COMMITTING TO THE LOCAL CHURCH.
Membership provides a way to determine who is like-minded and committed to the mission, vision, doctrine, and values of West Valley Bible Church – our local expression of the body of Christ. Such delineation is not meant to be elitist or divisive. It is not meant to create different classes within the body. Rather, it simply recognizes that there are people within any expression of the body of Christ at varying levels of agreement and involvement – and that’s okay. But as an intentional community with a mission and purpose, it is important and helpful to know who is in agreement and desires to be involved.
SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?
Scripture tells us that leaders within the church are called to “equip the saints – or believers – for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:12-13). Essentially, we are called to function as one body, made up of many members, with Jesus Christ as our head, working together to grow into maturity (1 Cor. 12:12-31). When all believers – not just church leadership – embrace the importance of their role in the church community, the body of Christ is able to function with all of the faculties it is supplied with. And when each part is working properly, the body grows into health and strength (Eph. 4:16).
So you should not enter into the membership agreement because you’ve been around West Valley for a while and figure it’s the next step or “something you should do.” Nor should you enter into the membership covenant simply to say, “West Valley is where I go to church.” That’s part of it, but membership is more than that. It is an informed commitment to the mission, vision, values, and doctrine of West Valley Bible Church, a willing submission to the leadership of the church, and an intentional embrace of your role in the body of Christ and the mission of Jesus.
HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME A MEMBER?
The process of becoming a member takes place by first joining us in the “Invitation Talk.” This is an informal dinner gathering in which our elders briefly share West Valley’s history, structure, values and mostly answer any questions you might have about anything related to the church. At the end of the evening, you will be invited to the next step in the process. If you believe this is where God is leading you to worship and serve Him, you would then join us for a six-week membership class called “Mission Prep.” The class is held on Sunday mornings during one of the services and covers more in depth ‘What We Believe’, our ‘Convictions & Values’, ‘Who We Are’, and preparation for the mission or ‘Mission Prep’. At the end of the class you will have a chance to meet with an elder/pastor and then given an opportunity to join the West Valley family of faith by signing a membership agreement.
New to the church and interested in becoming a member? Click here to be invited to our Invitation Talk! We look forward to connecting with you!