We believe that committing one's self to a local body of Christ is an important part of a believer's experience. It is in the community of believers that a person can be encouraged, instructed, admonished, built up and edified (1 Cor. 12, Eph. 4, Col. 3). While we recognize that membership is not prescribed in the Bible, we believe it is a way of identifying with a local church and displaying a willingness to "submit to one another" (Eph 5:21).
What does the Bible say about becoming a member of a local church?The universal Church-the Body of Christ-is composed of all true believers in Christ, but there is nothing in the Bible about "membership" in a local church assembly. As believers, we have our names written in the Lamb's book of life (Rev. 20:12), which is the only "membership roll" spoken of in Scripture.The New Testament churches apparently had no need of formal membership, relying instead on God to gather together believers in a local body. "And the Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved" (Acts 2:47). This verse indicates that salvation was a prerequisite for being "added" to the church. This is why Living Grace requires all members to share their testimony of saving faith prior to becoming a member.
Why should I become a member of a church?Church membership signifies an individual commitment to grasp hold of one another in mutual love and discipleship. By identifying ourselves with a particular church, we let the pastors and other members of that local church know that we intend to be committed in attendance, giving, prayer, and service. We increase others' expectations of us in these areas, and we make it known that we are the responsibility of this local church. We assure the church of our commitment to Christ in serving with them, and we call for their commitment to serve us in love and to encourage us in our discipleship. In short, we enter a covenant relationship with that church and its leadership.
Membership at Living Grace Community ChurchIn addition to the importance of acknowledging your commitment to the local church as mentioned above, at Living Grace membership is given the opportunity to vote on important issues such as annual budget, officers and pastoral staffing.
Steps Toward Become a Member at Living Grace Community Church
1. Attend a 3 week membership class, usually taught by the senior pastor.
At this point there are two prerequisites to consider: Are you a believer in Christ and have you been regularly attending the church for at least 6 months? If so, you may continue the process for membership:
To indicate your interest in becoming a member, please contact the church office.
3. Fill out and return a membership application (given out at the membership class or can be picked up at the church office)
4. Be interviewed by the Congregational Care commission (the congregational care commission is a group of elected, mature Christian men and women with the Biblical qualities of Deacon (1 Tim 3:8-13) who come alongside those in our congregational to encourage, instruct and admonish.)
5. The Congregational Care commission will then recommend you to the executive board, which recommends to membership for a vote at the following church business meeting (held 3 times/year).