Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our church family. Please feel free to review the information below as you process whether or not becoming a member at Normandy is God's will for you.
Letter from the Elders
It is with great joy that we write this letter. We’re humbled that you would consider joining our family. By no means are we perfect, nor will we ever claim to be! But thankfully, our Lord is perfect, and in His wisdom, He has decided to begin this church, and through imperfect people, advance His Kingdom and set more captives free. His greatest desire is to get glory in the earth through rescuing people like us. That is what we aim to be about, and by the grace of God, we will strive towards that end until Christ returns or He calls us home. Our prayer is that you will be the first among many faithful generations at Normandy.
It is written, “Two are better than one, and a chord of three is not easily broken." The Christian life is intended to be lived together.
1 John 3:16 says “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” Membership unites us together in a way that helps us show others the very love we have received from God. As elders, we are trying to build a family to do that. Additionally, because we must give an account before God regarding our stewardship of this church, membership helps us in our charge to care for the flock of God among us. We believe this will help us both care for the one another and be more effective in our city.
Our hope is that you would catch the vision of Normandy to see our communities and the nations of the earth reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ… And that you would want to do that together. If the Holy Spirit is leading you to Normandy, we want to invite you to join our family. Will you join our family to see His Kingdom advanced in our city and the captives set free? Will you join us for the sake of the gospel and for the joy of all peoples?
We are excited to see where God will lead us in the coming years together and pray that His kingdom would come and His will would be done in your life and through Normandy. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!
Taking the Land,
The Decision Process
This outline is designed to help you process and pray through whether or not God is leading you to be a part of the Normandy family. This should be an intentional process of seeking God and wise counsel, so don’t feel a need torush and make a decision. The pastoral staff and Community Group leaders are here to help you process through this decision if needed. If you have any questions about membership at Normandy, please contact Rachel Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Seek First
Begin to pray and seek the Lord. In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9). As you are considering Normandy as your church, the most important thing to remember is that you belong to the Lord and that He is a good Father wanting the best for you. Seek His leading and trust Him fully to direct you. His objective is always to cultivate faith in our hearts and to make us more like Him. Lastly, it's important to seek the Lord first and foremost until you sense the Lord's leading, then process with wise counsel. We'll never try to force you to hitch your wagon to ours. We hold each person with an open hand trusting that God will sovereignly place you where He wants you.
Often times we avoid fasting because not eating is rather
unappealing. However, Jesus makes it clear that His disciples were to
fast setting the example for us today. Our encouragement is to take a
day or more and set aside several meals to humble yourself and seek the
LORD. It is not something magical, but rather a spiritual principle to
seek His will. Use the time usually spent eating in prayer asking the Lord for counsel and listening for His guidance.
3. Seek Counsel
Seeking counsel from others has been a life-changing principle that many of us have benefited from over the years. We encourage you to seek counsel and advice from godly men and women who have a history of walking with you. We would also encourage you to do this after you have first sought the Lord and sense His leading.
As you process through this decision, be sure to honor all parties involved. Practically speaking, we're encouraging you to discuss, pray, and honor people in such a way that if you come or if you go, relationships and unity are maintained. Negative comparison or gossip is not honoring. We want to be kingdom-oriented and not man-oriented. For those leaving churches to link arms with us, or for those leaving Normandy in the future to walk in community elsewhere, we want to both honor the Lord and honor His bride, the church. We're all on the same team and will all one day rejoice together before Jesus, so let's make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace between churches and one another (Ephesians 4:3).
5. Fulfill Commitments
If the Lord leads you to become part of Normandy, we highly encourage you fulfill any commitments you have given to any other churches or organizations before joining our team. Whether it is a time commitment, a financial commitment, or a relational commitment, we ask you to let your yes be yes before moving on from your current church.
Lastly, if you have decided to leave your current church, please communicate your decision with your current church leader(s). We would encourage your to let them know why you are leaving and where you will be attending next. They are your current spiritual shepherds and they should know where you are going and why. Even if you have little relationship with your leaders, you are honoring the Lord's authority by communicating to them.
If you are interested in joining the Normandy family and becoming a member, please fill out the form on the right. Following your submission, you will be contacted by Rachel Clarke. Additionally, you can listen to our sermon series, Our Family, for more information about our beliefs and distinctives.
Please read through our Membership Covenant to get a head start on the membership meeting with your Community Group leader or a Pastor. Married couples will meet together. The meeting is short, simple and covers things like your understanding of the gospel, your profession of faith in Jesus, and how the Lord has led you to Normandy. Additionally, If you have not been baptized after professing faith in Jesus Christ, we also have a doctrinal statement regarding baptism to read as well. Both can be downloaded below.