The word, member, originated in the Bible, where it referred to being a part of a human body. (Your arms and legs are members of your body.) The human body was used as an illustration of the church, the body of Christ, with the emphasis being that every person within the church is important and necessary. Membership implies active participation, involvement and interdependence.
We are all parts of [Christ’s] one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
Membership at Brookwood is a bit different than that of most churches. Membership isn’t merely a matter of joining, which means having your name on a roll; it’s filling a role in God’s work here. Joining this church is not merely declaring you prefer the personality or style of this church; it is accepting part of the responsibility for the work God has called our church to complete.
Belonging to the family of God found at Brookwood brings expectations and responsibility, but it also offers wonderful benefits.