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Membership

Membership in the Church Community

All of our neighbors, believer and skeptic alike, are warmly invited to visit our church, and to investigate the claims of Christ and the work of his Spirit in this community. There are countless ways for our neighbors to belong and be involved in of our shared life together in Marin. However, that which has been true of most churches throughout history is also true of us: committed church membership is a privilege and responsibility that we strongly encourage. In fact, when the New Testament speaks of conversion to Christianity, it often does so in terms of committment to the local church.  Membership in the Grace Marin congregation means that you have committed yourself to this family of believers, that you have agreed to participate fully in the life, ministry, and mission of our church. The process of becoming a member of our church looks like this:


1.   The  Membership Seminar- The regularly offered "Inquirers' Class" is ordinarily the first step, although it in no way obligates you to membership. Email the office for details on the next seminar.

 

2. Fill out a Membership Application


3.    The Membership Interview- After the seminar, you need to take the initiative and speak with a member of the pastoral staff regarding setting up a membership interview. Generally, these meetings last about 45 minutes and are designed to allow us to get to know you better, to hear how you came to be a Christian and what God is doing in your life, and to allow you to ask any questions you might have about the church. The staff member will ask you to give assent to the five membership vows.


4.   Make Public Promises- Make public promises. When you become a member, you make promises to the church community. Much of the class time will be spent explaining the meaning of these promises. The final step is taking these vows during a Sunday service, usually with a group of those joining the church.. Those who have not been baptized previously will receive Holy Baptism at that time. And welcome to Grace Church of Marin!


Whether or not you officially join Grace Church of Marin, we pray that God would use this church to change your life and to equip you to change the lives of your friends and family. We are delighted to have you as a part of this worshipping community that we believe God will indeed use to transform Marin through the gospel of Jesus Christ.