Become a Member
How Do I Become a Member?
The primary requirement for joining Northway Church is to attend Discover Northway. At Northway, membership matters. Therefore, we require attendance at this class so each person hears all that the church offers and what is expected of members. The other requirement for membership is that each person is a follower of Jesus Christ as demonstrated by a personal salvation experience and baptism by immersion. This element is fully explained at the Discover Northway class.
This is a class offered three to four times each year as an opportunity for you to learn more about our church. Dinner is provided followed by a discussion led by our Lead Pastor, Kevin Mills. Over the course of the evening, you will discover the characteristics that make Northway unique including our vision, purpose, beliefs, and ministries. As a result of attending, it is our hope that you will identify a “next step” in your involvement at the church. At the end of the evening you’ll also have the opportunity to become a member of the church, though there is no obligation to do so. Childcare is available, so please be sure to indicate your need.
Why Should Someone Become a Church Member Instead of Just Attending?
While we recognize that the Bible does not speak directly to church membership, the Bible does refer frequently to the importance of believers gathering together on a regular basis. By joining a church fellowship, members:
- Identify with Christ and this local church
- Take responsibility for others in the fellowship
- Can fill certain roles in the church
- Can vote on important church matters
Our next Discover Northway class is coming soon, so stay tuned! If you have any questions call the church office at 478-476-1971 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited that you are interested in baptism and consider it a privilege to walk with you as you pursue this next step on your spiritual journey!
A church celebrates that which it values. At Northway, we celebrate baptism because it is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior. We practice baptism by immersion and all baptisms take place in our worship services about every two months.
Why Is Baptism So Important?
- Jesus Himself was baptized and commanded that His followers be baptized. (Mark 1:9 and Matthew 28:19-20)
- Baptism illustrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and also represents your new life as a Christian. (Romans 6:4 and 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- It is a public declaration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism doesn’t make a person a believer or “save” a person. It is a public demonstration of one’s faith in Christ. Like a wedding ring, baptism is an outward symbol of a personal commitment.
“For it is by grace you are saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Therefore, we encourage everyone who has trusted in Christ as their Savior to be baptized as soon as possible after they have made that commitment.
So, How Do I Become Baptized?
If you have further questions or would like to take the next step towards being baptized, please contact Phil Anderson at 478-476-1971 or email@example.com.
Our Core Values
Becoming a member at Northway doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything we say and do, but it does mean that we are of the same mind when it comes to core values. We invite you to learn about the core values that lay the foundation for how we live and worship. If you have any questions as you consider these values, don’t hesitate to meet with one of our pastors, maybe over coffee, and discuss your thoughts.
You can read our core values here.