Membership

We believe that membership is an important way

that we affirm our commitment both to Jesus Christ and to one other.

Membership is how we express our desire and commitment to join Jesus and each other on His mission right here in Avondale and beyond!
In our modern-day context, it seems that a member is someone who has certain “rights” within a group, which are obtained by signing up, going through some sort of initiation, or paying dues. Membership seems to be like a loose affiliation that is useful at times, but in the end can be pretty meaningless and even one-sided. Sadly, this cultural understanding of membership is often transferred into the church. However, it is impossible to read the New Testament without seeing that the gospel calls us to a unity and solidarity that are much bigger than simply affiliating with an organisation. The Gospel calls us to be “all in”. For the early church, the thought of engaging in any other way would have been considered foreign.

Each church plays their role in obedience to the great command and commission of Jesus, to:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself’
Matthew 22:37-38

‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them all I have commanded you!’
Matthew 28:19-20

We hope that our V3 Exploring Membership Course will help you understand the way that we aim to fulfil Jesus’ command and commission.

We would love you to join ONEchurch if you believe that is what God is saying. If you don’t end up joining our family, then we hope you will soon join another church. But remember that you are very welcome to visit ONEchurch at any time!

Why Membership is important?

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

 – Romans 12:4–5

ONEchurch is a family, adopted by God (Gal. 4:6-7; Eph. 1:5). From him we receive the privilege to worship Jesus together, serve in his kingdom, and be his children. We care for each other, pray for each other, and serve together.

 

Guests are always welcome within our family. For those interested in transitioning from guest to family member, the membership process is your opportunity to learn more about us, and our opportunity to get to know you.

The leadership of ONEchurch strives to love and care for its members well (Eph. 4:11-12; Gal. 6:10). In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church (Eph. 2:10). We operate with a minimal staff, budget and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilising the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love the city, love our family, and glorify God in everything.

For members, the call is demanding (Mark 8:34-35). The opposition is great (1 Peter 5:8). But Jesus goes with us (Matt. 28:20).

“Individuals who have never experienced the joy and delight of belonging
to a loving and vital Christian body have missed one of the thrills of the Christian life.
Mere ‘church-going’ was never in God’s plan for you. He wants you very closely knit
with a group of dear friends with whom you can share your life.”
Terry Virgo – Newfrontiers

A definition of the local church

“The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In
obedience to Scripture they organise under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and
worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are
disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfil the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as
missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.”
Mark Driscoll – Vintage Church