What is Church Membership?
Church membership is about submitting to one another and representing Jesus Christ together in the local church. The Bible teaches that membership in a local church is one of the most basic ways that Christians follow Jesus. The New Testament points us toward a clearly defined church membership for our building up, accountability, and encouragement in faith. Membership in our church is a step by step process enumerated below.
- Membership Class: Participate in "Exploring Emmanuel," our Membership Class, where you will hear the EBC Statement of Faith, membership covenant, and all that membership entails. These classes happen on the third Wednesday night of every month, and you are not required to make any commitment after it's over. To sign up for an upcoming one click here to fill out the form.
- Pastoral Interview: Following the membership class, if you are still interested in joining EBC, the candidate will schedule an interview with the Pastor. Please don’t be intimidated by this. It’s simply an opportunity for us to get to know each other, and for us to hear about how you came to follow Jesus.
- Congregational Affirmation: After you have attended the membership class and met with a pastor, our congregation will gather at our regularly scheduled members’ meeting to affirm each new member. The reason we do this is that you’re not just making a commitment to a pastor; you’re committing to love, care for, and serve an entire church community, and that church community is making the same commitment to you. It is one way we remind ourselves of the amazing responsibility we have — and honor — to care for one another.