Public Profession of Faith and Membership
Public Profession of Faith is when a person decides that they want to make their commitment to and belief in Jesus Christ known to others. To do this, they need to go in front of church elders or a body of believers and say, “Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ and I want to follow Him!”
Jesus says that we need to have courage and say He is Lord of our lives in front of other people. By saying this publicly, we honor and worship God. We are called to be shining lights and not hide our faith in God. Matthew 10:32, Matthew 5:14-16
Membership, as defined by the church, means officially becoming a member of a specific church. It happens when believers in Jesus Christ want to officially commit to a specific church body. When they officially do that, they are saying, “I want to serve Jesus and others with the body of Third Church." Students who make a public profession of faith will automatically enter into membership with Third Church. 1 Cor. 12:12-13, Eph. 2: 13-22
The Apostle Paul says membership is like becoming the heart and lungs of a living body. When you become a member of a church, it means that you are committing to grow with Jesus and serve others by telling people about Jesus and showing them how to live like He did. Becoming a member means you become a son or daughter in a HUGE family that is committed to supporting you, protecting you, teaching you how to grow and encouraging you as you walk with Jesus Christ. Romans 12:4-5, 1 Cor. 6:15, 1 Cor. 12:12-27, Rom. 12:19, Gal. 6:1-2, Heb. 10:24-25
Preparing to Make Profession of Faith: Mentorship
Step 1: Find a mentor. If you need help finding a mentor, please indicate that on your registration form. It may be helpful for you to find a mentor by asking someone who you already know. Look for an adult who has a relationship with Jesus and someone who you respect and admire. Please consider one of your parents first as they have been and will likely continue to be the ones most deeply invested in your relationship with Jesus. If you are choosing someone other than your parent or a relative, you will need to find someone of the same gender. Once you know who you would like to ask, show them the section in profession of faith handbook (see step 3) that describes the mentor’s role and commitment. Also tell them why you would like to make a public profession of faith. Another option to connect with a mentor is to let us assign one for you. This would give you the opportunity to meet someone new! If you would like us to connect you with a mentor, contact Ali Cranmer or Brett Wiersma and plan to meet your mentor at the student and mentor orientation.
Step 2: Register online to officially begin the process and choose which upcoming Celebration Sunday service you will be received into membership.
Step 3: Attend a student and mentor orientation meeting and receive your profession of faith handbooks.
Step 4: Meet with your mentor to complete the six sessions from the handbooks. You and your mentor get to pick the time and location of each meeting. You should plan to meet for about an hour each time.
Step 5: After completing the six sessions and writing your testimony, attend a meeting to share your testimony with the elders. Mentors are encouraged to attend the elder meeting with students on Wednesday, April 5.
Step 6: Attend the Sunday morning service that you select and make a public profession of faith and be welcomed into Third Church membership on Sunday, April 23. Mentors should also plan to attend.