Should I be active in a church?
We believe that everyone who loves the Lord should be in an active relationship in which they are being taught and formed by the Word of God as well as living in congregation with the people of God. If the local church is special to Jesus, it is strange for us to say that we love Him but not have His opinion of His local church! When considering the local church, we must remember that the church is made up of imperfect people like ourselves. That doesn’t give us liberty from our obligation to be together as the church – rather, it helps us see how much we need God’s Word and His people!
Most churches refer to this relationship as “church membership”. Membership involves the idea of activity which implies a “team” mentality. As we as a team seek to make a difference in the world and the community in which we live, your membership at WBC means that we can count on you as we plan ministry. What are some areas that we specifically “count” on you for? There are four things:
- That you will live in conjuncture with us by regularly giving of your time and your effort to our ministry, and living daily for the Lord.
- That you will strive with us by regularly attending church services.
- That you will attempt to grow in your trust and understanding of God and His Word.
- That you will allow yourself to be used for service in the church and in the community.
How do I join WBC?
On any Sunday, you are free to walk to the front of the auditorium to talk with our pastor during the invitation time of our morning worship. It is during this time that you can talk to the Pastor and be recommended for immediate membership or invited to discuss our membership process in a more detailed fashion. We do want to be aware and sensitive to folks who may be intimidated by this process – therefore we outlined an alternative process below.
- Meet the staff:
If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, the first step is to get acquainted with our pastor. He is available following our Sunday morning worship services or easily accessible by appointment throughout the week. You can usually find him in the foyer after the morning worship service or in his office. We want to make sure that you have a clear grasp of the Gospel through your profession of salvation by faith in Christ and that you have taken the first step of Christian obedience – baptism.
- Membership Affirmation:
Once someone has met with the Pastor and has either been baptized into the church or a letter of recommendation has been received from your previous home church, our pastor will present you to the church at the conclusion of one of our worship services so that your membership can be affirmed by the congregation.