next steps

 
God has an incredible purpose and destiny for your life and NEXT STEPS is designed to help you connect with that purpose. In NEXT STEPS you will build relationships with other believers, understand our foundational truths, learn what it means and how to join the Intentional family, discover your spiritual gifts and talents, and have the opportunity to connect with a Dream Team ministry. NEXT STEPS is designed to help you become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
 
We start with CHURCH 101. The purpose of this section is to give you a basic introduction to our church family. Since Intentional is made up of people from many different church backgrounds, this class is designed to clearly explain who we are and what we believe, as well as a guide for how you can get connected and join the Intentional Family.
 
Then we move into Essentials 201 which is designed provide the necessary tools to help each believer become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus Christ.
 
Finally, we offer you the chance to join the DREAM TEAM where you will discover more about the different areas of ministry at Intentional Church that you are uniquely designed and gifted for. You will have the opportunity to meet the leaders of our ministry teams and explore ways that will fulfill your passion to serve. You will also learn great leadership nuggets that will catapult you into serving in a ministry that is best fit for you.
 

join the church!

We are so honored that you have chosen to become planted here at Intentional Church, and are excited to have you as a part of our family!

 
Please read over our partnership covenant below, and then click JOIN US to sign up!
 

Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with the values and ideas presented in the Church 101 class, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Intentional Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other partners to do the following:

1. I will protect the unity of my church:
  • By acting in love toward other partners.
  • By refusing to gossip.
  • By following the leaders.
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony and on the growth of our fellowship together.” Romans 14:19 “Live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” Romans 15:5
“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.” 1 Peter 1:22
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.” Ephesians 4:29
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
 
2. I will share the responsibility of my church:
  • By praying for its growth.
  • By inviting the unchurched to attend.
  • By warmly welcoming those who visit.
“To the church…we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2
“Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come in, so that the house will be full.” Luke 14:23
“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Romans 15:7
 
3. I will serve the ministry of my church:
  • By discovering my gifts and talents.
  • By being equipped to serve by my pastors.
  • By developing a servant’s heart.
Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” 1 Peter 4:10
“God gave…some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…by taking on the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2:4-5, 7 (NIV 1984)
 
4. I will support the testimony of my church:
  • By attending church and small groups faithfully.
  • By living a godly life. By giving regularly.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
“Let us not give up meeting together…but let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25
But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27
“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.” 1 Corinthians 16:2
“A tenth of all you produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy.” Leviticus 27:30
 
 

baptism

Have you taken the next step by going public with your faith decision through Baptism? The time is now! You have the opportunity to join many others in taking this exciting next step!

FAQs

What is the meaning of baptism?

It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. “Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” (I Corinthians 15:3-4) “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians. 2:12) It illustrates the new life as a Christian. “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians. 5:17) “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” (Romans 6:4) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

 

Why be baptized by immersion?

Because Jesus was baptized that way. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Matthew 3:16) Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. (Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” (Acts 8:38-39) In the original language of the New Testament which is Greek, the word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”. It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!

 

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ. “Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” (Acts 2:41) “Simon himself believed and was baptized…” (Acts 8:13) “But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12) At Fellowship Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose of biblical baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

 

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have believed. “Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” (Acts 2:41) “Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now? Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. The man answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38) There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”!

Can my family and friends be baptized together?

Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.

 

What should I wear when I am baptized?

Women should wear shorts and a dark top over a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
 
 
 
 

child dedication

Child Dedication weekend is a time of public and personal commitment where parents make a covenant to raise their children according to God’s principles.

  • At least one or both of the parents have made a commitment to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We recognize that there are many families in which only one parent has come to faith and the spouse that is not yet a believer would still like to participate – that is okay.
  • Parent(s) are regular attenders of Intentional Church’s weekend services and following Christ in their own life.
  • Parent(s) align with Intentional’s beliefs, vision and values.
  • Parent(s) commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct.
Expectations of Parents:
  • As a parent dedicating my children, I acknowledge to uphold this covenant.
  • Want to know more? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Child Dedication.
  • Parent(s) must sign up below before participating in the next Child Dedication Ceremony.