In the book of Mark chapter 13, Jesus compares the “church” to His “house” and commands His followers to be alert and watch over His house, as a Master who has left on a journey, and put His servants in charge. He gives authority to them and commands them to do His work until He returns. God has entrusted the church to His servants and they need to be doing the work that God has left for them to do.
We believe that covenant membership is a stewardship issue. It is recognizing that we, the “church”, have been given a sacred trust from our Father God, and that we are called to guard what has been entrusted to us. We are the Body of Christ both as a whole and as a local church body, and are therefore called to do the work that He has assigned to us as that local body, Lighthouse Alliance Community Church. Because He has entrusted this church to us, we believe it is our responsibility to both guard and guide this trust, proving faithful until He returns.
Entering into a membership covenant comes with the understanding that members of this body we become stewards of His church, and are both responsible and accountable not only to God, but to one another. As members we are committed to hearing the heart of God, living in community (fellowship) with one another, sharing the love of Christ with the lost, serving within the church, giving to its work, and guarding the trust He’s given us. It is covenant members that make up our elders, deacons, deaconess’, governing board, and ministry leaders. It is those who are committed to one another fully, in love, to work together, functioning as an integral part of His body to accomplish the task he has called us to.
Covenant membership is not for everyone and should not be entered into casually. It is something that should be prayerfully considered. We need to ask ourselves, Has God called me to this place? If He has, how will He use me in this place? How would God have me be an active, passionate, member here?
We ask that you prayerfully consider these things as well as the Covenant Membership Agreement that you would be signing. God does not want us to be halfway committed, lukewarm, stagnant members. He is looking for fully committed, passionate, ALL IN members of His body. Therefore we encourage you to hear God, and if you find that this is not where you can be all that He has called you to be, to consider one of two things: That He is at work in you and moving you toward that, even though your not quite there yet, or He is calling you to go somewhere else where you can serve Him as a fully committed member of a local church body. Hear God, and do as He says!
Lastly, Covenant Membership is something that should be prayerfully considered and renewed each year. This gives the members of Lighthouse an opportunity to both renew their commitment to the body, and to find out how He might be calling you in a new and exciting way for the upcoming year.
Lighthouse Alliance Community Church is a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. In accordance with there doctrinal beliefs, I agree with the following:
1. I have a confession of faith in Jesus Christ and evidence of regeneration.
2. I believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given; in the vicarious atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the eternal salvation of all who believe in Him and the eternal punishment of all who reject Him.
3. I accept the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.
*We encourage you to also go to The Christian and Missionary Alliance main website to see and understand more about our denomination. You can find the website through a link on our website at www.lighthousealliance.net or go directly there at www.cmalliance.org.