How many members does Ingleside have now? Is our membership growing? Is the notion of “membership” biblical? Do you have to be baptized to be a member? Why don’t you receive members with an altar call? What is expected of members? How do you become a member?
These are just a few of the questions that our pastoral team and I get with some regularity. So, let me respond to a few of them here and point to where the answers to the other questions may be found.
Q. How many members does Ingleside have now?
A. Our membership office reports that at the end of September our church membership included 4,171 people.
Q. Is our membership growing?
A. Yes, Ingleside has experienced steady membership growth for many years. Over the past year, the net increase (considering those who have been added and those who have been lost) in our membership was 123 people.
Q. Is the notion of “membership” biblical?
A. Yes. In the New Testament book of Romans, for instance, the Apostle Paul wrote these words:
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5, ESV)
Q. Do you have to be baptized to be a member?
A. Yes, we expect of members what Jesus expected of all disciples. So, baptism by immersion as a believer is a requirement for membership at Ingleside. (You do not have to be baptized here; your testimony of baptism by immersion as a believer in a previous church meets the requirement as well.) If you haven’t confessed your faith through baptism, we can help you do so soon!
Q. So, what about the “altar call”? Why do you not receive members this way?
A. This is actually the most often asked question in our monthly membership class. We plan to answer this and many other questions in our class this Sunday afternoon, October 20, at 4:00 p.m. No reservation is required, dress is casual, child care and dinner are provided. For more information contact our Membership Pastor, Mark Hudgins, here. I hope to see you Sunday afternoon!