BECOMING A MEMBER
We’d love to have you as part of our church family! Becoming a member of a local church is biblically supported: a church family identifies us as genuine believers when we come together to love from different backgrounds, races, and social statuses (John 13:35). A church family moves us out of self-centered isolation to learning to care about others (1 Corinthians 12:26). A church family helps us develop spiritual muscle by participating in the full life of a local church (Ephesians 4:16). The Body of Christ needs every one of us for every believer plays a unique role in God’s family (1 Corinthians 12:7). Satan loves detached believers because they are defenseless and powerless against his tactics (2 Corinthians 8:5).
Attending this seminar is the first step in becoming a member at EFCCL. It's also a great way to learn more about who we are as a church, what we believe and how we work. Even if you're not ready for membership, this class will help you understand more about us and perhaps help you feel more connected as you decide if our church might be your future church home.
You'll be given an application as part of the seminar, as well as a copy of the member covenant (available below). After, you may choose to fill out the application and return it to the church (Attn: Mary Pearson) and continue on in the membership process.
Membership Seminars are led by Pastor Jay and Pastor Tim (sometimes Pastor Doug joins in) on selected Saturdays, from 9:00 am until 12 noon. For questions on completing the membership process or on the class, please contact Mary Pearson, our Data Specialist (see sidebar for contact information).
**Next Membership Seminar will be Saturday, April 13**
Annual Business Meeting
Your name will be published in the church bulletin two weeks prior to the next business meeting.
The church members will affirm your acceptance into our membership, after which you may vote on
any business presented during that meeting.
Expectations of a Member
As a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake, you will be asked to sign the following Membership Covenant. We recommit ourselves to these values at the beginning of each business meeting.
Trusting in Jesus Christ for my salvation and declaring Him to be my Lord, and fully understanding the statement of faith, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the membership of the Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake. I commit myself to God and
the church membership to accept the following responsibilities. When I can no longer do
so, I promise to quietly withdraw my membership.
I will protect the unity of our church fellowship. (See Romans 15:5-6; Ephesians 4:1-16, 25-32; Hebrews 13:17; and 1 Peter 1:22.) I will do this by acting in love towards other members, refusing to gossip, and following our leaders.
I will share in the responsibility of my church family. (See Ephesians 1:15-23; 3 John 2, 5; Romans 15:7; and Luke 14:23.) I will do this by praying for its health and growth, inviting the unchurched to attend and meet Jesus, and warmly welcoming people I don’t know.
I will serve Christ through the ministries of my church. (See Ephesians 4:11-13;
1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Philippians 2:1-11; and Romans 12:3-13.) I will do this by developing
a servant’s heart; discovering my spiritual gifts, talents, and how God has shaped me, using
them for ministry; and agreeing to serve Christ alongside my church family.
I will support the testimony of Christ and my church. (See Hebrews 10:23-25; Philippians 1:27; Titus 2:1-15; and 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.) I will do this by participating regularly
in worship services and encouraging others to do the same, living a lifestyle that will honor God, and giving faithfully and proportionately.