Membership is about being committed to a spiritual family.

Become an Outward Church member

What is church membership?

Membership is about being committed to a spiritual family. Our members are everyday people who are committed to loving Jesus - His story, His people, and His rule, as well as living outward - giving, serving, and speaking to the glory of God. Without our members, the church could not fulfill the mission that Jesus has given us.

By becoming a covenant member of Outward Church, you affirm your commitment to the mission, doctrine, and values of the body of Christ at Outward, and the church and its leaders are better able to care, support, challenge, and pray for those who call our church home.

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

What's the process for becoming a member?

  1. Participate in all six of our Outward Essentials conversations. These are offered weekly on an ongoing basis.
  2. Fill out a Membership Candidate application.
  3. Meet with a pastor/elder for a membership interview.
  4. Sign the Outward Church Membership Covenant.
  5. Be baptized, if you have not already been.
  6. Be accepted into membership at Outward Church.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the biblical basis for church membership?

  1. Membership 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 of those belonging to Christ as “inside” the church, versus those not in Christ as “outside” (Eph 2:19, 1 Cor 5:1-13, Matt 18:15-17). Church membership is a physical expression of the spiritual reality of new life in Christ.
  2. Membership acknowledges our place in God's Kingdom and identifies us with something much bigger than ourselves (1 Cor 12:12-31, Rom 12:3-8).
  3. Membership reflects the biblical concept of covenant, and by extension, the idea of selfless commitment (Romans 12:1-2). Put another way, membership allows us to say “this is my church" rather than "this is the church I attend.”
  4. Membership reflects a desire to be held accountable in biblical community, as you live in submission 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 long must I attend Outward before becoming a member?

We ask that anyone interested in membership attend Outward regularly, in-person, for at least 3 months before applying for covenant membership. During this time, plan to attend Basic (offered on the first Sunday of every month), and participate in all six of our Outward Essentials conversations (offered before the service every week).

Love Jesus. Live Outward.

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