HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF CHATHAM CHRISTIAN CHURCH?
Chatham Christian Church is simply a congregation of Christians who work, pray, study, worship and fellowship together under the oversight of local elders. It is not an organization to join, but a part of the Body of Christ. When a person accepts Christ as Lord and is immersed into him, he becomes a part of that Body, hence there is no need to join anything.
Since we have come to the conclusion that it is unbiblical and often counterproductive to maintain an official church membership list, there is no need to transfer membership into or out of our congregation. The active participation of an immersed believer in the congregational life of Chatham Christian Church is adequate to constitute membership.
We do, however, recognize the value of making a public commitment and, therefore, would encourage you to come forward some Sunday to publicly acknowledge your commitment to being a part of our church family. We would also give you an opportunity to re-affirm your commitment to Christ at that time and be immersed into Him if you have not already done so. We further recognize that you may have a current commitment to another congregation and would, therefore, be happy to inform them of your present involvement with us.
If Christ is not currently Lord of your life, we strongly suggest that you re-examine your relationship with Him. A right relationship with Him begins with faith (Hebrews 11:6), and leads to repentance (Acts 3:19) and willingness to openly confess Him (Matthew 10:32) and to be immersed into Him (Romans 6:3-6), enabling us to rise to walk in newness of life.
If we can help you in any way, please let us know. We welcome you into our fellowship and sincerely want to be your Christian family.
FURTHER READING – WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE
Chatham Christian Church Organizing Board Minutes
November 28, 1971
On Church Membership
February 19. 1981
On Church Leadership
November 5, 1981