Why Become a Member? In short, because to be a Christian is to belong: “So in Christ we,though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Rom. 12:5). As followers of Christ, we are called to be in community with fellow believers in order that we might image our Trinitarian God (Gen. 1) and participate in the Kingdom family to which we have been called (Rev. 7:9), ultimately fulfilling God’s will for our lives and for the world (Eph.2:14–22).
Belonging is fundamental to who we are and what we are called to do, and we believe that our deepest fulfillment as persons come not from autonomy-seeking but from belonging to God and thus also to one another, whereby experiencing the love of Christ through one another. Membership facilitates this and moves us to a depth of commitment in ways that simple Sunday consumption doesn’t.
We speak of the kind of commitment that moves us toward one another in mutuality and
interdependence—even in challenging situations and seasons. This enables the kind of intimate, invitational living that reflects the love of God. When one is in need, another can step in. When there is conflict, when there are wounds, we can learn what it is to bear with one another in love and in humility. This is community and belonging.
This commitment is also fundamental to a sense of ownership in the ministry, as members are step into body life according to their calling: “…we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Eph. 4:15–16), thus playing an active role in advancing Christ’s Kingdom through the church.