The Bible assumes all believers will identify
with the local Church. It exhorts us not to forsake coming together
for worship (Hebrews 10:25). We are to be counted with the Lord's
people and bound together in faith and love (Acts 2:47). The congregation
is God's ordinance for Christian teaching and mutual edification
Membership in the PCEA is open to all who profess
saving faith in Christ, a cordial acceptance of basic Christian
truths, and whose life gives evidence of a sincere desire to walk
with the Lord. Members are encouraged to gain a fuller knowledge
of the system of Christian truth declared by the Church, but only
office bearers are required to subscribe to the Subordinate Standards.
Members are exhorted to grow in grace, and especially to develop
a devotional life by the practice of regular private prayer, Bible
reading, family worship, and the right use of the Lord's Day and
Church ordinances. We want all to use their gifts for the Lord and
to participate as fully as possible in the life of their local congregation.