Join the Kirk FAM!
From-Home Affiliate Membership
Why is the FAM opportunity emerging?
We are learning that many people are connecting to our worshipping community through digital means. We have growing participation in worship through livestream, social media, radio, and television. Our small groups are using Zoom to meet. People all over the world are responding to our mission fundraising through online giving and text-to-give. We want to honor this participation by offering a formal online relationship with Kirk in the Hills!
So, is this a totally new idea?
Yes. And no. The affiliate membership has long been a category in our denomination’s constitution (called the Book of Order) and it is often used for those people that are members at a distance. The FAM (From-home Affiliate Membership) is a new program designed by the Kirk to emphasize this pre- existing possibility in light of the many new connections we are making with people who are joining our community from home.
Who is this really for?
We hope that everyone who worships, learns, or serves with us from home will join the FAM! This might mean that you live in Michigan, but are staying at home to worship, learn, or serve with us (for any number of reasons) or that you live anywhere else in the world and want to be connected to the Kirk in a more formal way.
What do I need to do?
Just complete this form and you will be added to our FAM roll! You can also register for and participate in a one-hour, online Kirk FAM course led by one of the Kirk pastors. This optional course will give you all the help you need to connect to our ministry offerings digitally! When you register for Kirk FAM, you can note if you wish to attend this optional online course, and we will email you further details if you wish to attend. There is no fee to register.
What are the benefits of joining the Kirk FAM?
First, there is the sense of belonging that comes with knowing that you are part of a vibrant community of faith! We hope that your membership comes with the inspiration to join in a closer walk with God, a desire to deepen your life of faith, and respond with a life of service. In addition, you will receive Pastor Nate’s monthly mailings which include a letter from him and other Kirk news. You will be added to our email list for our weekly updates and videos. You will receive our daily Advent and Christmas devotionals—and maybe even asked to write one!
Joining the Kirk FAM will also make you eligible for baptism, marriage, and funeral to be held at the Kirk and officiated by a Kirk pastor.
This is only the beginning! We look forward to discovering and initiating new benefits of the FAM as we take this journey together. We hope that our earliest FAM joiners will help us to create and adapt our online hub!
Can I be part of a small group?
Absolutely. We hope that those in the FAM will show interest in sermon-based small groups, book groups, and prayer meetings. We will gauge your interest through our registration form and during our optional Kirk FAM course and help you get plugged in!
I would like to lead a small group or Bible study, is that possible?
Absolutely! We will need the FAM for this leadership role and Pastor Angela would love to talk more about that with you! She can be reached at email@example.com.
Can I be a member of another church too?
Of course. We are offering this the Kirk FAM because we recognize that, these days, people join and engage multiple organizations, clubs, and services for their life experiences. We join the gym and the swim club. We give to the food bank and the housing programs. We volunteer at the hospital and on mission trips. We hope that joining the FAM will augment (or even initiate!) your relationship with your home church and pastor!
What about pastoral care?
Our hope is that you have a pastoral caregiver within close physical proximity that can offer you visits, counseling, and the like. If you do not, we would be happy to connect you to an excellent pastor that we might know in your area.
Does it cost anything?
No. Of course, we welcome your financial support through our online giving, text-to-give, or through the mail. You can get set up with that when you receive your invitation to join Realm, the Kirk's database. Members of the Kirk FAM will also receive our annual giving packet and be offered the opportunity to make a pledge. Whether or not you make a financial gift will not affect your status as a part of the FAM.
What is the difference between the Kirk FAM and traditional membership?
The primary difference is that those in the FAM are unable to serve as an officer in the church and do not have an official vote in our congregational meetings. These meetings are held once a year for the primary purposes of electing officers, selecting nominating committees, and electing and maintaining pastors.
Who do I contact if I need more information?
Reach out to Jennifer Morris, administrative liaison for the Kirk FAM! She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (248) 973–8011.
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