About Membership

Fellowship and Voting Members

To say that one is a member of a particular church can mean different things to people. For some it is an identity that they inherited from their parents at infant baptism. By the way, infant baptism is not something we believe in or practice. This inherited membership, or identity (“I’m an Anglican”), is generally true of those in more traditional churches. But many Pentecostals have the same characteristics, for example, “I’m AG.” To others, membership has a much looser meaning; mostly as the place one attends church, regularly or not.

In the New Testament, it is quite clear that disciples lived out their faith in close proximity to one another. Only by being close to one another in real time relationships could the new nature of Christ in them grow into a maturity that would be evident to those around. Being actively engaged together with other disciples in a local church was normal church life! The advent of denominations changed that in a big way.

Here at CalTab we have two expressions (types or phases) of membership; Fellowship members and Voting members. Both have the same spiritual requirements.

Some (but not all) of these requirements are listed here – all membership journeys begins here!

  • A clear testimony of being born again.
  • Adult Water Baptism – sometimes called “believer’s baptism”.
  • A commitment to the vision and values of this church.
  • Practice consistent, proportional giving (tithes, offerings, missions pledges) that is true to scripture.
  • Exercise gifts and talents in the service of this church as a volunteer.

The difference between Voting and Fellowship members is that Voting members are required to participate in the few formal business meetings we do have from time to time. In addition, certain positions such as elders, trustees and other key roles need to be filled by Voting members.

To become a Voting member, apart from meeting the requirements for Fellowship membership, anyone applying for Voting membership needs to have a clear record of giving that reasonably evidences a culture of tithing. It is illogical to have voting members who do not contribute financially or contribute so little that it is self evident that their financial discipleship is quite immature. Members who vote on a budget do need to demonstrate a financial commitment to the church that in reasonably biblical.

At the discretion of the elders, people need to have been in fellowship for a year before applying for Voting membership. During this time they should demonstrate good Christian witness in all aspects of their life. This would include serving in the congregation as a volunteer in some recognized and accountable capacity.

What if you are visiting, exploring, or just checking us out? Hey, that is fantastic. Visit all you want, come back often. We pray that God will meet with you and do a great work in your life right here among us. Our desire is that you will connect with God here. We see it is as part of our mission to do what we can to make that connection life transforming.

Noel Sanderson

Lead Elder

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Want to know more about membership? Take a look at our membership FAQs.

CalTab Membership: Frequently Asked Questions

Hello and thank you for your interest in CalTab. We have two phases or types of membership (Fellowship and Voting). Here are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions about membership. For a more in depth discussion please make an appointment to discuss membership with the pastoral care team.

1. How do I become a Fellowship member?

Applicants will need to meet the minimum qualifications for membership. Typically these include the following.

  • A clear testimony of being born again.
  • Adult Water Baptism – sometimes called “believer’s baptism”.
  • A commitment to the vision and values of this church.
  • Practice consistent, proportional giving that is true to scripture – tithes, offerings, missions pledges.
  • Exercise spiritual gifts and natural talents in the service of this church – as a volunteer.

The elders recognize that those young in the faith are probably on a journey to reaching some of these goals (for example, tithing). Some may need to work with the pastoral team to get their lives straightened out a little! Discipleship is a journey we understand – and some need time to get going in their new life following Jesus. The elders will exercise their discretion on some of these matters, but not all of them.

2. How do I become a Voting member?

Applicants can apply for Voting membership after being a Fellowship members for a year. The elders have the discretion as to the length of time someone in Fellowship needs to wait before they will consider an application for Voting membership.

In addition to meeting ALL the requirements for Fellowship membership, Voting members will need to first complete all the coursework and possibly some training requirements.

Applicants should have a clear record of effective and Christ like service in the ministry of this church.

3. Can a Voting member become a Fellowship member? Yes.

A Voting member can request to be placed on the Fellowship roster.

Read the answer to question #5.

4. Can I lose my membership altogether? Yes you can.

Loss of membership can occur when a member simply ceases to attend and participate in the life of the church. Sometimes people just walk away, and in these cases, membership will be considered to have been abandoned.

The elders, in cases of un-repented sin, can cancel a person’s membership. This would normally follow a period of pastoral intervention and ministry intended to bring the member back to the Lord. If a person is unrepentant, their membership is forfeited.

Membership also ceases when a member relocates out of town or begins to attend or in some form associate with another church. There is no dual-membership.

5. Can I lose my Voting membership? Yes you can.

If the elders impose discipline for just Biblical reason, then a Voting member may be changed to a Fellowship member. This would usually be part of a restorative process involving specific pastoral intervention and church discipline. All church discipline is intended to be restorative.

If a Voting member ceases to contribute financially at a level consistent with tithing, their names shall be entered into the Fellowship member roster.

If a Voting member misses 2 business or special business meetings at which voting was required, they shall be entered into the Fellowship members roster. In simple terms, a Voting member is expected to vote!

6. If I am a Fellowship member, am I obliged to become a Voting member?

No, unless you wish to serve as an elder, trustee, deacon or in some other recognized leadership position. Or, you are a member of staff.

Yes, if you wish to participate in the life of the church as a Corporation, in other words, vote in business matters, including the rare instances when a new leader is appointed.

7. Where can I go for more information?

Visit our website to learn more about the ministries, staff, leaders and mission activities of the church. You will also find useful articles and blog posts on our website.

Read the various online and printed materials that will help you have a far better understanding of this church, our vision and values.

Call the office to make an appointment with one of the pastoral care team.