About Membership

  • Why does COGENY  have “members”?

 COGENY has members in order raise the level of commitment and expectation to serve the cause of Christ through this ministry.

 

 

  • What’s the difference between a member and somebody who just attends COGENY each week?

 Church membership is the mutual acceptance and commitment of the church to the individual and the individual to the church. With membership comes privileges and blessings, but it also comes with greater expectations and increased responsibility.

 

  • Why should I become a member?

 Becoming a member of a local church is to make a public pledge to live according to the Word of God and to maintain the work of the congregation. A public promise, or covenant, is the foundation for all society and according to the Bible, marriage, citizenship, employment and church membership are all relationships of responsibility.

 

 

  • What are the benefits and responsibilities of being a member?

1-It identifies a person as a genuine believer (Eph 2:19, Rom 12:5)

2-It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ (Gal 6:1-2, Heb 10:24-25)

3-It gives you a place to discover and use your gifts and abilities in ministry (1 Cor 12:4-27)

4-It places you under the spiritual oversight of godly leaders (Heb 13:17, Acts 20:28-29)

5-It gives you the relational accountability needed for healthy growth (Eph 5:21)

 

 

  • How do I become a member?

It’s a five step process - Believe, Connect, Learn, Commit, and Converse.

 

1-BELIEVE

COGENY members are required to be followers of Christ who are committed to living their lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

2-CONNECT

 Attend faithfully our services for at least 3 months in order to discern if this is the place The Lord wants you to be a part of. It will allow you to get to know us and us to get to know you.

 

Faithfully attend and complete Discipleship 101: "Growing Strong In The Family of God"- 13 lessons presented in a small group format during our Sunday School hour. 9am-10:15am.

 

 

LIFECARE Small GROUPS

Where people come together, do life together, help one another grow in the faith and perform acts of service together in our city. Groups discuss the previous sundays sermon or other approved study material.

 

3-LEARN

Purchase and read the book entitled " I Am A Church Member" by Thom Rainer and attend our Membership Discovery Class. It's a great opportunity to see and understand what Church Membership involdes. We believe this will help you to make an informed decision about membership at COGENY. 

 

CONTACT THE OFFICE TO FIND OUT WHEN THE NEXT MEMBERSHIP CLASS WILL BE HELD.

 

 

What will be covered in the Membership Course?

 

• What is the Church?

 • Church History?

 • Why Join COGENY?

 • Purpose, Vision, Values of COGENY

 • Our Statements of Faith

 • Responsibilities & Privileges Associated with Being a Member

 • Church Covenant

 

 

4-COMMIT

COGENY members share in their commitment to the church by agreeing to our membership covenant and joyfully living in community, serving the church, and giving faithfully.

 

5-CONVERSE

As the final step in membership, you’ll meet with Church leaders for a final membership interview. This is an opportunity to confirm your commitment and ask any questions before being received into church membership.

 

 

If you are leaving another congregation we would like to have a letter of introduction from that congregation if possible. In any event we believe in the unity of the Body of Christ and would counsel you to do two things:

 

1-inform the prior congregation leadership of your decision to leave

 

2- address any issues of conflict that may be the reason for leaving the prior congregation.

 

 

For more understanding of Church Membership, here are some suggestive readings.

 

  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Membership Matters by Chuck Lawless
  • The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever
  • Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer
  • The Prevailing Church by Randy Pope
  • Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll
  • Being the Body of Christ by Chuck Colson

 

 

 

  • What is a “member covenant”? Can I read it before I become a member?

 Call the church office to request a copy.

 

 

 

  • Do members have to be baptized?

 We expect all members to be baptized in obedience to the scriptures, however it is not a requirement prior to membership.

 

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