What Is A Member?
At Cedar Grove, our members are those who have repented of their sin and have placed their faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ for their salvation. They have testified to this salvation through baptism and have entered into covenant relationship with the other members who make up our church.
Why Become A Member Rather Than Just Attend?
That’s an excellent question, and one that we hear quite often. First, by bringing you into membership, we are testifying to you that, to the best of our knowledge, you have been genuinely converted and are a follower of Jesus Christ. On those days when you are tempted to doubt your salvation or wonder whether or not you really belong to Christ, it is a great comfort to know that there is a body of believers who have testified to God’s saving grace in your life.
Second, membership at Cedar Grove is covenantal in nature. What this means is that our members have intentionally committed to take responsibility for one another’s spiritual good. The Scriptures are clear that we need brothers and sisters who can come alongside of us to encourage us in our commitment to follow Christ.
This kind of support and accountability requires that there be a mutual commitment among the body of believers toward one another. Taking the necessary steps to become a member expresses that you are ready to enter into this kind of covenant relationship with us (you can download our membership covenant here).
Third, membership helps our pastors to know that you desire for them to provide shepherding and care for your soul. Hebrews 13:17 teaches that pastors will one day give an account for those whom the Lord has placed under their care. Membership is the means by which we can know that you truly desire for us to be your pastors.
How Do I Become A Member?
Step 1: Sign up for “Exploring Membership”
Exploring Membership is designed both for those who are ready to pursue membership and those who would simply like to learn more about the church. It is the best way to get more connected to the life of our church. If you would like to learn more, let us know using the form below:
Step 2: Membership Interview
The membership interview is a time when one of our pastors will meet with you to get to know you better and become better acquainted with your understanding of the gospel. It is also a great time to ask any other questions you might have.
Step 3: Covenant Commitment & Signing
This is where you commit yourself to us and we to you. The covenant (as well as our statement of faith) will be passed out during the Membership weekend, so you’ll have plenty of time to read over it and ask any questions you might have during the interview. We will also have a time when our church will welcome you into our family. This is a moment of celebration at Cedar Grove. Expect applause, hugs, and new lifelong friendships.