It's quite common to hear people say things like, "I don't need to become a member of a church. Church membership isn't in the Bible anyway." While the Bible never uses the words "church membership" there is a lot of teaching which demonstrates that local church membership was critical to the beginning of the church in the New Testament. Below is our definition of church membership and a list of Scriptures that demonstrate the different aspects of membership in the New Testament.
What is a church member?
A baptized disciple of Jesus Christ who is committing himself or herself to gather with a specific body of believers in order to be shepherded by the pastors, to invest in other disciples, to be held accountable for faithfulness, to give generously, and to be engaged in God’s mission.
Helpful resources for further reading, Thabiti Anyabwile, What is A Healthy Church Member?, Mark Dever, A Display of God’s Glory pages 45ff., and relevant sections in Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology.
How Do I Become a Member?
In order to become a member, you will first be guided through a learning process in order to discover the vision and beliefs of Crossing Church and in order for us to get to know you. This will take place either through scheduled classes or personal visits. You will then need to affirm our basic beliefs and membership covenant. After an interview with one of the pastors you will covenant with the existing membership.
Baptized: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41
Gathering: Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:19-25
Shepherded: 1 Peter 5:1-3; Hebrews 13:17
Investing: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Titus 2:1-8; 15; 2 Timothy 2:2
Accountable: Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Timothy 5:20; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13
For ministry: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:6-15
For pastors: 1 Timothy 5:17-18
For brothers & sisters in need: Acts 2:44-46; 4:32-37; 1 Timothy 5:3-16
Missional: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8