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What is church membership?

Let me start by telling you what it is not. Membership is not something you “do” so that you can vote in a business meeting, and then maybe someday you’ll make it to varsity – be a counter or deacon or elder. Membership is not primarily about quorums or annual meetings or fiscal responsibilities.

Through faith in the work of Jesus Christ we have been brought into the people of God (1 Peter 2:4-10; Rev. 21:1-4), made into a family, a nation of priests. But the concept of membership in a local body began within a century of Jesus death and resurrection. It was the expression of a commitment to a local gathering of Christians.

Membership is an outward symbol of an inner reality. When we get baptized we are saying to those around us, “I am committed to Christ”. When we become members we are saying to the people around us, “I am committed to live out this faith with this community.” In a sense, it is a request and a promise – both of which revolve around the gospel for us.

A member is asking a specific Christian community to be intentionally intrusive, Christ-centered, and grace-driven family to them, and promises to do the same for them. Isn’t that what you’ve always wished for from a local church?

What should I do about it?

If you want to learn more, join us on Sunday, January 10th from 1-4 pm for our “Membership 101” class. Call or e-mail the office to register, lunch will be provided. We can help with childcare, but you need to arrange that with us one week prior.

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