Membership is about more than attending church services. Members commit to join a spiritual family
that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a higher degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice. Our elders and leaders pledge to assist our Members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
We hope that, as the Lord leads, you make a covenant to be part of our church family.
We want you to make an informed decision about joining our church. At WVC, we offer an informal class that you can participate in almost anytime, anywhere via audio/CD tracks. There are four tracks that cover topics such as The History and Mission of the Christian and Missionary Alliance; C&MA Doctrinal Beliefs; The History and Vision of WVC; and Membership Privileges and Responsibilities. By providing a class, we can cover our beliefs and what it means to be a Member without taking away from the Sunday School hour. The class will culminate with a a personal interview with the Elders and Pastoral Staff at which time you may pose questions regarding any of this material and relate to us how you came to faith in Jesus Christ.
The Membership Covenant
The final step in becoming a member is embracing the Membership Covenant. It reads as follows:
We, the members of this church, do solemnly covenant together with God, and with one another that we shall speak truthfully to one another what is helpful for building others up according to their needs. We shall abstain from sinful desires, which war against the soul; we shall be kind to one another, putting away all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. We shall be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us.
We who are heads of families shall observe the worship of God in our homes and shall endeavor to lead our children or others committed to our care to a saving knowledge and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We shall attend regularly, as far as Providence permits, the services of worship on the Lord’ Day and such other services as the church may appoint. We shall observe together the Lord’s Supper. We shall aid, as the Lord prospers us, in the support of a faithful Christian ministry among us, and in sending the saving gospel of Christ to the whole human family.
We shall remember those who are over us in the Lord, holding them in highest regard in love because of their work. For them we shall faithfully pray, and with them we shall faithfully labor, as it may be our privilege.
God being our helper, this we covenant to do.