To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church as an organism (the spiritual body of Christ), but only by a public promise can you be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, church membership, etc., are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organization members are “consumers”; the organization exists to serve them. The Church of Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. We understand there is a dynamic tension between what it means to be a "member" of the body of Christ and a member of a local congregation. At Lakeside, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.
-STEP 2 – Meet with an elder/pastor, formally or informally over a cup of coffee to talk about Lakeside. Then write a simple letter stating your desire to be a member. The elder/pastor will submit your name to the monthly session meeting (2nd Monday of the month).
- STEP 3 – Meet with the Elders before your scheduled worship service for a time of testimony and affirmation. Take your membership vows at a worship service.
TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP
You should notify your previous church when you decide you would like to become a member at Lakeside, even if you are coming from another Presbyterian church.
Former churches may send a letter or certificate of transfer to: Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Membership Coordinator, 4601 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach FL 33405. The letter/certificate should state that you are a member and they are releasing you into Lakeside’s spiritual care.
Under our bylaws, Lakeside does not allow dual membership.