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.
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. As an “Active Member” of The Well we invite you to affirm the following:
I commit myself to the mission and movement of The Well:
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
- Encourage the body to “be the church” in our community
- Maintain doctrinal purity
- Maintain a high standard of biblical leadership
- Shepherd and care for the body
- Maintain fiscal responsibility
- Provide care and correction
By filling this out, you are committing yourself to the mission and movement of The Well Community Church and becoming an active member. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.