Membership

COMPASS 101 CLASS (BVC Membership Class)
This one-time class provides all the information you need to make an informed decision about becoming a member of Bear Valley Church. It's your opportunity to explore Bear Valley's unique mission, ministry vision, leadership model and more. Completion of COMPASS 101 doesn't obligate you to become a member, but if you are interested in membership this class is a prerequisite. Please join us if you are considering membership at BVC or simply want to learn more.

Click here for a 2014 Compass 101 schedule.

WHY MEMBERSHIP?

At Bear Valley Church we believe in the need for formal membership in the local church body. Commitment to church membership is important for several reasons

  • The Biblical Reason: Christ committed to the church. "Christ loved the church, and gave his life for it" (Ephesians 5:25).
  • The Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age of selfishness and consumerism. We struggle with our commitments in marriage, jobs, friendships, and more. Commitment builds character and therefore becoming a committed member of a local church highlights the loyalty Jesus desires His followers display in every aspect of life.
  • The Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team has a roster of players. Every school registers its enrolment. Every army enlists its soldiers. Every family has a family tree. When times get tough, who can be counted on? Those who can be counted on are committed to the cause of Christ through Bear Valley Church.
  • A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BECOME A MEMBER OF BEAR VALLEY CHURCH?

There are two requirements for joining Bear Valley Church:

  • Testimony of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Believer's baptism by immersion.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF MEMBERS AT BEAR VALLEY CHURCH?

As a member of Bear Valley Church you are part of the spiritual family of believers. As family you agree to the following:

  • I will protect the unity of the church by acting in love towards others; by refusing to gossip and by following the leaders.
  • I will share the responsibility of my church by praying for its growth, by inviting seekers to attend and by genuinely caring for those who attend.
  • I will serve the ministry of the church by discovering my gifts and talents, by seeking to be equipped and by developing a servant's heart.
  • I will support the testimony of my church by attending faithfully, by living a Godly life and by giving regularly.

BEAR VALLEY CHURCH'S FAMILY COVENANT

  • Worship attendance – I will make Bear Valley Church my church home. I will participate in Sunday worship services as often as I can.
  • Belong to a Group – I will seek opportunities to grow in my relationship with God and others by participating in a Sunday or mid-week group. I need to know and be known by other growing Christians.
  • Ministry – I will serve others on a regular basis where needed and gifted.
  • Missions – I will seek to reach my neighbors, across the street and across the ocean, for Jesus.
  • Giving – I will give financially in a God-honoring way. Generosity is a great way to fight selfishness.