To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called “a covenant”. Every believer is part of the church as organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can you be part of the church as organization, as gathered. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, church membership, etc. are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organizations see their members as consumers, the ones whom the organization serves. The Church of Jesus Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, means going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At Redeemer, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.
If you would like more information about the membership process, please contact Mark Vanest at email@example.com or 317.238.5487.