Membership

 
Forest Grove Church practices covenantal church membership. This is the heart of who we are and what we do. The first and best way to get involved at Forest Grove is to join the church. In the New Testament, to be a Christian is to belong to a local church. In Acts 2:41, it is clear that people were “added” to the Jerusalem church upon repentance, faith in Christ, and baptism. And Christians are given commands that only make sense in light of being attached to a local church. As disciples of Jesus, we are unified by our identity in Christ. Being a member makes our commitment to Christ and his people visible through the local church. It is a regular privilege that involves us in one another’s lives for the purposes of the gospel. Our prayer is that membership at Forest Grove Church would display to those around us what God’s love looks like. We would love for you to join us!
 

How to Join

Step 1: Application
 
The first step to becoming a member at FGC is to contact the leadership and ask for a membership application form. We will include a copy of our confession of faith and church covenant documents so that you can review them and get to know the basics about us as a church. Once you review the documents and fill out the application, return it to one of the elders so that it can be reviewed during the next elders meeting. This form does not guarantee you membership in the church.
 
Step 2: Interview
 
We promise this is not as scary as it sounds. We are not going to test or challenge you. We simply want to do our due diligence and make sure that those who join our church trust the gospel and love Jesus.  The interview consists of a scheduled meeting between you and the pastor and another elder. We use this as a time for us to get to know you and to be encouraged as you give your testimony. We will share more information about who we are as a church and answer any questions that you might have.
 
Step 3: Recommendation and Affirmation 
 
The elders will review your application and vote whether to receive you as a member of Forest Grove Church. If the recommendation is approved, we will contact you with the great news. At this point, you are an official member of the church. The elders will bring your membership before the congregation so that it can be acknowledged and affirmed.