Membership at living hope is more than a simple statement of where you worship, it is a commitment to the mission and ministries of Living Hope. Members serve together as we experience intimacy with God, influence in our community, and impact in the world with the Gospel of Christ! As you connect with this local body of believers, you can develop a deeper sense of significance and belonging in the family of God.
Membership Process and Requirements
To become a member in our Living Hope family, there are five simple requirements each individual must meet.
Attend a Membership Information series
These interactive series are designed to help you make an informed decision regarding membership at Living Hope.
Membership Information Classes We will begin our Membership Information Classes Sunday, March 17 and continuing March 24 and 31 in the Worship Center. If you do plan to attend, please email Denise so we can have class materials ready for you. These classes will be 1 hour each at 10:30 am following our morning Worship Gathering. Plan to attend even if you are already a member to get a refresher on why we emphasize church membership.
Complete a Membership Application
Click here for a Membership Application that you can print and fill out at home. Please return completed application to the church (attn: Denise Gulbranson) by mail or drop off at the office. A Membership Application will also be available in your packet that you will receive when attending the classes. A Membership Application provides us with information about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and involvement at Living Hope. It includes the following information:
- A Clear Testimony of Salvation "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10): At Living Hope, we want you to experience an intimate walk with Christ. To do this, you must first understand your need for a Savior and Christ's sacrifice on your behalf. Our members each have a personal testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ. You will be asked to write your testimony of how and when you first invited Christ into your life. You will also be asked to share your story verbally during the membership interview. Your testimony is a very personal experience. One of the greatest joys the ministry staff and elders have is hearing your story. It is a cause for celebration and thanksgiving! Some people have never articulated their story. We want to help you shape your story so that it is concise and clear. It can be one of the best ways to bring others to Christ.
- Agreement with our Statement of Faith and Constitution/Bylaws: The purpose of our Statement of Faith and the Constitution/Bylaws is to provide the common understanding of the essential elements of our faith and the structure of Living Hope Church and to ensure that you are involved and invested in Living Hope. If you have specific questions, please share these questions in your membership series or at your interview.
Membership Interview with Elders
If all the requirements of membership are met, you will be asked to sign up for an interview on a scheduled Sunday with a couple of elders.
Recommendation by Elders
Upon completion of a membership interview, elders will recommend your membership to the congregation at the next Congregational Meeting.
Approval by the Congregation
Based on the recommendation of the Elder Board, a vote for membership will be taken from the members of the Living Hope Congregation at the next Congregational Meeting.