In order to assist the members of Christ Covenant Church with the Christian education of their children, the elders have established a Christian Education Fund. This fund provides need-based scholarships to students who are homeschooled or attend Christ the King Academy.
Step 1. Review our Bylaws and Doctrinal Statement. Note any questions you have for the elders.
Step 2. Meet with the elders for a membership interview.
Step 3. Schedule with Pastor Ventura which Sunday you would like to take the membership vows (see below).
*If you are transferring your membership from another church, you should request a “Letter of Transfer” from your previous church.
Membership is reckoned by a household of one or more people in the same family. A household is eligible for membership when the head of that household has been lawfully baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19) and does not contradict his profession through his manner of life (Matt. 7:22-23). Membership begins when the covenant membership vows have been taken (Philemon 2; Heb. 13:7, 17). The Elders oversee a membership list, which must include names, baptisms, and communicant status.
Our membership vows are:
- “Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in need of salvation by Christ, and do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving and resting upon Him alone as He is offered in the gospel?”
- “Have you been baptized in accordance with His Word?”
*Or, for credo-baptist households, “Have all who profess faith in your household been baptized in the Triune name?”
- “Do you swear in the name of God, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to live in a way that becomes followers of Christ?”
- “Do you swear in the name of God to support the ministry of this church in its worship and work, submitting to its government and discipline, while pursuing its purity and peace?”
When the vows are presented to the head of a household, he will also be asked if he speaks on behalf of his household. When these vows are taken, the congregation will respond with “Amen” when they are asked:
“As members of this congregation of Christ, do you receive [this Christian/these Christians] into the covenant fellowship of this local church?”
In special cases, as circumstances warrant, individuals may come under our pastoral care without coming into membership.
As children of member households become more independent, it is the practice of the elders to invite them to reaffirm their membership as their own household. The elders will usually begin this conversation with children of member households after they turn twenty-one.