Ephesians 2:19 NLT “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”
2 Corinthians 8:5 NIV “And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
1. It identifies a person as a genuine believer, as everyone needs to belong to something bigger than themselves. (Eph 2:19; Rom 12:5)
2. It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage believers in their walk with Jesus Christ. (Gal 6:1-2; Heb 10:24-25; Eccl 4:9-10)
3. It gives believers a place to discover and use their gifts in ministry. (1 Cor 12:4-27; 1 Tim 4:14)
4. It places believers under the spiritual protection of godly leaders. (2 Cor 8:5; Heb 13:17; Acts 20:28-29)
5. It gives believers the accountability they need to grow. (Eph 5:21; Acts 2:42)
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A CHURCH MEMBER?
1. I WILL WALK IN HONOUR, HOLINESS & PURITY
Every member of Dominion Church is expected to live a life "above reproach". As born-again believers, we are to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we are to influence the world. Philippians 2:15 ESV “That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”.
2. I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH
It is God's desire to display His Glory and manifold wisdom through the Church (Ephesians 3:10). As we are His Church, it is expected that every member accurately reflects and represent Jesus (our King) and His Kingdom, both inside and outside the Church. Every member of Dominion Church is expected to display God's glory by protecting the unity of the ministry at large by not entertaining any form of slander or gossip towards Dominion Church, its leaders, members, partners etc., or any other parties associated with the ministry, even following the termination of their membership. John 17:21 NIV “...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
It is also expected of every member of Dominion Church to hold all confidential information in the strictest confidence without compromise or disclosure of any part of it to any third party, in full compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act (https://dominion.org.za/privacy), even following the termination of their membership.
3. I WILL SUPPORT THE VISION OF MY CHURCH
Every member of Dominion Church is encouraged to make Dominion Church's vision, their vision, whereby it becomes "our vision". While many join something for self-gain or selfish reasons, Jesus said that “it is more blessed to give than it is to receive” (Acts 20:35). It is expected of every member to proactively identify, declare and manage actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest in a consistent and proactive manner, to protect both the unity as well as the unfolding and fulfilment of the vision at large. For the vision to be fulfilled, there has to come the realization and revelation that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Colossians 3:1,2,5 NLT "...set your sights on the realities of heaven... Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you."
4. I WILL SERVE MY CHURCH WITH A SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE
We believe that as born-again believers, we have not only been empowered by the Holy Spirit to simply become a witness; but to demonstrate ‘excellence’ in all we do, regardless of the task at hand. Colossians 3:23 NIV “…whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”.
THESE WERE THE PREREQUISITES FOR SERVANTS 2000 YEARS AGO:
3) Full of Faith & Wisdom
4) Overflowing with the Holy Spirit…
Acts 6:3-5 TPT “We want you to carefully select [“with awe”, that is, in the presence of the Lord] from among yourselves seven godly men. Make sure they are honorable, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will give them the responsibility of this crucial ministry of serving. That will enable us to give our full attention to prayer and preaching the word of God. Everyone in the church loved this idea [“the proposal appeared beautiful”] So they chose seven men. One of them was Stephen, who was known as a man full of faith and overflowing with the Holy Spirit.”
5. I WILL GIVE FAITHFULLY
We endeavour to be a Church marked by giving and prosperity. A Church that has a revelation of divine prosperity, that God delights in the prosperity of His people and that He has empowered us to create wealth. A Church that understands that we are blessed to be a blessing. A Church that does not have needs but meets needs. A Church whose heart is in their giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV “But since you excel in everything…see that you also excel in this grace of giving”.
THE BIBLE OUTLINES PRIMARILY FIVE KINDS OF GIVING:
- Tithes (10% of your gross income)
- Offerings (given as an act of gratitude)
- First Fruits (the first of your increase)
- Seed (a purposeful seed, sown into fertile ground)
- Alms (giving to the poor and those with needs)
All prospective members will be required to make the following declaration to official become a member of Dominion Church:
I declare that the Lord has joined me to Dominion Church, Kevin Davis, and Chantell Davis. I declare that I am not a member of any other Church; therefore, I freely and voluntarily commit and submit fully to the spiritual authority and oversight of Kevin Davis and Chantell Davis, as the visionary leaders and pastors of Dominion Church. I will, at all times, uphold and promote the values of Dominion Church; I will be an exemplary role model in all matters of belief and conduct, particularly (but not exclusively) in respect of the statement of beliefs outlined on https://dominion.org.za/about; Should I ever violate any part of the statement of beliefs, I will inform Pastors Kevin & Chantell Davis of such violation, or consent to the confrontation, correction, and discipline by the leadership of Dominion Church, or the necessary action to be taken; I will serve, believe in, support, and submit to the leadership of Dominion Church in all matters; I will protect the unity of the ministry at large by acting in love towards others and refusing to entertain any form of slander or gossip towards Pastors Kevin & Chantell Davis, the leadership of Dominion Church or those associated with them, even following the termination of my membership; I will actively apply my talents, gifts, skills, expertise, and resources to fulfil the vision of Dominion Church; I will use my inﬂuence to afﬁrm and edify Pastors Kevin & Chantell Davis among those at Dominion Church, with the body of Christ and the rest of the world.