All prospective members are required to go through a new members orientation prior to joining Christ Covenant Church as members. This helps us get to know each other.
Joining a church requires some level of commitment and agreement. To join Christ Covenant Church, you must be able to affirm the following five questions of membership (or "membership vows") as set forth in our denomination's Book of Church Order.
Your commitment to Jesus Christ:
1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save [except] in His sovereign mercy?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
Your commitment to the church:
4. Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5. Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
Our sermon series Membership Matters helps explain the five vows in light of the gospel of God's grace.
Why is Church Membership necessary?
6-1. The children of believers are, through the covenant and by right of birth, non-communing members of the church. Hence they are entitled to Baptism, and to the pastoral oversight, instruction and government of the church, with a view to their embracing Christ and thus possessing personally all benefits of the covenant.
6-2. Communing members are those who have made a profession of faith in Christ, have been baptized, and have been admitted by the Session to the Lord's Table.
6-3. All baptized persons are entitled to the watchful care, instruction and government of the church, even though they are adults and have made no profession of their faith in Christ.
6-4. Those only who have made a profession of faith in Christ, have been baptized, and admitted by the Session to the Lord's Table, are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the church.