Membership in our culture often brings to mind ideas of privileges and rights that members receive if they pay certain dues, but in the Bible, being a member of a local church is much more active than this. It’s a call to mutual commitment, service, intentionality, and care within the context of a sacred relationship between God and all those who choose it. Our elders and leaders also commit to caring for our members with counsel, prayer, and teaching. Committing yourself to a particular group of believers in this way is weighty, but it’s also wonderful – indeed it is through church membership that Jesus cares for His people.
The Living Water membership process is simple yet thorough. We simply want to assess two things: 1) Are you a Christian? 2) Do you understand what it means to be passionately committed to and function as a healthy member of this particular local church? Our membership process involves 3 steps:
STEP 1: EXPLORE
Listen to the most recent Vision Sermon Series (we aim to preach a fresh vision series each year) and attend a Membership Class. We also highly recommend joining a Community Group, as this is where you will get the best feel for day to day life as a member of Living Water.
STEP 2: INTERVIEW
Fill out the Living Water Membership Application. Once you submit your application, we will schedule your membership interview, where an elder will meet with you to 1) get to know your story/how we can best be caring for you and 2) assess if you are ready to make this commitment. When you pass your interview, you’ll sign the Living Water Membership Covenant, and you are officially a member! But wait, there is still one more step.
STEP 3: GO PUBLIC
At our next Membership Sunday (these happen quarterly) we’ll bring you up front with all the other new members to “go public” with your membership commitment, be celebrated and prayed for by the whole church.