Why do we encourage membership?

We believe that membership is an important way for you to identify your commitment and involvement to the Waverley Family. It is also one of the important ways that you can acknowledge your commitment to its mission, vision and direction. In doing so, it helps us to clarify the church’s responsibility to you as a follower of Jesus.

Membership is the way that we officially identify ourselves with a local community of Christ’s church. It involves additional opportunities including mutual commitment and accountability to the church body, the privilege to hold office, the legal privileges of voting and responsibility in addition to the benefits and privileges of constituency.

At Waverley, we recognize the need for a formal membership. We ask you to commit to membership for four reasons:

  • A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church. The New Testament shows us that from its earliest days the church was an organized community. They had identified members, leaders and even roles. They also had clear requirements for what a person must believe and do to join this community, to be a leader in it and to remain a part of it. Church membership is our way of living out the New Testament model.
  • A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in a selfish culture that teaches us to avoid commitment. This attitude has influenced the church by producing a generation of “church shoppers”. Membership swims against the current of North America’s “consumer religion”. It is an unselfish decision that challenges us to realise our part in the much bigger community.
  • A Practical Reason: Accountability. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrolment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Membership identifies who can be counted on to share in the work of ministry.
  • A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
How can I become a member of Waverley?
  • Completion of the Application for Membership.
  • Completion of Discovering Church Membership class where you will become acquainted with the Mission and Vision and nature of Waverley Church.
  • Baptism by immersion – we believe that God’s word teaches believer’s baptism. Baptism is a command of our Lord. It is a step of obedience in identifying with Jesus Christ.
  • Interview with a staff or Board member. It is a time to informally share how you became a Christian. If you have any questions about the church, or it’s doctrine and structure, this is the opportunity to ask them.
  • After the interview, all names of those applying for membership are submitted to the Board for approval. In one of our services we will welcome those who have been approved for membership.
What is expected of me as a member of Waverley?

At Waverley, we never ask our members to do more than the Bible teaches. We expect members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do.

If you’d like to become a member or learn more about membership, please contact us by email at or call 204-261-8013.