Membership at Salem
The New Testament Church
Although the word “membership” itself is not used, the principle of membership is visible throughout the New Testament.
Most of our NT books are letters written to specific groups of people who had chosen to identify themselves with Christ and each other in a local church setting.
In the church, numbers were known (Acts 1:15, 2:41, 4:4), rolls were kept (1 Tim. 5:9), discipline was practiced (1 Cor. 5:12-13) and leaders knew for whom they were responsible (Heb. 13:17).
Church membership is a commitment to unite with an identifiable body of believers. Such a commitment is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When someone becomes a member they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
It is our conviction that every Christian should be an active member of a Bible-teaching local church.
Membership also provides an important legal function. State law requires some kind of membership to function as a church (non-profit organization).
Salem Evangelical Free Church requires the following to become a member: