The difference between "attendees" and "members" can be summed up in one word: commitment. At Constance we recognize the need for a formal membership. We ask people to commit to membership for four reasons.
A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church. In Ephesians chapter 5, verse 25, the Apostle Paul writes that "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."
A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to commit to anything, whether a job, a marriage, or even a family. This attitude has produced a generation of "church shoppers and hoppers." Membership swims against the current of "consumer religion."
A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. 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 family.
A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth.
If you are interested in pursuing membership at Constance Free Church, Starting Point is a prerequisite and first step in this process.