Because Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, his followers are reunited both to God and to one another (Hebrews 9:15; Ephesians 2:14-16). In other words, the covenant God has a covenant family (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:26-28). At Antioch we express that covenant through church membership. This is a mutual commitment between the church and the member, a way of saying, ‘I’m all in--let’s journey together toward Jesus’ (Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:25).
The membership process at Antioch takes place once each quarter and includes the following:
First Sunday - Membership Interest Meeting - A ten-minute meeting immediately following the Sunday gathering to express interest in membership and discuss the process
Second Sunday - Membership Class - A two-hour class immediately following the Sunday gathering to teach membership candidates about Antioch and dialogue with pastors
Third Sunday - Membership interviews - A short conversation with an Antioch leader for a membership candidate to share his/her story, discuss any questions, and sign the Member Covenant
Fourth Sunday - New member introductions - During the Sunday gathering new members are presented to the church, given stones of remembrance, and prayed for
New Antioch members are then able to serve, attend Family Meetings, and vote on church matters. In order to maintain a strong identity as the family of God, we also take time each year to emphasize membership and renew each member’s Membership Covenant.
The content in the recording's is in written form in the new members packet.