Discovering Faithbridge

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS 

We live in a disconnected and increasingly low-commitment culture. Unfortunately, that same thinking can creep into the church and work against God’s plans for His children.  The very word for church, ekklesia, means “the called out ones” and reminds us that we think and behave differently than the many around us who don’t follow Jesus.

There a number of biblical metaphors for the church – they describe us as Jesus’ bride, a body, a flock, a family and a building.  All of these suggest close connections and relationships where we live out the many “one another’s” of the New Testament such as the call to love one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, etc.  While membership is never definitely described in the Bible, its reality is presumed … it’s pretty hard to have a body when you don’t know what body parts are attached … its impossible for a shepherd to care for a flock without knowing which sheep his is responsible for … a building doesn’t exist when the bricks are unattached to one another.

While anyone is welcome to participate in worship and many of the ministries of Faithbridge, we place a high value on membership.
  • We recognize that Faithbridge is but one expression of the church in Jacksonville and we love brothers and  sisters in Christ who are committed to other churches but we have a unique commitment to one another.  
  • We recognize that we have a specific vision and plan for seeing it fulfilled that calls on all of us to work together.
  • We recognize that people – by nature – are defined by what they commit themselves to and unapologetically call upon people to commit to this fellowship.
  • We recognize that members share the responsibility for the character and fruitfulness of the church.  
  •  Membership is defined far more by what we do than what we declare.  
  • We recognize that many who participate in the ministries of our church may not fully agree with our doctrine,  values, or ministry strategy and priorities.  

Anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus, shares our doctrinal beliefs and is willing to commit to participate in and follow the leadership of Faithbridge Church is welcome to join us in membership.

The process for membership begins with an event called DISCOVERING FAITHBRIDGE and culminates in a membership covenant agreement. DISCOVERING FAITHBRIDGE is a two-hour class taught three times per year by our pastor where he provides an overview of our beliefs, history, values, and unique ministry goals and strategy. Upon completion of DISCOVERING FAITHBRIDGE, attendees are invited to either continue at Faithbridge as participants or take the next step toward membership by attending a three-week membership class on Wednesday evenings. The culmination of those classes will be an opportunity to sign-on to the church membership covenant.

The dates for DISCOVERING FAITHBRIDGE in 2020 are postponed due to COVID-19.

For more information, please contact our Deacon Chairman, John Kananen at jdkananen@gmail.com. To sign up for the next DISCOVERING FAITHBRIDGE, you can use the registration form below or call the church office at (904) 220-2727.