Received into Membership

Discussion in 'Church Order' started by ww, May 31, 2009.

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  1. ww

    ww Puritan Board Senior

    I'm very pleased to announce that my wife and I were received into communicant membership by Rio Rancho OPC this morning by way of transfer from Crossroads Fellowship PCA in Albuquerque. We look forward to partnering with our brothers and sisters in Christ to reach Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    I also appreciate the fraternal relationship between the PCA and the OPC as the Pastor of Crossroads gave he and the Elders blessing for the transfer and our vows from Crossroads were sufficient for membership at Rio Rancho OPC. This was the first time I experienced a transfer of Membership and am pleased with the overall process. To God Be the Glory!
     
  2. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    congrats
     
  3. PresbyDane

    PresbyDane Puritanboard Doctor

    Congratulations
     
  4. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    To God Be the Glory! Serve Him well.
     
  5. ww

    ww Puritan Board Senior

    Thanks Ivan. Already been asked to coordinate Youth Activities with my wife and fill in teaching SS in the future as well so looking foward to it.
     
  6. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    I know the OPC is very close to the PCA and has fraternal relations as well.

    When you transfer into the OPC, were you required to take a church membership class or training of some sort?

    Didn't you have to take their membership vows?
     
  7. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

    Praise God! :banana:
     
  8. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    That is wonderful news!
     
  9. ww

    ww Puritan Board Senior

    No and No!

    We were interviewed by the Elders in our Home a week ago or so and it was announced in the bulletin and before the congregation this morning. Our Vows in our PCA church are sufficient for membership and no class was required. A Letter of Transfer will be sent to my former church and they will remove me from their membership roll.
     
  10. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    Looks like the vows are very similar, but not exactly the same.

    The PCA requires

    1) examination for credible profession of faith (and public declaration of that faith)
    2) vow to walk obediently
    3) vow to support the church
    4) vow to submit to the government and discipline of the church
    5) vow to peaceably learn the church's doctrine

    It looks like the OPC requires all but not explicitly require to support the church.

    I wasn't aware vows were not required for PCA to OPC transfer and am wondering about the reverse situation as well.
     
  11. ww

    ww Puritan Board Senior

    The Elders made sure we were aware that supporting the church financially is expected of Members and I would think 4 could generally cover that aspect as well. I think the reverse might not be the same if I remember a statement my Pastor made but can't be entirely sure.
     
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