What is a Member?
At Emmaus, our members are those who have proclaimed faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, have professed this faith through baptism, and have entered into covenant relationship with those who make up Emmaus for the purpose of declaring and displaying the gospel to each other and to the world.
When Emmaus enters into covenant membership with you, we are testifying that to the best of our knowledge, you are a follower of Jesus. This should be a very encouraging affirmation! When you are doubting, when you find yourself in sin and shame, when you fear that God's salvation is not for you, covenant membership serves as a reminder that there is an entire faith family that testifies (to the best of their knowledge) to your salvation.
Likewise, when you are in sin, and your sinful heart refuses to repent of the sin and seek forgiveness and healing, the covenant members of the church walk with you, in grace and truth, to help you see your sin, confess your sin, and turn from your sin before it destroys you. This is an act of gracious love and why we find much value in covenant membership.
Becoming a Member
The membership process at Emmaus is designed to help you know us and us to know you.
Step 1: Membership Weekend
The membership weekend includes a Friday night and Saturday on the same weekend. This time is designed for you to learn who we are, what we believe, and what it looks like to be a covenant member. It will include teaching and interaction.
This weekend will also include fellowship and meals together.
Step 2: Membership Interview
The membership interview is a time when one of the pastors of Emmaus will get to meet with you personally. The goal is that one of our pastors has heard your story of life and faith, can affirm that you are a follower of Jesus, answers any questions that you have about our church and our beliefs, etc.
Step 3: Covenant Signing
The covenant signing will take place at a members meeting. This is when you get to come before the church and publicly sign our membership covenant, committing yourself to us and us to you. This is a time of celebration at Emmaus. Expect applause, hugs, and new friends to come from this process.
For more information about membership contact our Director of Membership, Jake Rainwater.