Mission Statement
 
Manchester Church of the Brethren MISSION STATEMENT

Because we accept as our model the life and teachings of Jesus, as they are revealed in the New Testament, it is our purpose to:

  • Create among ourselves a loving, caring community, undergirding each other where there is pain, encouraging each other with opportunities for Christian fellowship, and holding each other accountable for a loving lifestyle.
  • Welcome into this community all persons, of any race, ethnic identity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, education level, ability, age or life situation.
  • Model the loving community in our relating with other congregations within our denomination, with the wider church, and with local, national, and global communities.
  • Encourage understanding among us of the biblical tradition from which we have come and of the spiritual impulses that nourish our bond.

We see this as:

“Continuing the work of Jesus ...

…. peacefully, simply, together

The Meaning of Membership

 

According to the New Testament, life in Christ means life in the body of Christ. “For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13), so that we “though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:5).

Membership in a local fellowship of believers, the congregation, is the way in which we affirm and live out our membership in Christ’s larger body, the church universal. In our inter-relatedness with other Christians in the local church, we experience the fullness of the gifts of the Spirit, we discover ways to be faithful to our covenant with God and each other, and we are able to support one another in carrying out our common calling as the people of God.

The congregation has a covenantal responsibility to care for its members, to encourage growth in freedom and discipleship, to help members discover their gifts and find ways to serve, and to provide ministries which respond to both spiritual and physical needs. Each member has a covenantal responsibility to participate regularly in the life of the congregation, to seek the counsel of the church in living out the way of Christ, to challenge the church to greater accountability to its calling, to respond to opportunities to serve in the congregation and beyond, and to contribute to the church’s ministries in every way possible.

At the heart of our calling as members of Christ’s body is the summons to follow Christ and His disciples. Christians do not live unto themselves but are called to seek first the Kingdom of God, to risk themselves for Christ’s sake, to take up the way of the cross. To accept and practice the costly grace of radical discipleship is no easy task. In the community of faith, however, we find courage and strength to live out our discipleship in solidarity with others.

A person may become a member of this church by being instructed in basic Brethren beliefs and in the meaning of membership in the Manchester Church of the Brethren and:

  • A. by the confession of faith and baptism by trine immersion as practiced by the Church of the Brethren. OR
  • B. by transferring membership from another congregation of the Church of the Brethren or from any other denomination which accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, OR
  • C. by reaffirmation of faith, which may be followed by rebaptism, OR
  • D. by applying for affirmation as an Associate Member.