What it is. Why it matters.
We believe that membership is essential to living out the demands of a true New Testament church.
If the church is a building, then we must be bricks in it; if the church is a body, then we are its members. Sheep are always found in a flock, and branches on a vine.
Church membership provides an opportunity to grasp hold of each other in responsibility and love. By identifying ourselves with a particular church, we let the pastors/elders and other members of that local church know that we intend to be committed in attendance, giving, prayer, and service. Joining a church increases our sense of ownership of the work of the church, of its community, of its budget, and of its goals. Membership moves us from being pampered consumers to joyous proprietors.
Joining a particuar local church is an outward reflection of an inward love for Christ and for His people. We read in Ephesians 5:25 that, "Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her." If we are Christ's followers, we too will love the church for which He gave Himself.
The only requirements for membership at Oak Hill are the following:
The Membership process involves five steps: