Becoming a Member.
Although you are welcome to participate in the life and ministry of Harbor City Church without becoming a member, we feel there are strong reasons to formally commit to membership. Some of these reasons are:
- Accountability to spiritual leadership (Heb 13:17)
- Publicly demonstrating your identity with Christ and the reality of His Body on Earth (Mark 8:38, 1 Cor 12:27)
- Participation in a more unified effort of God's people
- The right to shape the ministry of Harbor City Church with your vote and feedback.
To become a member of Harbor City Church is to make a public promise to follow Jesus, to live according to God's Word, to support and participate in the work of the Harbor City Church congregation, and to submit to its government and discipline.*
Becoming a member of Harbor City Church includes 3 steps:
- Attend the Harbor City Intro Class
- Be interviewed by an elder
- Make public vows before the congregation
- I believe that I am made in the image of God, created to worship, serve, and enjoy him in all of life.
- I acknowledge myself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope except through his sovereign mercy.
- I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and I receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel.
- I now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ.
- I promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of my ability.
- I submit myself to the government and discipline of the Church*, and promise to strive for its purity and peace.
*Submitting to the government and discipline of a church means submitting only insofar as leaders are reflecting the authority of Scripture. If a leader requires something contrary to Scripture, you should not submit. If there is disagreement between you and an elder, you may appeal to the Presbytery.
If you have never been baptized, we would be delighted to baptize you when you make your public vows. Let the elder know during your interview and we will schedule your baptism (or for parents, a child baptism).
If you have questions or would like to begin this process, please contact us,