What is Church Membership?

Church membership is not an issue of status or voting privileges. Rather, it is an external manifestation of the profound spiritual reality that true Christians are united together in Christ, growing and serving together in local assemblies. Formally joining in membership is a covenantal commitment to walk together with this body as we all grow together in Christ

 

There are four expectations of church members:



1. Actively participate in our Sunday morning service: We not only want people to attend regularly, we want people to participate. This means prayerfully preparing for worship, reading through the passage ahead of time, and discussing the passage afterwards. We ask people to make a particular priority of taking part in communion on the first Sunday of every month.


2. Members meetings: We typically have 2-3 members meetings each year. We believe God holds the membership of the church uniquely responsible for what goes on in the church, so we bring important decisions to the church. These meetings are not a time to voice our own opinion but are instead a time for all of us to come together having prayed and studied the Scriptures to express what we have sensed to be God’s direction for us.


3. Do the work of ministry: In keeping with our vision, we expect all members to give themselves in the service of God’s kingdom. This primarily means that each of us is making a point to prayerfully and lovingly speak the truth in love to one another. It also means giving of our time and financial resources to help the church in accomplishing our shared goals.


4.    Live a life that adorns our doctrine: We want our collective witness to the community to convey the beauty of biblical Christianity. Because of this, we expect every member to live in a way that reflects they’ve been transformed by the gospel. This doesn’t mean we are perfect. But it does mean we are actively seeking the fruit of His Spirit in our lives, repenting of sin when we see it.


If you would like to become a member of Christ Church please talk with Pastor Jim or one of our deacons.