At Glory of Christ Fellowship, we believe wholeheartedly in the concept of church membership. However, we don’t think about it like membership in a health club or a civic club, but rather like being a “member” of a physical body.
Consider 1 Corinthians 12:12-14: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”
Therefore, we believe that membership in a local church makes visible the fact that a person is a member of Christ and of his body.
Reasons for Pursuing Membership
- Becoming a member of Glory of Christ will help you make visible your commitment to Christ by identifying with a particular portion of the body of Christ. It will help keep you from being an “independent Christian.”
- Becoming a member of Glory of Christ will increase your effectiveness in service because you will be able to do with others what you cannot do on your own. Logs congregated in a fire burn more brightly than when they’re alone.
- Becoming a member of Glory of Christ will help you accept responsibility for the part you play in the body of Christ. It will tend to help you shift from being a spectator into being a starting player.
- Becoming a member of Glory of Christ will help you live in submission to God by living in submission to his design for the church (see Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 1:1-5; Hebrews 13:17).
- Becoming a member of Glory of Christ will help the church fulfill its legal obligations. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are required by law to have some sort of membership that helps conduct the affairs of the church.
The Path to Membership at Glory of Christ
If you are interested in pursuing membership at Glory of Christ, you will need to take the following steps:
- Complete the membership course which is offered several times per year. Please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next course is scheduled.
- Complete an in-home interview with one or two of the elders of the church. From the elders’ perspective, the purpose of this interview is to get to know you a little better and to ensure that you meet the criteria for membership. From your perspective, the purpose of this interview is to provide a context in which you can ask any questions you may have and get to know the elders a little better.
- If your interviewing elder(s) recommend you for church membership, you will be presented to the church at a regular “business meeting” and the current members of the church will vote “yes” or “no.” If you receive a simple majority of votes, you will become a member of the church.
- We require members to trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, and to submit themselves to Jesus Christ alone as the Lord and leader of their lives.
- We require members to be baptized by immersion after they have believed in Jesus Christ.
- We require members to affirm our Member Affirmation of Faith.
- We require members to affirm and sign a document entitled Our Relational Commitments which spells out our passion for preserving relationships, and our commitment to biblical church discipline.
- We require members to affirm the mission, vision, values, and general direction of our church.