Rather than a traditional membership, we encourage you to consider a partnership with Crossings. As Crossings becomes your church home, partnership better describes how we all relate to one another, grow together, and serve each other.
Years ago, church membership took on a couple of different forms:
- The first blurred the lines between salvation and church attendance. Membership was often understood as being the sign of new life in Christ. The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), which is our spiritual heritage, wanted to clarify that salvation was found through faith in Jesus alone, not in any formal membership to a church body. We believe that when someone steps into their new life in Jesus, they become a ‘member’ of His bride–the (big C) Church–no matter what local church they attend. She or he then becomes a partner in that local church family.
- The second had to do with how people understood and viewed membership. In many organizations, membership grants privileges and rights to the member. This often leads to an entitlement mentality. Partnership, however, suggests that each member brings with him/her responsibility to the whole. As Crossings becomes your church home, you begin to take on some responsibility to the whole of our church. We become partners in the ministry of this local church we call Crossings. Each of us has a role to play, and each of us is a partner to Crossings’ mission.
What kind of responsibility do we have as partners in ministry at Crossings?
As regular, active attenders of Crossings, we commit to:
- Worship regularly with this church community
- Connect with others for accountability and encouragement
- Serve others with our talents and gifts
- Grow continually in my faith, hope, and love through practices such as prayer, Bible study, tithing, and other important aspects of spiritual growth.