Glorifying God Together
JOINING THE GATAC FAMILY
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
Does it really matter if I’m a member or not? Why do I have to take a class to even become a member? Why do I have to sign anything? People often ask these questions about our membership process, skeptical as to why there seem to be so many “hoops” to jump through.
It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When GATAC Family Members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our GATAC Family Members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
As you think about making a decision to join the church, we offer a class that covers what it means to be a GATAC Family Member as well as our mission, basic beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision.
There are three steps to becoming a GATAC Family Member:
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a GATAC Family Member. To help prepare you, we offer a Baptism Class. The class covers the biblical significance of baptism, frequently asked questions and gives you an opportunity to share your testimony.
We require prospective members to read I Am a Church Member by Thom S. Rainer before signing the GATAC Family Pledge. This book is handed out at GATAC Family Membership. It explains what membership is and why it’s important to commit to a local body of believers.
SIGNING THE PLEDGE
The final step in becoming a member is to meet with your membership table leader to sign the GATAC Family Pledge. We will explain the pledge, listen to your testimony and answer any questions you might have. Once you fulfill the requirements of membership and sign the pledge, you are considered a GATAC Family Membership.