Joining FPC

In the book The Present Future by Reggie McLean, he says,  “Instead of dumping a packet of church club member stuff on [prospective members], why not interview them about what they would like to see happen in their lives in terms of their spiritual development and personal growth?”  Following discussion by the Evangelism and Membership Committee, the Session approved changing the membership process in January of 2010, and a response to that effect was conveyed to prospective members in a letter from Pastor Howard.  The following excerpt from that letter explains the change made in preparing for membership:  “As we considered other methods, we came across the passage in Acts 9 where Saul becomes a follower of Jesus Christ.  Then we read in verses 26 and 27, “When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles.”  The name Barnabas means “son of encouragement.”

This sounded like what we were looking for.  Instead of asking prospective members to come to a series of classes, we match them up with their own “Barnabas,” their own encourager.  This is a person or persons who meet with them on an individual basis and do all he or she can to help prospective members take the next steps on their spiritual journeys.  Meeting with a “Barney” is low key with absolutely no pressure. It is simply a way of helping prospective members become more involved in our community of faith.  If you are interested in being a “Barney” or connecting with a “Barney” contact the church office or a member of the Fellowship and Evangelism committee