Why Membership Matters
If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join The Village Church Denton.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Class. The curriculum is composed of five one-hour classes entitled:
- Basic Beliefs
- Why Church Membership?
- What is a Covenant?
- Missions and Outreach
- Life Together
Courses are offered periodically through the year and weekly on Sunday mornings. The schedule of those classes is here. Upon completion, those who attended all five classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.
Required Reading - 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 Church Membership Class. It explains what membership is and why it’s important to commit to a local body of believers.
Required Listening - We require prospective members to listen to three messages. They are
- Wanderer/Restorer (The Gospel and Church Discipline)
- The Glory of God in the Nations
- The Gospel and Your Wealth
Membership Interview – In a meeting, the prospective member meets with an elder and/or deacon to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation - During our every-other-month members meetings, each pastor who conducted an interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord.
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 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.
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.