MEMBERSHIP

UNITING WITH GOD'S PEOPLE

You won’t find a verse in Scrip­ture that says, “Thou shalt join a local church.” But we believe that’s not because the authors of Scrip­ture didn’t think church mem­ber­ship was impor­tant. Rather, we believe it’s because church mem­ber­ship was sim­ply assumed. Just con­sider these truths:

  • Paul taught that Jesus gave Him­self for the church. Jesus did this to redeem us from law­less­ness and to purify for Him­self a peo­ple for His own pos­ses­sion who are zeal­ous for good works (Titus 2:11–14).
  • We are com­manded to exhort one another daily and to meet together reg­u­larly so that we do not become hard­ened by the deceit­ful­ness of sin (Hebrews 3:12–14, 10:19–25).
  • We are com­manded to use our spir­i­tual gifts to build up the church; the gifts are not merely — or even mostly — for pri­vate edi­fi­ca­tion (1 Corinthi­ans 12:4–11; Eph­esians 4:11–16).
  • We are com­manded to love one another not in word or talk, but in deed and in truth (1 John).
  • We are com­manded to obey our lead­ers and sub­mit to them because they are the ones God has appointed to keep watch over us for our spir­i­tual good and because they will answer to God for their lead­er­ship (Hebrews 13:17).

To live out these com­mands in a mean­ing­ful way, we believe that we must com­mit our­selves to other like-minded Chris­tians through mem­ber­ship in a local church.

WHO CAN BE A MEMBER AT NEW LIFE?

Membership at New Life is open to any baptized Christian who agrees to uphold New Life's Statement of Faith and Church Covenant and who has completed our Membership Process.

WHAT IS THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS?

STEP 1: ATTEND AN EXPLORE MEMBERSHIP CLASS 

Explore Membership is offered three times per year. Each class is held on Sunday afternoon from 2-4:30pm.

SIGN UP FOR EXPLORE MEMBERSHIP

If you are unable to attend an Explore Membership group in-person, an online option is available. When you sign up, simply choose the online option.

STEP 2: SUBMIT A MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE
STEP 3: ATTEND A PERSONAL MEETING

At this meeting, at least one elder will meet with you (or you and your spouse) to go over your Membership Questionnaire(s), ask any necessary clarifying questions, and answer your questions about New Life. This gives our elders an opportunity to know you, hear how Jesus has worked in your life, answer your questions, and explain more about the qualifications of membership at New Life.