How to become a Member
Why is it important to join a church?
There are many good reasons to join a church and be an official member. The major reason is that it expresses “Commitment”. We want you to be more than attendees. Here are a few reasons why.
A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church and you should be too. “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her“ (Eph 5:25b)
A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything. ... a job... a marriage... our country. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion”. It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Membership identifies our family. Each believer brings a wealth of personal resources into the church family that enriches the lives of those who are already members, and when joined with the talents and gifts of those already present, increases our potential to make an impact for Christ in our world.
A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth; you cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
How can I join the church?
You can join our church in these ways. First, all members must be believers in Christ, and have a personal relationship with Him, and have followed Christ in obedience, demonstrated by being baptized by immersion. So with this in mind, we have these categories of applying for membership:
By Profession of Faith – you tell us you have already become a believer, and request baptism.
By Transfer of Membership – This is also called a transfer of letter. This is a promise of membership from another church of like faith and order, subject to receipt of such evidence of membership.
By Statement of Faith – By your personal statement, tell us that you are a baptized believer, and have a membership in another church of like faith and order, but records of membership are unavailable.
By Watch Care – this is a special category of membership for believers who do not want to formally break ties with another church, a believer awaiting baptism, or other a special membership request pending church decision.