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: “Exploring Membership” Weekend
The membership weekend includes a Friday night and Saturday on the same weekend. It is a time for you to learn about who we are, what we believe, and what it looks like to be a member of Cedar Grove. We’ll also discuss practical matters such as who our different ministry leaders are, the different resources available here, how to access our online directory, etc. We’ll also enjoy meals and fellowship together.
Registering for the membership weekend does not mean you must become a member when it is finished, but for those who know they are ready to become members, attendance is required before the process can continue.
Our next membership weekend will be held April 14-15, 2018. Friday will be from 6:00-8:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Childcare IS provided and meals are free.
Step 2: Membership Interview
The membership interview is a time when one of our pastors will meet with you personally to make sure you understand the gospel, as well as answer anymore questions you might have about our church.
Step 3: Covenant 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.
You can register for our next membership weekend below.
Exploring Membership Audio Recordings:
Session 1:The Mandate & Need For Membership
Session 2: The Goal & Challenges Of Membership
Session 3: The Nature of Membership
Session 4: The Glory of Membership