We are excited to announce that the process of membership will begin next month! In the past 5 years, you may have heard at some point Convergence Church being introduced as a church plant. About a year ago, Convergence officially shed the church plant title and received the title of member church by our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church at our regional Pacific Southwest Conference gathering.
Church membership is something that is very counter-cultural when we think of membership in the context of our society. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City shares this about membership on their website:
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organizations. Most organization members are consumers; the organization exists to serve them. The Church of Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.
Min Tak, an elder of Convergence Church shares this about the significance and nature of membership:
When we talk about membership, we are talking about being an integral part of a local spiritual community. It is a significant decision, and many people liken it to marriage.
The Biblical definition of marriage is that marriage is a covenant or a contract. A contract is public, contains duties and obligations and contains blessings for keeping it and curses/consequences for breaking it. There is no holding back in a marriage covenant – you are bound legally, emotionally, socially and physically. There is no difference when you want to truly become a part of a spiritual community. Therefore, we want to make sure that you consider membership as a serious decision.
In 1 Peter 2:9, the apostle Peter says that we are a “holy nation.” The meaning of this phrase is that we are called to be a separate and distinct culture. We are called to be countercultural and membership is countercultural. It is countercultural because we want to call our own shots in our spiritual lives and membership is a commitment that threatens that autonomy.
Membership is a transformative process. Our hope is that our membership process will be about more than information. We hope that it will shape and deepen our theological worldview and understanding of gospel as well as the community that gospel produces.
Membership is also an affirming process. It is a venue in which God affirms that you are called specifically to the Convergence community. When the church goes through valleys or difficult transitions, the only thing that we can fall back on will be this calling.
If you are interested in membership at Convergence, please attend 1 of the 2 membership classes that will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 9 – 1PM and Sunday, June 9th, from 2 – 6 PM. The classes will be held at the Convergence Church office at 1901 Poplar St. Please note that committing to these sessions does not mean you are committing to membership. These sessions are part of the membership process. Following these sessions, there will be interviews and formal notification. There will also be a membership review each year.
If you are interested in taking part in the June 1st or June 9th class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name and class you will attend.