BEcome a Member


BEcome a Member

At Grace Point Church we are privileged to learn about Jesus together, worship Him together, and serve Him together. As God’s children, it is our desire to interact and share our lives with one another. Guests are always welcome at Grace Point. However, it is hoped that after a season of getting to know us, guests will become part of the family. For those interested in joining our membership, we offer the following process as your opportunity to learn more about us and our opportunity to get to know more about you.

HOW MEMBERSHIP WORKS AT GRACE POINT

Membership applications may be requested from a pastor, picked up at the Information Center, or downloaded from our website. You will be given an application and Church Constitution. The application asks if you have trusted Christ as your personal savior, have been (or will be) baptized on your profession of faith, and agree with the covenant, statement of faith and principles of our constitution.

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You will be interviewed briefly by the Elders and asked to state your faith and desire to unite with the church, and/or asked to attend a Membership class.

The Elders, satisfied with your testimony, will recommend you to the church for membership.

The church will vote on this recommendation.

You will be assigned to one of our Elders as your Undershepherd. He will pray for you, take a special interest in you, and be available for help as needed. This is not in place of – but in addition to – the care of the pastors.

Six Reasons to Join a church

1. Membership says, “I belong here,” and God Says that believers belong together (Heb. 10:23-25). You sense that God wants you here with the people of Grace Point Church at this time in your Christian life, and you want to make a public declaration that you are committed to God’s work through this church.

2. Membership says, “We share the same ministry goals,” and God says that believers are to be committed to one another for the sake of spiritual impact (Eph. 4:16). You believe that Jesus has work to do in Vestal, the Southern Tier, the country, the world, and you’re willing to join with others to see that it gets done.

3. Membership says, “I accept responsibility for a group of fellow believers in the family of God,” and that’s God’s plan as well (Gal. 6:1,2,10) You want to be part of a caring network of people, sharing one another’s joys and sorrows, and helping one another grow through worship, Bible study, and fellowship.

4. Membership says, “I am accountable to mature brothers and sisters in Christ for my walk with God,” and God warns against spiritual autonomy (Heb. 13:17; Matt. 18:15-20). You don’t want to go it alone in standing for Jesus Christ, and want to receive the guidance, equipping, and assistance necessary to remain on target.

5. Membership says, “I accept responsibility for how things are done here,” and God says that’s how it should be (1 Cor. 12:20-27). Members elect elders, deacons, and other church officers, approve an annual ministry budget, as well as call pastors to serve as our spiritual leaders. Every member has a say in shaping our church’s direction and ministry goals.

6. Membership keeps us legal (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Peter 2:13-17). The State of New York recognizes churches if they have a credible membership and organization. Obedience to these laws affirms that we are responsible citizens with a desire to serve.