The Bible says, “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. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-8)
Practically speaking, membership is a step in your spiritual growth. As you intend on take on greater responsibility and participation in the church and missions, you would benefit by first knowing about the church’s beliefs, background, purpose, and vision. Membership is also a requirement for those seeking to become a deacon, elder, and other leadership positions in the church. It is also a requirement for those seeking to vote in congregational meetings. “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” (Ephesians 5:29-30)
ECC receives into membership anyone who is born again through faith in Jesus Christ and professes Him before the world; has received believer’s baptism; who has reached sixteen years of age; who has a good reputation as to life and character; and who accepts the Statement of Faith of ECC.
Dual memberships are acceptable. That is, those who are members of an overseas church may retain the membership in their home church while becoming a member of ECC.