Membership

Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the worship, study and fellowship life of the Second Congregation Church of Winsted. The only thing reserved to the members is the ability to vote during the Annual Meeting (3rd Sunday in January) or any special meeting of the congregation.

For those who are interested in joining the Second Congregation Church of Winsted, new membership classes are held once or twice a year. There will be at least four sessions that cover the Gospel, the historic Christian faith and what it means to be a member of this church and affirm her Statement of Faith.

When searching for a new church home it is important to take some time and get to know the local congregation. In some ways it is a lot like dating. There is wisdom in not rushing into a binding covenant relationship, for one's promises should be taken seriously and dissolved only under extreme circumstances. However, you can also date too long, for the Bible does call Christians to be in a local fellowship.

It is one of the great myths in our modern culture that membership in a local church is viewed as unimportant. Our self-centered culture loves to talk about personal spirituality while rejecting out of hand anything that smells of organized religion. The Bible, however, teaches otherwise.

The New Testament word for "church" is "ἐκκλησία" (ekklesia), which means assembly. Though it doesn't refer to a building, it does mean a group of people who are members of a local body with leaders to guide and watch over them (Acts 19:30,32-33,39,41). So the word "church" itself implies an organized membership, as the Bible clearly commands (Matt 18:17;1Cor 5:1-13; 6:1; 1Tim 4:14). Besides, if the Scriptures command church leaders to watch over the flock how can this be accomplished unless there is a local assembly of members (Acts 20:28; 1Thes 5:12; Heb 13:7,17,24; 1Pet 5:1-3)? The most important job of the local church, however, is to proclaim and teach the Good News of Jesus Christ to Christian and non-Christian alike, which is found primarily in the Gospel ministry of biblical preaching and the giving of the Sacraments (Acts 2:42; 1Cor 10:1-11:34; 1Tim 5:17-18; Jude 12).