Why Membership Matters
BYLAWS & CONSTITUTION
I AM A CHURCH MEMBER
Sun, Sept 24
Does it really matter if I’m a member or not? Why do I have to take a class to even become a member? Why do I have to meet with an elder? People often ask these questions about our membership process, skeptical as to why there seem to be so many “hoops” to jump through.
It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When Members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our Members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
There are four steps to becoming a Member:
1. Class 101 - Discovering Church Membership
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a Member. To help prepare you, we will schedule you to meet with an elder. The meeting is an opportunity to discuss the biblical significance of baptism, frequently asked questions and gives you an opportunity to share your testimony with our leadership.
If you have been baptized by another church and your baptism was after your conversion we do not require additional baptism to become a member.
3. Elder Interview
Once you've attended Class 101 and been baptized we will schedule you for an interview with members of our elder board. The elders will ask a series of questions related to your salvation and will give you the opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have regarding your commitment or the church's commitment to you.
4. Membership Vote
After your interview with the elders, the church will vote on you, based on the Elder Board's recommendation at the next scheduled business meeting. It gives our members a chance to ask any questions they might have and to celebrate with your commitment to our community of believers.