The church is not the building we meet in, but the believers who are a part of it. God never intended us to live the Christian life in isolation, but he has saved us into a family. Anyone can attend our church, but membership is officially joining into our family.
What does it take to be a member?
The Bible teaches that to be a part of the body of Christ, you must first receive Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. This is the foundation of our fellowship together. Secondly, the Bible teaches that you should be baptized.
How Do I become a member?
To become a member, please come forward during the invitation (the song of response after the sermon) and tell the pastor of your desire to join the church. Alternatively, you can schedule a meeting with the pastor to discuss membership. After taking the first step to join, the pastor with meet with you to get to know you, answer questions you may have about the church, and get you acquainted with the church. After this, the pastor will recommend to the church during the next business meeting that the church receive you as a member.
Here are the four ways to become a member:
1. By profession of faith (receiving Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior)
2. Letter from another church (if you were already a member at a previous church)
3. Baptism (if you are a Christian, but have never been baptized, we will receive you as a member upon your baptism)
4. Statement of faith (if you are a Christian who has been baptized, but do not already have membership in a previous church)
What does the church expect of members?
We expect our members to:
1. Faithfully attend gatherings for worship and Bible study
2. Invest in your relationship with the Lord through personal Bible study and prayer
2. Give generously to support the church and its mission
As a member, we take a covenant, committing ourselves to the Lord and to each other:
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.