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Note: Harvest Niagara is not yet accepting applications for membership. Once our local elders are established, we will begin the membership process. Below is a snapshot of what membership is, what it will entail and how you can join this local church once proper structures are in place.
The New Testament clearly indicates that groups of people who were followers of the Lord Jesus Christ identified themselves with and committed themselves to a particular local body. In order to implement the principles of accountability and commitment to the local body of Christ, as defined in the New Testament and practiced in the early churches, Harvest Bible Chapel recognizes the need for formal membership. Membership at Harvest Bible Chapel is for all who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and have visibly demonstrated that commitment through believer's baptism.
How Do I Become a Member?
Step 1: Attend Party with the Pastor
. This informal gathering is a great first step towards plugging in at Harvest, giving us a chance to know you better and you a chance to see what we are all about.
Step 2: Complete our membership class called Peak Performance
. This class gives you a solid understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Once this is completed, it is time to join a small group and start serving in the church!
Step 3: Upon completion of Peak Performance, any person expressing personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who has expressed that commitment visibly by being baptized, should indicate their desire for membership by filling out a membership application form.
Step 4: Once the application for membership is received, the next step is an Elder interview. During the meeting with a church elder, you as a prospective member will share your testimony of conversion to Christ, your baptism, and ask any remaining questions about the church.
Step 5: Your name will be placed in the bulletin or posted at the church for a period of two weeks. During this period members will be encouraged to clear up any relational or other difficulties which could hinder your ministry among us. This is done in the spirit of Matthew 18:15-17 so that both you and the Harvest family will benefit.
Step 6: At the end of the two week period approved candidates will be welcomed into membership.
What are My Responsibilities as a Member?
1. I have, by faith, become a follower of Jesus Christ and I have been baptized as a visible way of demonstrating that commitment.
2. I am committed to worship Christ. As part of my worship-lifestyle, attending the Sunday service at Harvest is a high priority for me. Further, I am financially supporting the ministry of our church by giving back to the Lord a Biblical portion of my increase.
3. I am continuing to walk with Christ and in fellowship with other Christ-followers through regular and personal study of the Bible, prayer, personal witness, involvement in a small group and by avoiding criticism of others and always seeking to Biblically resolve any conflict in the spirit of Matthew 18:15-17.
4. I am at work for Christ and have found my place of service at Harvest. I am committed to fruitful ministry by using my spiritual gifts for God's glory.