A Weighty but Wonderful Commitment
Why Membership Matters
Does it really matter if I’m a member or not? Why do I have to take a class to even become a member? Why do I have to sign anything? People often ask these questions about church membership. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. That’s why we take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. When members join, 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.
Substance Foundations: Membership Class
As you think about making a decision to join the church, we offer a class that covers what it means to be a member, as well as our mission, basic beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. This is the first of three steps to becoming a member of Substance Church.
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a member. To help prepare you, we offer a baptism class. The class covers the biblical significance of baptism, frequently asked questions and gives you an opportunity to share your testimony.
Meet with an Elder
The final step in becoming a member is to meet with an elder to sign the membership covenant. We will explain the covenant, listen to your testimony and answer any questions you might have. Once you fulfill the requirements of membership and sign the covenant, you are considered a member of Substance Church.