What is church membership?
Unfortunately the idea of “membership” has been hijacked by gyms and wholesale clubs. But the word member originally described a part of a body. In fact, that’s exactly how 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 describes it. So much more than attending services at a particular location, a biblical understanding of church membership describes a person’s relationship and vitally connected dependence with a particular unit of believers.
Why is church membership important?
Jesus authorized His assemblies to identify and affirm valid professions of faith (see Matthew 16:13-19; 18:15-20). However, it’s not just official recognition of your confession of Jesus, membership is an opportunity for care, oversight, and encouragement from an actual assembly of believers. For our own growth in Christ and continued faithfulness to Him, we are convinced that we need to be vitally connected to other believers in a committed way.
Church membership is a mutually recognized commitment to Jesus and each other.
We never want church to be an event we attend or a place to go, but a group of people to whom we belong. And that belonging is based on a mutually recognized commitment to Jesus and each other. This is why we as a church utilize a membership covenant. It’s simply just a summary of the New Testament relational responsibilities we commit to taking on with each other as a local church community. This is important to understand if you are considering joining with us as a congregation.
Learn more about the significance of the Biblical metaphors describing membership.
If you are interested in joining with Lebanon Baptist Church:
1) Attend the Lebanon 101 class. It is a 6-week interactive class that provides an overview of who we are, what we believe, and how we seek to follow Jesus as a church.
This class is offered 4-5 times a year. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office. Attending this class does not obligate you to join, but it is an ideal discussion for those who are new to Lebanon Baptist Church.
2) Once you have completed Lebanon 101, you’re invited to fill out an application.
3) When we receive your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview with some of our leadership team. This will give us a chance to get to know you a bit more, hear how you came to faith in Christ, and allow you to ask any additional questions you may have.