There are two basic expectations of being a 'member' of the City Alliance Church. We are using the term 'member' here in a formal sense; it is something that you deliberately choose to become, and with that decision comes certain responsibilities. The first expectation is that members will not only enjoy the benefits of being part of our community, but contribute something to it. The second is that members will believe certain things.
What a Member Contributes
Members are expected to contribute to the day-to-day operation of the church by taking on one of the many volunteer roles available in the church. There may be times that members take a break from these roles or contribute in another way, but in general, being a member means that you give some of your time to the church.
Another way in which members are expected to give is through tithing. This is part of how we demonstrate our commitment to what God is doing in and through our community by giving our resources to it. In the same way a member is expected to give their time, they are also expected to give their money.
The final way in which a member contributes to our community is through member's meetings. These meetings acknowledge that God not only leads the pastor to make decisions about the future of the church, he also leads the community as a whole. One of the primary aims of our members' meetings is to bring a sense of integrity to the operation of our church, both in the eyes of God and of those around us. By making decisions together we hope to keep one another accountable and in line with God's desires for us.
What a Member Believes
Whilst we welcome anyone into our community who can affirm our desire to be green and leafy, to become a 'member' of the church we require a commitment to certain beliefs. These beliefs relate to two things, (1) what it means to be a Christian generally, and (2) what it means to be a Christian in the C&MA of Australia.
The following document explains what it means to 'believe', why we ask you to make a statement of your beliefs, and details the beliefs that members are required to affirm. It is normal to have questions about these things and the idea is to work through this document with someone before signing the final declaration.
Becoming a Member
Becoming a member of the church is something that takes place over the course of a year or more. It is assumed that someone who is interested in becoming a member of the church has decided to follow Jesus and been baptised. The following list represents a timeline of things to progress through at the end of which one would be invited to become a member of the City Alliance Church.
- Tell of your experience of becoming a follower of Jesus to the pastor or another member
- Volunteer for a role
- Begin tithing
- Attend members' meetings (as a 'non-voting' participant)
- Read through the 'Statement of Beliefs.pdf' with the pastor or another member (over several weeks)
- Fill in and sign the 'Statement of Beliefs.pdf'