Frequently Asked Questions

I attended Catch the Vision a couple of years ago and I never completed a membership application. Do I have to attend it again?  

No. All you have to do is complete the membership application and turn it in. Don’t have one? Just call the church office.

I want to attend Catch the Vision but I can’t stay the whole time. Should I go ahead and come?

You will need to reschedule at a time in the future when you can stay for the full time.

Can I bring my children to Catch the Vision?

We strongly suggest—for everyone’s benefit—that you arrange for childcare during Catch the Vision.

Will I be notified when I have been approved for membership?

Absolutely! You will receive a letter letting you know that your membership was approved by the body in its business meeting. Those meetings happen twice a year: one in the spring and one in the fall.

Do I have to be water baptized in order to qualify for membership?

Yes. We do require that you received a believer’s water baptism in order to be a member at SGT, but it can have taken place at another Bible-believing church that also believes in believer’s water baptism.

What if I was water baptized at a different church?

See above.

Are water baptism and Spirit baptism the same thing?

No. Water baptism is commanded of our Lord in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) and is heavily attested to throughout the New Testament. In it, the believer is immersed in water (symbolizing our death to sin) and raised up out of the water (symbolizing newness of life).

Spirit baptism is the endowment of power from the Holy Spirit for the purpose of ministry. It’s initial physical confirmation and provision is speaking in tongues.

We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as the normal experience for all in the early church and for the church today; that we are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ to seek this experience of endowment of power for life and service; that this experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth; that the initial physical confirmation and provision of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.  (Acts 2:4; 38-39)

Is there a cost for membership? Like dues or something?

Believe it or not, some have wondered about this! The answer is no.

Do I have to agree on every point of SGT’s Statement of Faith in order to become a member?

This is a tricky question. There may be various doctrinal nuances that the body can differ on in its interpretation, but for the most part it is understood that if you become a member you agree with us doctrinally.

Do I have to be Pentecostal to become a member of SGT?

You do not have to have been spirit baptized in order to be accepted into membership at SGT but you must agree with our stance on Spirit Baptism as stated in our Statement of Faith and you must be actively seeking the experience.