Join this church
After believing that Christ is your Lord and Savior the Bible tells us to associate ourselves with a local church (Hebrews 10:24-25). A Baptist church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have joined together to carry out Christ’s work on earth. When one becomes a church member he is making a covenant with the other members of the church to do his best with God’s help to live a Christian life and to cooperate with them to do the church’s work.
Towards the end of each worship service, the pastor asks persons who have questions about salvation or would like to become a member of our church to come forward after service and speak to him, one of the deacons, or a minister.
When a person who wants to become a member comes forward, they will be asked to fill out a form with their name and address. Information about the person is recorded for our church records, including the kind of decision they are making.
Three ways to become a member
You may unite by profession of faith and become a candidate for baptism. This means that you have trusted Jesus as Savior, are now declaring yourself openly as a believer and are asking for membership in our church. Baptism is immersing you in water, it does not save you, however, Jesus told his followers to be baptized. It symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is also a pictorial testimony of what has already taken place in the Christian life—death to your old life, its burial, and your resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. After baptism and attending a new member orientation class, you become a member of our church.
A person may unite “by letter.” This means that you are already a member of another Baptist church of like faith and order. When you request membership this way, the church clerk writes the church where you are a member and requests a letter of recommendation. After attending a new member orientation class, you become a member of our church.
You may unite by a statement of faith. Maybe you were once a Baptist but now are not a part of another Baptist church fellowship. Perhaps the church where you joined is now disbanded. Maybe you have joined a church of another denomination in the past. Our church will accept your statement as long as you have been baptized by immersion or are willing to be, are a professing believer (this means that you have trusted Jesus as Savior, are now declaring yourself openly as a believer) and attend the new member orientation class.
If none of these ways describes your particular situation, and you wish to discuss your own needs with someone, ask the pastor to counsel with you privately. He is ready to talk with you and to help you understand how you may unite with our church.