Membership

It matters and it means partnership

We hope you have visited our church and found a warm welcoming church where you would want to worship God. Perhaps you have been thinking about joining; however you are not sure what is involved in becoming a member. Please let us share with you how to join our church and meaning of church membership.

When you become a member you take the next step of participation, ownership and commitment to the mission at the Life Worship Center. Classes are offered several times a year.


When presenting yourself for membership, tell the LWC pastor your reason for coming - letter, statement or baptism. You will be asked to complete information when you join, and someone will be available to assist you.

NOTE: All candidates for membership must complete the New Members Orientation Class before membership is granted (see calendar of events).

Three ways to receive membership:

01

New Christians

Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

02

Transfer of Membership

Individual may be a member of another Church

03

Statement

Previous Profession of Faith and Baptism by Immersion

Membership Matters

Why is church membership important?

The Bible does not directly address the concept of formal church membership, but there are several passages that strongly imply its existence in the early church. “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. In Acts 2:41, it seems that someone was keeping a numerical record of those who were saved and thus joining the church. Churches today that require salvation before membership are simply following the biblical model. See also 2 Corinthians 6:14–18.

There are other places in the New Testament that show the local church as a well-defined group: in Acts 6:3, the church in Jerusalem is told to hold elections of some kind: “Choose seven men from among you.” The phrase among you suggests a group of people distinct from others who were not “among” them. Simply put, the deacons were to be church members.

Church membership is important because it helps define the pastor’s responsibility. Hebrews 13:17 instructs, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” Whom will a pastor give an account for, except the members of his own church? He is not responsible for all the Christians in the world, only for those under his care. Likewise, he is not responsible for all the people in his community, only for believers under his leadership—his church members. Membership in a local church is a way of voluntarily placing oneself under the spiritual authority of a pastor.

Church membership is also important because, without it, there can be no accountability or church disciplineFirst Corinthians 5:1–13 teaches a church how to deal with blatant, unrepentant sin in its midst. In verses 12–13, the words inside and outside are used in reference to the church body. We only judge those who are “inside” the church—church members. How can we know who is “inside” or “outside” the church without an official membership roll? See also Matthew 18:17.

Although there is no scriptural mandate for official church membership, there is certainly nothing to prohibit it, and it seems the early church was structured in such a way that people clearly knew if someone was “in” or “out” of the church. Church membership is a way of identifying oneself with a local body of believers and of making oneself accountable to proper spiritual leadership. Church membership is a statement of solidarity and like-mindedness (see Philippians 2:2). Church membership is also valuable for organizational purposes. It’s a good way of determining who is allowed to vote on important church decisions and who is eligible for official church positions. Church membership is not required of Christians. It is simply a way of saying, “I am a Christian, and I believe this church is a good church.”


Membership

It matters and it means partnership

We hope you have visited our church and found a warm welcoming church where you would want to worship God. Perhaps you have been thinking about joining; however you are not sure what is involved in becoming a member. Please let us share with you how to join our church and meaning of church membership.

When you become a member you take the next step of participation, ownership and commitment to the mission at the Life Worship Center. Classes are offered several times a year.


When presenting yourself for membership, tell the LWC pastor your reason for coming - letter, statement or baptism. You will be asked to complete information when you join, and someone will be available to assist you.

NOTE: All candidates for membership must complete the New Members Orientation Class before membership is granted.

Three ways to receive membership:

01

New Christians

Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

02

Transfer of Membership

Individual may be a member of another Church

03

Statement

Previous Profession of Faith and Baptism by Immersion

Membership Matters

Why is church membership important?

The Bible does not directly address the concept of formal church membership, but there are several passages that strongly imply its existence in the early church. “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. In Acts 2:41, it seems that someone was keeping a numerical record of those who were saved and thus joining the church. Churches today that require salvation before membership are simply following the biblical model. See also 2 Corinthians 6:14–18.

There are other places in the New Testament that show the local church as a well-defined group: in Acts 6:3, the church in Jerusalem is told to hold elections of some kind: “Choose seven men from among you.” The phrase among you suggests a group of people distinct from others who were not “among” them. Simply put, the deacons were to be church members.

Church membership is important because it helps define the pastor’s responsibility. Hebrews 13:17 instructs, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” Whom will a pastor give an account for, except the members of his own church? He is not responsible for all the Christians in the world, only for those under his care. Likewise, he is not responsible for all the people in his community, only for believers under his leadership—his church members. Membership in a local church is a way of voluntarily placing oneself under the spiritual authority of a pastor.

Church membership is also important because, without it, there can be no accountability or church disciplineFirst Corinthians 5:1–13 teaches a church how to deal with blatant, unrepentant sin in its midst. In verses 12–13, the words inside and outside are used in reference to the church body. We only judge those who are “inside” the church—church members. How can we know who is “inside” or “outside” the church without an official membership roll? See also Matthew 18:17.

Although there is no scriptural mandate for official church membership, there is certainly nothing to prohibit it, and it seems the early church was structured in such a way that people clearly knew if someone was “in” or “out” of the church. Church membership is a way of identifying oneself with a local body of believers and of making oneself accountable to proper spiritual leadership. Church membership is a statement of solidarity and like-mindedness (see Philippians 2:2). Church membership is also valuable for organizational purposes. It’s a good way of determining who is allowed to vote on important church decisions and who is eligible for official church positions. Church membership is not required of Christians. It is simply a way of saying, “I am a Christian, and I believe this church is a good church.”