Profession of Faith: Spring 2015
ORIENTATION: Sunday, February 8 - 10:30 AM in The Chapel
-Students should be partnered with their mentors by this time.
-At this meeting mentors and mentees will officially sign up and receive their handbooks and guidelines for the process.
-Parents are encouraged to attend and need to turn in a parental consent form by this time if their son or daughter is under 18. Parents who are mentoring their own child do not need to complete the consent form.
MEETING WITH THE ELDERS:
Sunday, March 29, 7pm in the Chapel
CELEBRATION SUNDAY: Sunday, April 12
Questions and Answers
Q: What is public profession of faith?
A: Public profession of faith is when a person or student (like you!) decides that they want to make their commitment to and belief in Jesus Christ known to others. To do this, they need to go in front of church elders or a body of believers and say, “Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ and I want to follow Him!”
Q:Why make public profession of faith?
A:Jesus says that we need to have courage and say He is Lord of our lives in front of other people. By saying this publicly, we honor and worship God! We are called to be shining lights and not hide our faith in God.
Check out these verses! - Matthew 10:32, Matthew 5:14-16
Q: What is membership at Third Church?
A: Membership means officially becoming a member of a specific church! It happens when believers in Jesus Christ want to officially commit to a specific church body. When they officially do that, they are saying, “I want to serve Jesus and others with the body of Third Church. Students who make a public profession of faith will automatically enter into membership with Third Church.
Check out these verses! - 1 Cor; 12:12-13, Eph. 2: 13-22
Q: Why membership?
A: The Apostle Paul says membership is like becoming the heart and lungs of a living body! When you become a member of a church, it means that you are committing to grow with Jesus and serve others by telling people about Jesus and showing them how to live like He did. Becoming a member means you become a son or daughter in a HUGE family that is committed to supporting you, protecting you, teaching you how to grow and encouraging you as you walk with Jesus Christ.
Check out these verses! - Romans 12:4-5, 1 Cor. 6:15,
1 Cor. 12:12-27, Rom. 12:19, Gal. 6:1-2, Heb. 10:24-25
POF & Membership Process
Step 1: Find a mentor, To do that, read “How do I get connected with a mentor?” below. If you need help finding a mentor, then let us know when you sign up . Also, any student that will be mentored by a non-family member needs to download or pick up a parental consent form.
Step 2: Attend a student and mentor orientation meeting and receive your POF handbooks.
Step 3: Meet with your mentor 4 times over ice cream or soda to complete the four sessions from the handbooks. You and your mentor get to pick the time and location of each meeting. You should plan to meet for about an hour each time.
Step 4: After completing the four sessions and writing your testimony, attend a meeting to share your testimony with the elders. Mentors are encouraged to attend the elder meeting with students.
Step 5: Attend the Sunday morning service that you select and make a public profession of faith and be welcomed into Third Church membership.
How do I get connected with a mentor?
It may be helpful for you to find a mentor by asking someone who you already know. Look for an adult who has a relationship with Jesus and someone who you respect and admire. Please consider one of your parents first as they have been and will likely continue to be the ones most deeply invested in your relationship with Jesus. If you are choosing someone other than your parent or a relative, you will need to find someone of the same gender. Once you know who you would like to ask, show them the section in this brochure that describes the mentor’s role and commitment. Also tell them why you would like to make a public profession of faith.
Another option to connect with a mentor is to let us assign one for you. We would do this by connecting you with someone involved with Leaders for the Harvest discipleship program at Third Church. This would give you the opportunity to meet someone new! If you would like us to connect you with a mentor, contact Ali Cranmer and plan to meet your mentor at the student and mentor orientation.