When we read the New Testament, we see that Christianity includes a commitment to a local church. At Castleview, that commitment is expressed through membership.
There are five steps to become a member of Castleview.
- A membership class is offered several times throughout the year and is led by our elders. It involves four one-hour sessions, or two two-hour evening sessions, to share with you Castleview’s doctrine and answer your questions. Click here to ask when our next membership class will be offered.
- After completing the class, those interested in membership fill out an application. This form helps you share details about your baptism, church involvement, personal testimony, and basic beliefs.
- When a prospective member turns in a membership application, a private meeting with an elder will be scheduled. In this meeting, the elder asks the applicant to summarize the gospel and to share how he or she came to understand and believe the gospel. The elder also explains Castleview’s expectations of members and answers any questions.
- The elder who met with the individual then shares the applicant’s testimony with the rest of the elders.
- Upon elder approval, the individual is recommended for membership at a members’ meeting. When the congregation votes to receive the applicant, they are immediately admitted into covenant membership.
Covenant of Membership
By the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we covenant:
- To walk together in Christian love;
- To exercise Christian care and watchfulness over one another;
- To pray with and for one another,sharing our burdens, sorrows and joys;
- To be thoughtful and courteous to one another, to be slow to take offense, and to be quick to forgive and to seek forgiveness;
- To guard the spiritual and scriptural purity, peace and prosperity of the Church and its growth in scriptural knowledge and godliness
- To assist, as the Lord enables, in the work of the Church, and to promote its usefulness as a witness to the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus;
- To contribute, as the Lord directs, to the financial support of the Church, the relief of the needy, and the evangelization of all peoples;
- To love and to pray for all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ;
- To engage regularly in personal Bible reading and prayer, and to establish family devotions where possible;
- To bring up such children as may be entrusted to our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord;
- To walk circumspectly in the world, to provide things honest in the sight of all men, to be faithful in engagements and exemplary in deportment, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts;
- To endeavor by example, by work and by prayer to win others to an acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.