Why Membership Matters?

Does it really matter if I’m a member or not? Why do I have to take a Family Group to even become a member? Why do I have to sign anything? People often ask these questions about our membership process, skeptical as to why there seem to be so many “hoops” to jump through.

It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When Covenant Members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service, and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our elders and leaders also pledge to assist our Covenant Members with care, counsel, prayer, and teaching.

How to become a member?

As you think about making a decision to join our family, we offer two Family Groups that cover what it means to be a Covenant Family Member, as well as our mission, basic beliefs, and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. Below are the steps you need to complete to become a member of The Orchard.


Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.

If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a Covenant Member. Please complete a baptism application if you need to be baptized and a member of our staff will be in contact with you.

Exploring Membership

We offer Exploring Membership Family Group throughout the year at The Orchard. This group is designed to help you see if this is the church where you will become official family, make disciples who make disciples, and find your place of service. This class dives into the governance structure, what does the Bible say about membership and our doctrine. Attending this is group is a requirement to become a covenant member. 

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We offer Membership throughout the year at The Orchard. This Family Group will explain what is a covenant, why it’s important, and what are our expectations of our members as well as, our leadership as we covenant with you in church membership. Attending this group is a requirement to become a covenant family member. 

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Membership Application 

At the end of the Membership, you will receive a membership application to complete. Once you have completed that application you can turn it in at the Guest Services Desk in the main lobby.

Pastoral Care Meeting

Once your membership application is received an elder will be in contact with you to meet with you to get to know you, go over your membership application and answer any questions you may have about The Orchard. Upon completion of your meeting, the elders will discuss your application and will follow-up with you to discuss any concerns or to let you know you have been approved as a member.