One of the essential building blocks of spiritual growth is to become a part of a local church. The Church, meaning the entire body of Christians, was established by Christ to provide you with biblically sound instruction, allow you to express genuine worship with other believers, enable you to use your God-given gifts and abilities as He intended, and keep you accountable to spiritual leadership.
At Coppell Bible Fellowship, we recognize the need for a formal membership. The New Testament knows nothing of a "lone ranger" Christian. Instead, it places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other and in relationships with others where spiritual growth can be fostered. You cannot be accountable when you're not committed to any specific church family. See Hebrews 10:23-25, Galatians 5:13 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
A member of CBF is someone who has personally trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, who is functionally and relationally involved, who agrees with our Statement of Faith and Statement of Purpose, and has made a formal declaration of membership through a committment to the Membership Covenant.
Why do you have formal membership?
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every army has an enlistment. Membership identifies our church family. It is an unselfish decision, where your commitment benefits the church by the addition of your unique talents, strengths and abilities. See 1 Peter 4:10 and 1 Corinthians 12:14-22.
Why is membership important at CBF?
The main difference between "attenders" and "members" at CBF comes down to one word: commitment. Members of Coppell Bible Fellowship aren't just names in a database-they're the core of our church! Members are committed to becoming authentic followers of Christ and to being an active part of church life. As in Acts 2:42, members here are devoted "to fellowship," devoted to a specific local body.
What do you mean by "functionally and relationally involved"?
Functional involvement means getting involved in the ministries of our church's Life Groups for adults, Sunday School classes for children, etc. Relational involvement means establishing relationships with other church members with whom you will share ministry. We want you to know us and we want you to be known. In short, we want you to feel this is your church.
What do you mean by "formal declaration of membership"?
A formal declaration of membership is made by meeting with the senior pastor or another CBF Elder and communicating your desire for membership and your commitment to the doctrine and goals of CBF. The pastor will then inform the Elder Board and the church on your behalf. This commitment is to the other members of CBF and will be demonstrated by your involvement with them.
How do I become a member of Coppell Bible Fellowship?
Joining CBF is a simple process. First, you'll want to register and attend our 2-part Discovery Class (Click here to register). This class is designed to 1) give you solid understanding of CBF. We’ll cover topics such as what we believe, what makes CBF unique, how we function as a church body, our perspective on discipleship, and how God is leading us as a church body, and 2) an introduction to the S.H.A.P.E. profile, as we begin to learn more about you. The S.H.A.P.E. profile is personalized to you and includes looking at your spiritual gifts, your passions, your natural abilities, your unique personality, and your life experiences.It's actually very simple.
Once you've attended the 2-part Discovery Class, you would simply need to fill out the Membership Documents and give them to a CBF Elder or someone in the church office. We'll contact you to set up a meeting with either the Senior Pastor or another CBF Elder. This is a very informal meeting and often can be done on a day you're already at church. That's it!
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