Why Membership Matters
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 sign a covenant? These are all good questions about our membership process.
It’s true. We take membership seriously. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When Covenant 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 Covenant Members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
Covenant Membership Class
As you think about making a decision to join the church, we offer Connection Group which covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, basic beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required before asking you to make a decision. There are three steps to becoming a Covenant Member:
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 we believe this is what the Bible teaches.
- Connection Group
We require prospective members to attend Connection Group and read What is A Healthy Church by Mark Dever before signing the Membership Covenant. This book is handed out at Connection Group. It explains what membership is and why it’s important to commit to a local body of believers.
- Elder Conversation
The final step in becoming a member is to meet with an elder to share your testimony and answer any questions you might have and sign the church covenant. Once you have fulfilled the requirements of membership you will be presented for membership at the next members meeting.