Join New City in Covenant Partnership.
To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word of God and to support the work of a local congregation. We call this promise a covenant. Every Christian is part of the universal Body of Christ in the world (organism). But, only by making this public promise of "covenant partnership" does a person become part of a local church as organization. A covenant is the foundation for a healthy accountable relationship in marriage, society, church membership, and with God.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a club, store, or an organization. Most members of an organization are seen as consumers and the organization exists to serve them. The church of Jesus Christ is a counter cultural community where membership equates to ministry, service, love, accountability, and moving from a consumer to a servant providing care and God's love toward others. At New City Church, we take seriously we are a church "for the city", and not ourselves. Covenant Partnership helps us live this out together in Kansas City.
Covenant Partnership (i.e. Membership) Process
There are three steps for becoming a Covenant Partner at New City Church.
Baptism is a prerequisite for covenant partnership.
STEP 1: THE GOSPEL CLASS
Attend The Gospel Class led by Pastor Ryan, or other pastor/elder. This class will be 90 minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of Question and Answer. There will be a resource guide "Vision Booklet" explaining our beliefs, convictions, affiliations, philosophy of ministry, and how to get involved with the church family. We will send a digital copy for you to peruse before the class.
STEP 2: COVENANT PARTNERSHIP INTERVIEW
After completing The Gospel Class you will make an appointment to meet with a pastor/elder for a 45-60 minute interview. The interview will focus on sharing your testimony, explaining the gospel in your own words, and an opportunity to ask any questions of the pastors/elders.
STEP 3: PUBLIC MEMBERSHIP VOWS AND BAPTISM
After approval by the elders/pastors, on an assigned Sunday worship service, you will publicly say your membership vows before the congregation. You will also be baptized if necessary.