Joining a church is much more than joining a social club or gathering. Membership at Anthem reflects the biblical command to do life with one another in a way that demonstrates Jesus to this world.
In joining with the other members at Anthem Church, you are committing yourself to taking responsibility for the other members, using your time, abilities, money and spiritual gifts to encourage, edify and equip them for works of service. You are also submitting yourself to the other members, including the elders, being accountable to them in your own pursuit of Jesus and receiving encouragement, edification and equipping from them. (Romans 12:5-8, 12:13, 13:13-14, Ephesians 4:11-12, 4:25, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Peter 4:10)
A wonderful book on the subject is Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman, which we highly encourage each prospective member to read. It explains what membership is and why it’s important to commit to a local body of believers. We recommend, if you are able, to read it before joining us at "Intro To Membership."
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- Join us at our next 'Intro To Membership' (held a few times per year).
- After the class, you are recommended to the elders for membership.
- The elders affirm a person’s membership within the body, to the body.
Intro To Membership
Intro to membership is designed to interact and have conversation around what it looks to belong to a local church, specifically Anthem.
Our goal for the time is to establish common ground. We believe that membership in the body of Christ is about more than belonging to an organization, you are becoming the local church called Anthem. In the same way that we saw local churches in Ephesus, Philippi, Thessalonica and many other communities in the early days of the church, we are the ongoing expression of that mission, the universal body of Christ (the Church) expressed in local gathering.
During the session, we will unpack biblical truths about belonging in the body of Christ and have some conversations and discussion around those topics.
At the end, those who have prayerfully considered membership and have committed to become part of the Anthem family will be recommended to the elders of Anthem.
Sign up for our next Intro To Membership: