Why should I consider Membership in a Local Church?
When we become Christians, God places us in the universal church. This global body of believers—who are all united to Christ—represents all Christians from all times and places. This is where the Christian life begins for each one of us, but Biblical Christianity was never meant to keep us secluded and individualized. God intends to save a people for himself. A major component of the Christian life is to become a member in a visible, local church, to associate and be numbered among God’s people. This, physical, membership in a local church is a sign of our spiritual membership in the universal church. God has designed the church to function in this way for his highest glory and our greatest good. By God’s grace, there are several gospel-centered churches in Omaha, our prayer for you is that you would join yourself to one of these gospel-preaching local churches; it would be our pleasure to help you connect with a solid church. If you currently don’t have a church home, and you live in the Omaha area, we invite you to join us in growing together in Christ as we seek to live together as a church and make disciples to the glory of God.
How do I Become a Member at Emmaus?
Simply, members of a local church are Christians who hold a gospel confession and live a gospel lifestyle. While we openly recognize that God is in the business of saving sinners, our goal is to grow together in maturity and godliness to the glory of God. We ask that all of our members read, agree to, and abide by our Confession of Faith, Membership Agreement, Constitution. (If there are any major disagreements or questions regarding any of these documents, we ask that potential members speak with the elders before proceeding with membership.)
What is the Process toward Membership?
We introduce new members at Emmaus on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can find our membership process below.
- Attend a Connect Class.
- Fill out the Emmaus’ Online Membership Form
- Two of our Elders schedule a 1-hour membership interview with you.
- Receive elder recommendation as a new member.
- Emmaus members receive notification of your desire to become a member.
- Emmaus members Vote on your membership within our body.
- Lord willing, you are introduced as a new member during a Sunday morning service.
What is a Connect Class?
A Connect Class is a Saturday morning class from 8-11AM where several of Emmaus’ Pastors will teach on topics regarding church membership, doctrine, and church discipline. The goal of this class is to familiarize you with Emmaus and give you a chance to ask clarifying questions.
The structure of the class is listed below:
- Breakfast & Coffee
- Introductions: Who are you and where are you from?
- Emmaus’ Mission and Vision
- Emmaus’ History
- Next Steps
- Questions & Concluding Thoughts
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above topics, we would be more than happy to engage with you on whatever topics you are interested in. For more information please contact us.