How can I join the church?
In church membership, we are in covenant with the Lord as His bride. As members, we are in covenant with one another in mutual love and accountability. He is our Lord, and we are His people. The requirements for membership at Grace Covenant Church are basic and biblical. People may become members in three different ways. In each of these ways, agreement to Grace Covenant Statement of Faith and attendance at a new members class are required. New member classes are taught by the elders and offered upon request or need.
1. Transfer They may be received by the elders of Grace Covenant church on the basis of their transfer by letter from another evangelical church. (An evangelical church is one that requires a profession of faith in the historic Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for membership.) Members who are received from other churches are not baptized. Membership transfer involves calling your current church to request a transfer letter in good standing.
2. Affirmation They may unite with the church by making a restatement or reaffirmation of their faith before the elders. Sometimes for reasons of time or circumstance, it is impossible for a person to secure a certificate of membership in order that he may move his membership to Grace Covenant church. Some evangelical churches will not grant certificates of transfer allowing their members to unite with churches of other denominations. In such situations, the person who desires to join the church is asked to re-affirm his faith before the elders by answering the same questions asked of those who unite with the church on profession of faith and then appear before the congregation to make their membership vows. Such persons, however, are not re-baptized.
3. Conversion A new Christian unites with Grace Covenant church by making a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who become members of the church in this way appear before the elders and answer satisfactorily fundamental questions of the Christian faith. If they give evidence of sincerity and earnestness in their faith in Christ, the elders admit them to the ordinances of the church and to church membership. They then appear before the congregation to repeat their public profession of faith in Christ. At that time they also receive Christian baptism if they have not already been baptized previously, either in infancy or another time later in life.