The Prestoncrest Church of Christ is known as a welcoming place for all types of people to hear the message of Jesus Christ. But public teaching about Jesus alone doesn’t make us a church. What makes us a church – not just an educational organization – is that we are a community. We have guests and regular attenders, but we also have members. Members are people who have made the intentional decision to belong to our fellowship, and know that they’re connected.
But, you may ask, what is the need for me to identify myself with a particular local church? Isn’t it enough that I believe in Jesus and regularly attend church services somewhere? What is the point of formal membership?
There are three central reasons that we believe that formal membership is important.
- The concept of membership is biblical.
Though the phrase “church membership” is never used in the New Testament, the concept is implicit throughout. Believers like the “Corinthians,” “Philippians,” and “Colossians” were devoted members of a local Christian community – a local church.
- Formal membership is important to the spiritual leaders of the church as they seek to fulfill their God-given call of shepherding.
While Prestoncrest seeks to attract guests, both Christians and seekers, to our worship services and events, it is vital to identify those who truly belong to our “flock.” We need to know which men and women can be counted on to build and sustain the ministries of the church. Additionally, those who are committed “family members” should be given priority in the allocation of finite church resources (see Galatians 6:10).
- Experience shows that membership is a benefit to the individual believer.
In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, recognizable membership is an important step that moves each of us out of the vague clouds of good intentions and into the clear light of committed discipleship.
Since local church membership is an important concept both for a church leadership and an individual Christian, let us define what we mean at Prestoncrest when we talk about “membership.”
Requirements for Prestoncrest Membership:
- A personal decision to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- Baptism by immersion for forgiveness of sins.
- Completion of the PC Connect membership workshop.
- A signed commitment to abide by the Prestoncrest membership covenant.
Through a shared understanding of membership, Christians and church leaders at Prestoncrest have connected their lives to each other and form a dynamic local church.