Northgate’s Membership Application Process
I would be the first to tell you that membership (as a word) is not specifically mentioned in the bible as a way of belonging to a church. Rather what is developed is the metaphor of the many parts that make up the one body of which Christ is the head. As the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans 8:5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. He expands on this further in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 to include people from all walks of life, all nationalities come together as one.
Membership for us is built around a central truth throughout Scripture of God looking for a people who will represent him. The idea then being as fellow sojourners through life, finding fulfillment since our salvation in Christ, to be obedient to his instruction of baptism and open to the Holy Spirit’s enabling power within us to play our part in fulfilling the whole which is the ‘church,’ for which Christ is the head.
All of this to say that we consider it to be very important to create a useful process to help reflect and capture what God is doing in the church, so these are the steps we take.
This is how our membership process goes.
1) First you apply by “CLICKING HERE.”
2) We will contact you to arrange a personal visit at a time that suits.
3) There are two questions that hopefully will lead to some great conversation
Q. 1 When and how did you become a Christian - (I always love hearing peoples story).
Q. 2 When or have you been baptised?
(NG is a ‘CLOSED’ Baptist church which means you have to have been baptised to become a member).
Q 3 Do you agree to the members pledge, which I hope is a sensible reflection of your walk of faith.
Q 4 Can we invite you to attend a ‘Growth Track.’
4) With your permission you name is then forward to our elders for acknowledgment
5) Their names will then be forwarded to NG office to be entered onto membership form.
6) Finally you may or may not choose to be acknowledged publicly. In some cases welcomed on stage, alternatively your name in the newsletter or announced at home group – or something similar.
To live at all times such a life as reflects a true Christian and a member of the church.
To take an active and diligent part in the life and work of the church, regularly attending its
services of worship as far as I am able, and being willing to help in whatever way I can.
To be faithful in prayer for the church and its witness in the community.
To share conscientiously in contributing to the funds of the church according to my means.
To share in the government of the church by supporting and encouraging the leadership of the church and by attending church members meetings.
To do all in my power to deepen and enrich the spirit of fellowship in the church, always seeking to develop a spirit of love in this fellowship of Christ’s people.
To share by life and word in the supreme task of the church, namely by witnessing to the saving power of Jesus Christ our Lord.