The Membership Process

begins with the Next Steps Class

We believe that becoming part of a church family is a significant decision that should not be taken lightly. Membership in a healthy, local church can be a wonderful blessing, but it is a commitment. As a member of Malvern Hill, you commit to a spiritual family that provides care, encouragement, accountability, and support for one another centered around God's Word.


At various times throughout the year, we offer a Next Steps class where people who are interested in church membership can discover what it means to become be part of Malvern Hill. This is an informal discussion with opportunities for questions and dialogue. We want to be open and honest as a church family about what we believe and how we work together as a church for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. We also want to take time to get to know you, your gifts and passions, and how God is working in your life.


Some of the questions that will be covered during the class include:

"What does the Bible say about the local church and church membership?"

"Who is Malvern Hill and what do we believe?"

"Why should I become a member of Malvern Hill?"

What does a member of Malvern Hill look like?"

"What are ways that I can get involved in the life of the church family?"


You can download a copy of the booklet that we use during the class here. To find out about an upcoming Next Steps class, you can complete this online form or contact the church office at (803) 432-7035 or by e-mail.


After the Next Steps class, we invite you to complete the following steps for membership:


1. Speak with one of our pastors. We have a desire to make personal contact with those who wish to join our church so we can hear your faith story.


2. Respond at the end of a service during the time of invitation by coming forward. There is a card that you need to fill out (which you can get before the service if you would like) and pastor Craig will present you to the church for membership.


3. Schedule your baptism. If you have not experienced believer’s baptism by immersion, your baptism will be scheduled and you will be baptized.


4. Jump into ministry. We want you to be fully integrated into the life of our church, so we hope that you will jump into ministry with both feet by committing to a LifeGroup and finding mission and ministry opportunities where you can partner.


If, at any point in the process, you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the church office by phone (803-432-7035) or email.

Resources on Church Membership

Here are some resources to help you:

  • Questions about the Church - This FAQ sheet was published as a part of our "The Church is..." LifeGroup curriculum. It covers questions like: What is a church? Is church membership in the Bible? Why is membership important? and What does meaningful membership look like at MHBC?
  • "Hope for the Church" by Dr. Tim Keller - In this sermon, Dr. Keller teaches from Hebrews 10:19-25 and shows how the Bible calls us do more than meet with other Christians in a specific building once a week. Instead, God calls us to experience transformation through community.
  • Spiritual Gifts Survey - This questionnaire by LifeWay Christian Resources can help you identify the ways that God has equipped you to serve His Kingdom and the church family.
  • How Can I Disciple Other Christians? - This blog article lists thirteen (13) practical ways that we can disciple one another within our church. Discipleship is more than listening to a sermon or a lesson, it is intentional community that is rooted in God's Word and the gospel.
  • Unity in Diversity - As we seek to live as a church family, how can we distinguish between what is essential, what is a conviction, and what is a personal preference? In this article, Jen Wilkin helps navigate the waters of disagreements and Jesus' commands towards unity in the church.
  • Disillusionment with the Church - When we misunderstand the true nature of gospel community, we are bound to be disappointed. When we understand that our community is built upon Christ and not common interests, then result is a deep relationship that allows true sacrificial service towards one another.