The joy of belonging to a local church
In the New Testament we see Christians who assemble together regularly to
- build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25)
- encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14)
- partner in the proclamation of the Gospel to lost people (Matthew 28:18-20)
- protect each other from sin (James 5:19-20)
- guard the church from hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18)
- be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17).
Membership at GCC means joining with other believers in our local assembly to participate in the life of the church not as a consumer or spectator, but as an active participant who practices the "one anothers" of the New Testament. Church membership is not about prestige or possessing an honorary title; it’s about identifying oneself to world as a Christian and living out the call of Christian discipleship in a specific community.
Membership open to any person who has trusted in Christ alone as Savior and Lord, who has been baptized as a believer, and who desires to be committed to the church as a local body of believers.
4 Steps to become a member at GCC
Attend the Covenant Community Class - This class covers the beliefs, core commitments, history, and ministry of GCC.
Complete the Membership Application - Each prospective member must complete the application, which includes basic contact information and a brief overview of God's work in your life.
Meet with an Elder/Pastor - After you complete the membership application and return it to the office an elder or pastor will contact you to schedule an meeting to hear how you came to faith in Jesus and further discuss the membership covenant.
Congregational Affirmation - During a regularly scheduled member meeting (usually every other month) a prospective member will be presented by the elders for consideration by the current members. The current members will then vote to affirm the prospective member.