understand the gospel. Before we admit someone into the membership of Fellowship Louisville, we want to be sure (to the best of our ability) that the person is a Christian. This guards to purity of the church and the testimony of Christ in our community.
- Second, we want to help you take next steps. Once you’re a member, then what? Don’t worry, we want to help you find out how you can serve Christ at Fellowship. During out interviews we want to have preliminary discussion with you about your gifts and passion, and help point you toward ministries where you you can exercise those gifts.
The third step in our membership process is baptism. Baptism is an expected act of obedience for all followers of Jesus Christ. As such, we require all of our members to have publicly professed their faith as a believer through the obedient act of baptism. We practice baptism by immersion, the mode that best portrays the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ.