Choosing a church home is a very important decision and we believe that it should be an informed decision.
While some people don’t think it is necessary to “formally” join a church family, we envision it as a significant spiritual covenant between our church members and the larger community of faith and God. There are a number of ways to unite with the church family at Beargrass.
If you have been attending Beargrass Christian Church and want to know what it means to make this your church home, please join us for an upcoming Newcomer’s Class where you will learn more about Beargrass and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The class is taught by our Senior Minister, Dr. Leigh Bond. The discussions during the three to four class sessions focus on the strengths of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a brief history of the denomination, worship practices (with an emphasis on baptism and communion), and ways to get involved in the life and ministries of the church.
The class is offered several times a year, usually during the Sunday School hour at 10:00 am or as one of the electives during our Wednesday night programs at 6:30 pm. The next class will be offered Wednesday, March 6-20 and/or Wednesday, March 10-24. Contact the church office at 896-1161 to register or ask questions–or email Dr. Bond at email@example.com. Childcare is available if needed.
Confession of Faith
If you are new to the Christian faith and have not been baptized, we will ask you to make a confession of faith. It’s not complicated. One of our ministers will ask you: “Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, son of the living God?” That’s the core of our belief, the only question that’s necessary.
Transfer of Membership
If you have already made a profession of faith and been baptized, you may simply transfer your membership from a former congregation. We will ask the question: “Do you reaffirm the faith that you have expressed at another time that Jesus is the Christ, son of the living God?” A formal letter of membership from the former church is not required and people are not expected to be baptized again.
We also recognize the diverse needs of people in a changing world and there are a couple of other membership options. One is “dual” membership–sometimes adults (and especially children) are active in two communities of faith. Another form is “student” membership, which allows college students the opportunity to have a “church home away from home” while they are in school.
Generally, people are invited and encouraged to join the church at the end of the worship service when they can be welcomed and recognized by the congregation. We also know that some people are not comfortable being in front of a crowd, so it is possible to join the church privately by handing the membership card to a minister, putting the card in the offering plate, or simply notifying the church office.