Become a Member

What Does Membership Mean?

memberAs an ECO church, we call our members “covenant partners” as we believe that each person joining the church is entering into a covenantal relationship with all other covenant partners to nurture understanding, encouragement, correction, and discipleship-in-mission.

Becoming a covenant partner is important not only to the congregation but even more so for the covenant partner. In committing to the cause of a life lived in and through Jesus Christ, members grow in Christian community together to become more Christ-like. In Christian community, we realize the fullness of life together and life in Christ, and discover our unique place in a common mission and narrative of God’s work.

Four Reasons to Be a Covenant Partner…

It’s Biblical

Christ is committed to the church. “…Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV)

It’s Countercultural

It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age when people resist being committed to anything – a job, a marriage, our country. Partnership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision to become part of a community that will encourage you to make God and his will the focus of your life.

It’s Practical

It defines those upon whom we can depend. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our church family.

It’s Healthy

It produces spiritual growth. The Bible gives major emphasis for the need of Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to a specific church family.

What’s Required to Join?

We would love for you to take the next step by joining FPC:E! There are five expectations for someone to become a covenant partner (member) here:

  1. Be willing to publicly profess your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  2. Meet with our pastors to talk about faith, the vision and mission of FPC:E, and the meaning of membership
  3. Meet with our Elders to share your faith journey
  4. Be baptized (if you have not previously been baptized)
  5. Commit to grow as a disciple through the worship, ministry, and mission of this congregation

If you are ready to make this commitment, or have questions about membership, please let us know!