| MEMBERSHIP |
Membership is a vital part of the participation in the church.
Membership is important for several reasons. First, only members can be eligible for formal church leadership (board, trustee, etc). Secondly, only members can vote on the selection of our Lead Pastor and on any changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.
Finally, becoming a member signifies a voluntary, but non-binding, commitment to our faith community.
Submitting Your Membership Application
- When you have completed your application, please seal it in an envelope, with a recent photo of yourself. You can also email a photo to us at email@example.com.
- If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (231) 269-4190 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications can be dropped off at THE HUB during weekend services or at The Tabernacle during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm).
- There are three ways to submit your membership application; online by clicking the button above, you can ask for a hard copy at The HUB, or if you click the button below, you can download a PDF copy of our application.
Why should I become a member?
-Only members can vote.
-Members vote on the board members, our representative form of government.
-Members vote on the Lead Pastor, the spiritual leader of our church.
-Members vote on changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.
-If you are not a member, you cannot be elected to board leadership.
-Becoming a member is like registering to vote. If it is our civic duty to vote in state and national elections, how much more is it our duty to vote in church elections?
Who can be a member?
-Confessed followers of Jesus Christ (only those over 16).
-Agree in principle to the Articles of Faith and Discipleship. Becoming a member is making a commitment to the local church body, it is not to be regarded as requirement/assurance of salvation.
You can terminate your membership whenever you choose.
What do I have to do to become a member?
-Complete the simple membership application.
-Read through our Constitution and Bylaws (can be found at thetabchurch.com)
-Write a testimony to how you came to be a follower of Christ.
-Attend MERGE, our On-Ramp to The Tabernacle and share any concerns or questions.
Who decides who can become a member?
First, the pastoral staff team reviews the application of prospective members and
submits eligble candidates to the Executive Board. Secondly, the Board votes on the candidates. The new members are acknowledged at a worship service.
What does the Bible say about membership?
It is clear the early church kept rolls and had forms of governance implying some form of membership. However, there are no specific instructions on how churches should govern themselves. It does teach that Jesus Christ is to be the ultimate head of the church.
If you have any other questions, please email us by clicking the button below!
MERGE: the On-Ramp to membership at The Tabernacle
MERGE is an on-ramp for people who want to get connected to the vision, mission and direction of The Tabernacle. It is an opportunity to meet the staff, hear our story and learn our DNA.
MERGE isn't a class. It features outstanding food and a laid-back, conversational atmosphere with new friends, which is led by the pastoral staff. MERGE is a requirement for those seeking to become members at The Tabernacle, but not exclusively for those membership candidates. There is no pressure to join the church for those who attend.
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