What it means to be a member
The difference between “attenders” and “members” can be summed up in one word: commitment
At Burnt Hickory, we recognize the need for a formal membership.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We ask you to commit to membership for three reasons:
A BIBLICAL REASON:
Christ is committed to the Church.
25 ...Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
A CULTURAL REASON:
It is an antidote to our society.
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything . . . a job . . . a marriage . . . our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers.” Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
A PERSONAL REASON:
It produces spiritual growth.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you are not committed to any specific church family.
Members are asked to agree to our Membership Covenant. A church covenant is a way we agree, as a church, to live together.