In one sense, every believer is part of the Church – the spiritual-worldwide ‘Body of Christ’. However, they also belong to a local fellowship where they promise to obey the Bible, live in community and support the work of the local church. At Southside Bible Church, we think this is a big deal.
Being a member of a church is not like being a member of a social club or other organisation. The Church of Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry, service and accountability. It comes with certain pre-requisites, responsibilities and privileges. At Southside, we use the word ‘Partnership’ to describe this commitment to being part of our community.
Becoming a partner is a four-step process:
Step 1: Connect Course
This is a 5-part course that takes you through the basics of the Christian faith and what it means to belong to Southside. You will learn the history and vision of Southside, acquaint yourself with its ministries and opportunities, and dialogue with a pastor and other partners on any questions you may have about church or Christian community.
Step 2: Partnership application
Following attendance at Connect classes, you will be invited to apply for partnership.
Step 3: Partnership Interview
Meet with someone from the Leadership Team for your partnership interview. If recommended for partnership, your name will be submitted to the entire Leadership Team for approval. Married couples who both profess the Christian faith will be interviewed together. Both spouses need to complete steps 1 and 2 individually to move on to the interview.
Step 4: Partnership approval
Upon Leadership Team approval, you will be formally welcomed as a partner before the church community.
The next Connect sessions are scheduled for Sundays after church on 18 March, 25 March, 8 April,15 April and 22 April. Lunch and child supervision will be available. Please contact Jayan if you would like to attend.