“So, then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” -Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV)
Why Does Church Membership Matter?
Church membership is not a manmade concept. Scripture teaches that a covenant relationship with other believers is essential for the purpose of holding one another accountable to living a life led by Christ and demonstrating a brotherly love that glorifies God. Participation and commitment to a local body is an act of obedience for all believers in Jesus Christ.
- Church Leadership
Hebrews 13:17 says that Christians should “obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.” The weight of responsibility for church elders is great as they must stand before God to give an account for how they led those under their care. Church membership provides a scope of authority and a means of accountability for these leaders.
- Church Members
Hebrews 10:24-25 states that we are to “stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” Church membership distinguishes between followers of Christ who are growing in their faith and submitting to the authority of their leaders and those who attend service but are not walking diligently with the Lord under the care of their elders. Our membership covenant provides a standard of accountability by which we are able to encourage and exhort one another based on biblical principles.
- Church Correction
In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus outlines the way the church is to seek the restoration of a believer who has fallen into sin. Having a membership standard by which to hold believers accountable to, the church is able to practice the biblical principle of church discipline as necessary to keep the body pure and free from sin. Membership provides a clear process for correction and restoration when a member is living in unrepentant sin.
Risen Life Membership Process
- Attend one of our membership classes
This class is an opportunity to learn about our mission, values, and how to plug in.
- Fill out the Membership Form
After attending a class, complete the Membership Form so we can get to know you better and hear how God has changed your life.
- Schedule a meeting with one of our elders
This is simply a chance to ask any additional questions you may have about Risen Life and find out how you can get plugged in.
- Sign the Membership Covenant