To be a member of a church, the only requirement is that you be saved.
You can ATTEND a church and be unSaved. Amazingly, we have entire groups of people who SERVE in churches and are unSaved!
We need to get those Deacons right with the Lord! 😉
The standard way to join a church is through Baptism. Get saved, find a church, meet with the pastor, ask to join, the church votes, and then you are Baptized.
But what if you move from one place to another? Or (more common today) the church apostates, and you have to resign and move out? How do you transfer to the next church?
The next method is by letter. Many say it’s Biblcal, but I really have to say I don’t see it directly addressed in Scripture. However, transfer of membership by letter is the usual way.
What if your church is apostating, and you don’t want any taint of that apostasy on you? Then the last method of transfer of membership is by personal statement, that you were a member of another church and have been baptized, and are a Christian.
If you are saved, you may join a New Testament church. But let’s say your spouse is not.
They may attend with you, but they may not join. An unsaved person may not vote in church meetings, nor partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Not fair? Look, Salvation’s a free gift! Nobody’s forcing you to join. But… we can’t risk someone who is unSaved voting in something, and afecting the direction of a New Testament church. It’s important.
So, if you want the benefits of belonging to a New Testament church… why not get saved?
Sure beats eternal suffering!