In a day when commitment is a rare commodity, it should come as no surprise that church membership is such a low priority to so many believers. Sadly, it is not uncommon for Christians to move from church to church, never submitting themselves to the care of elders and never committing themselves to a group of fellow believers.
To neglect—or to refuse—to commit to a church as a formal member, however, reflects a misunderstanding of the believer’s responsibility to the body of Christ. It also cuts one off from the many blessings and opportunities that flow from this commitment. It is essential for every Christian to understand what church membership is and why it matters.
The Definition of Church Membership
When an individual is born again, he becomes a member of the body of Christ (1st Corinthians 12:13). Because he is now in Christ, he is united to other members of Christ's body; therefore, should become a committed member of the local expression of that body.
To become a member of a church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes. These purposes include receiving instruction from God’s Word (1st Timothy 4:13; 2nd Timothy 4:2), serving and edifying one another through the proper use of spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8; 1st Corinthians 12:4-31; 1st Peter 4:10-11), participating in the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42), and proclaiming the gospel to those who are lost (Matthew 28:18- 20). In addition, when one becomes a member of a church, he submits himself to the care and the authority of the biblically qualified elders that God has placed in that assembly.
How do I become a Member?
Membership begins by talking with one of our pastors or leaders, letting them know of your interest. They will begin by answering any questions you may have. They will also ask questions about your testimony; who Christ is; what He accomplished at the cross; when you became regenerate; etc. They will also review what the scripture says is significant about being a member of the body of Christ. If you are a born again believer who agrees with the fundamental doctrines of the church, who recognizes Christ as the literal Head of the church; and who acknowledges the scriptures to be final source of authority in all matters of faith and life, then you will be welcomed before the congregation at the end of a worship service to fulfill your calling in Christ's church at Wellington, using the gifts the Lord has given you for His glory.