WHAT IS MEMBERSHIP?
Membership is obeying the New Testament call to live as an accountable member of a larger family/body: “For just as the body is one and has many members…all the members of the body, though many, are one body. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Cor. 12:12, 27).
Membership is committing to Cross of Christ instead of “dating” Cross of Christ.
Membership is joining the mission and belonging to the family.
Membership is moving from consumer to contributor.
THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
The Cross of Christ 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? To help you and to help us along this path, our membership process involves three steps:
STEP 1: EXPLORE
Join a Community Group, listen to Gospel in Life Sermon Series, watch the videos, and complete the Gospel in Life home study.
STEP 2: INTERVIEW
First, express your desire to become a member to your pastor or Community Group leader. When you speak to your Community Group leader, they will schedule your membership interview with you. These interviews are generally brief, yet thorough. Your CG leader will interview you to assess if 1) you clearly understand what we expect of Cross of Christ Church members and 2) that you are ready to make this commitment. When you pass the interview, you move to step three.
STEP 3: GO PUBLIC
Sign the Cross of Christ Membership Covenant and “go public” with your membership commitment. At our next Membership Sunday you will stand up front with all the other new members and will be prayed for by the whole church.
Note: If you haven‘t yet been baptized, you also commit to being baptized at our next Baptism Sunday.
The Cross of Christ Membership Covenant is birthed out of our love for the church body and its individual members whom we hope will experience the fullness of joy which is found in the presence of the Lord. The primary purpose of this covenant is to serve as a teaching document with three functions:
- To clarify the biblical obligations and expectations for both the elders of Cross of Christ and the individual members of the Cross of Christ body.
- To establish teaching and doctrinal parameters for the Cross of Christ body.
- To serve as a tool for reflection and growth toward holiness.