At Home Church, we believe that the church is not a program, a building, or a business. Rather, the church is a family of believers, committed to make Jesus known, obeying and teaching the Bible, and committed to loving one another. That is what Covenant Membership is about for Home Church.
Process of Membership:
1. Front Porch meeting [History, What is the Church, Vision, Covenant]
2. Membership meeting [Doctrine, Vision, Leadership]
(after 3 months of being a part of the Home Church community through Sunday gatherings and small groups, we can have a membership interview)
3. Membership interview with pastor(s) [Personal Testimony, Gospel]
· Fill out Covenant Membership Questionnaire before interview
(after the membership interview, we will share and pray with the current members of Home Church the potential members before officially recognizing members)
4. Recognition as new members during Sunday gathering
· Baptism for those who have not been baptized as believers
Having been brought by God’s grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on the Holy Spirit, joyfully covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, and faithfully correct and guide one another.
We will commit to gather together regularly through Sunday worship, Home Groups, and discipleship relationships, and pray for ourselves and one another.
We will seek the salvation of our family and friends by pursuing them with love, persuading them with the gospel, and praying for God to save.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and strive with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by God’s help, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.