Membership of MWC
Membership is based on the belief that the Bible teaches that while someone becomes a member of God's church the moment they become a follower of Jesus, membership of a local part of that church is vital for fellowship, continuing spiritual growth and service. MWC aims give individuals a framework to work in.
The benefits which membership of any organisation, in this case a local church, bring, helps stimulate involvement and responsibility. It also confers identity and the privilege of belonging.
The criteria for membership are designed to encourage all to be committed to the vision of this fellowship and in so doing become closer to God, serving him and reaching out to others with the amazing story of His love.
Criteria for membership of MWC
1) SALVATION The individual should be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, having accepted the sacrifice He made, by giving His life on a cross at Calvary, as the only way to receive forgiveness and to have a personal relationship with God. An individual should be able to witness to this being a reality in his/her own life.
2) ACCEPTANCE The individual accepts the Beliefs & Practices, Aims & Ethos of MWC
3) COMMITMENT The individual is committed to
• an ongoing relationship with God
• seeking to understand the teaching of the Bible by reading and studying it
• living in a way that is consistent with this teaching
• sharing his/her faith with others
4) ACCOUNTABILITY The individual is accountable
• to God to behave in a way which does not dishonour His church
• to the authority of godly leaders, who provide spiritual protection and guidance
• for supporting, caring for and encouraging the whole church, particularly those meeting at MWC
5) RESPONSIBILITY The individual has the responsibility to
• support and attend the main meetings of the fellowship
• have a right attitude to other members, spiritual authority and service
• discern, develop and display their own spiritual gifts
• be a good steward of the resources God has given him/her
6) PARTICIPATION The individual should be active in a church ministry.
The ethos of Meadow Way Chapel is our motivation for all our work - it is the reason why we do what we do. It is to work together to extend Jesus' model of the Kingdom of God on earth by living out a lifestyle of love, truth, justice, mercy and forgiveness, according to his teaching. We are inspired by his message, life and example through which God's unconditional love for all people is expressed.
The way we work together and behave with one another are a demonstration and authentication of our ethos. It is through these relationships, with each other and those whom we seek to serve, that we practice our ethos.
Our ethos or motivation, and therefore our relationships, are rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and in his love, which compels us to serve others, putting their needs first. When we work together it is this faith which directs and influences both our internal relationships as well as our work with those whom Meadow Way Chapel is seeking to serve.
In this way Meadow Way Chapel operates on the understanding that our activities are simply an outworking of our faith; that our 'doing' derives directly from our 'being'. There is an essential and indissoluble link between the inner and the outer, the private life and the public face of Meadow Way Chapel. The link between who we are and what we do cannot be broken