header jesusBecoming A Church Member

The church is “the body of Christ” made up of many members helping one another grow in the grace and knowledge and joy of Jesus Christ.
 
We live in a consumer driven culture that is continually on the look out for what others can do for self. Joining the church is a way of entering into a community of faith, and of seeking to edify others.
 
In our commitment phobic culture, joining a church is a way of committing yourself to a local body of believers, and of seeking the good of others in the church and community.
 
Here at Fowler Pres, becoming a member is a matter of professing a personal faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, having been baptized, and of taking a simple afternoon class after church on a Sunday.
 
Usually, the membership class is about 2.5 hours. During this time you will get to know the pastor, some of the elders that lead the church, more about Jesus, the Bible, our church denomination the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (www.epc.org), and of your responsibilities as a believing member belonging to Fowler Presbyterian Church.
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Official Membership Details
The Fowler Presbyterian Church extends a warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ to all who worship with us.  It is our hope that your attendance will help you grow in your faith and love of Jesus Christ. We appreciate your interest in our church.  As you worship, feel free to call our Pastor should you have any questions regarding our church mission.  He can be reached at 559-834-1515.
 
Membership   The requirements for members in the Fowler Presbyterian Church are basic and biblical.  An interested worshiper may become a member of the church in three different ways:  
  • They may be received by the session (the elders) of a particular Presbyterian church on the basis of their transfer by letter from another Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
  • They may unite with a Presbyterian church by making a restatement or reaffirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ before the session. Sometimes, it is impossible for a person to secure a certificate of membership in order that he may move his membership to a Presbyterian Church. In such situations, the person who desires to join the Presbyterian church is asked to re-affirm his faith in Jesus Christ before the session by answering the same questions asked of those who unite with the church on profession of faith.
  • A new Christian unites with a Presbyterian Church by making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who become members of the church in this way appear before the session and answer satisfactorily five fundamental questions prescribed by the Book of Order. If they give evidence of sincerity and earnestness in their faith in Christ, the session votes to admit them to church membership.  They ordinarily then appear before the congregation to repeat their public profession of faith in Christ, usually by answering again the five questions from the Book of Church Order.  At that time, they also receive Christian baptism, if they have not already been baptized in infancy.

  In whatever of these three ways a person becomes a member of a Presbyterian church, the individual will also be asked to attend our membership class taught by our pastor and one or more of our ruling elders. This membership class is usually on a Sunday afternoon and is about three hours of learning about our local Fowler Presbyterian Church, our Evangelical Presbyterian denomination (EPC), the basic gospel found in the “essentials” page at the beginning of the , and of course just a chance for you to get to know the pastor better and for the church to get to know your faith journey and story as well.   After you take the membership class, and fill out the related membership form, you will be called by one of our ruling elders who will listen to your Christian testimony. After that, you will be presented before the church on a Sunday morning and received into fellowship.   Take some time to think through the following five vows.  These are five questions every Christian should be able with a clear, unwavering “yes”.  As such, these are the vows you would be asked to make if you wanted to join the Fowler Presbyterian Church—nothing more and nothing less.  

  1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in God’s sight, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except through His sovereign mercy?
  2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
  3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
  4. To the best of your ability, do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work?
  5. Do you submit to the government and discipline of the Church, and do you promise to study its purity and peace?

  .  Once you become a member, we hope that you will be called to support the church and its godly mission by:  

  • Attending Sunday worship regularly
  • Studying the Word of God through regular Bible study
  • Prayerfully considering where to serve
  • Prayerfully giving to support the church with your finances, time, talents and spiritual gifts

  We look forward to you becoming a member of our church family, doing life together, and sharing the ever-increasing joy of knowing Jesus and making Him known!