Membership is one tangible way to show a commitment to the local church and the mission we are engaged in. But it’s not a requirement to be welcomed and to worship with us. In practical terms, members vote on the annual budget of the church, on significant financial decisions, and on the calling of a pastor.
Grace Community Church of Marblehead is an interdenominational church which stands firmly in the tradition of Biblical Christianity. We welcome inquiries for membership in our church family from all those who have recognized their sin, their need for God’s forgiveness and have come into a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ – trusting Him alone for their salvation.
Although we are baptistic in our theology, we believe baptism is not necessary for salvation. As a result we accept those into membership who profess faith in Jesus Christ and have either been baptized as a believer or who believe their previous baptism fulfills Christ’s command to do so. However, since baptism is commanded by Christ and is the initial expression of one’s personal faith in Jesus Christ, we believe every believer must be baptized. Therefore we require prospective members to have been baptized or to be willing to be baptized.
This video features thirteen people that joined the church in February 2014. It will give you an idea of the variety of people that belong here as well as what membership means to them.
Taking the First Steps
The first step in become a member is to attend a Membership Seminar, “Exploring Church Membership.” This is given periodically and announced in the bulletin. The Seminar lasts from 2-3 hours depending on the setting and includes refreshments. This Seminar is open to anyone considering membership, but attending it does not obligate those who attend to join.
If you are interested in attending the next membership seminar, please contact the church office at [email protected]