If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join Pillar Church.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Meaningful Membership class. The curriculum covers the following issues:
Statement of Faith
Why Join a Church?
Outreach & Missions
Life as a Church
Courses are offered quarterly throughout the year. Upon completion, those who attended all of the class are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.
Membership Interview – In either a separate meeting or the same (time permitting), the prospective member meets with an elder/elders to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application will be reviewed by the elders.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elders will review the applicant’s testimony. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation – During our every-other-month members’ meetings, the pastor who conducted the interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.
*Adapted from Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC)