To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to biblical teachings and to support the mission and ministry of the church. In the Bible, this is called a covenant. Biblically speaking, such covenants are the basis for all of society. Marriage and citizenship, for example, are relationships of accountability.
The benefits of membership
Of course, many of the benefits of a vital church are available to anyone who attends. But there is a rationale for membership. Briefly, Members have the benefit of accountability to the elders, the spiritual leaders, (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13) authority to shape the ministry of the church, the benefit of having their children baptized, and leadership opportunities.
If you decide to be involved with All Souls without membership, there will be no pressure to join. Do not join unless you are ready to be committed. However, we do believe that church membership is a biblical concept and, if All Souls is to be your “home” church, we hope that you will prayerfully consider becoming a member.