Do I Need to Become a Member to Participate in the Life of Salem Alliance?
No. You may faithfully attend services, teach children's classes, sing in the choir, be an usher, etc. without being a member. However, we encourage you to see membership as a formal statement of commitment to the people and vision of this church family. Your membership could even become a "defining moment" in your growth as a Christian, and it would certainly be a real encouragement to our staff and church leaders. In fact, the better question might be, "Why not become a member?"
How Do I Become a Member?
The Essentials Class is a prerequisite to membership. This interesting and fun class gives an overview of our church ministries, doctrinal beliefs, and Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination. It also includes a Q & A time with the presenting pastors. Watch the bulletin for announcements regarding the next Essentials Class. There is usually one held in the fall, winter, and spring.*
After the class, you will need to complete a membership application and have an informal interview with one of our Elders (you will not be asked any hard or trick questions!). After the interview, a recommendation will be made to the Governing Board to place you in membership at Salem Alliance. After the Board approves this recommendation, you will be notified.
*If you want to become a member and the next Essentials Class is several months away, you may call Darlene Britton at 503.581.2129, x204, and she will send you an application. You must, however, attend the next Essentials Class.
What are the Privileges of Membership?
Participating members have the opportunity to influence the key decisions and directions of the church, most importantly the affirmation of Elder Council and Governing Board candidates. Members also vote on property and financial matters.
Commitment is a vital characteristic of biblical maturity. As purposeful Christians, WE are the church. If the church isn't doing something, WE'RE the ones not doing it, and WE'RE the only ones who can keep making it better.
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