At The Garden, we believe that membership matters. Not because membership has anything to do with special privileges, but simply because commitment to one another matters. Like a potluck meal, God's people come together in the local church. As they serve one another through commitment to each other and to God, his glory is put on display and it is beautiful
Membership means belonging. Membership is entering into a new kind of relationship with other believers who are committed to one another's growth, the mission of the church, and the worship of God.
Our church covenant explains the Biblical duties of a church member and we use it as a helpful tool which guides us. See the church covenant below along with other membership resources.
If you are interested in joining The Garden Church, please email us at email@example.com and plan on attending the next BASICS class.
Having been brought by God’s grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves for him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, we renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in Christ-like love; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully strengthen one another.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for one another.
We will work to bring up any who are under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example, seek the Salvation of our friends and family.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remember that we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will faithfully continue the work of the church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Below are a few helpful resources for those exploring membership as well as for current members.
BASICS Class is a 3 hour overview of who the church is and what it means to belong. Taking BASICS is the first step in becoming a member. BASICS covers the Garden's history, vision, and why membership matters. Join us for our next BASICS Class. To find out when our next BASICS class is email Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We provide a membership directory to members. The directory is primarily used as a prayer guide. A helpful tool as we pray for one another. Please pick up a membership directory from the church office, M-F, 9a-5p. 1411 Eutaw Pl., email@example.com
Members' Meetings happen six times per year. We ask members stick around after the Sunday service on the second Sunday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. At members' meetings we carry out many principles we find in Scripture and practice being the church for one another.
While the Bible is our final authority, a few (non-inspired) documents serve as tools to help us remain a Biblical congregation. These tools are agreed upon by the congregation and used as means of accountability, direction, and continued faithfulness to Scripture.
Statement of Basic Belief (what we believe the Bible says)
Church Covenant (how we relate to each other)
Constitution (how we structure ourselves)