The Church is a spiritual organization, referred to in scripture as “the Body of Christ” (Romans 12:5). Composed of all true believers in Christ, it seems that God controls the “official” membership roster, as stated in Acts, “and the Lord added to their number, daily..”
Although there is no scriptural mandate for “local” church membership, there is certainly nothing to prohibit it.
• Church membership is a way of officially identifying oneself with a local body of believers.
• Church membership is a statement that a Christian is in agreement with that local church and is willing to be identified as a representative of it.
• Church membership is also valuable for organizational purposes and a good way of determining who is allowed to vote on important church decisions and/or who is involved in official church positions and functions.
• Church membership is not required of Christians. It is simply a way of saying, “I am a Christian and I believe HOPE Christian Church is a good church.”
We hope after you have spent some time visiting at HOPE, that you will feel compelled to make a formal relationship with us. In a sense, making it known you want to be a part of our family. There are no fees or membership dues. No one will be checking a balance sheet to ensure you’ve been “sacrificing” the correct amount in the offering plate. So go ahead, check us out. See if we’re a place where you can plug in and find an effective way to serve God and your surrounding community. Become a member at HOPE.
For more information about our upcoming election, feel free to check out the following links:
Proposed Constitution (voting Nov. 2013)
Elder Governance: Everybody’s Concern (article from Christian Standard)
Policy Governance: Adapt, Don’t Adopt (article from Christian Standard)
The Right Framework For a Healthy Body (article from Christian Standard)