Welcome Home Class and Official Church Membership
THE WELCOME HOME CLASS
This is the perfect opportunity to become a formal member of Del Rey Church!
The Welcome Home Class is a 10-session class that we offer each summer. It is a wonderful class where you can get an overview of the basics of Christianity and how we do church at Del Rey Church. You will learn about all three Persons of the one true and living God - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You will learn about the Bible and why we believe it is the very words of God and completely true and free of error. You will learn about the Gospel and why it is the only way to be saved. You will learn about Christian ethics (what's right and what's wrong), spiritual gifts, how we organize our church, our leadership. And you will learn about the mission of the church as given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ and how we fulfill it.
- When: Starting 1st week in June, ending early August.
- Format: Watch 10 online sessions, one each week, at your convenience. Meet for 30 minutes of Q/A with a group led by a pastor at a time and day favorable to you.
- What to buy: "Life in the Father's House" - buy it yourself online or borrow a copy from a church member (the church has a few copies, so you can one have in return for a donation of any size)
- What else you'll get: 10 reading packets (the PDFs of the Welcome Home binder) to read each week, delivered by email or download
- Cost: free (unless you get a book from the church)
The class is FREE except for the cost of materials - a book which you will need to purchase.
Taking the class is also one of the requirements for official church membership. But even those who are NOT interested in official membership will get a lot out of it. Pastor Tony says, "I have been taking or teaching the class every year for the past several years, and I always get something new out of it."
OFFICIAL CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
For those of you who are interested in official membership with our church, it is always a joy to see someone go through the process of membership and then officially join the family.
Simply put, here’s what the process looks like:
1. Get involved
2. Attend the "Welcome Home" Membership Class
3. Complete and turn in the Membership Application
4. A short get-together with one of our pastors and another member so they can get to know you
5. Get officially welcomed by vote of the congregation at an official church Family Business Meeting
Step 1: Get Involved
Of course, it goes without saying that church membership and church involvement are different things. All of our church members are involved in the church, but not all of the involved are church members yet. Involvement is the first step in church membership. The best way to get involved is to start by regularly attending the Sunday worship services. From there, we suggest getting plugged in at a midweek fellowship (i.e. Community Group, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Youth Group, etc.).
After this, we suggest finding a ministry in the church where you can regularly volunteer using your unique gifts and abilities to serve your fellow members (Kids' Church, Music Team, Fresh Grocery Sundays, fundraising, etc.). If you need help getting involved in any of these ways, please do not hesitate to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We say that involvement is the first step because we want to assure that all of our members are actively participating in the life of the church. More foundationally, we want to see the faith of our members in action. So if you are not regularly attending Sunday services, mid-week fellowship, and volunteering in ministry, then we would ask for you to begin that journey today.
Step 2: Taking the Class
After getting involved in the church, we have an annual membership class (we call it “WELCOME HOME”) where the process of official membership begins. The class runs for 10 weeks, and it covers an in-depth overview of the theological beliefs (orthodox doctrine, Bible history, end times, etc.), philosophical approach to church, and practical spirituality that we hold our members to believe and practice. We will announce during church when the next class is scheduled and have sign-ups for all interested.
Step 3: The Application
At the beginning of the Welcome Home Class you will receive a Membership Application. We will go over it with you and answer questions you have about it. After the class, you have up to one year to complete it and turn it into the church office. The application lets us know formally about your involvement in Del Rey Church, your testimony, and where you are at with God.
Step 4: The Meet Up
Then we schedule a Membership Interview with you, one of the pastors, and one of the other members. It's not really an interview. More like a chance for us to get to know each other in a casual environment and answer any other questions you may have.
Step 4: Membership Approval
The last step is for the congregation to take an official vote to welcome you as a new member at one of our Family Business Meetings. Congratulations!
Why Membership Matters
We realize that our church is unique in its approach to official membership. Many churches seem to have membership just for the sake of having membership or for having a larger number on their rosters. While we hope our church membership grows, we do not want to compromise the purity of our church’s ethics and doctrines.
As an official member, a person is given the authority to help make decisions for the direction of our church as we make decisions, both financial and spiritual. We have created this process of membership to instill commitment in our members, to prepare people for decision-making in congregational voting, and to safeguard the integrity of our witness in the community. We would love for you to join our witness, so we encourage you to go through the membership process.
We encourage you to begin the process today by getting involved and by signing up at the next Welcome Home class. It is quite easy to attend church and just be a recipient. Sometimes we need to go through a time of receiving and growing before we are ready for the next step. Not everyone is ready for membership right away, and that is fine.
We do not believe that there is some hierarchy between official church members and those who just regularly attend. In fact, there are some who have attended for a very long time and have yet to become official members, and that is fine too. We are just excited to have the opportunity to minister to folks in any way we can. However, each one of us pastors can attest that one of the greatest means of fulfillment of our lives has been being an extension of God’s love in regular service as an official member in the local church. We hope to see you begin the process of membership. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.
- The Del Rey Church Pastors