What is Covenant Membership?
We believe that the church is the family of God on the mission of God. We love one another as brothers and sisters. Yet we are also missionaries who are teaming up to advance God’s kingdom. We believe this is best lived out in the context of covenant membership in a local church.
Ultimately, covenant membership is about helping one another fulfill the grand purpose for which we were created: to glorify God! We are invited into a community of people whose lives are centered on God’s glory. Becoming a covenant member means locking arms with others who have the same desire to know Jesus and make Him known in the world. You will be joining a spiritual family and a team of missionaries. Most importantly, you will grow in Christ and help others grow too.
How do I pursue Covenant Membership?
There is plenty of leeway in how a church goes about its membership process, but this is how KCC goes about its Covenant Membership Process. There are three steps to the covenant membership process:
The first step is attending the Membership Matters class. We ask that you read the KCC Statement of Faith, attend the bi-annually-offered class, and be prepared to ask questions and participate in the discussion. You can take the class in one of two formats: 1) you can attend the Membership Matters class usually offered twice a year or 2) you can listen to the Membership Matters sessions online and meet with a pastor to discuss. We also have a Membership Matters Discipleship Group Pathway that you can go through with a KCC covenant member so that you can ask questions while you learn.
The next step is have a Conversation with a KCC Pastor. The purpose of this conversation is to get to know you, hear your story, and answer any questions you may have. We love gathering stories of how God saves people and what He’s doing in people’s lives. So we’ll ask about your relationship with God and what we can do to assist you in your progress in Christian maturity. To help with this process, you can either download and fill out the KCC Prospective Covenant Member Questionnaire and give it to a KCC Pastor or drop it off at the Commons or you can fill out the online form.
We also require that every church member be a baptized Christian. If you haven’t been baptized as a believer, or if you have any questions about our view of baptism, this is the time to let us know!
The final step is a time of Covenant Commitment where we formalize your commitment to each other and to the church. This will be indicated by signing the KCC Membership Covenant, which is an expression of our desire to faithfully follow Christ in community with one another, and being publically affirmed as a covenant member by the rest of the covenant membership in one of our regular Covenant Membership meetings.