Why Does The Well have Members?
The Well of Swisher, Iowa believes that just as a body has many members, and those members form one body, so it is with Christ. Those who are of Christ are members of His spiritual body, of which He is the head. Each member serves a different function, yet all are necessary in order to maintain a healthy, living body. We believe that just as God has apportioned certain gifts to all those who make up His body, so each member will find the purpose for which he/she was called by participating in the Church according to the administration of his/her gifts (1 Cor. 12:12, Rom. 12: 4-5, Col. 1:18, Eph. 4:8).
Is There Any Difference between Members and Non-members?
The Well of Swisher, Iowa makes a distinction between those who may not be Christians and those who actively participate in the Body of Christ as committed followers. The Body of Christ is a family and all those who have been adopted into the family are intimately connected to one another. Those who are not members remain, to a certain extent, separated from the mission of the Church and from a practical standpoint cannot engage in the main functionalities of the church (i.e. Volunteer Positions, Church Worship Team, Meet/Greet team). Those who are committed followers recognize the Church not as a commodity to be consumed but, rather, an organism, which needs to be nurtured, protected, maintained, and ordered so as to grow into the vital, life-giving object for which, it was created. Members realize the sacrifice this requires. Just as God gives us time, members expend their time to serve the Church. Just as God gives us talents, members utilize those talents to edify the Church. Just as God gives us treasure, members give of their treasure in order to further God’s mission through the Church. Members hold each other accountable and spur one another onto maturity. They willingly submit to those whom God has established as leaders of their congregation. The formality of membership helps distinguish between those who are committed to the mission of the local church and those who are not (Rom. 8:14-16, Eph. 5:25, Heb. 10:24, Heb. 13:17).
Why Become a Member of The Well ?
The Well of Swisher, Iowa seeks to foster intimate community that glorifies Jesus and expands His Kingdom. As part of Jesus’ adopted family, membership promotes unity of mind and purpose within the congregation. It solidifies mutual accountability between leadership and those who are members. We desire to be a transparent, authentic community where those who are committed know the vision and mindset of leadership and those who lead know the members intimately so as to pray, nurture, and provide opportunity for growth within the Church. Formal membership encourages commitment and steadfastness to the mission of the Church and assists in distinguishing those who want to move forward in their Christian walk and those pondering a commitment to the church (Eph. 4:3, 1 John 1:7, John 21:17, Matt. 25:31-46).
What if I Do Not See a Need for Formal Membership?
The Well of Swisher, Iowa believes that those who line up with its mission will naturally desire to make a formal commitment to this congregation. Just as a man and woman can court each other and enjoy, to some extent, the intimacies that come from that relationship, without the covenant of marriage the fullness of that relationship will never be realized. Consequently, the relationship could become illegitimate if never taken to its logical next-step. As one can participate in sacrificial tithing and service to the Church, formal membership is the covenant one enters by which the full privileges of the Church such as leadership opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and deeper intimacy with the Body of Christ can be enjoyed. The Church of Jesus Christ is not a club, nor is it solely a business. It is a living organism imbued with the life of the Resurrected Christ through the Spirit of the living God. If one considers being part of this body, the question becomes, “Why not?” (1 Cor. 6:19-20, Joshua 24:15, 1 Cor. 12:12, Rom. 12: 4-5).
If you are sincerely considering joining us please click and download this packet below and hand it in to one of deacons during our Sunday service.