There is a wide spectrum of views in the body of Christ regarding church membership. How we view membership is affected by how we view church.
If we view church as a gathering of isolated individuals based on common interests and needs, then we will view membership as joining a club (attend the meetings, keep the rules, and pay your dues).
If we view church as a group of individuals held together by organizational glue, then we will view membership as initiation into a fraternity (special privileges and preferential treatment).
At Montclair Community Church, we view the church as a body made up of individual members carrying out the will of God as the individual members are fitted together in relationship, function together in ministry, and grow together in mutual love and care.
We are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in loveï¿½ (Ephesians 4:15-16, NAS).
Holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God (Colossians 2:19, NAS)
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12).
Membership is not joining a club or a fraternity. Membership is expressing our mutual life together under the Headship of Christ by being fitted together in relationship, functioning together in service, and growing together in love and care.
Why Membership Matters:
- Membership provides a way to express our commitment.
- Membership defines our church family.
- Membership defines the accountability of church leaders.
- Membership allows us to carry out legal and corporate matters.
We live in an age of self-centered individualism where few people are willing to be committed to anythingï¿½marriage, family, friends or church. This results in fragmented and disconnected lives. There is tremendous power in the making and keeping of commitments. What you commit yourself to BECOME will determine who you ARE.
Just as every team has a roster, every school has an enrollment, every army has an enlistment, and every business has a payroll, so church membership identifies those in our church family. Just as there is a difference between family members and guests, so there is a difference between church members and church attenders.
Just as parents are responsible for their own children, a military leader for those under his command, a team captain for those on his team, and a boss for those in his employ, so spiritual leaders are responsible for those who identify themselves as part of the church family for which God has given them oversight.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you (Hebrews 13:17).
How Do I Become a Member?
If you are interested in membership at Montclair Community Church, you should plan to attend the next scheduled Welcome Classes. Welcome Classes are offered 2-3 times a year, and consist of three relaxed, informal sessions taught by the pastor and designed to acquaint you with the vision, values and ministry of Montclair Community Church.