Why Membership Is Important To Us
September 12, 2018
After a lot of work by a lot people, we’re excited to announce that Bridgeway is ready to present it's first set of members. Church membership is something that has been in the forefront of our planning for the past couple of years. There was a time in Bridgeway’s history when membership rolls were kept but somewhere along the way, those logs, and the process itself, were lost. A few years ago the staff and elder board began working on a process that would restore membership at Bridgeway. Like a number of things, that plan was set aside as the church transitioned to a new Lead Pastor and underwent several staff changes. We’re happy to say that we have completed the process and ready to present our first set of members this Sunday night, September 16 @ 6:00, at our Core Gathering.
Perhaps you are asking “Why?” Why does Bridgeway need members? Why should I become a member of Bridgeway? There is much that I could say to answer these questions, not the least of which is our belief that the NT, while not using the word “member” explicitly, suggests that "membership" is important in the life of the believer for accountability and encouragement (1 Corinthians 12:12-28).
We believe that memebrship is more about attitude than a list of rules.
Below you will find a couple thoughts, taken from our Life Change Plan Class: Belong, that speak to the importance of membership. At Bridgeway, we recognize the need for formal membership to show commitment to the local church. We ask our community to commit to membership for four reasons:
- 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. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything...a job...a marriage...our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. 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 team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
- A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth.The New Testament places a major emphasis on 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. This greatly helps in the life change process.
According to our Constitution & Bylaws, you only need to attend the “Belong Class" in our Life Change Plan (which has memebrship as a next step) and read and sign our membership covenant. It is our prayer that you will take this next step and plan for membership, that you will sign the membership covenant and place your membership with Bridgeway Community Church. You can download a copy of our Consitution & Bylaws here.
This Sunday night, at our Core Gathering, we will present our first group of people for membership at Bridgeway and will celebrate this important milestone together. If you would like to be a part of this group and you have already taken the Belong class, you can easily fill out our membership covenant online. If you have not taken the Belong Class and wish to do so, simply RSVP for our next one here.
From all of the Staff and Elders, let me say THANK YOU for prayerfully considering this important step!
- Kenny Panduku, Lead Pastor @ Bridgeway.