We believe that from the earliest followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, believers have identified with, and committed themselves to a particular local body. In light of this understanding, Hope Oakville affirms the value of formal membership.
How Do I Become A Member?
First, get an informed sense of who we are: Step One is an informal meet-and-greet where you’ll meet some of our pastors, hear about who we are as a church, and ask any questions you may have. Step One takes place on the first Sunday of the month immediately after every service.
We believe God describes clearly in His Word what an authentic Christ-follower looks like and how they are to spend their time. Step Two is a three-week class that takes a deeper look into what we believe as a Christian community and seeks to equip you to live out the Christian life here at Hope Oakville.
Step Three is to connect in discipleship and serving. We firmly believe that you thrive as a follower of Jesus when you take steps to serve and belong to a community of believers. After all, this is God’s design for your life. If you’re calling our church home, then we want you to get involved, and truly belong to our family! Pursue Christ in community through one of our Group ministries and find a place to serve here. You must be actively involved at Hope for a minimum of six months before applying for membership.
We believe that the baptism of a believer in Jesus Christ is both an act of obedience as well as a public declaration of, and identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Hope Oakville offers a one session biblical study on believer’s baptism and preparation for baptism. This course is a required prerequisite for baptism.
If you have not been baptized as a believer in Christ we’d love to hear from you.
Once you have completed Step 1, 2, 3, and have been baptized, please complete our Membership Application. Once we have received your application we will set up an interview to meet with you and hear more of your story.
Responsibilities as a Member
As a member, you are declaring the following:
- You are committed to pursuing Christ and have been baptized as a sign of your faith in Him.
- You are committed to worshipping Christ in your life and in community here at Hope Oakville.
- You are committed to sacrifice yourself here at Hope Oakville with your time, your gifts, and your finances.
- You are committed to the community of Hope Oakville through the encouragement of others, your own dedication to growth in Christ, and your pursuit of unity among fellow believers.
For more information on how to apply please contact Membership@HopeOakville.ca