DISCIPLES CHURCH SPRINGFIELD
This application is an invitation to enter into what we call a covenant arrangement. Membership is voluntary, and you can resign your membership at any time. The Disciples Church membership covenant is birthed out of our love for the church body and its individual members, who we hope will experience the fullness of joy which is found in the presence of the Lord.
There are three purposes to this covenant:
1. To clarify the biblical obligations and expectations for both the elders of Disciples Church Springfield and the individual members of the Disciples Church body.
2. To establish teaching and doctrinal parameters for the Disciples Church body.
3. To serve as a tool of reflection and growth toward holiness.
It is our desire that this focus will see Disciples Church Springfield grow in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
The Disciples Church membership covenant is comprised of:
- a section on the church
- an explanation of the nature of covenants
- a statement of your faith
- a statement of biblical doctrine
- the obligations of Disciples Church elders to the Disciples Church body, and
- the obligations of members to the Disciples Church body.
What Is The Church?
The church exists to display the glory of God because all things exist for His glory. Those of us who trust in and follow Jesus are caught up in something much bigger than ourselves. We have graciously been invited into God's redemptive purposes in the world.
Since the beginning, God has been creating and calling forth His people for the display of His glory in a grand narrative of redemption and reconciliation. Though creation now suffers the curse of Genesis 3, the Gospel is the means by which the world is being made right. The Gospel also carries with it the promise of ultimate renewal, a restoration even more glorious than Eden, and therefore believers eagerly anticipate the return of Christ. The church universal (i.e.: all believers, everywhere) is the means by which God is fulfilling His purposes in the world (2 Corinthians 5: 17 - 20). The church universal is being used to write God's beautiful and dramatic story of redemption and reconciliation. In light of this reality, the opportunity to join a local church body (i.e.: a particular group of believers in a particular location) is much more than a commitment to consistent attendance or active involvement in community. It is also a sacred call to be involved in the redemptive work of our sovereign God to push back the darkness of a fallen world through the power of the Holy Spirit with the light of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The church is the gathering of the redeemed, the household of God (Ephesians 2: 19), the bride of Christ (Revelation 21: 2, 9) and the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12 - 31). 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of many members within the same body. Just as a human body relies upon mutual dependence of individual members for proper functioning, so the body of Christ requires sacrificial and responsible service by its individual members. As the Scriptures say, "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'" (1 Corinthians 12: 21). Likewise, a member of the church cannot say to another member that he or she is unnecessary. We all have gifts that differ according to the gracious provision of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12: 3 - 8). Contrary to the beliefs of our culture, we need each other.
Membership at Disciples Church is participation in a family, a microcosm of the universal household of God. All members are united to Christ and thus to each other. Unity within the church is expressed in love for God and a love for others, both those within the family and those who are not. Because of the identification of Christ with His church, Christians are expected to display His Gospel in a manner which is worthy of Him (Ephesians 4: 1).
What Is A Covenant?
A covenant is generally defined as promises between two or more parties. It differs from a contract in that the failure of one party to keep their promise does not release the other party from fulfilling theirs. That's why marriage is referred to as a covenant, whereas when you buy a house you sign a contract. In this church membership covenant, the church and the member promise to be faithful to one another.
Tip: If you haven't attended all six sessions, please speak to a Pastor before continuing with this application.
Statement Of Your Faith
Statement of Biblical Doctrine
Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:
Obligation of Disciples Church Springfield to its Members
My Obligation to Disciples Church Springfield as a Member
Vision & Mission
Your commitment to the vision and mission of Disciples Church Springfield:
By hitting the SUBMIT button, it will be regarded by us as you having signed this membership application.
Your application will be forwarded to your Missional Community Goup leader who is required to sign off on applications before they are submitted to the DC Elder Board.
Thank you for taking the time to fill in this application.