Membership

membership-circleIf you want to increase your voice and influence, consider Membership. Only Members have a vote on the leadership and direction of the church.

Membership means you are committed to Christ, this Community, and the cause of Christ. Every year we hold an Explore Night to talk about who we are as a church and membership. You may also meet with the Pastor to talk about membership. If you are interested in membership you can contact the church office at 231-829-3833 or Pastor Keith at keith.bergstrom@att.net

 

                                           Membership

The language of membership in the New Testament is metaphorical. To be a “member” is to be part of a body (1 Corinthians 12:27) and part of a family (Ephesians 2:19).  Both of these images depict vital relational connections.  In calling us a body and a family we can be reasonably sure that God means for us to stick pretty close to each other.  We are not to carry out the instructions of the New Testament in isolation from the local church.  I doubt it’s even possible. Furthermore, we are told quite plainly to “not give up meeting together” so we can “encourage one another” toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25).  Membership is a responsibility to each other.

Jesus commanded Christians to “love one another” (John 13:34). This means we love imperfect, sinful people in the midst of their sin (1 Peter 4:8).  The church that loves this way can tolerate more differences and forgive more wrongs (Luke 23:34).  It will be a community noted for hospitality, warmth and kindness.

                                   Informal Membership

You do not have to officially join the church to be an informal member.  If you want to learn from the Bible, participate in worship, serve, use your gifts and abilities, receive spiritual counseling and prayer, you do not need to be a member.  If your desire is to be loved, accepted, cared for, or  encouraged, you do not need to be a formal member.

                                  Formal Membership

However, if you desire to be a formal member you must have committed your life to Jesus Christ and been baptized at some point.  Formal members are invited to participate in the decision-making life of the church.  You strengthen your voice with a vote on leadership and the missional direction of the church.  Formal members are acknowledging that we don’t walk the Christian road alone.  Though imperfect, we need each other.  We are better together!  Formal members have a greater responsibility and accountability to grow in and live out their faith.

            Formal & Informal Membership Renewal 

All of us influence the culture, climate and atmosphere of the church.  Affirm as much of this commitment as you can.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, I solemnly and joyfully renew my commitment:

To Christ.  He is my Savior and Lord.  The Bible is my authoritative standard for belief and conduct.

To this community.  I intend to relate to others in a manner that is consistent with the Bible.  This includes loving and accepting others, praying for them, helping them, and honoring those in leadership.  I will pursue substantive relationships, and make worship a priority.  I will offer opinions with humility and tact.  I will be slow to take offense and quick to reconcile. I will communicate clearly, completely, and directly when I disagree or have concerns.  I will protect the unity of my church by refusing to engage in divisive speech or behavior.

To the cause of Christ.  I intend to represent Christ well in my example.  This includes reaching out to those who don’t love Christ yet. I will invite the unchurched to attend, and warmly welcoming guests.  I will use my gifts and abilities to serve in and beyond the church.  I will financially support the mission of the church.  As I am able I will seek to promote mercy (helping those in need) and justice (eliminating the need for help) in our world.

Furthermore, should I move from this place, I will as soon as possible unite with another church where I can carry out the spirit of this commitment.

Approved by the Elder Board, 11-9-17