The difference between “attendees” and “members” can be summed up in one word: COMMITMENT
Our MEMBERSHIP COVENANT is a commitment to CHRIST and the CHURCH FAMILY of WindCity Church.
Why do we have a Covenant? WE BECOME WHAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO.
“You are members of God’s very own family...and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Eph. 2:19 (LB)
“We are all parts of Christ’s Body, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other and need all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A MEMBER at WindCity Church?
We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. In practical terms, and to promote our simple structure, we ask that each member commit to regularly attend and be a committed part of our Sunday Worship time, participate in a Missional Community and have a personal but accountable Devotional Life. Within your Missional Community you will plug-in to an area of service to include regularly sharing your faith.
WindCity Church desires to Equip people to Follow Jesus wherever you live, work and play. We know there are many people trying to go their ‘own way’ in this life. Proverbs 14:6 tells us that way ends in death. We believe there is only one Way to live life now and eternally and that is through Jesus Christ who is The Way, The Truth and The Life (John 14:6). It is only through Him that we can be right with God now and forever. WindCity Church desires to Send you out to your unique mission field. This means that we believe that each of us has a general calling (to salvation and to serve Christ) and a specific calling (a purpose for being on the planet).
Beginning in the summer of 2014, WindCity Church has been and is committed to reaching the un-churched and those that are apart from Christ with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are committed to making disciples and equipping those disciples to live the Christian Life. Our desire is to be a multiplying church that grows through disciple-making and multiplication. This means that we are, and expect to continue to be, a part of planting many other churches around Wyoming and the World.
We value Community (Doing life together as we love God and love our neighbors). We value Compassion (Caring for the needs of those around us just as God has cared for us). We value the Great Commission (Joining in Jesus’ Mission to make and equip disciples). We value Celebration (Experiencing the joys of the Christian Life as God has planned) and we commit to Celebrate and Worship Christ in weekly corporate gatherings and daily devotion. We commit to Connect and Serve in Missional Communities weekly to grow in Word and Action. We commit to Contribute generously of our time, talents and treasure so that The Gospel is shared regularly, personally and corporately to see God’s Kingdom come in Wyoming as it is in Heaven.
Our Community agrees with and follows these Doctrinal Statements as recorded at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp as well as the Beliefs you can read about on that section of our website. We agree to act in love and grace in all of these Statements/beliefs as well as areas outside of these Statements of Faith. We recognize that hatred of our own personal sin is Biblical but that we are to love others as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35).What we believe shapes how we live. Beliefs are more than head knowledge (Knowing) but are the foundations that develop our heart condition (Loving) whereby we act (Obediently Serving).
We will follow Jesus together by:
PROTECT THE UNITY OF YOUR CHURCH
By acting in love toward other members ...By refusing to gossip...By following the leaders.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs...” Eph. 4:29
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR CHURCH
By praying for its growth ...By inviting the unchurched to follow Christ and join our family ...By warmly welcoming those who are our guests.
“To the church...we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.” 1 Thess. 1:2
“Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full.” Luke 14:23
“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Rom. 15:7
SERVE THE MINISTRY OF YOUR CHURCH
By discovering my gifts and talents ...By being equipped to serve...By developing a servant’s heart.
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you...” 1 Peter 4:10
And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ...who took on the very nature of a servant...” Phil 2:3-4, 7
SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF YOUR CHURCH
By attending faithfully...By living a godly life ...By giving regularly...By living in Christian Accountability & Discipline.
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together...but let us encourage one another.” Heb 10:25
“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Phil. 1:27 (Ph)
“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.” 1 Corinthians 16:2
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17
Covenant Membership of any church does not give you entrance into heaven or salvation. Salvation comes through a saving relationship with Christ alone. To become a member at WindCity you must receive Christ as Lord and Savior and be scripturally baptized by immersion. If that has already been accomplished then you must share that testimony with our Elder Team prior to membership. Then being in agreement with WindCity Church’s Story, Statements and Structure, if you feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with WindCity Church family you commit yourself to God and to the other members in this Covenant.”