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 anything? People often ask these questions about our membership process, skeptical as to why there seem to be so many “hoops” to jump through.
It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. 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 a class that 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 when you do 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 it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a Covenant Member. To help prepare you, we offer a Baptism Class. The class covers the biblical significance of baptism, frequently asked questions and gives you an opportunity to share your testimony.
We require prospective members to read What Is a Healthy Church by Mark Dever before signing the Membership Covenant. This book is handed out at Covenant Membership Class. It explains what membership is and why it’s important to commit to a local body of believers.
Signing the Covenant
Once you've completed all the materials you will meet with your membership table leader to sign the Membership Covenant. We will explain the covenant, listen to your testimony and answer any questions you might have. Your table leader will submit your paperwork to the elders who will review your interview and testimony. The elders will then recommend to the congregation your formal inclusion in the body as a covenant member at the next member meeting.