Are there any requirements for membership at Saint Paul’s?
Yes. Anyone desiring to place membership at Saint Paul’s must be willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and grow in his or her relationship with God. Our membership requirements are based on the New Testament precedents set forth in Acts 2:37-41, and throughout the book of Romans.
How do I accept Christ as my Savior?
First, admit that you (and everyone else) have fallen short of God’s requirements (Romans 3:23); next, understand that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23); then, acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son, and that He has already paid the penalty for your sins by His death on the cross (Romans 5:8, 10:9010); and finally, follow the example of Christ and show that you identify with him by being baptized (Romans 6:3-4).
When should I become a member?
This answer is different for every person. Some are ready to become members after only a few visits; others require more time to the teachings, beliefs and expectations of the Church. However, if you attend regularly and are ready to have or have already entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ and been baptized by immersion; and if you are ready to consider Saint Paul’s your Church home, then you may be ready to become a member today.
How do I become a member of Saint Paul’s?
During each weekend worship service, an invitation is extended generally at the end of the message, for anyone who wants to make a decision. You will sit down individually with someone who is trained to answer your questions and help you with your decision. If you are not able to respond during the worship service, someone is always available during office hours at the Church Office (9-5, M-F) to speak with you in person. If you have any questions, contact the Member Services Team at (804) 643-4000.
What is expected of me once I become a member?
Here’s our expectation of members:
1. Regularly attend worship.
2. Find a group to call your own. We have different types of groups to meet diverse needs.
3. Support the church with your prayers, your presence and your financial gifts.
4. Invite others.
If I have already received Christ and have been baptized by immersion in another church, will I have to be baptized again to be a member of Saint Paul’s?
No. We believe that you are baptized into God’s family, not a particular church. However, some people who become members choose to be baptized again if they feel their baptism was for the wrong reason(s), such as an adult who was baptized as a child because a friend or parent pressured him or her. If you have questions about this, we would be happy to discuss it with you.
Do I have to be a member to serve at Saint Paul’s?
No. Many of the ministry opportunities at Saint Paul’s do not require you to be a member. There are some, however, which do require membership. As a general guideline, membership is required to participate in any leadership role at Saint Paul’s.