From time to time I will throw up a post, a church page on membership that will be a quiz. I will refrain from commenting for two weeks and then I’ll write a post on it. I’m kicking it off with the requirements of a local Evangelical Free Church, Ambassador Bible Church in Chantilly, Virginia. Have at it…let’s practice some discernment!
“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”
“I can’t afford to be a member of a golf course.”
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Acts 17:11 NIV
At this blog there are many issues in the Evangelical Free Church of America that I would like to write about and pursue. Those issues include parts of the Evangelical Free being theologically hijacked by Neo-Calvinists, questionable church discipline being used, and questionable uses of authority among other issues. However I would also like to teach people how to question and how to practice discernment. Questioning is good and important. How to look at a webpage and ask questions or how to look at what a church says about membership and critically think it through is essential. Now note I am not saying to be critical for the sake of being critical. I am talking about practicing discernment. After all as Christians we’re called to be Bereans. So from time to time I am going to throw up what a church says about membership and ask you goys to discern it. Process it, and discuss it. If you would like to read more about church related issues I have composed two posts one how to choose a church and issues with membership covenants. My grad school history paid off handsomely!
In this post I will start this with a local Evangelical Free Church called Ambassador Bible Church which is in nearby Chantilly, Virginia. Ambassador was started in 1997 and is currently led by John Park and has Ken Ahn, Ken Collins and Steve Min as Elders. I will give you guys two weeks to look this over and comment below. Then I will write a post and offer my feedback. I will also reach out to Ambassador Bible Church and give them the opportunity to comment and or explain themselves. I will refrain from commenting and let you guys take a stab at this. You can also read the PDF attachment in this web page here.
Let’s be Bereans!
What does it mean to be a “member” of a church? At Ambassador Bible Church, we understand membership to be an expression of a person’s commitment to Christ in a mutually accountable relationship with the local church. It is a means to become fully involved in all the church stands for and does.
Requirement for Membership
The main requirement for membership at Ambassador Bible Church is that you be a Christian. If you are a Christian and have not been baptized, we also ask that you do so at the next available opportunity.
Benefits of Membership
Your membership identifies you with a local church body, where you affirm the vision and values together with others to accomplish God’s work in the local community and the world (1 Corinthians 12:27).
Your membership expresses your faith in a tangible and responsible manner. As a member, you will faithfully support the church through prayer, service, and finances. It also entitles you to vote and participate in the decisions affecting the operations of our local church. You can be counted on to be an active participant rather than a passive spectator. (Ephesians 4:16)
Your membership expresses your commitment to Christ expressed in a mutually accountable relationship with the local church. The church is responsible to care for your growth in faith through pastoral oversight and church discipline, and you are responsible to serve and participate in the life of the church. (Galatians 6:2)
How to Become a Member
- Complete the Membership Application and turn it in to a pastor.
- Attend the next Membership Class.
- Sign the Membership Covenant (see below) in good conscience.
- Be interviewed by an elder and approved for membership by the elder board.
- Participate in the Membership Ceremony where you will publicly affirm your membership commitment.
Ambassador Bible Church is a body where everyone plays a key and significant role. From a simple task of shaking a newcomer’s hand to the task of taking down the sound system each Sunday, everyone works together as one body to fulfill one vision.
We believe that every member has a God-given responsibility to the church. As a member you are investing your time, treasures and talents into developing the most healthy, biblical church we can be. We work and unite together to fulfill the mission God has given us. So by signing as a member, we hold each other accountable to fulfill this task.
Therefore, as a member…
I will submit to Christ as Lord and to the shepherds of Ambassador Bible Church (Hebrews 13:7).
I will uphold the church vision, purposes, values, doctrinal beliefs, and constitution.
I will attend the regularly scheduled worship services and church congregational meetings (Hebrews 10:25).
I will give and invest my resources to support the ministries and projects of the church for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
I will belong to a small group for spiritual growth and accountability (Acts 2:42).
I will serve the church by joining a ministry team (1 Corinthians 12:4).
I will support missions and evangelism through prayer, finances, and personal involvement (Matthew 28:19-20).
I will pray for the spiritual well-being of the church and its members (Philippians 1:9).
I will abide by this covenant, and in the case I do not fulfill my commitments, I may be removed from the privilege of membership.