At The Journey Church, we take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When Covenant Members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our Covenant Members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.

As you think about making a decision to join the church, we offer a class that covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, basic beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision.

Download: TJC Confessions of Faith


How to Become a Covenant Member:

Step 1: Attend Growth Track – More info on Growth Track 

Step 2: Read over the TJC Confessions of FaithMembership Covenant and Membership FAQ (below) 

Step 3: Fill out Membership Questionnaire

Step 4: A staff member/elder will follow up with you upon completion of the interview form and attendance to Growth Track to help you finalize the Covenant Membership process


 

FAQ

 

 

 

Why church membership?

Some people say that church membership is necessary; others say it’s optional. At TJC, we believe that local church membership is not only beneficial, but also biblical.

The Bible describes the church in unified terms as a flock, temple, body, and household of God (Acts 20, Ephesians 2, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Timothy 3). The local church is a visible expression of a defined group of believers and their children in a particular geographical location (Revelation 2 and 3). According to the New Testament, when Christians were saved, they were added to a community (Acts 2:41). Being added was not just about attending the church on weekends or following the church app. It was about being united with believers. In Acts 11:26, “Saul and Barnabas met with the church.” In Acts 12:1, “Herod arrested some who belonged to the church.” In Acts 14:27, “They gathered the church together.” You could not talk about a local church without talking about its members. It is like trying to talk about a family without talking about the people in the family.

We recognize this is a big commitment but becoming a part of the Journey church family connects you to a local group of believers, it is a part of qualifying you for teaching and leadership opportunities, and increases your investment and commitment to TJC’s mission and vision God has given us. As staff and elders, one of our main responsibilities is to care and shepherd the flock. Becoming a member identifies you as part of the flock.

What is expected of members?

At TJC we believe people’s lives are more satisfying when Jesus is at the center of it. Therefore, our expectations of members are all designed to help them place and keep Christ as the center of their life. We expect members to:

Attend Regularly: Hebrews 10:25 tells us that we should not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together.” You can’t be an active part of what God is doing at TJC without actively being involved. We don’t consider attendance an arbitrary thing, we believe worshipping together is an integral part of a believers life. We ask that you consistently gather with us to worship and consider committing to a Saturday service.

Live Generously: The Apostle Paul taught, in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” At TJC, this means faithfully giving your time, skills, talents and resources, to be used to build His Kingdom. Ultimately, our giftings and financial resources are all his. Everything we have comes from him and he does ask that we give a portion of what is already his back to him to build His Kingdom.

Serve: We expect that each member will be actively involved in using their spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Jesus Christ. The church is made up of many different people and each person has a different yet significant role to play. At TJC, we expect each member to serve in some capacity (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

Find Community: Gospel Communities are our primary means for discipleship and being a part of community. Discipleship is a lifelong process of becoming the person Christ already sees us as. That process happens best in biblical community and is why we place such a high level of importance on our Gospel Communities. Our GC’s gather in homes during the week and create an environment for both declaring and demonstrating the gospel together as a community of believers.

If I’m still exploring the person and work of Jesus can I become a member?

We’re excited you’re with us! TJC membership is specifically for those who follow Jesus Christ. So, for now, let’s wait until you make the commitment to become a Christian by following Jesus. Take your time to ask questions, get connected in community and continue to explore the stunning claims of Jesus Christ. If and when you decide to follow him we’ll revisit the membership topic.

How long will I be considered a member?

We will ask all members to renew their covenant commitment every 2 years.

What does the membership process look like?

Step 1: Attend Growth Track

Step 2: Read over the TJC Confessions of FaithMembership Covenant and Membership FAQ (below) 

Step 3: Fill out Membership Interview online 

Step 4: A staff member/elder will follow up with you upon completion of the interview form and attendance to Growth Track to help you finalize the Covenant Membership process

Are there any issues that would prevent me from becoming a member at TJC?

Potentially, evidenced by any consistent and unrepentant sin (1 John 3:9). Some common examples are cohabitation, homosexuality, or any sex outside the marriage covenant of one man and one woman. These are areas that would need to be addressed before continuing the membership process.

Another potential issue would be a major unresolved conflict with another church and/or a current church member. Again, this would require action/resolution before the membership process could continue.

Anytime a list is made, something is left off. These are only a couple areas of potential issues that could occur. Any other issues or concerns dealing with habitual sins or life circumstances will be brought before the elder team for a course of action will then be determined. We want you to continue to attend TJC and we want to help disciple you, even if membership is not the next step for you at this time. If you have any questions regarding potential issues, please contact us.

What if I desire to become a Covenant Member, but have an unbelieving or less committed spouse not interested in membership?

Thank you for your desire to take this step with us and know that you are not alone. While it is preferable for both spouses to enter into membership together, we realize this is not always the case. If you have a spouse that is not interested or ready for membership at this time, you are still free to pursue covenant membership at TJC. We would encourage you to have a conversation with you spouse to make sure that this would not be a point of contention between the two of you, and if it is not then we invite you to pursue membership. We are happy to answer further questions you might have about this subject.