Sometimes the word “membership” sounds institutional and is perceived as an obligation, not a joyful act of worship. Being a team member is a voluntary way of saying, “I accept the vision of SMCC, love the people who go here, and want to be a partner in the risks and rewards of SMCC.”
WE BELIEVE THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE REASONS FOR A FORMAL MEMBERSHIP WITH SMCC:
We believe the concept of membership is Biblical. While the term “team member” is never used, the concept is implicit throughout the New Testament. Believers clearly identified themselves with a specific local body and were challenged to become devoted participants.
Formal membership is valuable to church leaders as they seek to fulfill their Godgiven task of shepherding. By its very design, SMCC attracts uncommitted seekers, observers, and guests. We hope that will always be the case. But at some point, it is important to identify those who truly comprise the “flock” – the core that can be counted on to build and sustain the ministries of the church.
Perhaps most importantly, experience shows that living life in partnership is the most healthy and enjoyable way to live a Christian life. In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, recognizable membership is an important step that moves us out of the vague clouds of good intentions and into the clear light of committed participation. It presents a challenge to “step out of the stands” and publicly affirm a commitment to Christ and to a specific body of Believers.
We believe your decision to become a member is a big deal and we think that process should be simple. You can become a member by following 4 easy steps. This will take a couple of hours. You can do it all at once or in stages. Once you have completed the process, one of our pastors will connect with you personally.
1. READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
This document contains information about SMCC, benefits of membership, what you can expect from SMCC and what SMCC expects from its members.
2. LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING AUDIO SERMONS.
THE GOSPEL, THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD by Tim Keller
HONOR GOD, HONOR THE GUEST, HONOR THE PROCESS by Pastor Paul Robie
3. FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.
NOTE: THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE UP TO AN HOUR. THE APPLICATION CANNOT BE SAVED ONLINE, SO PLEASE PLAN YOUR TIME APPROPRIATELY.
4. ATTEND A MEET THE PASTOR EVENT
This is a chance to meet the staff and for them to get to know you. Additionally, you will hear the history of SMCC and how our mission, vision and values guide all that we do. Click the link below for more information.