For membership in this church, a person must be a believer in Jesus Christ, give evidence of regeneration, have been baptized in obedience to Christ following his or her regeneration and must wholeheartedly believe in the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. Each member must agree to submit to the teaching of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith and must promise to keep the commitments expressed in the Church Covenant.
Steps to Becoming a Member
- Successfully complete the Membership Class.
- Read the Church Constitution (including the Statement of Faith and the Church Covenant).
- Meet with an elder for a membership interview to discover basic biographical information and to recount God's converting work in his or her life.
- Be recommended for membership by the Pastor and elders and received by the congregation through majority vote into the church at any regular or special meeting of the congregation.
Duties & Privileges
Each member shall be privileged and expected to contribute to the ministry and life of the church, consistent with God's leading and with the gifts, time and material resources each has received from God. Members shall seek to exercise their spiritual gifts for the mutual benefit of all the church body and shall submit to the loving rule of the elders.
It is the privilege and responsibility of members to attend all members' meetings and vote on the election of officers and on such other matters as may be submitted to a vote.
- Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, relying on His gracious aid, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
- We will work to apply the gospel to every area of life. We will work to make disciples who will love God with all their hearts and their neighbors as themselves so they are equipped to do the work of the ministry.
- We will work and pray to guard the Spirit-given unity in the bond of peace.
- We will endeavor to watch over one another in brotherly love; to admonish one another faithfully lest we become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin; and to consider how to encourage one another to love and good works.
- We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for one another. We will rejoice at one another's happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other's burdens and sorrows. We will be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
- We will endeavor to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and to seek the salvation of our family and friends by pure lives and loving confrontation.
- We will endeavor to walk soberly, righteously, and godly in this world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, for we remember that we have been raised to walk in the newness of life.
- We will work together for the advancement of this gospel church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
- We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with a church where we can carry out the articles of this confession and the principles of God's Word.