On Sunday November 10th at 10:00am, we are having a single service at BCUC to celebrate membership. This is an opportunity to publicly and formally declare your commitment to the work of God through the life of BCUC.
I am loving being a part of BCUC. Not only is this where God has called my family and me to worship and serve, it’s the place where I can follow Jesus in loving God with everything and love others as I love myself. It’s where I am being raised as a Child of God. Formalising my membership according to church regulations won’t really affect that. You won’t even find formalising membership in the bible. So why are we encouraging you to formalise your membership with us? Well it’s really useful for a range of reasons:
- The Bible calls us to worship in an orderly way (1 Cor 14:40) and membership is an expression of good order.
- It helps the leaders lead. The elders have responsibility in Christ to shepherd the flock. It’s really helpful for us to know who the flock actually are (1 Peter 5:2).
- It’s a way of publically confirming your belonging with us. It’s saying “yes” to serving Jesus, and being part of the mission of God through BCUC. Like other public covenant acts (baptism, marriage) membership can give you hope to hang in there when things go rough and is a symbol of God’s promise to lead us through together. And that’s a great witness to the gospel (John 13:34-35).
- You can help us make decisions. By becoming a member of BCUC you are saying publically “I get what BCUC is about and I want to help us get to where God is calling us”. According to the current ordering of the church, you won’t be able to vote on decisions if you’re not a formal member (e.g. on Church Council or at Meetings of the Congregation).
Yes, it can seem like a rigid formality. But part of my joyful submission to Jesus is my submission to the people whom he calls to serve me (Romans 13:1-3). That can be scary because they are flawed like me, but as Jesus is the one who builds and governs his church it’s OK for me to submit to the human structures he puts in place (Hebrews 13:17).
(adapted from Simon Dent at CoroUniting)