Steps to Becoming a Member
Step 1: Jesus
This (almost) goes without saying, but church membership is for those that have repented of their sin and embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior and Friend. To become a "member" of a local church is a tangible way of demonstrating that you are a "member" of the household of God (Eph 2:19), a "member" of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) and partner in the gospel (Phil 1:5) by faith in the person and work of Jesus. If you’re still peeking over the proverbial fence of Christianity, we love you, but let’s wait.
Step 2: Participate
To be a member of Jesus’ church means that you should be participating and known as part of the "household of God" and "body of Christ." You should be known in community, regularly serving and sacrificially giving. These are evidences that you understand and embrace your roles and responsibilities among this local expression of God’s people. Our hope is that everyone who becomes a member is already living as one, prior to being given the title. If you’re new to Redeemer we may ask you wait to become a member in order to give you ample time to know and be known by others.
Step 3: Classes
There are two classes we encourage people to attend on the road to becoming members. The first one is a sort of “Welcome To Redeemer.” This get together runs quarterly throughout the year after services. This is a time to hear the vision and direction of Redeemer as well as ask question.
A second class provides more detail on our mission, vision and culture but also introduces key theological areas and beliefs. You will hear this during the class but it’s worth saying here, you don’t have to agree with everything we believe, but we do ask that you not be contentious or divisive when differences arise.
Step 4: Covenant
At the membership class a church covenant, statement of faith, and additional resources will be provided for you to read and engage. Our goal is to not push anyone to partner up without giving sufficient time to ask questions and pray of this is the local church God is directing them.
Step 5: Interview
The last step of the process will include an interview with your GC leader, a deacon or a pastor. Don’t worry! This isn’t a try-out. If you follow Jesus, you're participating in the life of the church, you've participated in the Church Membership Class, and have completed the application, you’ll do well. This is an additional opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. You may find this is your favorite part of the process.
How do I begin?
If you would like to become a member please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have or please visit the Connect Desk on Sunday. You can also talk with your GC lead.