We believe that Jesus calls us to love one another.
We also believe that God provides us membership in the church as a practical way to live out this calling. Church membership means living in authentic gospel relationships with others, marked by accountability, repentance, forgiveness, and service.
If you would like to join us in that endeavor, we would be delighted to help you take your next steps. We offer two 2-week membership classes each Fall and Spring.
Frequently Asked Questions about Membership
There is no explicit scripture text that says “become a church member!”. However, church membership is biblical! In fact, when the Bible speaks about the church, it speaks of it as a body, composed of individual members united to each other under the head, Jesus! To be a follower of Jesus means being brought out of the world into Jesus visible body, the church (1 Corinthians 12.12, 13)! In the Old Testament, the people of God were distinguished as citizens and members of God’s kingdom. They were called out of the world and into God’s visible kingdom on earth (Deuteronomy 7.3, 6)!As members of Jesus’ church body, the Bible calls us to attend, submit, love, and serve our local church. Hebrews says that members of the church should “not neglect to meet together as is the habit of some” and “obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls” showing membership as a commitment to worship God with others and submit to faithful church leadership (Hebrews 10.25; 13.17). Members are also bound to one another and called to serve one another in love for the common good of the church (1 Corinthians 12.7).
We believe that the standards for church membership should be no higher or lower than the standards for being a Christian. For that reason, you do not have to believe everything we believe as a church in order to be a member. A Christian is someone who has repented of their sin and believes in Jesus as Savior and Lord (Romans 10.9). The best summary of what it means to believe in Jesus and follow him is found in the Apostles’ Creed and Ten Commandments. You can find those below.
The process for becoming a member at Deer Creek is a simple 4-step process. First, join one of our membership classes. These are two week classes that meet during the Fall and Spring Small Group semesters. Second, talk with an Elder. During this time you will have a conversation about your faith background, how you came to faith in Jesus, and how the gospel has shaped your life. Third, make membership commitment. We ask members to affirm the Apostle’s Creed as a statement of their beliefs and affirm the Ten Commandments as a guide for life as a follower of Jesus. You can find those below! Lastly, be celebrated. We ask new members to recite the Apostle’s Creed Deer Creek Church during worship. This gives us the chance to affirm God’s work in your life and welcome you to Deer Creek.
Absolutely! We believe that baptism is a sign and seal of membership in the church, the body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12.13). For that reason, we believe baptism makes a person a member of the Church! Since many people come to faith for the first time at Deer Creek, we celebrate God’s work of grace in their life by baptizing them on Sunday mornings during our worship service. We also believe children are members of God’s family, and therefore, baptize children of believing parents (Colossians 2.12; Acts 2.38, 39).
We believe that baptism is a sign and seal of a persons entrance into Church membership (1 Corinthians 12.13). So if your child has been baptized, they are considered “non-communing” members of Deer Creek Church. If your child has made a public profession of faith, they are considered “communing” members of Deer Creek. To become a “communing” member and make a public profession of faith, kids can participate in the 4th & 5th grade class on Sundays during second service. This class is designed to teach kids the basic truths of Christianity. If your child is younger, and you’d like them to make a public profession of faith, you can lead them through the Deer Creek Catechism. This resource is a 10-day devotional intended to prepare your child for their first communion.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
The Ten Commandments
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.