Church Membership

Church membership is not about signing a contract or joining a club.

It is one thing to attend church, it is quite another thing to become a participating member of a local church.  While the term ‘church member’ never occurs in the Bible, it is clear that Christians were committed to each other in local communities.

Christians met together for teaching, caring, sharing communion, mission and prayer.  When Paul wrote letters it is clear there are local congregations of believers committed to each other because they are committed to God, and they met regularly together.

Acts 13:1-3     1 Corinthians 16:2, 19

What the Bible says

The New Testament does not describe a local church full of attendees only, but rather describes a church of participating members using their gifts, talents and abilities for the glory of God.

Romans 12:4-5    1 Corinthians 12:12    Ephesians 4:16

The moment we trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we become members of the world-wide body of Christ, which is the church.  To grow as a disciple of Jesus, believers should identify with a specific local church and actively participate in Christian ministry.

To be a member

First and foremost you need to be a Christian.

A Christian is someone who has made a commitment to accept Jesus personally as their Lord and Saviour and live in obedience to him.   Acts 2:38

Members must be in agreement with Harefield’s Statements of Faith and want to own the vision and values of the church.

We expect everyone to –

  • Love God – We need to love God with all our heart, soul and mind
  • Love one another – Jesus said we would be recognised as Christians by the way we share fellowship and love each other
  • Serve our community – We seek to reach our community so that we can share the message of Jesus with as many as possible.

Become a member

If you are enthusiastic about the vision of Harefield Church, believe the things we teach and wish to get involved we want you onboard!  If you would like to become a participating member, ask one of the Leadership Team and they can tell you more.

We are learning to imagine more as a church

“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!  He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (MSG)

Ephesians 3:20