Membership At Northwest Hills
We are a body of people who have placed our faith in Christ and have identified publicly with Him. Membership at Northwest Hills is one way of unifying our body and demonstrating our commitment to each other. To learn more about membership at Northwest Hills, we invite you to participate in our Discovering Church Membership course. This one-evening class is an introduction to Northwest Hills Community Church and provides information about becoming a member of our congregation. Contact the church office (541-758-7688) for details.
The Meaning of Membership
Northwest Hills Community Church offers and encourages membership in our congregation, and requires all ministry leaders and regular teachers to be members of our church.
Membership is simply a personal and publicly expressed commitment to be a fully devoted member of God’s family at Northwest Hills, participating in the worship, fellowship, and spiritual growth activities of the church, and giving to, supporting and serving in the ministry of the church.
A Biblical Basis For Church Membership
The Bible teaches that every individual who has put their faith in Christ for forgiveness of sins and accepted Christ as the leader of their life has already become a member of God’s family (John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13,27; Ephesians 2:19).
God then expects the members of His family to be committed members who live out their commitment in a real and tangible way in one local congregation of Christ’s followers (I Corinthians 12:18-21; Acts 2:41-47).
The Benefits of Church Membership
There are many practical benefits that come to both the entire congregation and to individual church attendees through church membership.
Congregational Benefits of Church Membership
Every team has a roster. Every school has enrollment. Every army has enlistment. Every business has a payroll. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. In a similar way, membership identifies our family.
This is essential if we are to function as a family, and work together in a coordinated manner. We must know who is with us and who can be counted on.
As individuals come together around common beliefs and purpose, membership strengthens unity in the church family.
Because members unite around shared beliefs and practices of faith, membership fosters consistency in the teaching and ministry of the congregation.
Because membership unites us in an organizational relationship, we are able to maintain accountability between leaders, teachers, and members, for the well-being of all who participate.
Common commitment to the purpose and direction of the church enables us to work together as a coordinated team to accomplish our priorities and fulfill our purpose.
Personal Benefits of Church Membership
Membership establishes and encourages real commitment to Christ and His church.
Membership identifies a person as a committed follower of Jesus Christ.
Membership provides a committed spiritual family to support and encourage a person in their walk with Christ.
Membership places a person under the spiritual protection of godly leaders and concerned brothers and sisters in Christ.
Membership gives a person the accountability they need to grow spiritually.
Membership gives a person a place to discover and use their gifts in ministry.
Membership confers privileges within a local congregation. At Northwest Hills such privileges include opportunities to give input in congregational advisory polls on matters of church business, opportunities to participate in confirmation of church leaders, and eligibility to serve in positions of church leadership.