The Definition of Church Membership
When an individual is saved, he or she becomes a member of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). Because that individual is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he or she is therefore qualified to become a member of that body (church).
To become a member of a church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes. These purposes include receiving instructions from God's Word (I Timothy 4:13; II Timothy:2), serving and edifying one another through the proper use of Spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-31; I Peter:10-11), participating in the ordinances of the church (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42), and proclaiming the gospel to those who are lost (Matthew 28:18-20).
In addition, when one becomes a member of a church, they submit themselves to the care and authority of the biblical qualified elders that God has placed in that assembly of Saints.
There are three ways to join the membership of Word Church:
- A person may unite by professing of faith and becoming a candidate for baptism. This means you have trusted Jesus as Savior, is now declaring yourself openingly as a believer and is asking for membership. You would come down to the altar after the appeal and openly confess your desire for salvation and membership.
- A person may unite by letter. This means that you are already a member of another church of like faith and order and wish to change membership. You would go to your current church clerk and ask for a letter of recommendation and bring it back to Word Church for processing.
- A person may unite by statement of faith. This means that you were once a member of a church but now are not a part of a church fellowship. You simply indicate this to a member of the leadership team and we will give you an information card to fillout for processing.