Interested in being on a journey with Station Hill?
We'd love to connect with you! Join us to:
- Belong to a loving family of followers of Jesus who are committed to being a New Testament community of faith.
- Believe with others that God's grace and the hope of His promises are radical and transforming.
- Become a part of advancing God's kingdom as you discover your gifts and passions.
Select Sundays | 12:30 PM
We want to get to know you so you can get to know us! Find out more about who we are and where we are going—and enjoy lunch on us.
*Childcare is not provided.
Select Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00 PM
We'll unpack our mission, values, and distinctives. Plus, you'll get a taste of community with others that are considering joining us on the journey.
*To reserve childcare, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have gifts and abilities that our church and our world need. PLACE helps you connect to how God has gifted you for service in the kingdom.
Membership at Station Hill
How to Become a Member…
Profess Faith In Christ
We believe that the church is comprised of regenerated believers who have (through grace) professed faith in Jesus as the risen Savior who has died on the cross for their sins and conquered death through His resurrection.
Baptism by Immersion
We believe that baptism by immersion is important because Jesus commanded it, it follows the example the Jesus set for us in Scripture, it symbolically represents our death and resurrection in Christ, and it provides an opportunity to publically profess faith in Jesus.
Connect I (optional)
Connect I is a relational opportunity for people to get a feel for who we are as a church and where we are going.
Connect II provides an opportunity for us to explain our Mission, Values, and Distinctives. During this time, we unpack our core beliefs and demonstrate how they shape and guide our ministry.
Fill out a membership card
Yes, we have a card. But it isn’t a “country-club” membership card. These cards provide vital contact information and a short overview of a person’s story. The cards serve as a tool to follow up with prospective members for the purpose of hearing their testimony.
PLACE (2 Steps)
Step 1: PLACE Class
PLACE class helps you understand how God has wired you and how He has gifted you for service within the church.
Step 2: PLACE Coaching Session
Following your PLACE class, you get to meet with a trained PLACE coach. During this session, you share your story and the PLACE coach helps you to connect all the dots from the PLACE class.
After you complete this process the church will vote to affirm your membership in the following quarter.
Questions? If you have a question at any point during this process, please don’t hesitate to email: email@example.com
Why so many steps?
We know that at first glance these steps can appear like large hurdles that we put in your way. However, each part of the membership process has been put in place with your spiritual growth in mind. We believe that each step is important because it helps you understand who we are as a church and it also helps you grow in your relationship with Christ. So, instead of looking at these steps as a checklist of things to do, look at each step as an exercise in growing to become more like Jesus.
Is Church Membership Biblical?
We often hear statements like, “Church membership creates a club mentality” or “You’ll never see the title ‘church member’ in Scripture.” Why do we emphasize membership so much? Well, we believe it’s biblical for believers to publically profess their faith and identify with a body of Christians. We weren’t designed to live as isolated believers fending for ourselves. Church membership allows us to confess Christ together and work as a common unit to extend His kingdom for the glory of God. Here are some important New Testament verses that we believe provide biblical proof for church membership. (Explanations for these verses have been obtained from 9Marks ministry.)
Matthew 18:15-17: The ability to exclude someone from “the church” presupposes that it’s known who belongs to “the church” as a member in the first place.
Acts 5:12-13: People faced the decision of whether or not they would join the church in Jerusalem. This joining is more public and definite than an informal association.
1 Timothy 5:9-12: A formal list of widows reveals the church had organization and ways of identifying those in the body.
1 Corinthians 5:12-13: Paul called upon the Corinthian church to judge those who were inside the church, not those who were outside. They were responsible for the testimony of those who belonged to the church, not those who didn’t. This passage makes no sense if the Corinthian church didn’t have some public, formal means by which people identified themselves with the church.
2 Corinthians 2:6: This man’s exclusion from the church was a punishment by the majority. You can’t have a majority unless you have a definite set of people from which a majority is constituted.