Membership at Shepherd of the Hill

Are you interested in becoming a member of Shepherd of the Hill? To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation.  In the Bible this is called a covenant. Membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.  It's changing from "Shepherd is where I go for church" to "Shepherd is my church".

Membership is important in that it enables you to serve in ways not available to non-members, such as: Teaching Sunday School classes; voting at congregational meetings, serving on committees, and being ordained and installed as Elders and Deacons.

We offer a "Learning About Shepherd" class when the need is present. In this class, you'll be introduced to the vision, mission, and core values of our church and the many diverse programs we offer.  You'll meet our church leaders and learn about Presbyterian polity, stewardship and service opportunities. Those ready to join Shepherd of the Hill will meet with our Session Elders at this class to request membership.  You will then be received into membership at a worship service in the following weeks.  If you have not been previously baptized, you will be on the day you are received in worship.

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church. Such involvement includes:
-- proclaiming the good news in word and deed, taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation,
-- lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support,
-- studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life,
-- supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents,
-- demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,
-- responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others,
-- living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life,
-- working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment,
-- participating in the governing bodies of the church,
-- reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.