Church membership is vital to our spiritual health, identifies us with Christ and his people, and enables us to fulfill our mission in ways we never could working alone. If you are have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, then you have been joined to the universal body of Christ; however, God intends every Christian to express their membership in the universal body of Christ through membership in a specific local church. Preparing to make a membership covenant at KingsWay is a three-step process.
Step 1: Believe
We believe that membership in a local church is for those who have repented of their sins and turned to Jesus as their savior.
Step 2: Be Baptized
Church membership is a privilege reserved for Christians, which is why we require every member to be water baptized as a public profession of faith in Christ.
Immersion in water is an outward sign of an inward reality. As an outward sign, it serves as a public testimony of personal faith in Jesus. As an inward reality, it symbolizes a believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Few acts of Christian obedience provide a more powerful illustration of cleansing from the guilt of sin and deliverance from the power of sin.
Who should be baptized?
Water baptism is a corporate ordinance instituted by God for all who have decided to follow Jesus in response to the inward, regenerating, work of the Holy Spirit. While there is no specific age requirement in Scripture, baptism is a symbol of beginning the Christian life and should not be encouraged until an individual is old enough to make a credible profession of faith.
Step 3: Take Our Membership Class
Our membership class takes place over six consecutive Sundays and is designed to help you make an informed decision about membership at KingsWay. The class covers our doctrine, our story, and our vision & mission. At the conclusion of the membership class, you will have an opportunity to fill out a questionnaire and have a follow-up pastoral interview.
We have membership classes in the spring and fall. These classes will be announced on Sunday mornings leading up to the class and also included in the newsletter. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date on classes and events, click here.