Membership

How can “participating membership” be described Biblically? We have summarized it as an outline which helps identify the evidence of someone devoted to Christ and His church.

 

LIFE IN CHRIST
Receiving Christ as Lord and Saviour and obeying in water baptism. 
 
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Walking with God resulting in spiritual growth.
 
LIFE OF LOVE
Loving God and others, including communicating Christ to those who don’t yet know Him.
 
LIFE OF SERVICE
Serving others with your spiritual gifts and using your resources for God.
 
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
Significant relationships with other believers in small groups.
 

Why is church membership important?

Scripture teaches that all believers in Jesus Christ are part of His Church. The Bible uses a word picture to describe the church as the “Body of Christ.” “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:5). 
 
When a person trusts Christ as their Lord and Saviour, God establishes an invisible, unbreakable bond that links us to Christ and to one another. Wherever Christ followers are in the world, they soon share the joy of a common love for Christ.
 
Although the Bible never uses the expression “Church Member,” we believe that the concept is implied throughout the New Testament. Believers are urged to become devoted to a specific local congregation (Romans 12:4-8).
 
In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, recognizable membership is an essential step that moves each of us into the place of committed participation. It presents the challenge to not be a  spectator but to publicly affirm that the church can count on us to help fulfill the ministry God has called us to complete.
 

4 Reasons to Commit to Membership

1. A Biblical Reason:  
Christ is committed to the church. 
“Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it.”  Ephesians 5:25
 
2. A Cultural Reason: 
It is an antidote to our society. 
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything … a job, a marriage, our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers & hoppers.”  Membership swims against the current of Canada’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
 
3. A Practical Reason: 
It defines who can be counted on.
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrolment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
 
4. A Personal Reason: 
It produces spiritual growth.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
 
 

How to become a member

Membership is open to anyone who has received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, who has been baptized after becoming a Christian, and who is seeking to live in obedience to the principles of God’s Word. 

Every fellowship has unique priorities of ministry, as well as varying expectations for members, or processes of leadership. We do require that each person requesting membership complete our Starting Point class in order to have a clear  understanding of the vision and mission of our church. This class is available throughout the year; just give us a call at 604-464-6744 for the date of our next session. 

At the end of the Starting Point class, you will have the opportunity to request Membership. You will then be contacted by an Elder who will arrange a time to meet and speak with you.  This is an informal interview and nothing to be anxious about. When you have been accepted for Membership, you will receive a call from the church office asking what Celebration Service you would like to attend to publicly make your  Membership declaration and receive your Certificate. Celebration Services are held several times a year. 

If you wish to become a member, simply fill out a “Keeping In Touch” portion of the bulletin and drop it off at the Info Desk located in the foyer, or you can phone/email the church indicating your interest. Our office will contact you and send you all the  information you will need to get the process started. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 604-464-6744 or info@cachurch.ca

 

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