We were not created to go through life alone. Being connected with a local church is part of God's plan for our lives. These 'next steps' help describe the process of connecting with our local church family.
What is the big deal about Church Membership?
In the Bible, being a part of the local church body was a big deal. The New Testament book of Acts describes the beginning of the church through the apostles. There are several examples of Peter, Paul, Stephen and others gathering “those who believed” in a local assembly to worship, receive instruction, and live in community with one another (Acts 2:41, 2:47). Throughout Paul’s letters to the churches, there is much reference and instruction to the local body of believers about leadership, accountability, conduct, offerings, etc. We are instructed to “assemble” together (Hebrews 10:24-25), to use our gifts to build the church (Ephesians 4:15-16), that pastors are to exercise leadership (Hebrews 13:17), and that churches are to exercise discipline within the body (I Corinthians 5:1-2, Matthew 18:15-20). You will also find metaphors used in Scripture which reference the relationship between Jesus and believers and require connection, such as the Head and the Body, Bridegroom and the Bride, Shepherd and the sheep.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Steps for Membership
1. Attend First Connection Class (Click Here)
2. Request Membership
TRANSFER MEMBERSHIP BY CHURCH LETTER
If you are currently a member at another church and would like to join Western Hills, you can tell us your faith story and we will transfer your membership through our Church Office.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
You can tell your faith story indicating when you trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior and that you have been biblically baptized by immersion.
PROFESSION OF FAITH AND CHOOSE BAPTISM
If you have trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior and have not been baptized by immersion, you can become a member through baptism. You can schedule your baptism after making an appointment with one of our staff members.
AGREE WITH OUR MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENT