what is church membership?

Church membership is a formal relationship between a local church and a Christian individual. This relationship is characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of that church.


At Summit Church we practice covenant membership. A covenant is a formal agreement between two or more parties. In covenant membership, the church and the individual link arms, to live as light in the midst of a dark world. In this relationship, the church member is cared for, protected, and commissioned by the church. In turn, the church body is strengthened by its members who embrace and live out the mission of the church.

Church membership is a declaration to the world of what it looks like for individuals to live faithfully in the midst of a Gospel-centered community, and what it looks like for a Gospel-centered community to care faithfully for each individual.


Twice a year we offer a Membership Class where we unpack what it means to become a covenant member at Summit Church.
For more information about our next Membership Class, contact Caitlyn Graves at caitlyn@summitlife.com.


You can download a copy of our covenant BELOW.