In today’s world, our concept of membership defaults to clubs, or other voluntary associations. The idea of membership, however, is more basic than that. Families have members. Races and tribes of people have members. Our communities, political parties and elite groups have membership. Even more basic than that is the human body, which is made up of members.
The Bible represents churches as composed of members and membership in all these various ways. The Bible presents the local church as an entity made up of multiple individuals yet so highly integrated they are identifiable as a unit. They are even said to be a part of one another.
At theTransit we view membership as both a partnership and a covenant.
A partnership is a friendship of equal parties where koinonia (fellowship) happens in an ongoing, mutually beneficial manner. Most importantly, the partnership is for the advance of the gospel. Partnering with theTransit as a member carries the expectation that a person identifies with Transit vision and values, commits to our Philosophy of Ministry, and commits to be a good steward of their time, talent (natural abilities and spiritual gifts) and treasure (finances).
A covenant is a promise where people obligate themselves to one another in such a way that the obligation of one party is not dependent on the faithfulness of the other. Being a member of a church is really about being a part of a family. All members are disciples of Jesus, unified by their identity in Christ. Our unity is expressed in the way we collaborate in loving God, each other and everyone around us. Church members who enter into a covenant with their local church are called to a higher degree of responsibility and service. theTransit Church Member Covenant includes: (1) a member’s personal statement of faith; (2) the church’s statement of biblical doctrine; (3) the obligations of theTransit to its members; and (4) the obligations of members to theTransit.