Church membership is our opportunity to grasp hold of each other in responsibility and love.
Church membership is an important part of growing as a believer. While anyone is welcome to attend a service and get involved in many capacities, church membership is a formal commitment to belong to the church and to grow in community as you worship and serve together.
Why membership Matters
Kevin DeYoung, makes the following reasons why membership matters in a local church. I want to challenge you to think about how important this step is as you begin the journey with us.
Makes your commitment visible
You state before God and others that you are part of this local body of believers. It’s easy to talk in glowing terms about the invisible church – the body of all believers near and far, living and dead – but it’s in the visible church that God expects you to live out your faith.
Makes a powerful statement
We live in a low-commitment culture. Joining a church in such an environment makes a counter-cultural statement. It says, “I am committed to this group of people and they are committed to me. I am here to give, more than to get.”
Makes us interdependent
While culture would have us all be free thinkers and radical spirits, membership states in a formal way, “I am part of something bigger than myself. I am not just one of three hundred individuals. I am part of a body.”
Makes us accountable
Membership means offering ourselves to one another to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected, and served. We place ourselves under leaders and submit to their authority (Heb. 13:17). We are saying, “I am here to stay. I want to help you grow in godliness. Will you help me to do the same?”
Helps with shepherding
Some people consider themselves to be part of the church even if they only come once in a year. Membership helps our pastor and elders know who is part of the flock to be shepherded. It guides them as they reach out to care for the church family.
Helps you make promises
We take seriously the promise to pray, give, serve, worship and fellowship (see more about our 4 Cores). When you join the church you have the opportunity to publicly make these promises, and invite your church family to keep you accountable to them.
Become a member
Have you been worshipping with Calvary Burlington for a while and you're ready to make a more formal commitment? Download the documents and return your completed application to the church office. Once we receive it, we'll be in touch to set up a time to talk.