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WHEN & WHERE

We want you at FWC!  It is important to find a good church home to develop your walk in Christ.  If you are interested in joining FWC, please see a member of the staff on Sunday morningsto get a membership form or you can click the "church membership matters" picture here on the right to download the form now.

WHY & WHO

There are misconceptions concerning church membership. Joining a church does not determine your salvation; eternal life in Heaven is only obtained through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
It has been said, “Membership exists to see your life’s dream join together with the church’s vision, allowing your God-given purpose to be fulfilled.” Church membership may not be necessary for eternal life; however, it is Biblical that you attend a local gathering of believers. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

We believe that church membership is vital for all believers. We believe that there are two memberships as Christians. There is the membership into the corporate body of Christ, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). There is also the membership into the local church, “And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had” (Acts 2:44, Heb. 13:17, Num. 27:17). 

One of the most frequently asked questions in the church today is: “Why join the local church?” The answer is twofold:


 Commitment- The Christian church is desperately lacking the commitment by her people… commitment both to Christ and His Church. This is reflected in the lack of tithing and ministry involvement, and the practice of church hopping. 


Covering- Jesus as the exalted head of the Body of Christ has delegated authority to pastors and local churches to shepherd (pastor) under Him. Therefore, it is imperative for every Christian to be a member of a local body under a spiritual covering and pastoral care.