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.

A Biblical Reason

Christ is committed to the church. “... Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it.” -- Ephesians 5:25

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.

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.

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.