Membership is about choosing to belong to a local church for the purposes of practical commitment to love, service and growth. It is taking a step into a higher commitment to God, to the other people at Lake Hills, and to your own spiritual growth.
We offer a Membership Discovery class 2 – 3 times each year. We take an in-depth look at our beliefs, vision, values, structure and strategy. This is a no-pressure look at membership to determine if you would like to join Lake Hills Community Church. You will receive a handbook of all that we discuss. You can review it and then let us know if and when you decide to join.
If you are interested, simply mark it on your Connection Card which is available in our bulletin at each service. You can also let us know via the Comments section below.
4 Levels of Growth in Membership at LHCC
As we grow, we will offer four levels of membership discovery, each becoming a touchstone for personal growth:
- Discovery 101: Starting Point –To explain and offer membership at Lake Hills Community Church
- Discovery 201: The Journey — To point people to spiritual growth and maturity
- Discovery 301: Focus — To acquaint people with basic skills they need for ministry and church leadership
- Discovery 401: L.E.A.D. — To enlist people to the worldwide mission of sharing Christ
Our next membership class, Discovery 101, is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 23, 2012 beginning at 9:00 A.M. If you wish to attend, please RSVP using the form below. (You may also mark the appropriate box on your Connection Card at church on Sundays.) If you do not RSVP, you are still very welcome to come, but there may not be a handbook available for you. Thanks!
The Cost of Not Belonging
1. Theirs was a commitment that may cost them their lives.
2. Paul teaches in scripture that to be out of membership, is to be out from under spiritual
protection and open to spiritual harrassments and attacks.
3. It communicates to others your feeling about making a commitment to the church.
4. You begin or perpetuate a pattern of not applying spiritual reality into practical
application.(Loving people in “the abstract” and not in “the concrete”)
5. You cannot affect the long-range planning or ministries of the congregation.
Church membership communicates to the leadership of the church a person’s level of commitment.A covenant is a two-way street; just like God’s covenant with us, so is our covenant with each other.When membership is offered and one chooses not to enter that covenant commitment, than neither does the church have a covenant commitment to that person.
The Cost of Belonging
For many, the cost is not consistent with our central focus… the cross and a sacrificial death and life.By its very nature, it must be costly (perceived value). “Many of today’s seekers are dissatisfied with church membership, not because we demand too much, but rather that our demands are too small.”(Elton Trueblood)
For the follower of Christ, our goal is to bring all of life’s commitments and obligations under one master commitment to Christ and His people.Membership should call us to a threefold commitment:
1. commitment to Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord
2. commitment to a community of His people with whom we identify here on Earth
3. commitment to the work He calls us to accomplish in the world
It is our hope that you will join a local church in a commitment to Christ, to His people and to His ministry and mission in the world.