Membership

Membership

As a growing church, Waves relies on members to support our ministry and to carry out much of the work required to help accomplish our mission to have as many people meet Jesus as possible. It’s a high calling that takes hard work—but it’s also the most rewarding work.

The leadership of Waves of Faith strives to love and care for its members well. In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church. As an organization, we operate with minimal staff, budget, and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilizing the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love the city, love our family, and glorify God on his terms.

If you’re desiring to make a deeper commitment to Waves, we encourage you to become a member. Follow the steps listed here to get the process started.

1. CONNECT

Attend on Sundays…
Join a Mission Group…
Volunteer…
Serve outside of the church…
“Like” our Facebook page…

2. BELIEVE

Waves members are required to be professing Christians who believe and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior.

3. LEARN

At Waves we offer a membership class (101) to help you understand fully who we are as a church, what we believe, and how we operate. It’s also a great chance to meet others and get to know your leaders. We believe it’s important to know these things so that you can make an informed decision about membership. We have a 101 Class every first Sunday of the month at our Diamond Hill location about 15-minutes after second service ends. The class lasts about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Lunch is provided. Sign up HERE for the next 101 class.

4. COMMIT

Waves members share in their commitment to the church by agreeing to our membership covenant and joyfully living in community, serving the church, and giving faithfully.

5. CONVERSE

As the final step in membership, you’ll meet with your Mission Group leader for a final membership interview. This is an opportunity to confirm your commitment and ask any questions before being recognized as a member.


Membership FAQ’s

Why does Waves of Faith have “members”?

Waves is a church, and the Bible uses the metaphor of a body to describe the church: ‘‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ’‘ (1 Cor. 12:12). It’s a beautiful illustration of how we’re each created to serve different functions, we need everyone to function in order to be a healthy body, and all of us as separate parts find purpose and unity under Jesus, ‘‘the head of the body, the church’‘ (Col. 1:18). Members are the church (Eph. 2:19-22).

What’s the difference between a member and somebody who just goes to Waves every week?

At Waves, we make a distinction between “members” and “guests.” If you’re not a member, then you’re technically a guest that remains to a certain extent separated from our church family, and separated from the maturity, protection, accountability, and care that comes with being an active part of the church. This may not make much difference for visitors and non-Christians, but Christians who consume rather than commit to a local church do a disservice to Jesus’ body (the church) and themselves. Members, on the other hand, participate as the church: sacrificing time, talents, and treasure; committing to the care and community of their fellow members; and submitting to the authority God has established to lead our congregation. In short, the difference between a member and a non-member is that members are “on mission.”

What does it mean to be “on mission”?

To be on mission means that you’re a Christian, that your identity is founded in Jesus, and that you embody the Waves of Faith mission statement by living a life of worship to Jesus, a life of fellowship with other Christians, and a life of mission to non-Christians (Matt. 28:18-20). These expressions are only possible with an identity established in Jesus. To learn more about what it means to be on mission, read our Waves mission statement.

Why should I become a member?

The church of Waves is a family, adopted by God (Gal. 4:6-7 Eph. 1:5). We care for each other, pray for each other, and serve together. If you’re already a Christian, if you’re already in some form of Waves community, if you’re already giving of your finances and your time, then you’re already fulfilling some functions of a member. Without making an official commitment, however, we cannot provide the same level of pastoral care and community support, in part because we may not know who you are, and in part because the Bible requires that we take care of our family first (Eph. 2:19 cf. Gal. 6:10).

If you’re not a Christian, don’t worry about membership until you’ve been reconciled to God though Jesus. If you are a Christian who has spent a lot of time at Waves, however, search your heart and identify your hesitation. There may be valid reasons to abstain from Waves membership. But we’re rebels by our cursed nature; if you bristle at the very idea of becoming a member, ask yourself why–and don’t hesitate to speak with a leader at Waves.

What are the benefits of being a member?

Scripture calls us a body, a family, a household–being a Christian is not a solo effort. Jesus works through the church (Eph. 2:10), the church is Jesus’ body (1 Cor. 12:27), and apart from Jesus, you can do nothing (John 15).

This isn’t Blockbuster, it isn’t a country club, and it isn’t 24-Hour Fitness. Again, members are the church. ‘‘In love [God] predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ…So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God’‘ (Eph. 1:4-5 2:19).

You don’t join for the perks–although members do enjoy greater access to our Waves Facebook groups, and certain volunteer opportunities are only available to members. The benefit is that we get to worship Jesus together, serve in His kingdom, and be children of God! We enjoy the guidance that his Word provides, and, when sin comes between us, we enjoy the reconciliation Jesus’ blood provides.

How do I become a member?

It’s a five-step process. Connect, Believe, Learn, Commit, and Converse.

What is a “member covenant”? Can I read it before I become a member?

A covenant is a promise by which we obligate ourselves to one another in such a way that the obligation of one party is not dependent on the faithfulness of the other (Ezek. 20:44 36:22 Ps. 76:11 Hos. 2:19-20 3:1 2 Tim. 2:13). A covenant is what we would use to describe the vows between a husband and his wife, and between God and his people. We ask our members to sign a covenant so that we know that prospective members understand what it means to be a part of the church. The member covenant is not a legal document or some sort of cultic rite. It is an affirmation, an agreement, and a source of accountability for both the church and its individual members. Read the Waves of Faith member covenant.

Do members have to be baptized?

Since Jesus commands that all of his disciples be baptized, baptism is a requirement for all Waves members (Matt. 28:19 Acts 2:38 10:48 1 Peter 3:21). If you’ve already been baptized since you became a Christian, you don’t need to get re-baptized. Waves performs believer baptisms only, which means we don’t baptize infants. If a prospective member was baptized as a baby and does not want to be re-baptized due to reasons of conscience, that is acceptable as long as this decision remains personal and does not become a divisive issue within the church. If you have more questions about baptism specifically, please speak with a pastor or other leader at Waves.

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