Why Become a Member?

Each follower of Jesus is called out of sin and darkness, where death reigns, and into a new community of forgiveness and light, where Jesus reigns (Colossians 1:13). This new community is called the Church, which literally means "the called out ones." Every believer in Christ is part of the Church, the Body of Christ, but becomes a part of a local expression of that universal group of believers, called a local church (since every believer around the world consistently gathering in one place is a bit of a logistical nightmare!). The principle is this: a believer in Christ is not a lone ranger; they are called into community.

Becoming a member of the local church is sort of like a marriage vow; you're making a commitment to a family! Signing the form is sort of like a wedding ring - an outward symbol of an inward covenant. Membership says I will faithfully worship, serve and grow with this group of believers (Acts 2:42-47). I will submit to the authority (elders) of this local church (Hebrews 13:17). I will receive discipline when necessary (Matthew 18:15-17), use my gifts for others (1 Corinthians 12:4-7) and encourage the family regularly (Hebrews 10:24-25). Additionally, a member is able to vote at our business meetings for things like budget, staff members, elders and deacons.

While there is no explicit command in the Bible to formally sign a piece of paper, the heart of belonging to a local expression of the Bride of Christ colors all the New Testament pages. Would you prayerfully consider joining our family at Peninsula Grace? We'd love to have you; there's always room for more! (Will you marry us? =)

So what do I do next?

(Fill out the form below, or ask us some questions through the "Contact Us" link!)

Membership Application

Please click on the link and fill out the Membership Application form.  One of the elders will get in touch with you soon.

 Membership Application