At The Port Church we want to welcome everyone to participate with us in whatever ways you feel most comfortable. For those wishing to become members, there are certain expectations that we have. One, all members must participate in a Membership Class that is regularly offered. Two, each new member must be baptized in a church that holds similar theological beliefs. Three, all new members must agree to our Covenant Membership.
We don’t want people to feel like guests around here for long. We want to invite them into the family. We realize family can be a dirty word for some due to their upbringing. But, through His church Christ teaches us how to become a healthy family, linked together by our dependence on Jesus. Family members enjoy all sorts of benefits, but they also accept their responsibilities. They take ownership of their house, siblings, values. It’s personal. When you’re family, church isn’t just a place you sometimes go, it’s a group of people and a set of values you devote yourself to.
If you could stroll up the street from our campus into a restaurant full of people that wouldn’t feel welcome at our church, we believe we’re doing it wrong. We want to be a place where the entire cross-section of our community feels loved, wanted and accepted—regardless of the color of their skin, the number of commas in their income, the way they dress or talk, the past experiences they’ve had, or the hurts, habits, hang-ups, and addictions that may currently exist in their lives.
We believe everyone has a built-in desire to live in harmony with God and find acceptance inside a loving community that genuinely cares about them. We believe that God placed you in proximity to the people in every area of your life to demonstrate the love of Jesus, invest in their lives and invite them to be a part of a caring community. We don’t sit back and hope God will send someone along to do what he’s called us to.
We want to reach those no one else is reaching. And to attract people who aren’t attracted to what already exists, you’ve got to step out and try some new things. That’s why we do many things in non-traditional ways. We’re not interested just doing what’s always been done just to keep people we already have. We’re interested in connecting the disconnected and guiding them to pursue God.
A commitment to grow is a commitment to consistently step out of what’s comfortable. Most healthy habits aren’t easy or comfortable at first. But we commit ourselves to them because we know the results are worth it. That’s why we aren’t afraid of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones to grow ourselves and our church by showing up, serving, giving, helping, loving and sacrificing now for the sake of where we want to be later.
We were made to live lives of connection—with God and with others. We’re better, smarter, healthier, happier, and more fulfilled together. If your only experience of church is to sit in a row in a service, you will hear great sermons and songs, but you won’t tap into the biggest benefit we have to offer—real relationships with other imperfect people just like you. It’s when we step out of the rows we’re in and circle up our lives with others that real growth occurs.
We’ve all been places where we felt right at home right away. And that feeling it didn’t happen magically all on its own. People created it. They set their needs aside long enough to consider and provide for yours. We want to be these types of people. We don’t cross our arms and demand that the church to cater to all our wants, needs and desires. We aren’t afraid to open our hearts and get our hands dirty to practically take on the work of serving others first.
We believe we’re all gifted with unique talents and abilities. But we don’t just want to utilize them to serve ourselves, or even stop at using them to serve our community. We want to teach and train others how to serve our community with us. We want to impart our knowledge, experiences and expertise to people around us who will hopefully one day duplicate what we did even better than we did it. We believe that all of us should always be investing in somebody else.
The following Statement of Basic Belief represents the core orthodox beliefs of the Church from a biblical and historical perspective. While Church Members are not required to fully understand or articulate all aspects of the Statement of Basic Belief, the explicit rejection of any part of it disqualifies one from membership in The Port Community Church. Revisions to the Statement of Basic Belief in order to more clearly align to Scripture shall be at the sole discretion of the Central Elders, with the understanding that such changes will be communicated to the Members of the Church.
The Port Church
Mailing: PO Box 11043, Chickasaw, AL 36671 Office: 358 St. Louis, Mobile, AL 36602
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