We want you to be a member of our church family
WHAT MEMBERSHIP MEANS
Church membership means different things to different people. We like to emphasize what the Bible says about membership. We believe the following points are the responsibility of each person who considers themselves a member of BVCC.
Membership means you belong – Romans 12:5 and Ephesians 2:19-20
Simply put, membership means you are part of something bigger – you belong to a group and there is a sense in which they belong to you. It also means that you belong even when there are times when you don’t feel like it – your belonging is based on the fact that we are one in Jesus.
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:5)
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone. (Ephesians 2:19-20)
Membership means communication – Ephesians 4:25
The “members” or parts of our body have to communicate with each other. If a hand is in the fire and doesn’t communicate, “I’m burning” to the rest of the body, the injury will become far worse. It’s important that we stay in good, honest communication.
Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25)
Membership means caring – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
The “members” or parts of our
body need to care for each oth-
ers. It simply means that each in-
dividual unit works together as
part of one team. When one
hurts, the team feels it; and when
one succeeds the whole team
feels that also. As members, we
care for each other as a team.
That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
Membership means you have part in the work – 1 Corinthians 12:20-22
The “members” or parts of our body have to work together to accomplish anything. The eye can’t work without the brain or the muscles that support the eye. Just as each body part has its own particular role to play; God has given you gifts and talents to use to further His work. Everything and everyone works together. This means supporting God’s work at this church with our presence, our effort, and our financial resources. It’s all about commitment to the team.
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. (1 Corinthians 12:20-22)
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel is a legally recognized not-for-profit corporation. As such, we have by-laws that describe our organization and beliefs. Our by-laws say that membership is “open to any believing and confessing Christian, who has attained the age of eighteen (18) and who acknowledges and accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who understands the beliefs, policies, and purpose of this church, and who will not contest these, desiring to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love.” From this, there are five requirements for membership:
1. Be or become a Christian
2. Be a legal adult
3. Understand what we believe
4. Understand our purpose
5. Promote and preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of love
*To know what we believe and our purpose, see the pamphlet called “Calvary Distinctives”. If you aren’t clear on what we mean or would like to talk about it, please make an appointment with a pastor through the church office. We’re delighted to answer your questions.
A FINAL STEP
If you’ve fulfilled the five requirements for membership, then you are a member. So now comes the opportunity to participate as a member and get involved in the areas of service towards your fellow church family. We have many areas where you can do that based upon the leading of the Holy Spirit and your commitment level so please see the pastors or one of our greeters to get started.