Why Membership?

Becoming a member of a local church is actually a big deal. The Bible teaches that membership in a local church is the normal expectation for a healthy Christian. Christians are called to assemble together regularly to build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25), to encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14), to work together to get the Gospel to lost people around the world (Matthew 28:18-20), to protect each other from sin (James 5:19-20), to guard the church from hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18), and to be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17).

To carry out this vision, we have a four-step process toward membership at RCF.

1. Membership Matters Class

Because we believe the Bible takes church membership seriously, we want you to know what you’re getting into before you commit. We offer membership class so that you’ll know what membership is all about and how to prayerfully consider your involvement.

The membership class is split into three 90 minutes sections:

  • Class 1: What We Believe covers our Statement of Faith and what we believe as a church.
  • Class 2: Who We Are covers our church membership agreement.
  • Class 3: Life Together cover church polity and how we intend to live as a church for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. 

Taking these classes doesn’t make one a member, but it is the first step of the membership process. Attendance at all three classes is required before moving forward in the membership process.

We are currently offering in-person membership class every other month, on the first and third Saturday, from 9am-11am with child care being provided.
If you are interested in participating in the next membership class, please click on the link below and sign-up for the class you'd like to attend.

2. Membership Interview

In a 60 minute meeting, the prospective member meets with an elder to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.

3. Pastoral Recommendation

At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the pastors will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.

4. Congregational Affirmation

During our every-other-month member’s meetings, each pastor who conducted an interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.