What is church membership?
Church membership is when a born-again believer comes forward to be in communion with a faith family, in this case Calvary, to enact God's global mission; that is to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19-20).
Why join a church?
From the beginning of the church in Acts 2, God has called those who have been born-again believers into fellowship and community with one another. The church became a family, one that was committed to holding each other to a higher standard of faith and one that was committed to love and caring for the needs of its members and those outside the church. Church membership is the next most important step a believer can make after salvation. Without joining with a faith family, a believer has no means of accountability, support, and consistent spiritual growth. As Ephesians 5:1-6 says, "... There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call..."
Once a quarter, we offer a class lead by Senior Pastor, Kenny Grant. By coming, you will learn: why church membership matters, what we believe as a church, the biblical basis for and implementation of the vision and mission of our church, Sunday morning Connect classes, and opportunities for using your gifts in ministry. See the link below to sign up!
Who can be a Member?
Anyone can be a member at Calvary that meets the following criteria:
- Professed faith in Christ and been immersed in Baptism.
- By presenting a letter from another Baptist church or like faith.
- By presenting oneself as a believer who needs Baptism by immersion.
- By statement of faith in Christ and testimony of Baptism by immersion.
When can one join as a member?
Anyone who meets the above criteria can come forward to initiate the membership process after two months of consistent attendance and is in good standing with the church.
How does one become a member?
A simple way of becoming a member is by coming forward during the invitation time of service. One can also approach any pastor or call the church to begin the process. If one meets the above criteria then the process of membership is simple and consists of:
- Reading I am a Church Member by Thom Rainer. A short, simple book that lays out church membership.
- Being baptized, if necessary.
- Signing up for and attending a Members Class that is offered quarterly.
Once these steps have taken place, one has become a full member of Calvary and is welcomed into our faith family! Sign up for a members class below!
For more information on membership, contact Sarah Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org