Membership is part of the discipleship journey at New Heights. Being a member indicates that a person is willing to recognize that with privilege comes responsibility. It’s nice to enjoy the benefits of a church family, but in order for that to be multiplied in others, we look for people who will commit to this family in order to foster a dedicated core of family members who will be the strength of our ministry and presence in the community.
An illustration to help explain: If you keep showing up at your friends house at supper time, they will graciously keep feeding you and treat you like family but you aren’t “really.” A real member of the family is required to contribute and be involved in a give and take relationship if the family is going to work (and not burn out the parents).
When a person becomes a member of a local church, he or she commits to be a dependable part of that family and with that commitment comes the privilege to have a say in decisions (money and priority decisions) along with an ownership in the success of that family.
Membership is a practical application to Bible instructions to “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). It is the next step after salvation and baptism (Acts 2:38-47).
"Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house." - Colossians 3