Membership Expectations

When we join Restoration, we are not joining some abstract “thing”; we are joining each other. We are choosing to belong to each other and live life together. As members of Restoration, we are choosing to live according to a shared set of core values and common commitments. You will find the details about how to become a member at the bottom of this page.

Core Values

The good news of the Gospel—that Jesus, in his life, death, and resurrection, offers us a fully
reconciled relationship with God—shapes every part of the culture of Restoration. We believe that:

  • the Gospel changes everything.
  • the Gospel is catalyzed in our lives by community.
  • the Gospel is proclaimed by Word and Sacrament.
  • the Gospel calls us to lives of responsibility and coherence.

Common Commitments

As members we commit to these things:

  • We are baptized believers.
    • We have been baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    • We believe that our rescue and deliverance from death and sin is found only through the unique, finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
    • We seek to follow the example of Jesus by living lives of dependence on the Father through the Holy Spirit.
    • We will grow in our relationship with the Lord by disciplines of personal piety.
  • We intentionally give our time, talent, and treasure to the building of God’s Kingdom through Restoration.
    • Time: By God’s grace and provision, we commit to worshipping regularly at Restoration.
    • Talent: By God’s grace and provision, we use our gifts and abilities to serve those in our church community and beyond.
    • Treasure: By God’s grace and provision, we make annual financial commitments to Restoration.
  • We regularly participate in Restoration small groups.

Becoming a member

If you’d like to be a member, here’s what you need to do:

  • Attend a Living God’s Story at Restoration Dinner. We have these three to four times a year. We’ll feed you a great dinner, introduce you to other newcomers, and give you a chance to learn about who we are. And yes, even if you’re no longer new, you still need to come to the dinner if you want to be a member. (This step is required.) Please RSVP if you’d like to come.
  • Attend the New-to-Restoration Small Group. (When it’s offered.) This small group is offered each trimester and is led by the clergy. We’d love for you to consider joining us so that you can meet others who are new to Restoration, hear about the vision God has given to Restoration, and how you can be a part of it all. (This step is optional.)
  • Meet with a member of the Vestry or Clergy. We’d love for you to have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a member of our leadership.  This is a great way for us to get to know you. (This step is required.)
  • Complete our membership form. After you complete the steps above, we’ll have you fill out the form. (This step is required.)
  • Sign The Big Green Book. It’s literally a big, green book in which we record membership, baptisms, weddings, and other big events our life as a church. A couple of weeks after each New to Restoration Dinner, we give people the chance to make their membership commitments and sign The Big Green Book during our Sunday worship. If you can’t make it to church on that Sunday, you can sign another time. (This step is required.)

Still have questions about membership? Check out our Membership FAQ.

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