Becoming A Member

Is it important to be a member of a church?

We believe that Christian faith is about relationships. It is about our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. In both cases, we believe that Jesus reveals what is essential about all of our relationships. Jesus lived in awareness of God’s presence and placed his trust in God. In him, we hear God’s invitation to live a relationship of intimacy and faithfulness. Jesus welcomed anyone who would respond to this invitation. Baptism, the sign of God’s gracious love for us and our desire to follow Jesus, joins us together as sisters and brothers in Christian faith and calls us to share the good news with others.

Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves living as a follower of Jesus. It is a way of saying, “This is who I am and this is what matters to me.” It is a commitment to a lifetime of learning and growing in our relationships with God and with one another. Being a part of the church is a way that we witness to our faith in God and open ourselves to relationships that only Christian community can offer.

This is the reason that, every Sunday, we invite persons who are not members of First Christian Church in Russellville to make this community their church home. A person who has never been baptized may join FCC by affirming their intention to be a follower of Jesus. The service of baptism will be scheduled in consultation with the candidate. A person who has been baptized in another congregation or Christian denomination may transfer his or her membership. FCC does not require a person to be “re-baptized” transferring from another church.

A person desiring membership by confession of faith and baptism or transfer of membership may come forward at the close of the worship service during the singing of the hymn of invitation and be introduced to the congregation. The Pastor can also make special arrangements for persons who are unable or uncomfortable with coming to the front of the church to make the confession of faith or to transfer membership from another Christian denomination. A person transferring membership from another congregation does not have to present a written statement from that congregation.

Each member of FCC is expected to participate in the worship and fellowship of the church and to support the church’s mission of witness and service.

You are invited to talk with our minister, Rev. Dann Masden, or any of the members of the church about membership and/or about participating a new members class. A new members class is not taught on a regular basis, but the minister will teach such a class when a need for the class presents itself. This class will help you learn more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the history and the ministries of the First Christian Church in Russellville. You may contact us by calling the church office, 726-2586, or by emailing the minister directly (fccdann@gmail.com).