At Gateway, membership happens within the idea of covenant. In Scripture a covenant, or public promise, was the basis for all society including marriage, employment and citizenship. A covenant implies a meaningful, accountable relationship. In the Scriptures, covenant meant an agreement that lasted for life. At Gateway we’re attempting to use this meaningful term while recognizing that membership at a local church is often not for life. To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to scripture and to support the work of the congregation.
The apostle Paul says that in Christ’s body, “each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12v5). Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organization members are consumers; the organization exists to serve them. The Church of Christ is a completely different community. Covenant membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God's love and care to others.
Covenant membership at Gateway is not so much about signing on a dotted line of beliefs, but rather joining a family that is seeking to share Christ with the world and with each other. The Gateway Membership Covenant is a stated commitment that we are living in community together and seeking to embody the values of our church in active expressions of love and service.
If you are interested in covenanting with us we invite you to read through The Gateway Membership Covenant and make plans to attend the Membership Class on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5pm. Dinner and Childcare are included.