So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:5 (ESV)

What is church membership?

  1. Becoming a church member visibly identifies you with Christ. The majority of Paul’s letters were written to a body of believers - not individual Christians. Scripture supports the idea that belonging to Christ means belonging to a church. When it comes to church, there is an “inside” and an “outside” (Eph 2:19, 1 Cor 5, Matthew 18:15-17). In many ways church membership is the physical expression of the spiritual reality of new life in Christ.
  2. Membership acknowledges that we are part of something bigger than ourselves (1 Cor 12:12-31, Rom 12:3-8).
  3. Membership reflects a desire to give more than to get. It demonstrates the countercultural idea of commitment (Romans 12:1-2). Put another way, membership allows us to “stop dating the church and marry it.”
  4. Membership is a way of indicating a desire to be held accountable and submit to biblical leadership (Hebrews 3:13, Ephesians 4:11-16).
  5. Membership helps church leaders be better shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-3, Hebrews 13:17, Acts 20:28). Membership allows pastors and elders to know who to shepherd - who they will give an account for - by knowing who is actually a part of the church.

How do I become a member?

We offer a membership class 2-3 times a year. During this class, we will describe in-depth our doctrine, vision, and values and what it looks like to be a member of Outward. After you have participated in a membership class, you will be given an opportunity to meet with a pastor/elder if you have further questions, and then be given an opportunity to sign our Membership Covenant. 

Keep an eye on our Events page, or Contact Us to find out when we will be offering our next membership class.

Love Jesus. Live outward.

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