Why Membership Matters

We live in an anti-institutional age, where commitments are low and authorities are questioned. In a time when contracts are despised and covenants are unheard of, why would a local church hold something like church membership in such high regard? Is signing on the dotted line really that necessary?

We think church membership is so important because we believe the Bible teaches it is the normal expectation for a healthy Christian.

Here’s a few reasons why:

In God’s Word Christians are called to meet together regularly to build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25), to encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14), to work together to get the gospel to lost people around the world (Matthew 28:18-20), to protect one another from sin (James 5:19-20), to guard the church from fall doctrine and hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18), and to be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17).

We find that to faithfully follow these commands, Christians should bind together with other believers in a local body to foster deep, authentic, God-glorifying, sin-fighting relationships. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful.

As you think about making a decision to join Waverly Place, we currently offer our 6-week Foundations Membership Class every other month on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30AM. These classes cover what it means to be a member, as well as our mission, and basic beliefs. We want you to know exactly what it means to join yourself with us and what is required when you do, before asking you to make a decision.

If you are interested in learning more, join us on a Sunday morning, where you can speak with a pastor!