Becoming a Partner of Rolling Hills
There is something very special and exciting about being an integral part of a successful team — whether it is in sports, business or the local church.
At Rolling Hills Community Church, we are a group of diverse people who are committed to bringing glory to God by growing in our relationship with Jesus and reaching our neighborhoods and ultimately the world with the love of Christ.
Why is it so important to be a partner of the church?
It is okay to just show up on a regular basis, but consider the advantages of becoming a part of the team:
The Bible encourages us to become a part of the local church. People who called themselves Christ — followers participated together in a specific church.
People who commit to partnership become part of the team. They are the ones who become the movers and shakers in the local church. You have the opportunity to be actively involved in a place that God is using to truly impact this world for Jesus Christ.
Church partnership is a strategic spiritual step that allows a person to grow from a Sunday morning spectator to daily participation in one of the greatest organizations in our society — the church. Once committed to Rolling Hills as a partner, your spiritual journey will accelerate as you connect with this biblical community.
What do I have to do to Partner?
There are 4 steps to becoming a partner of Rolling Hills Community Church.
Become a Christ-follower — a person who has a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, recognizing that Christ is the only way to heaven.
Believer's Baptism — When you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior, the Bible is very clear about following Christ in the ordinance of believer's baptism. See below for Rolling Hills' Statement on Baptism.
Complete the RHCC Partnership Class — This is an exciting, one-time class that is available each month. Before you become a part of the team, we want you to know all about our vision, plans and ministries as a church. Before you join in the journey, we want you to know the destination. Enter into a relationship with Rolling Hills Community Church through a partnership covenant. This covenant is between you and the entire church joining us together in a commitment of love, service, encouragement and mutual support.
Statement on Baptism
Rolling Hills believes that Scripture teaches the following regarding baptism: Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ's command (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism symbolizes a death to and cleansing from sin, and follows an individual's decision to trust Christ for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47-48).
The only baptism practiced in Scripture was baptism by immersion, identifying the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and was modeled by Christ Himself (Mark 1:9-10; Romans 6:1-11).
The sanctity of the Church's practice of baptism is a very important part of identifying with the body of Christ. That's why at Rolling Hills, baptism is a requirement for membership. For new followers of Jesus, Rolling Hills baptizes by immersion, as modeled to us in Scripture.
We recognize, however, that other Christian denominations sometimes observe varied methods of baptism which conform to their theology and historical practice. If you have experienced "believer's baptism," baptism which follows your personal decision to follow Christ, you have met the requirement of baptism for church partnership at Rolling Hills Community Church. If, however, you were baptized as an infant, Rolling Hills recognizes this as your parents' decision on your behalf and does not signify personally-redemptive life change that you have actively sought on your own. Rolling Hills views this, in a sense, as a "baby dedication," the intent of your parents that one day you would decide to follow Christ. If you were baptized only as an infant, baptism as an adult should not be viewed as a statement against your parents' personal beliefs regarding baptism, but can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents' wishes for you at the time they observed this practice in your former church.
All candidates for baptism must meet with a pastor to discuss their baptism decision prior to a baptism service.
Rolling Hills is committed to helping our partners grow spiritually. In addition to partnership class, offered monthly, Rolling Hills offers a follow-up course, "Discovery," which is designed to help our partners understand the gifts and passions God has given them, as well as places within Rolling Hills they can use these gifts to do great things for God.
For more information, contact Laura Chapman at 615-861-3663.