Becoming a Member at FUMCMC
What does Covenant mean?
Covenant is a biblical concept. It's an idea that comes from the Ancient Near East, where covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations and could expect certain benefits in return.What makes a covenant different from a simple binding agreement is that covenant implies a relational commitment, rooted in loyalty and love. For example, God covenanted with Noah, with Abram, with the people of Israel at Mt.Sinai, and eventually brought about a new covenant, available to all through Christ. Through covenant God continually called people back to the kind of life He intended for them.
In the Scriptures, "covenant” meant an agreement that lasted for life—at FUMC we are attempting to use this meaningful term while recognizing that membership of a local church is often not for life. This is one reason why we occasionally ask members to renew their Covenant.
What’s the difference between covenant and membership?
Both models are expressions of belonging and commitment, and both and both are biblical. The Old Testament refers to covenant often, and Paul develops the term ‘member’ in his letters. Covenant Membership is our form of membership.
Who is the covenant between—God and me or FUMC and me?
Both. As one people, we covenant with God. As a local expression of God’s church, we covenant together with each other. This means we covenant with each other and with God.
Why should someone become a Covenant Member with FUMC?
The ultimate question here is, "Why should someone be part of a church?” Committing your life to Christ, to others in community, and to bringing the healing of Jesus to the world is what it means to be a church. Formally participating in covenant is a way of declaring that this commitment to commitment to Christ and His church is a serious reality in your life.
What is the role of a person in Covenant? How can I live that out?
A Covenant Member both agrees to and commits to adopting our shared values. Together, we covenant to support the Kingdom through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Covenant Members keep each other accountable in loving relationships of mutual submission. Served by leadership, serving groups, and other forms of community, we take care of one another and help each other to live the way of Jesus.
Covenant Membership at FUMCMC First
At First United Methodist Church membership happens within the idea of "covenant". It's an idea that comes from the Ancient Near East, where covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations and could expect certain benefits in return. What makes a covenant different from a simple binding agreement is that covenant implies meaningful relationship. For example, God covenanted with Noah, with Abram, with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai, and eventually brought about a new covenant, available to all through Christ. Through covenant God continually called people back to the kind of life he intended for them.
Any follower of Christ is invited to become a Covenant Member of FUMC. If you are interested in joining FUMC and would like to speak to a pastor, click HERE to schedule a time to visit with a pastor.
The Five Promises
Whether together in worship or alone during the week, we ask our members to pray for each other, for the sick or for those in pain. We also pray for our church, our pastor and staff, our families and all those inside and outside our doors. We stand in the need of prayer. Just as you pray for this community, this community will be praying for you.
We expect members to attend weekly worship services when they are in town and not ill. Members are also strongly encouraged to join a small group. Regular presence in worship and in the life of the church is a key way for us to show that our faith is a priority in our lives.
All of our gifts come from God, and we are called to joyfully give them back to God through community. As a member, you are invited to share your gifts of leadership, music, talent, and service in addition to financial gifts. Giving from the congregation funds 100% of the church's ministries. We ask members to make a financial pledge upon joining and to update it each year during the fall or when their financial situation changes.
We offer many opportunities for service during Sunday worship and throughout the week. We encourage members to volunteer their time and serve the church and their community.
We ask members to share their story, to speak or write about how their lives have been changed. We include witness in our worship services and in our communications because these changes in our lives are real.