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When it comes to the question of church membership these days, the conversation may often go something like this: "Why should I become a church member? I don’t see membership in the Bible. Besides, I'm not sure I'm ready to be that committed. I can still go to church and be involved without joining. After all, all believers are part of the universal church anyway.”
Commitment and accountability are two key reasons why membership is so important. Here is some Q&A that guides our thoughts...
What is Church Membership?
Active members of Discovery are those persons who have intentionally gone through the process of membership, have committed themselves to be part of and uphold the Church family and its specific values, and have all the membership rights and responsibilities provided in the constitution.
What are the Qualifications for Membership?
Qualifications for membership start with a personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and salvation along with evidence of a changed heart. Along with this is Scriptural baptism by immersion as an outward testimony of your salvation. These are the primary qualifications. Agreement on our basic beliefs, constitution and church covenant is also important. Completion of our Discovery Class is required so you understand our history, teachings, function, goals, purpose and where you fit in.
Why Commit to Church Membership?
A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church.
“…Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus said, “I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18b). Therefore, the church is the most unique organization in the world. Christ died for it and guarantees its success. Membership is a simple, practical exercise that follows Christ's example of commitment to His body, the Church. (The word “church” means a called out body of believers.)
A Cultural Reason: It is good remedy for our world.
We live in an age where few want to be committed to anything including a job, marriage, or our country. This attitude has produced “consumer religion.” Becoming a member is an unselfish decision that focuses upon the importance of others and relationships.
A Practical Reason: Being a member clearly defines who can be counted on.
Every ship has it crew. Every team has a roll of players. Every business has a list of employees. Every army has an enlistment. Church membership identifies the people who are committed to this specific church family in body, in spirit, in values, and in service. While churches in the New Testament likely didn’t have "membership forms," there is ample evidence of lists that clearly identified people as part of the church (I Tim. 5:9-11).
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. It is much more difficult to be accountable when you’re not a member of any specific church family. While there are other fine churches to attend, it is stabilizing and healthy to become part of a body where you can grow spiritually, grow in relationships and have a ministry to others.
To Sum Things Up...
Membership is a door that leads to greater growth, identity and fulfillment. It strengthens the believer as the individual becomes an identifiable part of a local body (I Cor. 12:11-31). At Discovery purpose not ask our members to do more than the Bible teaches.
To find out more about membership at Discovery, we invite you to attend our next Discovery Class. This is where you’ll find out more about us, our beliefs and why we do the things we do!
To see dates for our next Discovery Class and to access our Membership application, Covenant, Statement of Faith, and Constitution, visit our online Community Membership page (see "File" tab). This information can also be mailed upon request or may be picked up in person at our Information Center.