To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church as organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can you be part of the church as organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, church membership, etc., are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organization members are consumers; the organization exists to serve them. The Church of Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At The Vine, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.
We therefore encourage all those who call The Vine their church home to become official members. The first step in membership is to take a 2-session membership class offered every fall and spring.
Download our 2013 Covenant of Fellowship.
Signup for our 2015 fall Membership classes (Oct 18 & 25)
Listen to recordings of past membership classes: