We believe that church membership involves far more than just having your name on a roll. By becoming a member of a local church you are formally committing yourself to a body of believers. You are linking arms with them and vowing to serve, support, and strengthen them for the glory of God and the spread of the gospel.
Here are some resources that further explain the importance of church membership:
1. Membership Class
All prospective members must attend our membership class. We require this class because we want to make sure that people know exactly what it means to join a church and what will be required of them should they decide to join Olivet.
In this class we talk about why it is important to join a church, what it means to be a member, our history, statement of faith, church covenant, and ways to connect with Olivet.
The membership class is typically offered on a seasonal basis (i.e. spring and fall). The class usually meets on a Friday evening. Dinner and childcare are provided. Check the calendar or contact a member of the staff to find out when the next class is scheduled.
2. Membership Interview
Upon completing the class, the prospective member sits down with at least one elder, provides basic biographical information, shares his or her story of conversion and baptism, as well as his or her understanding of the gospel. This also provides the prospective member another opportunity to ask any remaining questions they have about the church.
3. Membership Affirmation
During a member meeting the elders introduce the prospective member and give a brief description of his or her story. Finally, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, the candidate officially becomes a member of Olivet.