Membership Expectations @ Glendale UMC – Nashville
We have five expectations of our members – your prayers, presence, gifts, service & witness. Each of these expectations is intended to help you continue, restart or start new your faith journey towards becoming a deeply-committed Christian. We believe fulfilling these commitments will change your life in powerful ways.
Pray for each other, our community and the world.
Prayer is a gift. It helps connect us to God and it helps strengthen the bonds of Christian community as we pray with and for each other.
Worship Each Sunday and Be Part of a Small Group
Worship with us each Sunday – in person when possible.
Attending worship weekly gives us an opportunity to re-center our lives, remember what is really important in life and sends us forth to make a difference each day out int he world. In worship, we grow to know God more deeply and we express our love to God. If you are sick or out of town, we post the messages from Sunday online on our YouTube channel.
Grow in your faith outside of worship through a small group.
Joining a small group will contribute to our faith journeys by helping us grow meaningful & deeper relationships – making Glendale feel more like home. Small Groups help us know God through studying the Bible or studies that offer great teaching and insights. Small groups help us strive to know, love and serve God together.
Give in proportion to your income, with the tithe (10%) as your goal.
We are challenged to invest in something larger than ourselves; to take what we have, connect it to the giving of others, and create something that will glorify God. We give to show what we profess with our mouths — our gifts become outward and visible signs of our inward and spiritual faith. Sometimes life circumstances mean we cannot give regularly, but when we are able to do so, it deepens our faith as we love and serve God through our giving.
Be Involved in Mission & Service to the Community & World
Serve by using your gifts and talents both inside and outside the walls of the church.
Service is where we put ourselves on the line to do something — to be the body of Christ. We become the hands of Christ, comforting the anxious, healing the hurt, feeding the hungry, visiting the lonely and imprisoned, housing the homeless, clothing the naked, and giving hope to the hopeless.
Share Your Faith
Share your faith with others through words and actions.
We are called to share Jesus’ message of love & grace with others. Often we think this means awkward conversations, but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to be like that. Sharing our faith with those around us through words and actions helps us grow deeper in our love for God and others.