What is a "church member?"
Prestoncrest is a welcoming place, and we are open for all to hear the message of Jesus Christ. But sermons and Sunday mornings alone don’t make us a church. Prestoncrest is a community. But what does that look like? It looks like a family... and it feels like home.
We always welcome guests and regular attenders! But we also have members. Members are those who have made the intentional decision to belong to our fellowship, and know that they’re connected.
Once you are ready to join the Prestoncrest family and call this place your home, be sure to take the next step and attend the next PC101.
PC101: Coffee & Conversations
PC101 is our quarterly workshop to learn more about Prestoncrest, and what it means to place membership. Hosted by our staff, and led by a Minister and an Elder, this event is held on designated Sundays during th year... Join us for our next PC 101 and learn more about membership!
- Designated Sundays during Bible Classtime (9:45-10:30am)
- Fellowship Hall at Prestoncrest (next to the Kitchen)
- Dates are always advertised in the bulletin & during worship so you can save the date!
PC101 is a relaxed gathering for those who are considering placing membership. It covers basic information about Prestoncrest, including a brief history of the church and an introduction to the leadership (elders, deacons , ministers, and staff), plus a review of our beliefs. Our goal is to help others get to know Prestoncrest better, and explain how our vision and mission define everything we do.
What is our vision and mission? It's a simple, twofold statement: "Passion for God... and Compassion for People." We strive to accomplish those by reaching UP, reaching IN, and reaching OUT. But what exactly does all of that mean? And what does that look like? Join us at our next PC101 and find out!
There's always a PC101 coming up soon!
Click to check out our EVENTS PAGE for dates... be sure to mark your calendar for coffee and conversations
What is the foundation for the membership process?
Prestoncrest church "members" are those who have made the intentional decision to belong, and know they are connected. Some felt a little unsure at first, however. They asked: Why do I need to identify with a specific church? Isn’t it enough that I believe in Jesus and regularly attend? What is the point of formal membership? Have you wondered the same?
By attending PC101 and sharing these questions with us, here's what they found...
- The concept is Biblical. Althought the phrase “church membership” is not used in the New Testament, the concept is seen throughout. The “Corinthians,” “Philippians,” and “Colossians” were devoted members of a local Christian community – a local church.
- We become a committed part of each other's lives. We are always glad to see guests. As a member, we are all the more glad to see you. We know you have decided to stay. In addition, as our elders seek to fulfill their God-given call of shepherding, it is vital to know "the flock” as they seek to care for them. Committed “members” are given priority with church resources, as needed, as well (Galatians 6:10).
- Membership is a powerful benefit to the believer. Recognizable membership moves us out of the clouds of good intentions and into the clear light of committed discipleship. In a culture that does not seem to value commitment as it once did, placing membership is a proactive, Bible-based step in the right direction. A church family is there to walk alongside us with an extra measure of support and encouragement as the ups and downs of life come our way.
So, what is “membership," exactly? It means a person has...
- Decided to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior
- Been baptized by immersion for forgiveness of sins
- Attended a PC101 workshop
- Signed the "membership covenant" page from PC101
Through a shared understanding of membership, the lives of each Christian and church leader become connected. Members encourage the church... and the church is an encouragement to its members! We become more dynamic and strengthened with every new member, and we are blessed with more tools to help grow the kingdom of God.
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