Belonging to the family and joining the mission.
What is membership?
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 Membership Process
The Hope Church 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 Attend one of our quarterly Membership Classes, where you will learn more about Hope Church. We also highly recommend joining a Gospel Community, as this is where you will get the best feel for day to day life as a member of Hope Church.
Step 2: Interview Fill out the Hope Church Membership Application. Once you submit your application, we will schedule your membership interview, where two elders 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, the elders will formally recommend to the congregation to receive you as a member of Hope Church, which leads to the next step.
Step 3: Congregational Meeting At our quarterly congregational meetings, the elders nominate those who have been through the above steps to be received by the congregation as a member. After the vote, the congregation will celebrate its new members (you!) and you’ll be prayed for by the whole church.