In our parish, we encourage membership because we believe that it fosters Christian discipleship and reflects the membership we share in the Body of Christ. We know that the process of deciding to become a member is a serious one. While we encourage you to complete all three steps, Advent Foundations is an introduction for all who may be interested in learning more about the church. The three steps toward membership are listed below.
Step 1: Attend an Advent FOUNDATIONs class
Advent Foundations explores three crucial questions for every Christian: What do we believe? How do I pray? How do I live? Over twelve sessions, it draws on the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments to guide us and ground our faith. Foundations is open to anyone desiring to grow in their faith, even if they do not necessarily intend to become members of Church of the Advent. It is, however, a prerequisite for membership, as well as baptism, parents of infants being baptized, marriage, confirmation, reaffirmation of one’s Christian faith, and certain leadership positions within Church of the Advent. This class is offered in the fall and spring. If you're interested in registering for the Fall 2017 class, fill out this form on Advent Commons or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Meet with a Pastor
After you have completed Advent Foundations, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of the pastors. This is simply a time for us to get to know you and hear more about your understanding of the gospel and experience of coming to know and follow the Lord.
Please note that in order to be a member of Advent, you must have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If you have not yet been baptized, but would like to be, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Step 3: Sign the Membership Covenant
The final step in becoming a member of Advent is signing the membership covenant. This represents your commitment to living out the Christian faith in community with others at Advent, and your investment in the life of our church. We encourage people to sign the covenant at a CORE Group gathering and to celebrate! You will be added to the member directory once we have a copy of your signed covenant. Formal reception of members happens twice a year, on All Saints' Day (the Sunday closest to November 1) and Easter Sunday.