At Godspeed, we place a high value on church membership because we believe there are certain commands in scripture that we cannot fully obey without a known body of believers who regularly gather together to hear God’s word, to partake of the sacraments, to encourage one another and hold one another accountable in the faith.
Church membership pushes against the modern, western impulse towards individualism. As sheep we are a part of a flock (1 Peter 5:2). As adopted sons and daughters we are a part of a household of believers (1 Tim. 3:15). As members of Christ’s body we simply want to be attached to a local expression of His body. Living together in a biblical church community is the best way we know of to live out the Christian life personally, as well as to care for one another’s physical and spiritual needs.
If you are interested in pursuing membership at Godspeed, here are the steps towards that end.
Whether you’re pursuing church membership or simply interested in learning more about our church’s vision and values, we encourage you to begin by attending a “membership matters” class.
This class includes four sessions:
This class typically runs once a quarter either on Monday evenings or Sunday mornings before church. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or check our calendar for the next class.
After each prospective member has completed the “membership matters” class and prayerfully spent time considering their desire to join Godspeed, he or she is able to request a membership interview with a Godspeed elder to provide basic biographical information, to explain a basic understanding of the gospel, and to recount God’s converting work in his or her life. This conversation typically runs about 30 minute to 45 minutes in length. The prospective member would then sign our statement of faith and membership covenant in view of being added to Godspeed’s membership.
At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder(s) who led the conversation will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
During our next members meetings (these occur quarterly), one of the elders who conducted the interview will briefly describe how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are invited, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.