For centuries, church membership has been used as a means of control and manipulation. Members were granted special authority, rights and entitlements. Some individuals joined local churches in hopes of benefiting from their position within the local community. Members were focused on voting rights, power, and wielding influence rather than living out the gospel in the context of a local church.
The true picture of membership looks much different. Active Membership in a local body of believers is focused on personal responsibility, shared affirmation, and commitment to participation within the body of Christ. From a biblical perspective, members of the body have a specific function to play within the larger whole. Therefore, members are invited into a deeper level of community and care within the local church. In short, one does not join a local church, but rather willingly submits to it.
Our hope is for believers to understand what it means to walk intimately with Jesus in the context of a local church – living, loving and serving within the body of Christ. We long to inspire you to leave behind spectator Christianity, inward-focused church life, and isolated religious consumption, and help you move toward a more robust and biblically faithful picture of Active Membership at The Well.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. - Romans 12:4–5, ESV
Therefore, Active Membership is an invitation to be a part of something much more profound.
I commit myself to the mission and movement of The Well, active participation in the Life Change Process, and the taking of strategic next steps:
This shared affirmation goes both ways. An Active Member is asked to personally commit to their individual responsibility within the body. Church leadership is also invited to do their part in providing godly servant leadership to the body.
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. - 1 Peter 5:1–3, ESV
Therefore, the elders and staff team of The Well Community Church are invited to affirm the following:
- Hold faithfully to the gospel
- Shepherd the church with care
- Exercise appropriate oversight
- Hold fast to the Word of God
- Maintain fiscal responsibility
- Follow through with “Care and Correction” if and when necessary
- Generously invest in the needs of our community and world
- Maintain a high standard of biblical leadership
Are you ready for real commitment? It’s time for you to sign up for our next Membership Class.