Church Membership at The Church at Cane Island
We have developed a pathway to membership to help each member and the church to understand the importance of biblical church membership. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5 that we should present the bride (the Church) to Christ in a manner that reflects her holiness and without blemish. For this reason, we are careful about membership because such a high standard has been given to each of us that make up the body of believers.
The Pathway to Membership
Step 1: Proclamation
The act of confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as the only hope for salvation from death- the penalty for sin. (Romans 1:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9; Acts 3:119; 1 John 1:9; Mark 8:38; John 3:16.)
Step 2: Evaluation
Share your story with the Lead Pastor or his designee to discuss your new life in Christ and make plans for your next step to becoming a mature follower of Christ. We would love to video your story and share it with the church. But, this is NOT a requirement! We ask that you fill out our Membership Application to get the process started. (James 5:16; Psalm 22:22; John 4:28-30; Acts 4:13-22; Acts 22:1-22, Philippians 1:27; Psalm 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7)Click Here to Start the Membership Process
Step 3: Baptism
We baptize by immersion and require that from all of our members for the following reasons:
- Jesus did it this way and it is the closest thing we will ever do that is like Jesus. He set the example for us to follow.
- Immersion Baptism is most often associated with a conscious decision and choice to follow Christ. We want all of our members to be able to express, in an age-appropriate manner, why Baptism is important to them.
- Immersion baptism is symbolic of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and those accept the free gift of grace. It is a beautiful picture to others that you have been given eternal life.
- Of all the things that Jesus will ask of a disciple, being baptized is by far the easiest.
(Colossians 2:8-15; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-38; Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Peter 1:23-25; John 3:23)
Step 4: Education
Our Membership Orientation Course (Membership 101) is a requirement because we want you to know what you are getting yourself into. We want to share the history and culture of our church. Likewise, you need to know what is expected of you as a member and what the rest of us can expect from you. This is also the introduction to our membership Covenant. A covenant is a binding relationship that is far more than a contract or agreement. A covenant clarifies what matters to the organization and why we take this so seriously. (Galatians 6:10; Colossians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 5:2; Hebrews 13:17; Proverbs 16:16; 1 Corinthians 14:40)
We’ve moved our Course online and it takes less than 1 hour to complete (you don’t have to complete it all at one time). When we receive your Membership Application, we will send you the link for our Membership 101 Online Course.
Step 5: Commitment
We use a Membership Covenant to formalize your commitment to the church and to the local churches commitment to you. We are certain that committed members who support the mission, vision, and values of their church home, will be committed to seeing others come to faith in Christ and maturing in their faith. We expect our members to support what we are doing with all their hearts because God has called them here, to be a part of this body for his glory.Click Here to Download Our Membership Covenant
Step 6: Affirmation
Each member is presented before the current members for a vote of affirmation and acceptance into membership. We do this because we want every member of the body of believers to know and take responsibility for each other. An affirming vote is an important step in giving and receiving accountability to live a Christ-filled life. ( Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2; 2 Corinthians 7; Luke 15:3-8)
Please take note that salvation is NECESSARY for membership, but membership does NOT equate to salvation. We want you to belong to Christ for all of eternity. That decision is yours to make, and cannot be accomplished through a congregational vote. We use these other steps to complement our Connect Four Strategy of making disciples and to help you find your place in the body of Christ.