The Gospel that reconciles us to God also reconciles us to one another. Membership recognizes that our commitment to follow Jesus is also a commitment to a local church family.
At Portico we encourage becoming a Covenant Member because we believe that is fosters Christian discipleship and best reflects the membership we share in the Body of Christ. Membership is also committing to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. Covenant Members at Portico are called to the biblical responsibility and joy to serve and sacrifice for their brothers and sisters. This means transitioning from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our members with care, counsel, prayer, and teaching.
Path to Membership
We recognize that the process of deciding to become a member of a local church is serious. Our path to membership at Portico has three steps. While we encourage you to complete all three steps, Foundations is intended to be a pathway to membership as well as an introduction to all who are interested in learning more about the church. The three steps towards membership at Portico are listed below:
Step 1: Attend Foundations
Foundations are sessions that are held periodically throughout the year. They consist of an informal meal shared together as well as a more formal classroom session. Foundations is obviously great for those who want to become members, but it is also helpful for those who are new to Portico and want to more about who we are and what we are about. If you are interested in attending Foundations, please fill out this form or email Starr Parnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Meet with a Pastor
After you have completed Foundations, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of our pastors. This is simply a time for us to get to know you and hear more about your understanding of the gospel and experience of coming to know and follow the Lord. It is also a time for us to be able to walk through our membership covenant with you and answer any questions you may have about the church or what it means to follow God.
Step 3: Affirm the Membership Covenant
The final step in becoming a covenant member of Portico is affirming our membership covenant. This represents your commitment to living out the Christian faith in community with others at Portico, and your investment in the life of our church.
Once this entire process is complete, your membership will be confirmed by the Elders of Portico, and you will be introduced and welcomed into the church family at Portico on a Sunday morning!