Why Church Membership?
The universal church is the Body of Christ. It comprises all believers in Christ throughout all time and in every place (Matthew 16:18). A local church is the universal church made visible in a particular place at a particular time (Romans 16:16). Our local church, just like the universal church, comprises people, not buildings (Romans 16:5).
The pattern of the early church recorded in Acts 2:41 was believe, be baptised, be added. Membership at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni is the way we describe the adding. Local churches in the Bible knew who was in and who was out (1 Corinthians 5:1-13). Membership is defining who’s in our local church.
You want to Join?
You want to join Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni? That’s great! This course helps us learn about you and helps you learn about us.
There are 5 sessions you must to go through. You may do the sessions with a group of member candidates in membership classes. Or you may do the sessions one on one with a member of the church the elders have nominated.
Each session takes about an hour to complete. At the end of each session there is some homework you will need to fill in and return to us.
There are resources listed as For Further Study. While you’re encouraged to listen or watch them it’s not required.
Sunday, March 29
Meet the elders and their wives over lunch on Sunday after the services. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and you to ask any questions you may have.
Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 11
An elder and a member will interview you. We will ask questions about your profession of faith and your Christian life. After the interview we may commend you to the church as a potential member. We will likely seek to pair you up with a member who will disciple you until you take up membership.
Sunday, April 12
We present names of candidate members to the church for their consideration.
Sunday, April 19 or Wednesday, April 22
Week 1 – How to Share your Faith with a Friend
Sunday Morning Membership and Baptism Classes run from 8:30am-9:45am. This allows candidates to attend the 10:30am-11:45am service.
Wednesday Evening Membership and Baptism Classes run from 7:00pm-8:30pm. This allows candidates to get introduced to a midweek Bible study.
Sunday, April 26 or Wednesday, April 29
Week 2 – What do we Believe? (Our Statement of Belief and Our Constitution
Sunday, May 3 or Wednesday, May 6
Week 3 – Our Core Values (Biblical Teaching, Fervent Worship, Loving Fellowship, Passionate Evangelism)
Sunday, May 10 or Wedneday, May 13
Week 4 – Member Responsibilities (Praying, Attending, Serving, Giving, Inviting)
Sunday, May 17 or Wedneday, May 20
Week 5 – FAQs (What are Elders? What are Deacons? What is Church Discipline?)
Sunday, May 24
Baptism Sunday – Baptisms happen at the 8:30am and 10:30am services.
Sunday, May 31
At 4:30pm we have a brief orientation of how the meeting runs and tabled motions. The quarterly general meeting starts at 5:00pm and usually runs to around 6:00pm. Member induction happens after a vote at the beginning of the meeting.