Why membership?

1 Peter 2:5 states: “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”   While each of us are the individual bricks that make up the local church, membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process here at Washington Valley Chapel.

Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Matters class. The curriculum is composed of six classes entitled:
- Statement of Faith
- Church Covenant
- Why Join a Church?
- Church History
- Outreach & Missions
- Life as a Church

Courses are offered periodically through the year and weekly on Sunday mornings. Upon completion, those who attended all six classes are able, but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.

Membership Interview – In a 45-minute meeting, the prospective member meets with two or more elders privately to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.

Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elders will review the applicant’s testimony and application. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.

Congregational Affirmation - During our Sunday worship service the candidate will be invited to share a 3-5minute testimony of their conversion, the members of the church will stand with the candidate and we will covenant together with the new candidate being brought into membership.  The testimony can be live, but may also be videoed and shown for those of us who are not big fans of public speaking 😊.  Please see THIS LINK for an example.

For more information about what we believe and how we do membership, please feel free to contact Pastor Rich and/or check out these links:

The Christian & Missionary Alliance Statement of Faith

Our Membership Covenant

Membership section of our church bylaws