What is Membership About?
Renew Covenant Church is a community on a mission.
We believe the church is the collection of people who exist to join in God's redeeming and restoring work in the world.
In order to do this, we need to know who our ‘core’ is— those who are on this mission with us. We need to know the people who have put their hands into the middle of the circle to say, “I’m in! You can count on me. I believe in this vision. I affirm these values. I want to know our challenges, and I want to help move the ball forward.” At Renew we call these people "members". Members are no longer spectators and they’re more than sideline cheerleaders. They’re suited up and on the playing field; they’re “in” the game. Only it’s not a game—it’s core to what we believe life is all about.
Technically speaking "church" is not the building or the organization but the people, united in Christ and sharing a common mission. We are in this together. As a church with a congregational leadership style, the gathered membership is the highest authority in the church below God and His Word.
In other words, things like calling pastors, nominating leadership council members, approving the use of our resources, etc. are done by the congregation discernment of God's leading and with a shared commitment. This is why it is essential (a) for dedicated people to take this step and (b) for us to develop a common understanding of what we value and what kind of congregation we believe God has called us to be.
Membership is open to anyone 16yrs and older through the process outlined here.
How does a person become a member at Renew?
1) Be a consistent part of the church community for 6 months.
(This provides an opportunity for you to really see what makes us tick.)
2) Attend an membership course (Offered quarterly)
(It's a time of coffee & conversation where you can learn all about us - mission, vision, values and denominational family - and we can hear your faith story and what brought you to Renew.)
3) Be formally welcomed by the Renew Covenant Church family.
(We'll acknowledge you on a Sunday and make you blush.)
It's really that simple and yet membership is a decision to be made prayerfully.
God bless you!