Becoming a Member of Monument Hill Church
Covenant membership is a commitment to one another—a willing pledge to guard, care, submit, support, and minister together for the building up of our church body.
Our first concern is that you have a right relationship with God. While we believe it is important to be a member of a local church, joining a local church will not make you right with God. The Bible teaches us that we all have rebelled against God. Our sins have separated us from God, and will eventually separate us from Him for all eternity. The good news is that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, proving His victory over sin and death. Jesus offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who will turn from their life of rebellion and trust Him as their Lord and Savior. Repentance and Faith in Christ alone are necessary for true salvation. We would love to visit with you further about what it means to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Once a person becomes a Christian, it is important to join a local church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of God from the Bible. While our commitment to Christ is personal, it was never intended to be private. We are to live out the Christian life in fellowship with other believers.
A friend of Pastor Tom's wrote this about church membership, and we agree:
What should be required of someone in order to join a church?
In order to join a church, someone should be:
1) A Christian. Only someone who credibly professes faith in Christ should be a member of a Christian church.
2) Baptized. Only those who have publicly identified with Christ and his church by baptism should be allowed to publicly identify with his church by membership.
3) A regular attender. A church cannot oversee and affirm a person’s profession of faith if they do not regularly attend. Without attendance, membership is meaningless.
4) Someone who confesses the same faith as the church and is willing to live as a Christian together with the church. A Christian should be able to affirm a church’s statement of faith and church covenant, if it has such documents. Only someone who agrees with the church’s stated beliefs and who intends to live a life marked by love for the members of that church should be allowed to join.
5) Willing to submit to the leadership of the church. If a person isn’t willing to follow the church’s leaders he will inevitably stir up division and strife. It’s best for him to join a church whose leaders he can obey.
The idea in all this not to be exclusive or to turn people away. The point in requiring all these things of prospective members is that the church is supposed to reflect God’s character to the world. When a church’s members are genuine, growing Christians, God’s glory is put on display and the gospel is commended to the world. It’s actually loving to require that church members be genuine Christians: it’s good for their own souls, it’s good for non-Christians, and it brings glory to God.
If you have any questions about joining our church family, please email our Assistant Pastor at: PastorGary@mhc.church He would also love to meet with you to discuss membership at Monument Hill Church! We are growing by God's grace and for His glory.