Regarding Membership in
THE ASSOCIATION OF MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS
Association of Messianic Congregations exists to strengthen Messianic
Congregations by providing resources, teaching and fellowship that promote
Biblical values, proclaims personal faith in Yeshua as the one Atonement
for all humanity, and encourages worship through the diversity of Jewish
expressions of faith."
ASSOCIATION OF MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS (AMC)
is a voluntary organization of like minded Messianic Congregations. While
we plan to provide some of the benefits normally associated with a
"Denomination", each member Congregation retains full autonomy
and independence. See the "About Us"
page for info on our history.
2. WHY JOIN ?
The God of Israel intended like-minded believers to fellowship with one
another for the purpose of encouragement and being built up in the faith.
(Ps 133:1) The primary place for this is the local Congregation of
Believers. Additionally, we have the example of the early believers in
Yeshua who had networks of mutual help with mature believers beyond their
local Congregation. We believe that AMC has been raised up for "such
a time as this". There is a great need in our Messianic movement for
a voice to call Messianic believers back to a "Messiah Centered,
Grace Embracing, Joyfully Jewish Messianic Judaism". If you're
looking for a long list of benefits to entice you to join, the modest list
below may not excite you, but if you're looking to join with others in
identifying with a Messianic Association for those who share your commitment to
the Scriptures as the authority for sound teaching, we believe our
Association is one you'll identify with
3. THE BENEFITS: (To
grow as God increases our number)
Music, Liturgy & Worship Resources:
We are planning to distribute a free CD to members with Messianic Music
songsheets that can help your Music/Worship Leader enrich the worship
portion of the service. One section will contain song sheets and another
masters for 'Overheads' or Power Point Slides. (a CCLI license is needed
for public use) We also will include a good selection of Jewish/Messianic
Liturgical resources in both the original Hebrew and in English
Transliteration and Translation. These are suitable for printing of for
use as slides/overheads.
Leaders & Elders in Messianic Congregations are often faced with
unique and difficult challenges as they lead God's flock. Many feel as if
they have few places to turn for a sympathetic listening ear. Several of
the men already associated with AMC have from 15 to 30 years of Messianic
Leadership experience and are willing to share what God has taught them,
especially with other Leaders looking for direction or dealing with
Messianic Conferences &
We have had 4 Messianic Leadership Training Conferences in recent years,
and are planning another for late 2010 or early 2011.
Additionally, several AMC Congregations conduct Messianic Retreats which
will be publicized and opened to Messianic believers who embrace the
vision of AMC.
Training for Leaders & Elders:
We currently have 2 well known, long-time Messianic Leaders, Dr. Arnold
Fruchtenbaum and Messianic Pastor Sam Nadler, who are sympathetic to AMC
and are well known for conducting Training for Leaders & Elders. Many
AMC Congregations are using Sam Nadler's printed training materials for
Messianic Leaders with encouraging results.
Website help and hosting:
There are several men associated with AMC congregations who have agreed to
volunteer their time to help Congregations start basic websites, or
improve the Search Engine Ranking of existing sites with help in SEO-
Search Engine Optimization that will help people find your
Doctrinal Study Resources:
We are in the midst of developing teaching statements on Theological and
Cultural issues of importance to our Messianic community.
Summer Messianic Bible Institute:
several AMC Congregations are involved with the Ariel Ministries Messianic
Bible Training Program, 'Camp Shoshanah', which runs for 3 intensive weeks
each summer, with 5 hours of Bible College Level seminars per day, all
from a Messianic Jewish perspective. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, founder of
Ariel Ministries and the author of seven major Messianic books, is the
Director of the Camp and one of the instructors. We recommend this
Already established and being expanded. This includes a directory of
AMC Congregations, and a full page profile and promotion of each
Congregation is planned. The large search engines, like Google.com, show this
website very favorably on searches for the word "Messianic".
4. MEMBERSHIP FEES
It takes a few shekels to do what we have started AND what we are
envisioning. While all involved with AMC are volunteers, a few dollars are
needed for the expenses of providing services to our members, presenting
Conferences, bookkeeping and impacting the Messianic community and the World.
In early 2010, after consultation with a number of leaders about the
current recession affecting congregations, our Board reduced the fee
structure for the next two years. For 2010 and 2011 the Annual Membership
fee structure is:
Congregations with a membership of under 50 adults: $ 50. US
Congregations with a membership of over 50 adults: $ 100. US
- Both these
categories of Membership entitle the Congregation to the full range of
Individuals who wish to publicly identify with AMC may and are asked to
make a contribution.
With your permission, your name will be listed, along with contact info if
desired, on our Directory Page.
Actually, we don't have many requirements, but to ensure that we have a
common purpose, we simply say that membership in AMC is open to Messianic
Jewish Congregations that:
a. Are in full
agreement with our "Purpose Statement" (see above)
b. Are in full
agreement with our "Doctrinal
c. Pledge to ". . . keep the unity of the Spirit in
the bond of Peace" Ephesians 4:3
a copy of the AMC
Membership Application (as an Adobe PDF file)
(When you click on the link above a box
may appear asking for a password, if so, just click "cancel",
and the Membership Application will appear)
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