As you will find out in more detail, we believe that all followers of Christ are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. Each member of LAC contributes to the whole as a unique member of the body, gifted by God in special ways to serve, love and proclaim the good news of the gospel.
Because of this conviction on the importance and value of church membership, we ask a lot of prospective members. There is reading, listening, classes and questions. We really want to know you, and want you to really know us, before committing to this body.
Why is membership important?
At its core, church membership is a commitment of accountability to a group of fellow believers. You see all through the scriptures, specifically in letters from Paul, about how hard it is to live in unity with one another. In Ephesians 4, Paul asks us to bear with one another in love and to be eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. He thankfully follows that up in verse 7 by saying, “But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Unity is hard, but incredibly important. We believe that membership to the local church is a step toward achieving that unity. When you become a member, you are making a promise to the other members of LAC that we are in this together, for the glory of God. It’s more of a commitment than showing up on Sunday and even participating in small group. It’s a commitment to love, serve, be patient and show grace to one another as we push toward a common goal.
Every couple months (more or less as needed) we host a 2-hour membership class where we:
- Give you an overview of our theology, mission and values
- Talk about ways you can get plugged in
- Share about the history of LAC
- Answer any questions you have