Calvary Syracuse has a membership where individuals officially connect themselves to the local body of believers.


Webster’s defines a member as “one of the individuals composing a group” and “as a person who is baptized or enrolled in a church”[1]. Both of these definitions are true in a sense for those who become members of Calvary Syracuse.


Anyone who possesses personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ becomes a member of the universal Body of Christ. Paul said, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). A person’s faith in Christ transfers that person from one group to another, from the world into the Church at large. Paul told the Corinthians, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).


There is also an opportunity for an individual to commit to a local congregation, to be enrolled in the Church. Being a member of a church brings you into a more connected relationship where the church leadership can help you grow as a Christian with mutual accountability. The leadership can hold you accountable as a member and you, as a member, can hold the leadership accountable as well.





[1] Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.