First, we’d like you to know that church membership doesn’t appear in the bible. When we talk about membership we are simply using the concept as a way to organize and have a record of those who want to publicly acknowledge that they are a part of the Northwood family. If you would like to have a time where you are recognized as a Northwood member we would love to offer you that opportunity.
If you’d like to proceed here’s what you need to do.
1. Read the church covenant. It’s simply a document that was created to make sure we are all in agreement about the essentials of theology. You may agree or disagree with a some of the finer details, but we want all Northwood members to be familiar and generally agree with the essence of the church covenant.
2. You need to be baptized. If you’ve never been baptized then we’d love to baptize you at Northwood. If you’ve been baptized at another church, lake, or river, as an outward portrayal of your inward faith, we celebrate and acknowledge it.
3. Understand that to become a Northwood member means you desire to be involved in regular corporate worship and bible study, volunteer ministry opportunities, and financial contribution. We will not pressure you to do any of the above, but being a member implies that you want to be a part of these things.
4. If you’ve done steps one through three then you’re ready to become a member. The next thing you need to do is talk to One of the elders and make it official. He may have a few questions about 1, 2, and 3 but we all look forward to welcoming you to the family.