If you’ve been around for three months or more, we’d love you to consider officially joining our church family.
The Bible encourages believers to be committed to one another. It uses strong metaphors to describe the ways we should interact: members of one body, bricks in one building, sheep in one flock. The clearest way for this to happen is in the context of a local church, where you have explicitly agreed to be part of a specific body, building, flock. That’s what we call membership.
Many things that happen in our church carry a high level of responsibility, and require safeguarding. That includes caring for vulnerable adults, working with children, overseeing people’s spiritual growth, and much more. We would require anyone who takes on such a role to be fully committed to the core beliefs of our church, and be willing to be accountable for their actions and decisions. We ensure that this happens with membership.
Leaders of local churches must care for the people God has entrusted to them (1 Peter 5:2). Without official membership it is very difficult to know who we are primarily responsible to offer most of our time, resources and support to. Our pastoral care team will prioritise people who have explicitly declared that they’d like to receive this, by becoming members.
If you’ve been around for about three months, we’ve set up an online ‘all-in’ membership course for you to complete. Why three months? It’s a flexible guideline we have to give people time to make an informed decision about whether to start the membership process with us.
The membership course explains more about our church, including what we believe. It also serves as basic discipleship training. It takes people about 1-3 hours to complete. Once you’ve finished it, and filled in a short form about yourself at the end, we’ll set up a meeting with a pastor/elder. This isn’t a theology exam! The goal is for us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us, personally, so we can serve you and hopefully you have someone in leadership you can approach as and when you need.
If you’re ready to get started with the course, click here.