Whether you are new to the community, new to the Christian faith, or new to our church family, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at First Presbyterian. It is our hope that you will find in us a warm and welcoming place where you can call home. We also desire that you will find a place where you can grow in your faith, be nurtured in your relationship with God, and to be challenged to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
New member/connection classes are provided on a regular basis as a way to learn more about who we are and what we have to offer at First Presbyterian. If you have questions about our congregation or what we believe, please contact Pastor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
. He or another member of the church would be happy to talk with you further.
What is the meaning of church membership?
We Presbyterians take our understanding of church membership from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One becomes an active member of the church through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and acceptance of his Lordship in all of life. Baptism and a public profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance into the active membership of the church.
The church universal consists of every person in every nation, together with their children, who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and commit themselves to live in a fellowship under his rule. Since this whole company cannot meet together in one place to worship and serve, it is reasonable that it should be divided into smaller congregations.
The First Presbyterian Church of Billings is one such smaller congregation. We are part of the universal church of Jesus Christ, yet also unique due to our Reformed theology and Presbyterian government. A single church of Jesus Christ, the world over, yet separated into unique expressions of Christian faith and life. As Paul teaches us in Ephesians 4:5-6, we have "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all."
What responsibilities does one accept in joining the Presbyterian Church? As our Book of Order makes clear, "a faithful member accepts Christ's call to be involved responsibly in the ministry of his Church. Such involvement includes:
proclaiming the good news,
taking part in the common life and worship of a particular church,
praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian Church,
* supporting the work of the Church through the giving of money, time and talents,
participating in the governing responsibilities of the Church,
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."
When a person joins the church, they enter into a joyful covenant of faithfulness with God, and also this community of faith. We pledge to love and support each other as we grow together as Christ's disciples.
The church's ministry is an expression of our collective witness to the work of Jesus Christ in the world today. In joining the church, you become part of God's work in our midst at this time. We encourage new members to become active in the life and ministry of our congregation, finding their special place in the Body of Christ, his church.