Profession of Faith
How Do I Know If My Student is Ready?
If your student shows signs that they trust in Jesus alone for salvation, that they are growing in the things of the Lord, and they are actively involved in the worship and ministry of the IPC, then they are ready to begin exploring whether or not they are ready to profess their faith before the congregation and become a communing member at IPC.
A profession of faith is not a “rite of passage” or a thoughtless traditional ceremony that each student must embark on during their three years in Junior High. What I don’t desire is for students to feel pressured (from family, tradition, or peers) to make such a bold statement and profession (that they are a desperate sinner and they need the only Savior Jesus) if they really don’t own it for themselves.
My hope is that your student would, at the encouragement of the Spirit, initiate their desire to take such an expedition of exploring their faith and basic Christian doctrine to see if they are, as they might believe, ready to make a public profession of faith and become a communing member at IPC. This comes through serious personal reflection, consideration, and discernment of sin, the gospel, and one’s own heart.
Process - Individual Meetings
If your student would prefer to meet with the youth staff to go through this process (and not attend the group meetings), they can do that as well.
- Set up a meeting with Brad, and if preferable, another member of the Youth Staff (Stephen, Mary V, or Maryanna) to go over the vows and any initial questions regarding the process. We have a Profession of Faith booklet that students will receive and that we will go through at each meeting.
- Set up a meeting with someone on the youth staff to go over vows 1-2 in the POF booklet.
- Set up a meeting with someone on the youth staff to go over vows 3-5 in the POF booklet.
- Set up a meeting with Brad, and if preferable, another member of the Youth Staff for a final interview.
- Meet with Brad and 2-3 Ruling Elders at IPC (student will share their testimony)
- Your students name will go to the Session for approval. If approved at this meeting, your student will become a member and can begin taking communion.
- It is desired that each student would make a corporate profession of faith during a worship service at IPC (although this is not required). Parents can schedule a Sunday with Gayle Hardee(ghardee [at] ipcmemphis [dot] org), IPC Executive Assistant.