We are excited about our progress as a church start and making plans for formal church membership. In the near future we will have our first Membership Celebration. At this special service we will celebrate what God is doing by having baptisms, membership requests and Lord’s Supper. In the meantime Here is an article that briefly talks about why it is important to join a church. Below is some information about what we believe about membership and the expectations for membership.
Those affiliating with us formally will be called Committed Missional People (CMP’s). We believe in the importance of believers formally affiliating with a local body of believers as a prerequisite to full participation in service and governance of the church. CMP’s covenanting with one another and God will be vital for the growth of the individual as well the health of the body and the expansion of the kingdom of God. With this covenant we desire to grow as part of the body of Christ while maintaining unity under the Lordship of Christ so that we can fulfill our part in living the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:29-31) & the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:45-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). This will help us to have a vibrant, regenerate Body that is striving toward the same goal. In the end our passion is that church is made up of “God’s people intentionally committing to die together so that others can find His kingdom.”[i]
For formal affiliation we will have both requirements and expectations. Requirements will be those things that we will maintain without compromising while expectations will be those things that we will take by faith from the prospective member for their future involvement in this family of believers. There will also be expectations that the individual can count on from the fellowship family. The expectations within our fellowship family will reflect the one another passages in the New Testament.[ii]
- A clear understanding of salvation and a commitment by faith to the Lordship of Christ (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38, Acts 16:31, 17:30, 20:21; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 3:9).
- Believers Baptism by Immersion following their profession of faith (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
- A personal interview with the candidate(s) by the Pastor or Elder of the church. During this interview the Pastor or Elder will discuss:
- Their personal faith in Christ.
- Verify by verbal confirmation their baptism by immersion.
- Signed Covenant that includes mutual agreement with Doctrinal Statement, Vision, Passion, CMP expectations & conduct of members.
- Clarify marital status and other relevant issues of conduct; particularly life controlling behavior or addictions harmful to self, family and personal testimony.
C. Expectation of Church
- The Church body will accept as a member of our family. (Romans 12:4-5, 15:7; 1 Corinthians 12:12Ephesians 1:18-23)
- Steadfast commitment to love and honor after the example of Christ & the Bible. (John 13:34-35, 15:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 13:1; 1 John 4:7-11)
- The body will encourage one another to grow in a maturing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in fulfillment of His purposes for their life. (Romans 14:9, 15:2; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24)
- Admonish & confront when necessary the attitudes and/or behaviors that significantly and/or persistently stray from the principles of the Word. (Romans 12; Ephesians 4-5; Colossians 3)
- Submit our personal beliefs and interpretations of Scriptures, doctrines & lifestyles to the examination of Scripture (Mark 9:38-40)
D. Expectations of Individuals
- Attend a CMP Seminar at their earliest convenience.
- A commitment to play their part in helping us connect people to God, one another and the world.
- Living by example a life that glorifies God, is empowered by the Spirit, transformed into the image of Jesus and sacrificially giving themselves away for His kingdom.
- Living out their faith in the context of the people around them (incarnational).
- Growing in and committed to the six principles listed in the Vision Statement Explanation: Evangelism, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry, Worship & Missions. This includes regular participation in main worship service & home group.
[i] And, Hugh Halter & Matt Smay, Page 47
[ii] A brief overview of the one another passages includes, but not necessarily limited to these categories:
- Love...Rom 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8; 1 John 3:11, 3:23, 4:7, 4:11-12; 2 John 1:5
- Serve...Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 4:10
- Hospitality...Romans 16:6; 1 Corinthians 16:10; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 John 1:7
- Forgive...Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
- Kindness...1 Corinthians 12:25; Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 4:2, 4:32; Colossians 3:13; James 5:16
- Unity...Romans 12:16, 15:5; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 5:21;
- Teach...Romans 15:4; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 3:13
- Encourage...1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5;11; Hebrews 10:24-25