Membership at a Glance:
What is it? Membership is a joint commitment from an individual to the church and the church to the individual. The individual says that they will participate in the life and doctrine of the the church, serving it with his/her own gifts, and the church says that it will promise to aid, support, train, equip and hold the individual to the truth of the gospel and the care of Jesus. Membership fulfills the Bible's teaching that believers be "added" to a local church (Acts 2:41).
How to Become a Member
What do I need to do to become a member? First, you must be saved! Church membership isn't for people who want to identify with a social club or cause. It is for people who identify with the completed work of Christ on the cross! Everything else we do in the membership process is designed to support and identify the hope of this confession (Hebrews 10:23). Our process includes two components under this. Below you see a button which says, "View the Membership Packet." This packet outlines the core beliefs, direction and values of Sovereign Hope Church, and describes the process to become a member in greater detail. At the end of this document is a form you (and your spouse if applying together) can sign which indicates an understanding and affirmation of our church's statement of faith and core values. Next, is to set up an interview with an elder. Far from being a doctrinal exam, this interview allows our elders to get to know you and provides you an opportunity to share your testimony, and ask questions about membership and the church. Once you have completed the membership packet and the interview your information will be presented to the elder board as a "membership candidate." Upon review and agreement and affirmation of your conversion you will be accepted into covenant membership at Sovereign Hope!
Core Values Sermon Series
While not required for membership this Core Value Series is recommended materials for anyone pursuing or considering membership. In this series we outline in greater depth the truths and values we hold to be treasured and transformative here at Sovereign Hope.