The foundation of membership in our church is our covenant. When individuals join the church, they ‘own’ the covenant and enter into a mutual commitment, with all members of the church, to live in faith, engage in the journey of growing towards God, and support the ministries and members of NSCC. This covenantal commitment is the essence of what it means to be a member of the church.
Becoming a member of our church does not require an assent to a particular doctrine or creed, a commitment of a specific monetary contribution to our ministries, or a particular level of service to church programs, ministries or leadership. Membership in our church, at its heart, is relationship – a relationship with God that is explored and fulfilled in a covenant relationship we share with one another. While some are able to share substantial financial gifts with the church, and others are able to give extensively of their time and talents, each member has his or her own understanding of what it means to live out the covenant we make with one another – which is the sole ‘requirement’ of what it means to be a member of our church.
While many choose to take this formal step of membership, membership is not required for participation in worship, Sunday school, Bible studies, or any other programs or ministries of our church. Serving as an elected leader or officer of the church, leading programs with children and youth, and voting on matters brought before the congregation are the only elements of church life that mandate formal membership.