Become A Member
What is the Church and what are Church members?
As Christians, we are members of the Church, which is also called “God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19) and the “Body of Christ” (Ephesians 1:22-23). As members, we are called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ, which takes place in the context of a local church. And so we take membership seriously here at Veritas Church. Our members are those who are sacrificially committed and well-equipped to do the works of service that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 4:12). Members are the workers, doers, and financers of the local church; they are missionaries to the culture andservants to one another, seeking to honor God by reflecting his character to one another and to the city they find themselves in.
Is membership in a church Biblical?
Yes. We don’t find a specific guide that outlines how we should organize church membership, but clearly most of the New Testament gives insight, direction, and rebuke to people organized into local churches. The reality is that the predominant context for much of what Christian’s are called to do is to be carried out in the context of the local church. It is also significant to note the following:
- The early church had a notion of being a member that included a numerical record (Acts 2:37-47; Romans 16:1-16).
- The early church kept track of widows who were specifically a part of a local church (I Timothy 5:3-16).
- The church is called to discipline its members, which would be impossible if there were no identified members (Matthew 18:15-17).
- The church, if necessary, is instructed to remove people from their membership (1 Corinthians 5:12-13; Galatians 6:1).
- Local churches had a specific form of government in place that called pastors to shepherd an identified flock of people (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-3)
- Church members were called to submit to the leaders who were over them (1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Thessalonans 5:12-13; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17).
How do I become a member of Veritas Church? (the process)
1. Get to know Veritas. Ideally, you can participate in services and some form of community for a period of time before you even consider membership. Membership is a serious commitment, so we want you to understand the distinctions of Veritas Church before taking the next step. To help you along in this, we recommend the following…
A. Join a community group. Community groups meet in homes throughout the week. This provides context for Veritas Church to know and care for one another.
B. Join The City. The City is our online community – functioning much like Facebook, but with an intentional focus on church community.
C. Read the following Foundational Documents:
Veritas Church Member Doctrinal Statement (full agreement required for membership)
Veritas Church Elder Doctrinal Statement (full agreement required for eldership)
D. Attend Foundations Class. This class is designed to be the first point of connection for those considering Veritas as their church home, for a season or for a lifetime. In this class, we will teach through the theological and missiological distinctions of Veritas Church, including an articulation of what we believe and how we plan to declare and demonstrate the gospel in Roseville, California.
2. Fill out and turn in a membership application (click here). Once you have filled it out please hand it to one of the pastors.
3. Meet with a Pastor. Within 3 weeks of turning in your application you will be contacted to schedule a membership appointment with one of the Veritas pastors. In this meeting, the leader and member candidate(s) will ask questions of one another and further discuss the gospel and church membership. Any questions the applicant has regarding Veritas’ foundational documents should be asked at this meeting. As well, the applicant will be asked to articulate their conversion and their understanding of the gospel.