Membership Information

Our congregation is on a mission to seek, nurture and equip people to be surrendered followers of Jesus Christ.  Therefore we are always ready to receive guests, friends and family members whom God is calling to serve God with us.  The Kingdom of God is much bigger than our congregation; but our congregation is a component of the Kingdom of God. 

Membership in our congregation is not necessary for entrance into heaven, but membership, for us, does mean we share a common covenant with one another to seek nurture and equip people.  Membership is a path to leadership; and the achievement of our mission requires an ever-increasing cadre of leaders of missions, outreaches and ministries.

Those whom God is calling and who wish to join us can do so through: 

1) ... a profession of faith in Christ (and baptism if one has not been baptized). This is for the child, youth or adult who has never made a public confession of commitment to Christ.  This profession of Christ, by faith, is an act of receiving the grace of God for forgiveness of sin and for our place in the family of God.  It is through this act of faith that salvation comes to the believer.  The person doing this is actually "joining" two groups: a) the Kingdom of God by receiving eternal life, and b) First Cumberland Presbyterian Church as the "home base" or "branch office" where one can be nurtured and equipped for service.

2) ... transfer of membership from another congregation. Upon transfer, we will ask you to reaffirm, for us to hear, your faith in Jesus Christ - we have no interest in "sheep-stealing" - the act of encouraging someone to leave another church and join this one. 

But, we also recognize that there are scores of great congregations in this city with varieties of personalities and unique calls into mission.  There will always be shifting of membership from a place of personal under-utilization to a place where one's gifts can be fully employed.  If a member of another congregation finds that their spiritual gifts and personality match our opportunities for service better than where they currently worship, we would certainly welcome the possibility of getting invovled here. 

Those who transfer here are encouraged to meet with the leadership of their current congregation and seek to bless that congregation and be blessed by that congregation in their move.  Many churches in Lubbock are not in competition with each other - pastors really want their sheep to be in a place where their gifting and opportunities for service are optimized. 

3) ... by reaffirmation of faith, for the person who has followed the Lord before, but has drifted away from the Lord or for the person who is following the Lord but not currently affiliated with a fellowship of believers.  While "reaffirmation" can be a renewed declaration of faith before God, it also means to state again, for our benefit, your profession of faith.  Either way, it is a new beginning it partnered ministry with us.

The profession and reaffirmation of faith is important as found in Romans 10:9 "That you confess with your lips the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead."

In our church government, the elders officially receive new members and make an effort to get well acquainted.  Therefore, if they do not already know you, they will want to become acquainted with you.  Elders and other members would like to greet you immediately following the service. 

Although not as common, members can also be received during an elders' meeting (we call it a meeting of the session).  The membership will be announced at the next weekend worship services.