What Membership Means

The Difference

The difference between “attenders” and “members” can be summed up in one word: commitment. In simple terms, an attender is a consumer. A member is a contributor.

Discovering Mountainview

The best way to learn about Mountainview’s key statements, structure, and strategy is to attend one of our Discovering Mountainview classes. These one-time, three-hour classes are offered periodically throughout the year. Click here to see the next class and to register.

Why Membership Matters

At Mountainview, we recognize the need for a formal membership. There are four reasons we ask our attenders to commit to membership.

1. A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church. “… Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it.” — Ephesians 5:25

2. A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything…a job…a marriage…our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.

3. A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.

4. A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.