why church membership?
“Christ is the head of the body, the church…” — Col 1:8
While not every congregation practices formal church membership, we take it seriously as God's gift and desire for Christians. Here's why.
united Head & Body
All believers are united with Christ, their Head, in a way that is vital and real. To be united with our Head necessarily involves living communion with his Body, the church (Col 1:8). We express unity through public worship and service together.
Part of Discipleship
Jesus said, “whoever would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mt 16:24). Following Christ requires that we join ourselves to His church in a way that is public and vital (Mt 18:15-20; Heb 10:22-25; Acts 2:47). Covenant membership is God's way of committing ourselves to the local expression of Christ's church, much like formal vows commit husbands and wives to each other.
Blessings of Membership
Church membership brings with it the fruits of joy, fellowship, service, pastoral oversight, and accountability in the local church. Church membership has been a great blessing to us.
“You can't have God as your Father if you won’t have the Church as your mother.”
— Cyprian, c. 250 AD
If you want to know the process for becoming a member at PURC, see any Elder or Pastor, or contact us.