Our position on Attendance and Membership
People from various church backgrounds attend our fellowship at Caloundra. The congregation is made up of both regular and casual attenders who share together in a unique blend of christian service. We welcome at any service, people of all ages, from different walks of life, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. There is a place and role for everyone.
We praise God for the fellowship we enjoy through the church, and we are glad for every opportunity we have to share with others the life we have in Christ Jesus. We also praise God for others who have an interest in the fellowship at Caloundra. It is a privilege to worship and have fellowship together, and we have a responsibility to serve Him together. With this in mind, we wish to emphasize some aspects of these responsibilities.
We accept that some folk may choose to meet with us here on a casual basis – to come to some of the services at their convenience – but are not able or willing to be fully involved, especially in personal service and/or financially. We are happy to welcome and include such people in our Church Directory, and for prayer and support.
However, we do believe that the Bible teaches that it is God’s intention that Christians become “members” of a local church, which is an expression of the body of Christ in that place. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Romans 12:3-5).
To help in understanding this, the next paragraph (“Membership”) presents an outline of what is expected of those who wish to move from simply attending (even regularly) to publicly identifying with, and committing to support the ministry and mission of this church.
If you are considering formalizing your church membership, or have some questions, please discuss the matter with one of the Ministry Team. It may help for you to attend a “Welcome Morning Tea”. These are held for our visitors or new comers on the first Sunday of each month after the 2nd service.
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We would expect that any person wishing to become a member of this church would subscribe to the basic doctrines outlined on the Beliefs page of this site. Any person seeking to become a member would be a true Christian who has been, or wants to be, baptized by immersion, and who has attended enough meetings to feel they wish to join. We encourage those who personally identify with, and share a commitment to the mission of this church to consider “formal” membership. This may be acknowledged publicly to indicate their willingness to partner with us in mission. Some people may not wish to “formalize” their membership but they are always welcome and accepted at Caloundra Church of Christ.
For such purposes, a formal member (at Caloundra Church of Christ) is defined as someone who:
- has repented and confessed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and their personal Saviour;
- has been obedient to Him in baptism;
- has chosen to identify with this Church by fully supporting and committing to the purposes and mission of the Church in this place;
- and has remained active in this capacity.
Expectations of Membership
The following is an outline of what is expected of those who seek membership of this church, and of those who desire to serve here in any leadership position. There are privileges in being part of God’s family. There are also responsibilities to be accepted if we are members of the ‘body of Christ’, the church.
Members at Caloundra are expected to:
- Acknowledge Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and to give evidence of this in their daily lives. ( 1 John 5:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-10).
- Agree with our beliefs and values or to refrain from teaching or influencing to the contrary. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ).
- Be faithful in attendance at the weekly services of the church. (Acts 2:41-47 ; Hebrews 10: 24-25 ).
Demonstrate a commitment to the work of Christ by participation in, and support of, the activities of the church in reaching out to the unsaved world and caring for those in need. (Matthew 28:18-20; Galatians 6:10).
- Contribute regularly to the financial needs of the church, and so further the work of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
- Recognize the authority of the Elders of the church as those responsible for the spiritual well-being and direction of all the members, and to agree to obey them in matters relating to the church fellowship. (Hebrews 13:17).
Leadership at Caloundra
Leaders are defined as those who have a clear and defined personal responsibility for a particular Team or Ministry Area. Leadership also has a corresponding personal accountability to the Ministry Team Leader, Elders and the Church for their Team or Ministry Area.
Prospective leaders are members who have demonstrated an active involvement in the life of the Caloundra Church of Christ for at least twelve (12) months.
Church members may suggest or nominate individuals to the Elders and or the Minister(s) for consideration for any leadership positions, however all leadership positions are filled by a process that is described in the church’s Functional Principles – a document the church has adopted that provides some expected principles about how the business of the church should be conducted.
Member Status at Caloundra
At the individual level, “member” status at the Caloundra Church of Christ simply permits “having a say here“, and provides eligibility for appointment to leadership positions here.
At the corporate level, adopting formal “membership” provides a mechanism to help ensure that the strategic direction, control, and leadership of the Caloundra Church of Christ is not hijacked or jeopardized; either by those who may not be fully committed to the purposes and mission of this Church, or by those who are not actively involved in Church life here.