WHY BECOME A MEMBER?
There is no verse in the Bible that requires a person to become a member of a church. However, the Bible clearly teaches that believers are to be involved and committed in a local church. Throughout the New Testament, the church pattern portrayed is one of Christians meeting regularly in local congregations (Acts 2:46; I Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:25). The biblical principle is that the church is a family of committed believers. Church membership is a way of expressing that commitment to the church family.
Members participate in church decision-making. Membership allows you to have a say in what the church does and how it functions. In particular, church members approve the church’s budget and vote for the appointment of pastors and church officers. Only church members are invited to raise questions and make proposals about any issue at a church business meeting. If you want a voice in the way the church is run and the things it does, you need to have a vote, and to have a vote, you need to be a church member.
Although the church seeks to provide support and care for everyone, the church has a special responsibility toward its members who are in need. Members who wish to make use of the church’s facilities and ministries are given priority.
Before you can become involved in ministries or leadership roles of the church, you are required to be a church member.
Requirements of Membership
In order to formally join the membership at LCC we require that you:
- Be an individual eighteen years of age or older.
- Attend LCC for at least one year before applying for membership.
- Attend a Membership Class (within one year of applying for membership).