Membership

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27

Next Steps

Step 1: Attend Regularly

Settle it in your heart to worship with us weekly.

Hebrews 10:25

Step 2: Membership Class

Sign up and attend our membership class.

Step 3: Apply

Fill out a membership application

Step 4: Interview

Meet with the leaders of the church to discuss your testimony and any questions you might have.

Step 5: Church Vote

Present your testimony to the congregation to be voted into membership.

Membership Requirements
  1. A credible profession of faith: We practice regenerate church membership, meaning our membership reflicts those who belong to Christ.
  2. Biblical Baptism: The covenant sign of baptism is only to be applied to those who profess faith & repentance. We recognize baptism by immersion as the only proper mode of baptism.
  3. Agreement with our Statement of Faith: We desire to be unified around the truth of scripture.
Why Membership?

We find in the New Testament that a numerical record was kept (Acts 2:37-47). Records were kept of widows (1 Timothy 5:3-16), elections were conducted (Acts 6:1-6), discipline was carried out (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1), Elders are held accountable for members (Hebrews 13:17), and there was a general awareness of who was committed to the Church (Romans 16:1-16).

In other words, the church was keeping track of who belonged and who didn’t belong.

Today, we live in an age of confusion where there are a miriad of beliefs that go by the name Christian, some authentic others heretical. You can be Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, or Mormon (just to name a few) and claim to be a Christian.   Our desire is to clarify what we believe as a church body so that we might be unified around the truth of scripture.

Membership delcares that you are a born again Christian, made alive by the Spirit of God, and that you agree to place yourself under the spiritual authority of our church leaders.

Is Membership Necessary?

Membership is not a requirement for salvation, but we highly encourage you to make a committment to a local church.  The book of Hebrews tells us to regularly gathering with other like minded believers for encouragment (Hebrews 3:12-13Hebrews 10:25).

Is Membership Permanent?

Membership is not a permanent commitment and can be ended in a number of ways.  Our church constitution lists four ways you may by removed from membership.

  1. Death
  2. Admission to a church of like faith and practice
  3. Church discipline
  4. Written request

Additional Resources

How Important Is Church Membership – Sermon by John Piper

Is Church Membership Biblical – Article by Matt Chandler

10 Things You Should Know about Church Membership – Article by Paul Alexander

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus – 9 Marks: Building Healthy Churches Series

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