People often ask “What are the benefits of becoming a member of a local church?” This is a good question, because it seeks what is good in membership for each member. But a better question is “How would this church benefit from me if I became a member?” Membership has benefits for every member, such as a commitment from the elders and other members to love, encourage, challenge, and even to hold you accountable to the Lord and His people. Yet, as Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Becoming a member at GBC is not like joining a club, it’s more like submitting to the authority of God’s Word with the rest of the family. It is a formal acknowledgement of His rule over our life as King, in a culture that often desires Jesus’ saving grace, but not His reigning glory.
How does somebody become a member at Grace Bible Church?
First, attend a membership class. These classes are typically held on a Saturday morning. In three hours we explore our statement of faith, church covenant, church history, and what it means to be a member. Basically this is a time for you to ask questions and make sure that you’re clear on who we are and what we believe.
Second, let the pastor know that you would like to pursue membership. He will schedule a time with another elder or deacon to hear you express an understanding of the gospel, as well as your testimony of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Basically, this is a time for us to make sure that we are in agreement, as we hear what you believe and how the Lord has worked in your life.
Third, the elders will recommend you as a new member to the church based on our shared convictions. After a two week waiting period, you will formally covenant with the church during a worship service. This just means answering five basic questions, and the congregation affirming that they will love you and live in fellowship with you.