Becoming a Member

Benefits of Membership
Becoming a member of EDAC is something we want you to do because we want to make mature disciples of Christ and work together to make other disciples. The church is simply the sum of the members. To be making disciples means adding people to the church, and part of the maturing process is committing to the local church. But becoming a member must be seen as a greatly beneficial thing to those who are thinking about it. Membership is a step of spiritual growth. The organisational structures are necessary for this but they are just means to the end. Your individual spiritual growth requires being vitally connected with a group of believers who meet weekly together. You benefit from this and so does the rest of the body.
Some of the benefits of membership to you are:
1. It identifies you as a genuine believer. – Eph. 2:19; Rom.12:5
2. It provides you with a spiritual family to support and encourage you.- Gal. 6:1-2; Heb.10:24-25
3. It gives you a place to discover and use your gifts in ministry. -1 Cor.12:4- 27
4. It places you under the spiritual protection of godly leaders. – Heb.13:17; Acts 20: 28-29
5. It gives you the accountability you need to grow. – Eph. 5:21

Requirements for Membership of EDAC and the C&MA
The qualifications needed to become a member and the expectations of members are stated in our constitution in point 2. In simple words, a member is required to be living and believing like a Christian, to be in agreement with the way the Alliance operates and what it believes, and to be willing to serve Christ in this church. Once a person is accepted as a member he has the legal right to vote at meetings and to hold elected offices of the church such as Elder and Deacon.

What Membership Means Practically.
The command is given in Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” How can we fulfil this command? Hebrews 10: 25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
To be part of the local church means to share in the local church, not to operate as an individualist. Three dimensions of sharing are:
1. With your treasure.
See 2Corinthians 8:4-5 “They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will”. They gave themselves to the Lord first and as a result gave of their money to the need in Jerusalem. Money in this local church goes to:
· General fund– giving to the local church and used according to the budget adopted at EDAC’s Annual
General Meeting.
· Faith promise– giving toward the Great Commission fund of the C&MA of Australia to send, train and
support out missions and outreach.
· Care fund– giving to provide care for the needy of EDAC and their contacts.
· Gifts – designated gift that the church passes on.
· Specials – money put in the offering for a special purpose.
2. With your time
God owns us and our time by virtue of his redemptive work through Christ. 1Corinthians 6:20 “You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body” Part of glorifying God with our bodies is using our time in ways that he directs.
3. With your talent.
All of us who know Christ have been given spiritual gifts, given for the benefit of the church. (1 Corinthians 12:8-11, Romans 12:3-8). It is the church who is to benefit. Matthew 25 warns severely of the result of hiding the gifts/treasure God gives. If Christ has served us by giving His life, it is critical we serve Him and His people in the church and the world about us.

Ordinances in Alliance Churches
The manual of the C&MA says: Baptism by immersion is recognised as a Scriptural ordinance. Applicants for membership who have been baptised by another mode may be received on the above conditions of membership. The Lord’s Supper shall be administered regularly.
1. Baptism
Symbolises transformation and obedience (Rom. 6:3-5), identity with Christ and other believers (1Cor.12:13), oneness in the body (Acts 2:41-42).
2. Lord’s Supper
A time to look back to what Christ has done on the cross, to look at myself in relation to the cross (self examination) and to look to his second coming (1 Cor. 11:23ff). In Alliance churches communion is generally celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. At EDAC communion is currently celebrated fortnightly.

Organisation in Alliance Churches
1. National Organisation.
The Alliance has adopted a manual which includes constitutions, by-laws and statements about its organisation. The manual has been adopted by the membership of Australian Alliance Churches at Annual General Council.
2. Local Church Constitution.
The C&MA manual has a basic constitution for all Local Churches, to which the local church can add its own by- laws as necessary. Please have a quick look at our constitution. https://www.edac.church/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/CONSTITUTION-FOR-LOCAL-CHURCHES-2023.pdf
At the local level, Alliance churches operate under the direction of a Board of Elders (BOE). The BOE including the Pastors are elected by the EDAC membership at our general meetings and are accountable to the membership. under the se ElIt is the Elders who run the church. The Pastor is chairman of the Board of Elders and is the executive of this Board. The Board of Elders meets every fourth week. The Board of Deacons’ job is to take care of the property and financial matters plus any general administration the BOE may delegate to it. This Board meets monthly. Under this broader purpose of the our local church has adopted its own purpose statement to make it clear to members and non-members what EDAC sees its purpose to be.

EDAC purpose statement:
We exist as a church in order to magnify God's Holy Name by bringing people to Christ in all his fullness and helping them to grow in the faith so they
· become worshipping members in his family
· develop Christian maturity,
· Are equipped for ministry in the church, and
· Fulfil their part in the Great Commission.

Steps to Becoming a Member:
Education- It is expected that a person will attend EDAC Sunday services for a while to learn about EDAC and the C&MA. Reading this booklet can help a lot too! If a number of people want to become members, a membership class may be conducted.
Application- A membership application form is available here: http://www.edac.church/membership-application/
Interview The Elders are in charge of the process and will arrange an interview with you. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that you meet the requirements, to discuss with you how the church can serve you and find out in what areas of the church you would like to serve the church.
Approval: Then, when Graeme has gone through the process of the application he will take a recommendation to the Board of Elders for their approval.
Welcome: Official notification of acceptance into membership will be given from the BOE.