New Members class

New Members class

Our Spring New Members Class will be held virtually on Saturday, March 13th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You can register here.

For more information, please contact our Family Pastor, Stephen Chang at stephenc@coswayne.org.

You will learn about COS’s amazing history, vision, mission, doctrinal positions and church governance. This will also provide an opportunity for us to get to know you and your story with God.

Now more than ever, we are aware of how much we need each other, and how important connection is for our well-being. One of the struggles we all battle as Western Christians is that we tend to be too independent. It is our American culture to become immersed in the value of autonomy; becoming a formal member of a church may thus be seen as counter-cultural because it goes against the grain of our pull to stay away from commitment. However, we believe—by biblical conviction and experience—that one of the essential aspects of Christian life is membership in and faithful commitment to a local church. Church membership is a decision and public agreement to be vulnerably interdependent with other Christians in order to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected and served.

Christians are called to live in community with mutual accountability and love (Hebrews 3:13; Ephesians 4:11-16). Elders/pastors are called to give an account to their people (Hebrews 13:17), and church membership helps to clarify who has willingly put himself or herself into community and under the church’s pastoral care.

When you join a church, you raise the banner of faith and make visible your commitment to Christ and his people. When you become a member, you place yourself under leaders who are called by God yet who are imperfect. Membership is an admission that you need other believers to grow in your relationship with Christ, that you are part of something bigger than yourself. It is also an acknowledgement that you were given unique gifts meant to be used to bless others. When someone becomes a Church of the Saviour member, he or she makes promises to pray, give, serve, attend worship and accept spiritual guidance. These are solemn promises that we take seriously. If you are not yet a member, do something counter-cultural: Go all in.

Attending the New Members Class does not obligate you to become a member. If you decide to take the step for membership once you complete the class, we would then arrange an interview with one of our elders. We hope you’ll decide to take this next step; welcome to our family!