What is Membership?

Membership at GCC means joining with other believers in our local assembly to participate in the life of the church not as a consumer or spectator, but as an active participant who practices the "one anothers" of the New Testament.  Church membership is not about prestige or possessing an honorary title; it’s about identifying oneself to world as a Christian and living out the call of Christian discipleship in a specific community.

Membership is open to any person who has trusted in Christ alone as Savior and Lord, who has been baptized as a believer, and who desires to be committed to the church as a local body of believers.

What Does a Member Do?

In the New Testament we see Christians who assemble together regularly to
  • Build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25)
  • Encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14)
  • Partner in the proclamation of the Gospel to lost people (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Protect each other from sin (James 5:19-20)
  • Guard the church from hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18)
  • Be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17).

How Do I Become a Member?

At GCC, there are 4 steps involved in becoming a member

  1. Attend the Covenant Community Core Course - This class covers the beliefs, core commitments, history, and ministry of GCC. You can find out about the next Covenant Community Core Course here.

  2. Complete the Membership Application - Each prospective member must complete the application, which includes basic contact information and a brief overview of God's work in your life.

  3. Meet with an Elder/Pastor - After you complete the membership application and return it to the office an elder or pastor will contact you to schedule a meeting to hear how you came to faith in Jesus and further discuss the membership covenant.

  4. Congregational Affirmation - During a regularly scheduled member meeting (usually every other month) a prospective member will be presented by the elders for consideration by the current members.  The current members will then vote to affirm the prospective member.

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