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?

Membership is about being committed to a spiritual family. Our members are everyday people who are committed to a lifestyle of giving, serving, and leading to the glory of God. Without them we could not fulfill the mission that Jesus has given us.

What is 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.

What's the process for becoming a member?

  1. Attend a Membership Class. We offer this class about once a quarter. We will describe in-depth our doctrine, vision, and values and what it looks like to be a member of Outward Church. Note - we ask that you attend Outward for a minimum of 3 months before attending a Membership Class.
  2. Meet with a pastor/elder if you have further questions. This can take place at the Membership Interest Class, or in a separate meeting.
  3. Sign the Outward Church Membership Covenant. 
  4. Be baptized, if you have not already been.
  5. Be accepted into membership by the elders of Outward Church.

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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