Our next members meeting is November 13th, 16:30 at the Christian Fellowship School.
Members meetings happen 6 times a year, keep an eye on your email for the next one. The agenda and documents related related to the meeting will be sent out to all members. Please send your apologies to firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours prior to the meeting if you are unable to attend this meeting.
Membership is a voluntary covenant or promise to associate ourselves with a group of Christian believers. It involves a commitment to attend, pray, give and serve. More than this though membership is a statement that you want the other members of your church to help you in your Christian life, and that you want to give yourself to helping them.
However the church in each city knew definitely who was part of the church and who was not. They were able to keep a list of widows supported by the church (1Tim 5). The church at Corinth was asked by the apostle Paul to exclude someone because of their deliberate rebellion against Christian moral standards (1 Cor 5). The church is also asked to reinstate someone (2 Cor 2). This passage (2 Cor 2:6) also says that the man was punished by “the majority” – so clearly the church knew how many people were “members”.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Who can be a member?” style= “fancy”]At Christ Church we welcome into membership anybody who is willing to make the necessary commitment to be part of our church family and can enthusiastically commit to our statement of faith.
We also ask members to assent to our doctrinal distinctives. These are issues where we recognise that true evangelical Christians may hold different views and where we welcome into membership of the church those who hold a different view, provided that they are prepared to respect the beliefs and practices of the church. If you have real difficulty with any of our doctrinal distinctives it may be that there would be another local church where you would be happier and we would encourage you to talk about this with one of the elders.
- A formal aspect. Christ Church is congregational; the members of the church are ultimately responsible for running the church. Members elect and re-elect the elders, approve the church budget and are ultimately responsible for exercising church discipline against other members. This means that by becoming a member you are signalling your willingness to submit to the discipline of the church leadership and its members.
- A strategic aspect. As leaders we try and give a significant part of each Members Meeting to discussing an issue of our church vision or practice (eg our pastoral care, evangelism, or Sunday meetings). The church’s vision is to be Christians in the city centre, bringing grace to all people and influencing every area of the city’s life for good. Our commitment is to doing this by proclaiming the message of the Bible in many and varied contexts. The role of the church members is for us to think together about how we can do this most effectively.
- A commitment aspect. Becoming a church member is an invitation to the other members of the church to encourage and challenge you in your Christian life. In order for that to happen it is important to be committed to:
- Attending regularly on Sunday mornings and at prayer and praise
- Being part of a LifeGroup or Student LifeGroup
- Attending Members’ Meetings
- Giving financially
- Being involved in evangelism