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Membership

Membership in a local church such as CCBC is a privilege, an honor, and a responsibility. It identifies us with a group of God’s people, provides us with an accountability structure to help us grow spiritually, and gives us the opportunity to be discipled and trained so we can use our gifts and talents in ministry to others.

Membership Requirements

Membership is available to people who meet the following four standards:

Born-Again – The person should have a clear testimony of having placed his/her faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and his death, burial and resurrection for sin.

Baptized – The person should be baptized by immersion following a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior.

Belief – The person requesting membership should be in agreement with the church’s doctrinal statement, constitution, and philosophy of ministry.

Behavior – Anyone applying for membership should abstain from sexual sin, drug abuse, alcohol, and other actions inconsistent with Christian behavior.

Membership Commitments

We ask people to make the following four-fold commitment to our church when they become members of CCBC:

1. I will protect the unity of my church

. . . by acting in love toward the other members (Romans 14:19)

. . . by refusing to gossip (Ephesians 4:29)

. . . by following and cooperating with my pastor (Hebrews 13:17)

2. I will share the responsibility of my church

. . . by praying for its spiritual and numerical growth (I Thessalonians 1:2)

. . . by inviting the unchurched and others to attend (Luke 14:23)

. . . by warmly welcoming those who visit our services (Romans 15:7)

3. I will serve in the ministry of my church

. . . by discovering my spiritual gifts and talents (I Peter 4:10)

. . . by accepting training and equipping for ministry (Ephesians 4:11,12)

. . . by developing a servant’s heart (Philippians 2:3,4,7)

4. I will support the testimony of my church

. . . by attending its services faithfully (Hebrews 10:25)

. . . by seeking to live a godly life (Philippians 1:27)

. . . by giving regularly to its support (I Corinthians 16:2)

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Membership Expectations

When a man and a woman get married, they each come to the marriage altar with certain expectations concerning what married life will be like. Those expectations may or may not be realistic. The same is true of church membership. We want people to know up front what they can expect if they join CCBC. Those uniting with our congregation can expect the following:

They can expect to be loved by the rest of the church family. (John 13:35)

They can expect to be accepted by the rest of the church family. (Romans 15:7)

They can expect to be forgiven by the rest of the church family when they fail in some way. (Colossians 3:13)

They can expect to be served by the rest of the church family. (Galatians 5:13)

They can expect to be encouraged by the rest of the church family. (I Thessalonians 5:11)

In return, the church family would expect the person joining our congregation to do the same thing as is expected of them.