At Church of the Redeemer, we recognize the need for formal membership for four reasons:
• A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to His Church.
“…Christ loved the Church, and he gave his life for it.” Ephesians 5:25
• A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our individualistic culture.
We live in a culture that encourages us to be guarded against making commitments which might make demands upon our individual freedom. Church membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion” by acknowledging that the benefits of community are connected to and received through personal commitment and vulnerability.
• A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on.
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. The USA takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
• A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to one another for spiritual growth. It is quite difficult to be accountable when we are not committed to any specific church family.
Three to four times each year we offer the “Discovering Redeemer” class which presents more detailed information about church membership and the vision and values of our church. If you would like to attend Discovering Redeemer the next time it is offered, or would like to learn more about membership at Church of the Redeemer, please speak with a member of our pastoral staff. To view our Membership Covenant, please click here.