Local church membership is how Christ’s one invisible church is made visible locally. Once someone confesses faith in Jesus, that faith should be proclaimed and recognized as a credible confession of faith by a local church.
That confession of faith and the local church’s affirmation is what the New Testament displays as local church membership.
Those who desire to proclaim and have their confession of faith recognized by this local assembly meet with two elders who hear their confession of faith and whether they have followed Jesus in water baptism.
These meetings are a time to answer questions about what this local church believes doctrinally and how we operate as we seek to submit to the headship of Christ.
The elders then recommend them to the whole assembly to affirm their confession of faith and welcome them into membership (Matthew 16:13-20; 18:15-20; Acts 2:37-41; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 2:1-11).