We believe, according to the New Testament, the local church is critical in the life of a believer. It is within the local church that believers gather regularly for worship, as expressed below. Additionally, it is within the local church that believers challenge and encourage one another through intentional discipleship efforts. Proverbs 27:17 says "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." Believers need to surround themselves with fellow believers as they seek to grow as obedient followers of Christ. Additionally, the Church is God's plan A for getting the gospel to the ends of the earth. The local church bears the responsibility of equipping the saints (baptized believers) for the work of ministry. The church makes disciples and sends them out armed with the message of the gospel. In our context at Heartland, we seek to fulfill the Great Commision in Desoto County and beyond. When you join the local church here at Heartland, you are commiting to church membership as we understand from key passages in scripture. 

According to scripture, here are some items that we believe about church membership that are reflected in our membership covenant.