Why Membership? 

Is membership a requirement to be a Christian?
NO! The Bible is clear on the fact that it is your faith in Christ alone that qualifies you to be a Christian, “…by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast,” (Eph. 2:8-9). However, the concept of membership does exist within the scriptures.
When anyone enters into a relationship with God by grace from, and faith in, the person and work of Jesus Christ, they are entering into two covenants. The first is to journey with God for the rest of their lives and love him fully (The Great Commandment, Mark 12:29-31). The second is to journey with His other people in the community of the local church and participate with the Christian church at large.

Your membership in a church is an official recognition of this, and the purpose of the Elevation Church Membership Covenant is to:
  1. Join with the Holy Spirit in forming an authentic church community that reflects the relationship between the Father, Son, and Spirit.
  2. Utilize your divine spiritual gift(s) for the edification of the body of Christ, His church.
  3. Encourage consistency, accountability and loving unity within the Church family.
  4. Accomplish God’s call for Elevation Church family.
  5. Break the bonds of being only a consumer of the church, a mentality that runs rampant in our culture.
Some simple facts about membership within the scriptures:
  • A numerical record was kept (Acts 2:37-47)
  • Records were kept of widows (1 Timothy 5:3-16)
  • Elections were conducted (Acts 6:1-6)
  • Discipline was carried out (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1)
  • Elders will be held accountable for the spiritual growth of church members (Hebrews 13:17)
  • There was an awareness of who was a church member (Romans 16:1-16)

Membership Covenant  
There is one "Church" and many churches. Every Christian belongs to the global church, sometimes referred in the creeds as the invisible church or universal church. Every Christian who has ever lived and will live forms the Church (big "C"). This is why Paul says, "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18). Paul doesn't say, "God reconciled me!" He says "us". This means that every believer in the world has become a part of God's one family. He is our loving Father and we are his children and therefore brothers and sisters.

However, God intended this big "C" to meet as churches (little "c"). The New Testament is full of church planting. These churches are made up of people who come to faith in Christ and begin to live out all God intended in local expressions of the global church. The New Testament is clear that we should belong to both the invisible church and the local church. We are not only called to belong but to be under the leading of the Holy Spirit, and the leadership of the Elders of those churches.

Membership is a good word and can clearly communicate the kind of commitment to the local church every believer should have. However, we use the word covenant because it contains a different nuance. Membership, in our culture, has about as much meaning as "friends" on Facebook does. We become members of the gym. We become members of a credit union. We become members of a website only to get something for free and then discontinue as soon as we get what we wanted. Membership, in our culture, is focused on what the benefits are. This is not what the Bible means by "not neglecting to meet together" in Hebrews 10:25. Covenant does not highlight so much of what is provided as much as it points to what is being committed to. It doesn't mean so long as one gets what they want, they continue to call Elevation their "church." Every covenant, including the promise of salvation through faith in Jesus, is not about what God gets from man but His faithfulness, even when man is faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). This covenant is a selfless commitment to the community and leadership of Elevation Church through conflict, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, being sinned against, and times where your serving and giving may be outdoing others.
Membership & Personal Covenant Declarations
  1. I am a Christian saved from the eternal wrath of God by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is full payment for my rebellion and sin against God (John 3:16-18; Romans 3:23-26). I have repented of my sin against God and fully believe God has made me a new creation by his grace (2 Corinthians 5:17). I believe Jesus is all that He and the Scriptures claim him to be, including being fully God and fully human, born of a virgin, crucified, died, buried and was resurrected from the dead (Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:70; John 4:25-26, 6:29, 8:58, 11:25-27, 14:6-7, 15:5). I have been baptized by immersion in water representing my death to self and identifying with the physical death of Jesus and my transformed, forgiven life raised with Jesus (Matthew 3:6; Acts 2:38; 8:12; Acts 10:48, Acts 18:8; Romans 6:3; 1Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).

  2. I understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace; I will adhere to Elevation Church's position on closed-handed theological issues, and will not be divisive over open-handed issues (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb.13:7,17).

  3. I covenant to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final authority on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

  4. I will by God's grace, faithfully participate in the life of Elevation Church through weekly gatherings, Communion, Life Group community, serving our church, and a personal life that glorifies Jesus. (Ps. 105:1-2; Ps. 119:97; Acts 2:42-47; Heb.10:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3).

  5. I will by God's grace steward the resources God has entrusted to me, including my time, talents, and treasure (Prov. 3:9-10; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-26; Eph. 4:1-16; 5:15-18). This includes regular financial giving, service, and participation in church community that is sacrificial and cheerful. (Rom. 12:1-8; 2 Cor. 8-9; 12:7-31; 1Peter 4:10-11).

  6. I covenant to submit to discipline by God through his Holy Spirit, to follow biblical procedures for church discipline in my relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ, to submit to righteous discipline when approached biblically by brothers and sisters in Christ, and to submit to discipline by church leadership if the need should ever arise. (Ps. 141:5; Matt. 18:15-17; 1Cor. 5:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:5-8; Gal. 6:1-5,8; 1Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:9; 3:10-11; Heb. 12:5-11; Rev. 2:5-7, 14-25).

  7. I will by God's grace walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus Christ, who has saved me from my sin so that I could live a new life (2 Cor. 5:17); I will maintain a close relationship with the Lord Jesus through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and practice of spiritual disciplines.

  8. I have read the mission statement of Elevation Church and commit to participate in this mission as a diligent, faithful disciple of Jesus, that my identity would be in Him, my worship would be for Him, my fellowship would be through Him, and my interaction with the culture would be for His glory.

So what is the process?   IT'S Simple!

1. Attend a Membership Class

Each quarter, we offer a membership class that to give Elevation attendees the opportunity to find out who we are and what we are about. At the end of the class, you will have the opportunity to become a member.

2. Review & Sign Our Membership Covenant.

You will receive a copy of our Membership Covenant during Base Camp and will be given the opportunity during or following the event to review and sign it.