At Trinity, we periodically offer a Connections Class 101 - Discovering the Trinity Family. This class is a basic introduction to our church family and is designed to clearly explain what our church is all about. It is for those who want to know more about our church and prospective members. We want you to catch a vision of what God intends to do through us in making a positive impact in our world for Jesus Christ. The class is one session, approximately 2 hours in length, and is a requirement for membership.
Why Become A Member?
At Trinity, we recognize a need for a formal membership. The difference between “attenders” and “members” can be summed up in the word commitment. We feel compelled to ask Christians to commit themselves to church membership for three basic reasons:
- A Biblical Reason - Jesus Christ Himself is committed to the church. (Ephesians 5:25, “....just as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for her.”)
- A Cultural Reason - It is an antidote to our shallow society. We live in an age when very few people know what it means to commit to anything. Few commit to long term relationships in marriage, friends, or churches. Membership says, “I belong, I’m part of this...I can be counted on”. (Every team has a roster / every school has an enrollment / every business has personnel)
- A Practical Reason - The church promotes spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for mutual spiritual growth. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
What is expected of me as a Member of Trinity? We ask each individual to commit to four things in membership:
- I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH. By acting in love toward other members. Romans 15:5 “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.” By refusing to gossip. Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” By following leadership. Hebrews 13:17 “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”
- I WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY CHURCH. By praying for its growth and ministry. John 14:13-14 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” By inviting the unchurched to attend. Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” By warmly welcoming those who visit. Titus 3:15 “All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.” By giving to the support of the ministry of the church. 1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”
- I WILL SERVE THE MINISTRY OF MY CHURCH. By discovering my gifts and talents. 1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” By being equipped to serve & allowing God to work through me. Ephesians 4:11-12 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” By developing a servant’s heart. Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
- I WILL SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF MY CHURCH. By attending faithfully. Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” By living a godly life. Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
Conditions of Membership
- You must be born again with evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Baptized by immersion in a church of like faith and practice.
- Acceptance of the four membership commitments.
Steps To Joining The Trinity Family
- Attend Connections Class 101 “Discovering the Trinity Family”.
- Complete the Membership Commitment form and give it to the pastor or your sponsor at the end of the Connections Class 101, or to an altar worker at the conclusion of any church service.
- Membership can be transferred by letter from a church of like faith and practice, or by statement of faith based upon Christian experience. If transferring membership by letter, please indicate the church’s name and address on the Salvation Testimony Interview form (given in class). Or if you have accepted Christ but have not been scripturally baptized you can be baptized at Trinity.
- Come forward at the invitation of any Sunday morning worship service to be introduced to the church (you won't have to say anything!).