Join In the Family of Brookwood
By Becoming a Member
Membership is not merely a matter of having your name on a church roll – it is filling a role in God’s work here. If you're interested in becoming a member, the Membership Class is offered three times a year in the fall, winter and spring.
Now all of you together are Christ’s body,
and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
Every member of the Brookwood family participates by getting involved in church activities such as discipleship (small groups or large groups), recreation teams, classes, mission trips, support groups, and volunteering in the church and community. Membership is renewed annually so that we are reminded of our commitment to God and being a part of His work through our church.
Our Next Membership Classes
We invite you to learn more about membership by registering for one of our upcoming Membership classes:
If you have any questions about membership please email or call 864.688.8267.
To view all of our offerings click the buttons to the right.
If you are already a member and would like to renew your membership for 2016 visit brookwoodchurch.org/renew.
General Membership FAQ
What is membership?
The word, member, originated in the Bible, where it referred to being a part of a human body. (Your arms and legs are members of your body.) The human body was used as an illustration of the church, the body of Christ, with the emphasis being that every person within the church is important and necessary. Membership implies active participation, involvement and interdependence.
We are all parts of [Christ’s] one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Romans 12:5 (NLT)
Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
Membership at Brookwood is a bit different than that of most churches. Membership isn’t merely a matter of joining, which means having your name on a roll; it’s filling a role in God’s work here. Joining this church is not merely declaring you prefer the personality or style of this church; it is accepting part of the responsibility for the work God has called our church to complete.
Belonging to the family of God found at Brookwood brings expectations and responsibility, but it also offers wonderful benefits.
What does it mean to be a member?
We worship God with our lives
When we gather on Sundays or in small groups during the week, when we take part in baptism services or the Lord’s Supper, we become more aware of God’s presence because we are focusing on Him. Participating regularly in worship assists us in experiencing
the reality of God’s existence. When we worship together, in either a corporate body or a small group, we are able to encounter God and are encouraged to seek His presence in our personal time throughout the week.
We connect with others
We not only need God, but He created us to need each other as well. Relationships with others enable us to persevere through life’s difficult times without falling into hopelessness, despair or bitterness. Christianity is designed to be lived in community with others.
But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. 1 John 1:7 (CEV)
We grow spiritually
Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus, not merely memorizing theological facts or gaining great familiarity with the Bible. Belonging to a church helps each of us grow by offering opportunities to learn about God and grow personally in the application of His truth. We don’t grow well in isolation. We grow best in relationship with others, and this includes both increasing in our knowledge and expanding our spiritual awareness. We need people to encourage and challenge our thinking, our attitudes and our behavior. We need honest, nurturing relationships with others who will tell us when we behave inconsistently with what we say we believe. As we make friendships and develop relationships, we are motivated to help each other grow … starting with where we are.
So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Hebrews 6:1 (NLT)
We serve others
Our church is structured to enable every one of us to use our unique gifts to meet the needs in each other’s life. The church needs all of our gifts working together for the entire church body. When we use the gifts God has given us to serve the needs of others, we will experience a deeper satisfaction and contentment in our own life.
It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2:10 (TLB)
As a member of the body, we are not solitary and isolated – we belong to each other. When crises or tragedies occur, we need others to help us bear our burdens. In a church family, we know that we have the responsibility to care for each other.
Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more ... Hebrews 10:24-25 (GNB)
We reach others for Christ
Each of us has the responsibility of reaching people for Jesus Christ. Being allowed to introduce a person to Jesus may be life’s greatest privilege.
…[The] Scripture says, “Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.” But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them. Romans 10:13-14 (NCV)
Every person’s greatest need is to know Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. We are called to be instruments that aid others to come to faith in Jesus. Leading another person into eternal life is the greatest gift you could possibly offer someone.
How do I sign up for the membership class?
You can click the registration link above, or you may register by calling us at 864.688.8267 .
Is childcare available for this class?
Yes. When you register for the class you can also register your child(ren) for free childcare.
Who teaches the class?
This class is taught by Perry Duggar, Senior Pastor, and Fenton Moorhead, Associate & Missions Pastor.
What can I expect in the class?
You will receive a membership book during the class for you to keep and take notes. Perry and Fenton will talk about what it means to be a Christian and what we believe. You will learn about how the church is structured and our mission, vision and values. Perry will talk about what it means to be a member and how to become one. At the end of the class, pastors and staff will answer questions and provide information on ways you can participate and get involved at Brookwood. Also, we will ask to take your photo for our membership records before you leave.
For More Information
If you have other questions about membership at Brookwood Church, please email or call 864.688.8267.