Membership
We believe Church Membership should mean something!

In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, we believe it is important to clearly define church membership. Our membership process challenges each person to openly affirm a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and His followers through active participation in a local church. We are convinced that active church membership can be a significant step in our life-long discipleship journey and helps you define your Christian commitment.

4 Reasons for Church Membership:
  • A Biblical Reason. Christ is committed to the church. "...Christ loved the church, and He gave His life for it." (Ephesians 5:25)
  • A Cultural Reason. It is an antidote to our society. Membership swims against the current of America's "consumer religion." It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
  • A Practical Reason. It defines who can be counted on. Every organization has some criteria by which its members are identified. Membership identifies our family.
  • A Personal Reason. It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament emphasizes the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you're not committed to any specific church family.
What are the steps of Membership?

Step 1:

Because the core of our church is relationships...the membership process begins as we get to know each other when you:

Worship with us...our worship you will get to know the heart of the Crosswinds family and the manner in which we respond to God's presence among us.

Participate in a Bible Study...the best place to begin meeting some of the individuals who make up our church family is in our Discovery Bible Study Groups. We strongly emphasize the importance of these groups. In a church our size it is through these groups that we not only study the Bible but express much of our concern and Christian love for one another.

Get Involved (Even Volunteer)...there are a variety of classes, activities and ministries that go on throughout the week. Many of our volunteers are not yet members, but are learning more about the church through service.

Step 2:

Because we want to help you make an informed decision...we offer the Discovering Church Membership 101 Class to all who want to know more about us.

Sign-up for 101 Class...talk to Pastor John immediately following a worship service. They will assist you in getting registered for the next Discovering Church Membership 101 Class.

Attend the 101 Class...this 4-hour class (complete with meal and child care) presents vital information about the church and a member's responsibility. There also is time for you to ask questions. We want you to have all the information you need prior to making this important decision. The class typically is offered on a Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Childcare is provided.

Step 3:

Because unity is essential for a healthy church...a person becomes a member by signing the church covenant.

Commit to our Church Covenant...during the Discovering Church Membership 101 Class, Pastor John will read over the Church Covenant and give everyone in the class an opportunity to sign a copy. Those choosing to sign the covenant become members at that time. If a person has not yet been baptized by immersion since their decision to follow Christ, they remain a member candidate until their baptism.

Participate as an Active Member...begin serving! We will help you to find a place of involvement in Crosswinds Church.