We believe that God wants every Christian to become a member of a local church. To learn why, please read Joshua Harris’s book, Stop Dating the Church, and the third chapter of Donald Whitney’s book, Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church: Participating Fully in the Body of Christ. Both books are available in our church library.
Becoming a member of a church can be a life-changing decision. The preaching, teaching, fellowship, opportunities to use your gifts, and mutual accountability that you experience in a church can dramatically change your relationship with the Lord and with the people he places in your life. Therefore, we want you to take time to get to know our church, learn how we are fulfilling God’s command to build his kingdom, and see how we love and relate to one another in daily life.
If you like what you see in our church, we invite you to attend our membership class. During that class you can learn more about our church’s doctrines and vision for ministry, and about the privileges and responsibilities of formal membership. Attending the class will not obligate you to become a member.
If attending the membership class convinces you that joining our church will help to you grow in your ability to love and serve God, we would be delighted to have you become a member of our body. By joining our church, you will demonstrate in a concrete way your desire to unite with us to advance Christ’s kingdom. Membership also will allow you to enjoy ministry opportunities and privileges that are not available to people who only attend our church, including the following:
- You may participate and vote in congregational meetings, where we seek to discern and plan how to follow God’s vision for our church.
- You will be eligible to minister to the children and youth in our church (after completing our standard screening process).
- You can seek more opportunities to use your spiritual gifts, including those of teaching, serving and leading within the body.
- If you need counseling or support from our leaders when their time is limited, your request for assistance will take precedence over requests from people who have not joined the church.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of church membership, please read the books mentioned above. You also may meet with our leaders, who would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about membership.