Practicing Discernment: Del Rey Church’s Membership Application, Spiritual and Theological Questionnaire and Membership Covenant

A discernment exercise from a previous Evangelical Free Church in Southern California for readers to analyze and examine. In this post you can read and study Del Rey Church’s membership application, questionnaires and membership covenant.

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”

Casey Stengel

“I can’t afford to be a member of a golf course.”

Jack Abramoff

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

To schedule your polygraph at Del Rey Church contact Linda Rodgers!

I have another post that is getting reviewed just to get thoughts on it. In the meantime I have another discernment post I would like to do. This one is a doozy. I actually wrote about Del Rey Church previously at The Wondering Eagle. You can read about it in “Del Rey Church in Playa del Rey, California Doesn’t Want You to Join their Church, Lets Examine an Acts 29 Statement; Plus Tim Challies is Whining Again!!Matt Jones is the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Del Rey Church. There are a number of issues I would like to write about in regards to this church and the Evangelical Free Church of America and the growing problem of Neo-Calvinism in the future.

I am going to ask you to review the membership application, spiritual and life journey questionnaires, and the theology questionnaire. I have scanned them all in below for you to read. This is one of the most legalistic covenants and questionnaires that I have found so far in the Evangelical Free Church of America. That is impressive since I looked at close to 600 or so churches! I put the polygraph scene from Meet the Parents because I felt it fit nicely with the questionnaires that Del Rey Church added. But form the Danvers Statement to having to provide your employment history I wanted to single this church out again and let those of you who read this to weigh in on this document. Again guys please know that I love you!


 

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Del Rey Church Spiritual and Life Journey Questionnaire

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Theological Questionnaire

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Membership Covenant

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10 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: Del Rey Church’s Membership Application, Spiritual and Theological Questionnaire and Membership Covenant

  1. Holy cow Eagle! I simply amazed that anyone would willingly divulge that much personal information.
    And they included my major pet peeve, the ever present Matthew 18 reference.

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  2. Holy Crap! This is the kind of stuff that I might expect on a job application to be pastor of a church, not just a member. And that “Membership Contract” sounds more like signing up for indentured servitude, except that you also have to pay for the privilege. Sheesh. How is it that people can be so blinded that they will willingly sign their life away like this?

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  3. Yikes! That church sounds more like an IFB church than Efree. Man that theological question part was like an essay test in a college level theology course. Too much work to be a member of this church.

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  4. My first thought was that I’d answer, “none of your business” to most of those personal questions, but a far better answer would be, “Why do you need to know?”

    I’d be more interested in that being part of a conversation starter. At that point, the follow-up for me would be, “can you please provide all of *your* personal info for me to peruse first?” and see just how much all the staff would willingly divulge. After all, if they want your info, they should have full transparency & provide theirs, yes?

    In most normal churches I’ve been part of, an affirmation of faith & a brief testimony about your relationship with the Lord/salvation sufficed.

    I can’t imagine why anyone would consent to this. So cult-like.

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    • Having said that… sadly, in today’s society, a background check for anyone who comes into a church & works with children seems prudent. Though the best way to prevent any issues is to always have at least two adults present in any situation involving children, for the protection of all involved.

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    • She is slowly recovering. She has a long haul. I am going to travel out to CA next weekend and surprise her. My family is exhausted and tired but we need to keep it up. I have been speaking to her daily, sending her cards, a package and more. Its a lot of work from my end, but my sister and Dad are helping her in the hospital and they are dealing with all this also. So prayers and support are still solicited.

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  5. I think Del Ray really take pride in how “hard core” they are. So any comment here won’t deter them, but encourage them to be more hard core. With that said:

    Page 1
    -Real Christian? I wonder if anyone filling out this form ever said no. Why do they bother asking?
    -I have to read the WHOLE New Testament to be a member? So Apostle Peter and Paul won’t be allowed to be a member then. Because neither have ever read the whole New Testament, which didn’t exist.
    -I must belong to a ministry and volunteering to become a member? What is this Jehovah’s Witness?

    Page 2
    -Del Ray is asking you to get back with you ex-spouse.

    Page 3
    -Job history. Is this an interview? What does even have to do with my faith?

    Page 4
    -Education. So this is indeed an interview!
    -Church history? That is none of your business.

    Page 5
    -Are you going to call my ex-pastor to confirm that whatever I say DIDN’T happen, so I must go back to my old church?

    Spiritual and Life Journey
    Page 1
    -I like Andy Stanley, Robert Rubino and Francis Chan. Thanks for asking!

    Page 2, 3, 4
    -A lot of question about personal sins, as defined by neo-Calvinist. Of course! They don’t want to excommunicate you within a week! It is better that you never join the membership in the first place

    Theology
    -A lot of theology that are debatable, like women pastors. However in neo-Calvinist churches if you do not agree with their theology, that is ground for discipline and excommunication.
    -Why should God let me into heaven? Because I believe Jesus died for all my sins. I surely hope they aren’t looking for a “Salvation by Works” kind of answer. Like because I donated $1 million or volunteered 1 million hours.

    Membership Covenant
    -To become a member you must agree with their theology 100%, including many external ones not directly from the bible. I thought the only requirement for a Christian is to accept Jesus as our personal savior.
    -A lot of action required. I though church was about firstly being loved, and then loving God and neighbours.
    -Most worrisome, as always, is the requirement to submit to the leaders. What if, like John Piper, the leaders believe that your husband cheating on your is still NOT ground for divorce? Then you read the bible yourself and you believe it IS ground for divorce. Or the leaders say that Christians must not drink even one sip of wine, which you disagree when you read the bible for yourself. What then? Do you submit to the leaders or the bible?

    Of course you will say the bible. But this church requires you to 100% agree with any theology they say.

    That’s why you shouldn’t never join a neo-Calvinist church. The chance of you being abused, eventually, is high.

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