Is church membership necessary? Can't I just come regularly, give as I feel led, and serve in some way without ever officially joining? Is membership biblical, or an artifact of church tradition?
These hesitations are increasingly common today, and they're fair questions. Here's our brief response:
We believe having formal membership helps us live out the New Testament picture of a church better. A commitment to an individual congregation adds focus to the Christian life. It holds us accountable. It helps us commit to care for one another. It helps church leaders know whom they are responsible to lead. It helps create a culture where those who serve in the church embrace the beliefs and values of the church.
The process of joining also gives the pastors a chance to get to know those who are newer to the church, and membership gives guests an opportunity to ask questions about the church’s beliefs and ministries.
Requirements to Join
- Be an active follower of Christ
- Be baptized by immersion as a believer
- Affirm our doctrinal statement
- Affirm our church covenant