What is it and why is it important?
Church membership is such a natural step as you maintain growth and stability in your Christian faith. In the New Testament, we consistently see believers being added to the church as a step of commitment in which a Christian expresses the reality that Christ is indeed Lord and Master in their life. This commitment involves several areas:
- Commitment to God (Matthew 22:37)
- Commitment to the family (Proverbs 12:7b)
- Commitment to personal growth (Philippians 3:14)
- Commitment to ministry (Ephesians 4:11,12)
The key to a Christian’s successful commitment lies in accountability to a church and its leadership (Heb 13:7; Matt 18:15–17; 1Thess 5:12,13). Without this accountability, it’s too easy to falter. We believe that with consistent, loving support, encouragement and challenge each person can not only maintain but thrive in their Christian life.
We all need relationships. Two pictures we have of the church are “the body of Christ” and that of a “building”. There are no “Lone Ranger” Christians. As we grow in Christian living, we are built up, as a house is being built (1 Peter 2:5). “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). We complement each other with our different and unique talents and abilities as we join together as a team. Each of us has an important function to fulfill in the “body of Christ”. This is the essence of a church. It’s interesting to note that as Jesus healed people in his New Testament ministry, a common thread we see running through his miracles was a restoration not only of personal health, but also to “community”. We were made and designed for interdependency.
When you enter the door of the church for the first time, you’ll find open arms and acceptance, unconditionally and without reservation. But all relationships need to be two-way, and this requires you to reciprocate by opening your arms and embracing the church with support and commitment of your time, talent and treasure.
Commitment, Accountability and Relationship—these are the three primary reasons a Christian should join a church. Yes, you receive the right to vote at business meetings, but the true spirit of church membership lies in things of the heart.
Application for Membership / Membership Class
Contact us to apply for Membership in the church. A Membership class is given twice a year (Mar and Oct) or as requested. An interview with an Elder will follow the class before your name is presented at a Membership meeting. Once accepted to the Membership, you will be recognized at a Sunday church service.