Which is more important: to believe or to belong? If you’re reading this blog post from a piece of paper someone gave you that was hanging on a bulletin board you probably will say ‘believe then belong.’
(Wo)men new to the faith are asked first to believe the Christian propositions as they are presented. After they come to believe as they are asked/strongly suggested/told to believe, then they will be taught how to behave in line with the Christian propositions they have learned. And finally, when they have come to believe, learned to behave, and things are going relatively well with their education (does that sound as subjective as it can be?)—then they will be welcome to be members of the Christian faith tradition. They will be invited to belong.