What does it mean to be a member?

To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every Christian is part of the church when we think about it, but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: college, marriage, employment, citizenship and church membership are all relationships of accountability.

Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At ODPC, we take this seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.

The Process


Signup with Pastor John Cha

A few times a year membership class is offered. Be on the lookout during our regular weekly announcements for our next class offering.


Fill out the Member Profile Application

Go to the Membership Profile application, fill in your responses and take the gifts assessment. Then forward your completed Membership Profile application and Gifts Assessments results to Pastor John.


Attend Membership Class

When you sign up with Pastor John, he will notify you of the next membership class that will be offered. Typically you’ll already know when it is, when you contact Pastor John.

Membership Class Info

In our all-day class, we meet to learn more about what the Bible has to say about the church and about our roles as members of the church. We will also take time to understand what we believe as a church, our vision and mission as a church, our interdependent and intergenerational model with our Korean-speaking congregation, and ways for each of us to serve in our church body. There are some pre-class work including filling out a profile and writing out our testimonies of how we first came to faith in Christ.