Becoming a formal member at our church is a step that we encourage people to take who have been a part of our community for a period of time and who are committed to the health and future direction of the church. We don’t make a big distinction between members and non-members in the normal running of the church but the main reason we have church membership is that we believe that we best discern God’s heart and direction for us as a church together. This is why we have members meetings where people vote on the most significant decisions facing our church like staff appointments, Church Council appointments, budget etc. So in deciding to become a member of our church you are expressing your commitment to the church family and agreeing to participate in our corporate decision making processes, i.e. members meetings.
Full and Associate Membership
There are two types of church membership, full and associate. If you have been baptised by immersion as a believer then you can apply for full membership. If you haven’t been baptised by immersion as a believer you can apply for associate membership. There is not much practical difference, although you must have full membership to be a Pastor or join the Church Council. The church constitution explains some of our core doctrines and how the church is structured and operates.
In becoming a member you are agreeing:
• To be an active participant in church life and use your gifts to serve others.
• With the emphasis and direction of the church (normally people would be a part of the church for 6-12 months to before applying for membership so they can check this)
• To try and build healthy and respectful relationships throughout the church family
• To financially contribute to the church
• To pray about church direction and participate in church members meetings where possible