If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join Lightway Church.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Matters class. The class is broken up into three 1 1/2 hour sessions that cover topics like:
- Statement of Faith
- Church Covenant
- Why Join a Church?
- Church History
- Outreach & Missions
- Life as a Church
Courses are offered in a Sunday evening format periodically through the year. Upon completion, those who attended both classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.
Membership Interview – In a 45 minute meeting, the prospective member meets with an elder to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation - During a Sunday morning service, the elder who conducted an interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Members are asked to take no less than two weeks to consider the candidate/s, and upon the members' approval, the candidates will be admitted to membership on a following Sunday or members' meeting.