BECOME A MEMBER
More important than a member is a disciple, a follower of Jesus!
St Paul Lutheran Church recognizes that membership in a local church was never a priority of Jesus. We want to take our cue from Jesus. It is our desire that a visitor become involved in activities and ministries of the church as quickly and as easily as possible. In fact, most of the activities of the church are available to a person without ever joining as a member of the church.
Whether you are a guest, or someone who regularly attends, or a member, what is most important is that you are an intentional follower of Jesus. Some people use the word, disciple, which means someone who intentionally commits to learning and growing by receiving truth and living it. A disciple takes responsibility for his or her own spiritual growth.
This is done by putting yourself under good, practical biblical teaching; developing your personal disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, worship, etc.); and involving yourself in personal ministry (putting what you learn into practice, even when you feel unqualified and inadequately gifted, by serving God).
A church filled with members by virtue of a list is not fully alive and authentic. However, a church filled with active followers of Jesus, disciples, will be alive, thriving and a blessing to those inside the church and to the community. This is our goal much more than accumulating names on a list.
There is, however, a reason to become a member. It is to declare that you are committed to the mission of the church and that you are ready to step up to a consistent participation and support. Your consistent participation and support then also qualifies you to be eligible for elected leadership.
If you would like to know more about how to become a member, contact the pastor. You will be taken through an introductory class explaining the mission, values and ministries of St Paul Lutheran Church, and other teachings that are important to us. Call 830-426-3222 for more information.