We encourage everyone who names Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to be committed to and under the authority of a Bible teaching church. We believe that God has given us the church for the protection and oversight of His people and that His intent has always been to create a people for Himself, not a group of individuals. The church is the people, not the building. It is the members, not just the pastor or the elders. With Christ as the head of the body, which is His church, each member is important for the effective functioning of that body.
To become a member of Hope church the following things are required:
Note: We do not require potential members to affirm every doctrine of our church. In fact we have a degree of diversity on several doctrinal issues such as baptism and the end times. However, we do want members to understand what doctrines we, as a church, do affirm and teach.
- Each person must attend a new members class.
- Each person must complete and turn in a new member’s application with a signed “membership covenant.”
- Each person must be examined by the pastor and the elders to confirm that they have a “credible profession of faith.” By this we mean that they understand what it means to trust Jesus Christ alone for their salvation.
- Each person must be examined by the pastor and the elders to confirm that they understand what it means to be a member of a local church and they do, indeed, desire to join with Hope Church as a member.
- Each person must be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
What about children?
When parents become members of Hope Church their children become what we call “non-communicant members.” By this we mean that we have the same responsibility for them as for any other member of the church. However, they are not invited to participate in communion nor to vote on congregational issues. We encourage our members to bring their children for baptism. When a child becomes a teenager he/she is encouraged to make a public profession of faith and to pursue communicant membership the same as an adult. We do offer a “communicants” class specifically geared for our teens on a periodic basis. If younger children wish to be admitted to communion, parents should request the elders of the church to meet with them and their children.