If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through a four-step process to join Sola Church.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Workshop. Upon completion, those who attend are able but not obligated to continue with a membership interview, the second step of our membership process.
Membership Interview – The prospective member will fill out the membership application and meet with an elder to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. This is where the prospective member will affirm the statement of faith and church covenant by signing each. After the interview and affirmation of the statement of faith and church covenant, the application will be given to the elders for recommendation.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation - During our member's meetings, the elder's recommendation for the prospective member to be added to the church will be given. Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.
Why Should I Be a Member of a Local Church?
Membership at Sola represents our commitment to collectively live on Jesus' mission together in the everyday rhythms of life. Together, as a family of believers, we commit to love one another, build each other up into Christ (Eph 4:15) and lead others to do the same. While all Christians are a part of the universal Church, God's word gives clear instruction to belong to a specific local church.
In short, it's biblical. It is an overarching picture throughout the New Testament that Christians are members of the universal church, but they are also members of a local congregation, where they are able to submit to leaders of that congregation and care for one another in that local congregation.
Here's a short clip on the necessity of Church Membership.