We had a great kickoff on Sunday night as we rolled out membership at Cedars Church. Thank you to all that brought desserts to share and to those who helped the evening go off without a hitch. The goal of the Eldership was to work out the bylaws (which includes membership) that rightly reflect Cedars as a new church.
The Elders worked hard to make sure our new bylaws and membership are a reflection of the direction that we see Cedars going. The Elders had a big task and they were also working with C&MA in this process. The elders went back and forth about the bylaws a few times and although we would have wanted this process completed sooner, circumstances did not let that happen. We submitted the bylaws to Cedars almost 2 months ago. We wanted you to be able to see the finished product. As a part of the bylaws process we also tackled membership. We wanted to make sure that we did not over-complicate this process, and we wanted to reflect the heart of Cedars Church. The Elders believe that we have accomplished this.
The requirements are listed below.We will do a short recap in the weeks ahead. We will finish this initial kick-off on Sunday, July 28 with ine service at 9:30am and a celebration brunch in lieu of our 11:00am service. These weeks of July are not the only window to sign up for membership. This is simply the season of launching our membership. You can take the time you need to pray through this, ask any questions and make your commitment in the timeframe you need.
Our hope is that you look through the requirements and pray about your participation. We are excited about those who call Cedars their home church and want you to know that we are excited about the direction that we are being led. Please read through the bylaws and pray.
The elders of Cedar Church, in a desire to have unity of life and ministry, put forth the following requirements for membership at Cedars Church. We desire to honor Jesus Christ in all that we say, do and believe. By acknowledging and fulfilling the obligations in this document, you will be considered a member once we have received this signed statement. This will allow you to participate in the actions put forward at the Annual Meeting held the 3rd Sunday of January each year.
A completion of a membership class (Rooted).
Confession of faith in Jesus Christ and evidence of regeneration.
Belief in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; in the verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given; in the vicarious atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the eternal salvation of all who believe in Him and the eternal punishment of all who reject Him.
Acceptance of the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King as defined in scripture and is explained in relevant C&MA materials.
Full sympathy with the mission and core values of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, and cooperation by systematic support of its work.
A personal commitment to this fellowship which shall be demonstrated by such outward signs as regular attendance at its functions, regular giving of tithes and offerings in support of the local program as well as C&MA Missions, availability for local ministry assignments, and maintaining unity through the practice of speaking well of the Church and its leaders as well as that of settling differences quickly in the spirit of Matthew 5:23–24 and 6:14–15.
An acceptance of the authority of the Elders. The elders are for the edification and encouragement of the body. They are also for discipline and correction of the body. The submission to biblical authority is an important part of being a part of a local church body. (Hebrews 13:17)
If you agree with the above statements you may choose to sign the online version by clicking here, or you can sign a paper version on Sunday.
If you have any questions you can contact the Elders by clicking here.
Thank you for your consideration and know that we are praying for you. We are so thankful for those who want to help Cedars grow stronger.