• Why Church Membership?

    It is true that the word “membership” is not in the New Testament (but then again, neither is “trinity” or “rapture”). But, the concept of participation is! The Greek word is koinonia which means fellowship or perhaps togetherness (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:9), participation (Philippians 1:5), contribution (Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 9:13) and sharing (Heb. 13:16). The idea in the New Testament is to belong to one another and the commitment of membership is exactly that - belonging to one another like a family.

    So why a formal procedure for membership? It is vital to make sure that all members are, in fact, embracing the unified direction and beliefs of the church family. For the first three centuries, the early church was so careful that they spent a year examining the prospective member for beliefs and conduct to make sure there was true unity. The membership process is intended to help both the church and the person considering membership. We feel it is important for anyone seeking to join Cook Road Baptist to know what we believe and who we are so that all decisions are well-informed ones.