Where does “Church membership” come from?
The term “Church membership” is actually a Biblical term, “We are members of his body.” (Eph.5:30). The early church explicitly developed this idea of being a “member of Christ’s body”; a powerful component uniting the early church. It signifies the mutual acceptance and commitment of the Church body to the individual parts and the individual to the larger Church body.
We are members of his body.Ephesians 5:30
Who can be a member?
- You have placed your faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
- You have been baptised.
- You have affirmed your commitment to ICF as your local avenue to be joined to the global body of Christ (the Church).
- You have affirmed your commitment to the spiritual leadership of the Elders at
- You will commit to walk alongside others within ICF in a covenant relationship
Steps toward Membership:
- Contact the Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest.
- Attend the membership class offered 3 times a year.
- Share your testimony with an Elder of ICF after the conclusion of the class.
- New members are publicly introduced and affirmed before the congregation.
Why become a member?
- Membership helps you establish meaningful, lasting, and encouraging friendships. (1 John).
- It helps to identify a person as a genuine believer. (Eph. 2:19, Rom. 12:5)
- It gives you a place to go in order to consistently experience corporate praise,
prayer, and teaching. (Acts 2:42-47)
- It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with
Jesus Christ. (Gal. 6:1-2, Heb. 10:24-25, Phil. 2)
- It gives you a place to discover and use your spiritual gifts in ministry. (1 Cor.
- It places you under the protection of godly leaders. (Heb. 13:17, Acts 20:28-29)
- It gives you the accountability you need to grow. (Eph. 5:21, 1 Tim. 3, Titus 1, 1
- Other members who are committed and contributing will bless you, and you will
bless others by being a devoted member. (1 Cor. 12-14, Gen. 12:2, Psalm 67) The benefits are eternal.