Scripture talks about the importance of the local church committing to follow the doctrine and mission of the church leaders (Acts 20:17-35;
1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Heb. 13:17). Scripture also reveals
 how crucial a group of believers united together is for their own sanctification and the advancement of the Gospel (John 17:1-26, Romans 16:1-16, 1 Corinthians 12:14-31). The way these passages are lived out in the life of Cottage Grove Church is through membership.


  • Someone who is 18 years or older

  • Someone who confesses faith in and has trusted Jesus Christ for their salvation

  • Someone whose character, conduct, and reputation is in accord with their confession

  • Someone who subscribes to our doctrinal statement

  • Someone who is committed to our mission/values

  • Someone who supports Cottage Grove Church in worship (Celebrate), small group participation (Connect), and financial giving and exercise of spiritual gifts (Contribute).


  • Celebrate: As a part of the body of Christ, members are expected to commit to regular worship attendance and participation (Ps. 95:1-7; Ps. 100:1-2; Ps. 150)     

  • Connect: Members are urged to develop vital accountability-based connections with other members of Cottage Grove in small group contexts (1 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 10:24-25)

  • Contribute: Members are encouraged to systematically give a portion of their income and other financial resources for the support of the general obligations of the church and to generously give of their time and talents by exercising their spiritual gifts to build up the body and serve our community. (1 Cor. 16:2; Prov. 3:9; 2 Cor. 9:7; Mark 10:43-45; Eph. 4:11-13)


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