Becoming a Member
We recognize all born-again believers to be members of the universal Body of Christ (Ephesians 3:14-21). Membership in this local church shall be available to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer's baptism, the signing of an agreement with the purposes, goals, and doctrinal statement of the church, and the successful completion of the church's new member's classes.
The applicant shall be interviewed by at least one of the following: Pastors, Elders, Deacons(nesses), and/or by specified representatives. No one shall automatically become a member of this local church by mere transfer of letter.
Responsibilities of a Member
A. General Responsibilities
1. Each member is responsible before God as a believer to assist in determining the will of God for his/her own individual life as a member of this local assembly under Christ.
2. Each member of this local church must be willing to live and serve according to the doctrines of the Word of God. No member can have a teaching ministry contrary to the doctrinal position of this church as described in Article III of this constitution.
3. In general, members will be responsible, as God enables them to do their part in the "work of service" (Ephesians 4:12; 1 Peter 4:10-11). This calls for the regular attendance and participation in the life and services of the church, including a voluntary contribution of financial support as the Lord may prosper them (Hebrews 10:24; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:3-5).
B. Meeting of the Members
1. Annual Meetings - There shall be at least one annual meeting of the members of the church. In this annual meeting, the membership shall receive:
- An annual report of the actions of the board of elders
- The Senior Pastor's report, update and perspective
- A review of the church's performance in the most recent budget period
- An analysis of the next proposed budget
- A complete set of minutes from the most recent annual meeting.
2. Semi-Annual Meetings - In an effort to keep the congregation informed as to the business, direction, and needs of the church, the board of elders may convene a second meeting during the year for a midyear update of the members. This semi-annual meeting should have a format similar to the annual meeting.
3. Special Meetings - The board of elders and/or the Senior Pastor shall call other special meetings of the membership, as they deem necessary. The board of elders shall attempt to give the membership as much advance notice of such meetings when possible.
C. Attitude toward Local Church Leaders
The Bible tells us to give careful attention to the behavior of those who teach and have leadership responsibilities. It is the responsibility of the congregation to closely examine the words, behavior, and family harmony of its leaders especially those who preach and teach the Word of God. Pastoral care includes the spiritual, financial, emotional, and physical welfare of the Pastor and his family. Our goal is to give loving care to our Pastor and his family as we aid in maintaining quality biblical leadership in our body (1 Timothy 5:17).
Categories of Membership
We recognize that there are at least three categories of membership: active, inactive, and associate.
A. Active Membership
1. Active members are members who regularly and consistently give, serve, and support the activities of this church.
2. Active members are eligible for the rights and privileges of church membership.
3. If requirements for active membership are not maintained, an active member may be moved to the inactive membership category and re-approval by the board of elders will be required.
B. Inactive Membership
1. Inactive members are members who do not regularly attend or support the activities of the church.
2. Inactive members may be ineligible for some of the rights and privileges of church membership.
3. Periodically, the church membership database may be purged of inactive members.
4. Inactive members maybe reinstated to active membership by the board of elders if the member proves his/her active status.
C. Associate Membership
1. Associate members are members who desire to retain their membership in another church outside the city or state, but who are residing temporarily in the Dallas Metroplex for educational, vocational, military, or other purposes.
2. Associate members as recognized by the elders may be admitted into the membership of this church in the same manner as prescribed for membership.