What Is A Member?
The word member in Scripture is the greek word melos, literally translated body part. The Bible uses the metaphor of a body to describe the church (1 Corinthians 12:12). It's a beautiful illustration of how we're each created to serve different functions in the local church.
Why A Formal Process?
To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. The Bible calls this a covenant. Every believer is part of the universal church (all Christians everywhere throughout all times), but only via a public promise can you fully be part of the local church.
Members vs Guests
We make a distinction between members and guests. If you’re not a member, then you’re technically a guest that remains to a certain extent separated from our church family, and separated from the maturity, protection, accountability, and care that comes with being an active part of the church.
Why Should I Become A Member?
This isn’t Netflix or a country club. Membership isn't about 'the perks'. By identifying ourselves with a particular church, we let the pastors and other members of that local church know that we are their responsiblity. We assure the church of our commitment to Christ in serving, giving, rebuking, encouraging, and praying for one another.
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." —1 Corinthians 12:12
How Do I Become A Member?
First, membership begins with a belief in the gospel and trusting in Jesus Christ through faith alone, by repentance. Then, our formal process of making this committment is quite simple:
- Communicate your desire for membership to one of our leaders.
- Speak with a pastor about some things, such as baptism.
- Attend our Gospel Class.
- Affirm our member's covenant and doctrine statement.