Membership in the Church Community
The New Testament scriptures are saturated with examples and stories of people committing to the local church. Today, we call this membership. To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to God's Word and to support the work of the congregation. The church body also promises to support and care for members as a unified local worshipping community. In the Bible this is called a covenant, an agreement in which both parties make commitments to one another. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible. Marriage, employment, citizenship, and church membership are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organization members are consumers; the organization exists to serve them. In contrast, membership in the church means ministry and service, becoming a contributor rather than a consumer; and sharing God's love by caring for other people. At Christ the King, we commit to being a church not for ourselves, but for others.
Therefore, we encourage all those who call Christ the King their church home to become members.
Attend the 6-week Discover Christ the King Class. The class is offered periodically throughout the year. The class does not obligate you to become a member, but it is required if you are pursuing membership. This class is the best way to discover the vision and direction of the church and to forge new relationships with other members and leadership in the church.
The next Discover Christ the King Class will be held January 11 through February 22 on Sunday mornings at Christ the King.
Membership meeting. You will meet with one or two members of the church leadership for a 45-minute conversation. This meeting will help us get to know you better, as well as provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.This is also a time for us to help you find avenues for ongoing spiritual growth and service in the church community.
Take membership vows before the church. When you become a member, you make promises to the church community. Time in the class will be spent explaining the meaning of these promises. The final step is a celebration of your commitment during a Sunday service with a group of others joining the church.
For questions about membership or about the Introduction to Christ the King class, please contact Ruth Reitmeier.