CHURCH MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!
In becoming a member of the church, you make visible your commitment to Christ AND His people.
You state before God and others that you are part this local body of believers - not a building or institution - but these PEOPLE.
Making a commitment to the church makes a powerful statement in a low-commitment culture.
Our culture is a consumer culture where everything is tailored to meet our needs and satisfy our preferences. When those needs aren’t met, we can always move on to the next product, next job, next spouse, next church. But, by joining the church in this culture, you are making a counter-cultural statement that says, “I am committed to this group of people, and they are committed to me."
Church membership keeps us accountable.
When we join the church, we are offering ourselves to one another to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected, and served. We are placing ourselves under leaders and submitting to their authority. Mark Dever, in his book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, writes, "Church membership is our opportunity to grasp hold of each other in responsibility and love. By identifying ourselves with a particular church, we let the elders and other members of that local church know that we intend to be committed in attendance, giving, prayer, and service. We allow fellow believers to have great expectations of us in these areas, and we make it known that we are the responsibility of this local church. We assure the church of our commitment to Christ in serving with them, and we call for their commitment to serve and encourage as well."
Joining the church will help the elders be more faithful shepherds.
In Hebrews 13:7, the writer says, "Have confidence in your elders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you." The elders of Foothills Fellowship must give an account for those they watch over. However, it's hard for them to do this when they don’t know who is really a part of the church. By becoming a member, the elders now know who it is for whom they must give an account to God.
Joining the church gives you an opportunity to make promises.
When you becomes a member of Foothills Fellowship, you make promises to pray, give, serve, attend worship, accept the spiritual guidance of the church, obey its teachings, and seek the things that make for unity, purity, and peace. If you don’t join the church, you miss an opportunity to publicly make these promises and invite the elders and the rest of the body to hold you to these promises - which would cause you to miss out on great spiritual benefits - for you, the elders, and the whole church.
If you would like to become a member of Foothills Fellowship, please look over our Constitution by clicking the "Foothills Constitution" button. You're welcome to read it all, but focus mainly on Article IV: Statement of Faith and Membership Covenant.
Then, complete the membership form either 1) online by clicking the "Membership App On-line" button and completing the on-line form; or 2) printing out the membership form by clicking the "Membership App Print-Out" button, printing the document, filling it out, and giving it to Pastor Mike or Pastor Joe.