First, we believe the concept of membership is biblical. While the term “church member” is never used in the Bible, the concept is implicit throughout the New Testament. Believers clearly identified themselves with a specific local church and were challenged to become devoted participants.
Second, formal membership is valuable to the leaders of the church as they seek to fulfil their God-given task of “shepherding.” Friends Christian Fellowship, as we grow, will attract a large number of people who are experiencing their very first encounter with being part of a church family. Membership allows them to more quickly identify with the church. As we grow larger, it becomes increasingly important that the leadership of Friends is able to identify those who truly comprise the “flock”, those who have committed their lives to be a part if this ministry and the vision we hold.
Third, and perhaps most important, it benefits the individual making the membership commitment. In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, membership is an important step that moves each of us out of the vague clouds of our good intentions and into the clear light of committed participation. It presents a challenge to “step out of the stands” and publicly affirm a commitment to Christ and to a specific local church. In this sense, membership can be a significant and defining moment in one’s lifelong discipleship journey. We become what we are committed to. If we are committed to membership in a church family, we will strengthen our commitment to God’s family.
Friends offers a Membership Class (called WELCOME TO THE FAMILY) to learn more about our vision and values. The class is offered frequently throughout the year. Contact the office for more info and upcoming dates.