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Woodcrest Church

525 Cliff Road

Eagan, MN 55123

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Membership

Why Church Membership?

The term "church membership" is not a Biblical term. However, the concept definitely is Biblical!

Church membership is the mutual acceptance and commitment of the church body to the individual and the individual to the church body.

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Reasons for Church Membership

Woodcrest_buildingIdentification with God's People
God's people have always been clearly identified even though the expression of identification has varied with culture and time. Though common in America, the idea of the "independent Christian" is totally alien to the New Testament. First Corinthians states, "There are many members, but one body." Christ designed and instituted His church so that His people could be clearly identified with the church and be known as "the body of Christ." Membership helps to identifiy one with Christ's church in a particular place.

Increased Effectiveness
Just as logs joined together burn much brighter than independent logs, so Christians gathered together can accomplish much more than individuals. Therefore, much more can be accomplished for the kingdom of God.

A Sense of Belonging
When one formally joins any group or organization, the sense of belonging is significantly heightened. It is no longer "their church" but "our church." Therefore, one feels more comfortable and readily accepts and claims the benefits of belonging.

Acceptance of Responsibility
To get the full benefits and joys of marriage, one must be committed to the obligations and responsibilities of marriage. In the same way, to enjoy the full benefits of the church, one must also accept the full responsibilities. The Christian becomes a player instead of a spectator. A team member accepts responsibility for the wins and losses of the team, while the spectator only observes.

Submission
In Ephesians 5:21, we are commanded to be submissive to one another. When believers have differences, they are to submit those differences to the rule of the church rather than the secular court (Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 6:1). When we get out of line in our beliefs or behavior, the church is responsible to discipline us for our benefit and the testimony of Christ (Titus 3:10; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2; Romans 16:17). Membership, therefore, declares our submission to the body of Christ and to the spiritual leadership of that body.

Legal Function
To function as a church (non-profit organization) requires some kind of membership by state law.

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Categories of Membership at Woodcrest Church

  • Church Member
  • Fellowship Member

Requirements for Church Member:

  • A statement of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and evidence of a desire to live a consistent Christian life.
  • An understanding of basic Christian doctrine and belief.
  • A statement indicating agreement with the Statement of Faith and Covenant of Woodcrest Church.
  • An agreement to abide by Woodcrest Church's policies on member discipline.
  • Profession of faith in Christ publicly through Believer's baptism.

Requirements for Fellowship Member:

  • A statement of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and evidence of a desire to live a consistent Christian life.
  • An understanding of basic Christian doctrine and belief.
  • A statement indicating consent to the Statement of Faith and Covenant of Woodcrest Church.
  • An agreement to abide by Woodcrest Church's policies on member discipline.

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Membership Participation Distinctions

A Church Member may vote on all matters to be determined by the congregation and may serve in any capacity in the ministry of Woodcrest Church.

A Fellowship Member is restricted from voting on constitutional changes, calling pastors, and being officers of the church, but otherwise have all the rights and privileges granted to Church Members.

Upon recommendation of the Membership Team, one becomes a member of Woodcrest Church. This action is subject to ratification by the church membership during the church's next business meeting.

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Steps in Becoming a Member

  1. Attendance at, and completion of, the Woodcrest Church Membership Class (Discovering Membership Class 101). Contact the office to register.
  2. Upon completion of the Membership Class, an interview is necessary with members of the Woodcrest Membership Team. An "Application for Membership" is filled out and turned in to the church office prior to the interview. Upon receipt of the application, an interview will be scheduled. This is an important time of interaction, sharing, answering candidate's questions, and of mutual acquaintance. This is a brief interview in which the candidate will share his/her personal testimony and reasons for wanting to unite with Woodcrest Church.
  3. Upon recommendation of the Membership Team, one becomes a member of Woodcrest Church. This action is subject to ratification by the church membership during the church's next business meeting.

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