Deo Lutheran Church

Worship 101

What's expected of me?

What about my kids?

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Expectations of Members

Becoming a member at Deo is a straightforward thing to do, but it can be a tricky thing to explain. If you have any specific questions that are not addressed here, be sure to ask Pastor Erik directly.

How to become a member of the Christian church

If you have been baptized, we can say with certainty that you are already a member of the Christian Church. Who baptized you, what denomination they belonged to, how they baptized you, are relatively unimportant details.

If you have not been baptized, and are feeling the desire to become a part of the Christian church, talk to Pastor Erik. He'd be delighted to learn your story, and would be honored to talk to you about baptism.

What does it mean to become a member at Deo

All churches in British Columbia are required to be registered with the provincial government under the British Columbia Societies' Act. Our congregation is required by this Act to have a constitution, which authorizes certain individuals to make decisions on the congregation's behalf. We are also required to determine who is eligible to elect these individuals, as well as vote at congregational meetings.

That's the legal side of it. The practical reality is that there's virtually no way to tell the difference between who is a member and who isn't.

What is required to become a member at Deo

Deo's constitution outlines the specific details of this, but essentially, to become a member, you need to have been baptized, and need to have been formally received as a member of the congregation in a very brief ceremony during a worship service.

What is required for me to stay a member

Ongoing membership requirements are not so difficult. Essentially, members are required to receive Holy Communion and support the church financially once per year to remain members.

Worship teams

All members of Deo are assigned to one of five worship teams, which take initiative in filling the various volunteer roles needed for our worship services to function. Each team serves for one month, at which point the next team takes over. Although all members are assigned to teams, not everyone chooses to participate. This is OK.