"Church membership is a formal relationship between a local church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church." - Jonathan Leeman
What does it mean to be a Church Member?
Church membership involves many things, but, simply stated, church membership involves these three things: affirmation, oversight, and submission. A local church affirms that a person has faith in Christ, we see this in Matthew 16 in the loosing and binding passage. The local church is there to attest to the faith of its members. The local church gives oversight to a believers discipleship, we watch one another and spur one another on to Christ-likeness. The one-another statements of the New Testament find their practice through the oversight of the local church, the members. Lastly, the local church involves a Christian submitting to the care of its members and the leadership of its Elders. Submission involves allowing a particular local church to guide and care for you as we collectively aim to become more like Jesus in all areas of our lives.
Your first step is to get connected to a member of Port City. Whether its an interest meeting or just when you are hanging out, get connected and ask questions. If you would like to talk to someone, fill out this form.
After talking to one of our members and if you are a baptized believer in Jesus Christ, please fill out the membership application. The application will help us to get to know you and to start a conversation. The application can also help you to process what God has done and is doing in your life.
Now that you have kicked the tires, met some leaders, and told us about yourself, we invite you to take a deep dive into what Port City believes, how we do things, and what membership would involve. This is your chance to see it all up close. More information will be given once you have submitted your application.
Lastly, after you have completed the previous steps, an Elder will meet with you and talk through everything and give you the space to ask any further questions. After the interview, the Elders will meet to discuss your membership application.
After the Elders meet, and should they approve your application, you will receive an invitation to accept membership into Port City Church!