Church membership is about relationship. It’s not about a name on a list, or a vote at a meeting or a detached and empty assurance that you’re ‘in’. Membership is about relationship – with God and with our brothers and sisters. A profound inter-connectedness – seeking God together, serving and growing together, sharing pain and joy together.
At Hillview and Kintore, we want to embrace this as a precious and beautiful reality. To that end, our understanding of membership is rooted around this short but significant membership covenant:
Church Membership Covenant
Trusting in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we affirm the following covenant relationship with our Father in heaven and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
With the Holy Spirit’s enabling we will…
We will make it a priority to gather together. This goes deeper than just Sundays.
We’ll endeavour to open our lives and be available to each other.
We will embrace the privilege of bringing our prayers – individually and
together – before our Father in heaven, in the knowledge that
He only gives good gifts to His children.
We will love one another, weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with
those who rejoice. We will put others’ needs before our own.
God has given each of us a unique role to play in His church.
We will seek to find out what that is, and will join in His work with joy and gratitude.
We will be men and women and boys and girls who care for each other. Every member will be part of a small group where we love, encourage and help one another. We will weep when others weep, and rejoice when others rejoice. We will be more concerned about our brothers and sisters than ourselves.
We will submit to God and the Scriptures. As the elders to likewise, we will respect their leadership.
As brothers and sisters, we will submit to one another in love.