Why Should I Join a Church?
We couldn't be more grateful for your desire to inquire about becoming a member of Redeemer.
At Redeemer we believe membership is the visible expression of the invisible work of God in the life of one of His followers. We believe that the membership of the local church is to be made up, as best can be determined, of regenerate Christ followers who want to join this part of Jesus’ family on mission together for the glory of God.
Membership in a local church is essentially a pledge or a commitment not to an organization or an institution, but to other people, to be “members of one another” (Rom. 12:5). Individuals wishing to join RCC must be committed to one another, to God’s Word, to worship, and to the mission of the church.
If you’re thinking about joining RCC, before making a decision — we want you to know exactly what it means to join, what difference church membership will make in your life, what you can expect, and what is required when you join. Please note that there is no obligation to become a member, even after attending the classes. You don't have to make the decision until you feel the Lord’s leading in that direction.
Click here to download Starting Point, your RCC membership booklet. This booklet corresponds to the videos you will need to watch (see Step 1). Please bring this document and your completed Membership Application to your Prospective Membership Meeting.
The booklet includes our:
Commitment to Preserving Marriages
Commitment to Caring for Our Children
Commitment to Biblical Counseling & Confidentiality
Commitment to Accountability & Church Discipline
Three steps to take before becoming a member:
Step 1: Required Homework
What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
Redeemer will provide the books (128 pages each)
There are six required membership sessions with corresponding videos. Your homework is to view the first 4 membership videos (30 min. each)
Session 1: The RCC Story. The history, vision and distinctives of RCC. Watch video 1
Session 2: The Core. What we believe and teach as a church. Watch video 2
Session 3: Doing Life Together. What community looks like at RCC. Watch video 3
Session 4: Shalom. Living in a culture of peace and peacemaking. Watch video 4
Session 5: Send, pray, go or disobey. Participating in the mission of the church. (Viewed at Membership Mtg)
Session 6: Members of one another. What a commitment to membership means. (Viewed at Membership Mtg)
Reading these books & viewing these videos are an essential part of the membership process. The reading and viewing MUST be done before attending the Prospective Membership Meeting
Step 2: Attend Prospective Membership Meeting
This will be an informal time to enjoy morning coffee with the elders, hear their testimonies, watch the final two membership videos, ask questions, learn more about the meaning of church membership and decide if this is the right time for you.
9:00a | Meet for coffee & light breakfast
9:00-9:45a | Session 1 – Watch video #5 | Q & A with elders
9:45-10:30a | Session 2 – Watch video #6 | Q & A with elders
10:30-10:45a | Break
10:45-11:30a | Session 3 – Small Groups & Spiritual Gifts
11:30-Noon | Session 4 – Redeemer Covenant | Q & A | Schedule elder interview
Step 3: Schedule Final Interview with Elders
If you decide to join, you will need to schedule your final interview. During this time, you will meet with two elders who will listen to your testimony and answer any additional questions you might have. Once you fulfill the requirements of membership and sign the covenant, you are considered a Redeemer Covenant Member.
Email Matt Gurney, Associate Pastor