We view this assembly as a family, an organic unit, bound together by our union with Our Father, Our Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us “you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you; and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” Fruitfulness requires that we grow in grace and in the knowledge of God and His Word. It requires that we learn to love and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. It requires that we develop our spiritual gifts, and learn how to be and make disciples. This is an ongoing work that requires time and a deep commitment to one another.
Joining a local assembly is a personal commitment and should not be entered into (or abandoned) lightly. Because you and your family need to be certain that this is the Lord’s place of ministry for you and because we want to know that as well, we do not encourage anyone to make a hasty decision. Not that it requires a long time, rather that it requires clear direction from the Lord.
We view membership as a process of seeking the Lord’s will and then of “bonding” into our church family. When you begin to feel at home – part of the family – you should prayerfully consider making that deeper commitment. Here are some ways to learn more about our church family:
- Carefully study our Statement of Faith and Philosophy of Ministry. Make sure you have a clear conscience concerning our Statement of Faith and believe the Philosophy of Ministry is compatible with God’s working in your life.
- Discuss with the Elders, Deacons or other church leaders any concerns you have, or anything that needs clarification. We believe that God is the one who adds His people to any specific local assembly and we want each member to be confident that this is where God wants him or her to serve. (1 Corinthians 12:18).
- Connect with as many fellowship opportunities as possible: Home church fellowship, Prayer meetings, Men’s gatherings, Women’s gatherings, Youth meetings or small group Bible studies.
- Volunteer for one of the outreaches: Child Evangelism, Prison correspondence Bible courses, Prayer team, Neighborhood outreach, etc.
- Let one of the Elders know you are considering joining us and request to join a new members study.
When you believe this is the fellowship God is leading you to be part of, arrange to meet with the Elders. This will allow them to become more familiar with you and with your experience in Christ, and you will have opportunity to ask questions. When God’s leading is clear, it will be our joy to welcome you into this part of God’s great family.