The Church is its Members

A church is not a building or a service on Sunday morning, but an assembly. A church is the people who gather together in that building for a Sunday morning worship service. The New Testament refers to the church as the body of Christ. Those who have repented and believed in Christ are all individual members of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). 

The church is like an embassy in a foreign country that is on mission to represent its home. An embassy sets out to affirm those who are citizens of its country and offers them the same privileges and protection while away from home. The church is God’s embassy sent on mission to represent Heaven on Earth. Believers are given new life and become citizens of His Heavenly Kingdom. Together as the church they are sent out on mission to represent God’s kingdom on earth. Therefore, the church affirms our Heavenly citizenship and offers us the privileges and protection of His kingdom on earth. This makes church membership very meaningful.

Meaningful Covenant Membership

Membership in the church is completely different than our casual memberships in social clubs, stores, or the YMCA. It is not a weekly or monthly commitment to gain status or privileges, but a covenant relationship between an individual and the church family as a whole. It’s more about what you can give to the church than what you can get. It is a meaningful covenant for the glory of God, our good, and others salvation. Jonathan Leeman writes in his book Church Membership, “Church membership is a formal relationship between a Church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church.”

We are all born with a sinful nature and left spiritually dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1-3). However, for those who have been saved by grace through faith, God has brought them from death to life and given them a second nature (Ephesians 2:4-5). They have been born again and have been given new life in the gospel. Not only has he given us Gospel Life as a gift, but he unites them with everyone else who has received this gift in the church to represent Him and his Kingdom as they live out their Gospel Lifestyle (Ephesians 4:10). Membership at The Fields, then, has a twofold purpose:

  1. to affirm those who have repented and believed in Christ for their salvation and therefore have been given Gospel Life
  2. to help one another grow to become more like Christ as we are sent out on mission to represent Him in our Gospel Lifestyle

Membership Process


The membership class is usually scheduled a couple times throughout the year at 8:45am on Sunday mornings during Field Training. It is centered around the vision and mission of our church. There will be six sessions covering Church, Worship, Discipleship, Missions, Gospel, and Community. These sessions offer a detailed look into our church and invite opportunity to ask questions. The membership class is a requirement for membership at The Fields, but is open for all who are simply curious about Jeuss and the church.


During the membership class, you will be responsible for a few homework assignments:

We will also give you Thabiti Anyabwile’s book What is a Healthy Church Member? at our Membership Class. We encourage you to read this book to help you as you walk through this membership process. (David Platt’s book Follow Me is also a great help in considering what a Gospel Lifestyle looks like.)


Baptism is a believer’s public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. It's the outward sign of the inward reality of a believer. Though baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, because of our confession and conviction about Jesus's command to be baptized, it is a requirement for membership The Fields Church. Click here to learn more about baptism or to schedule a time to be baptized.


After all your homework is completed, you will need to schedule an elder follow up. You will meet with an elder to go over your homework assignments, share a simple version of the gospel (God’s Story) and your testimony (Your Story), sign the membership covenant, and ask any questions you may have. If you have shown a clear understanding of the Gospel, profession of faith, and desire to walk in faith, the elder will present you to the church for affirmation at our next members' meeting, scheduled every other month.


The current members of the church affirm new members into the church. At the next member's meeting, the names of any who have completed the membership process will go before the members for prayer and consideration. Then, the church will vote to affirm each new member based on the their testimony of faith in Christ and their agreement with our statement of faith and church covenant.

On the following Sunday, each affirmed member will be presented to the entire church and we will read the covenant aloud together. This is a time of celebration and a reminder of the covenant we have made with one another.