Membership

We love our church friends and visitors!

Our prayer is that everyone that visits our church will hear and see the Gospel, the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Our church is a place where the Gospel is regularly sung, preached and displayed through the Lord's Supper and Baptisms. And it's a place where people should see the love and unity which the Holy Spirit supernaturally produces in the church body. Supernatural love in a congregation of transformed sinners is a powerful witness to the truth of the Gospel.

Joining our membership

Those individuals desiring to unite with this church should talk to one of the Pastors. The Pastors and deacons will then examine and instruct the candidate on the duties of membership: It will be expected of each member that they shall pray for and respect the Pastors (as persons and shepherds of the flock), and officers of the Church cooperating with them to the best of their ability for the advancement of the work. They will be expected to abide by the constitution and by-laws of the Church, and believe the statement of faith. They will likewise be expected to live the Church Covenant.

The candidates to become members of this Church shall:

1) have received and confessed Christ as their Savior, and
2) have been Scripturally baptized, and
3) have appeared before the Pastor and deacons, and
4) have been accepted by vote of the congregation

We encourage candidates and new members to attend our six week “Membership Matters” class which is usually offered in January and February.

Getting Connected at Faith Baptist Church

One very simple first step is to just stay around after the conclusion of our morning and evening services. We encourage members to stay around and talk, to speak to visitors and to people they don't know, and to make initial connections with other members, too.

Another helpful step may be to get involved in a ministry group. We don't require joining a ministry group, but we do try to make it an easy and welcoming option. Groups meet at various times and locations. We offer gender-specific men's or ladies' groups and also mixed groups that include the unmarried and the married. And we have great ministries for our nursery through High School aged children. One of the steps we take to ensure the safety of our children is to require background checks of all the leaders of these ministries. Read more about Faith Baptist Church's ministries.

Throughout the Bible, one of the things that regularly marks God's people is their love for others. So we hope that members will reach out to new members, but we also hope that new members will step up and invite longer-term members and other new members over for a meal or out for an activity from the very early days of their membership. Living these kinds of open lives together is a big part of how we create and sustain the hospitable culture of a gospel community.

Almost certainly the best way to connect at a church is to initiate or accept an offer to establish an intentional discipling relationship…the kind of relationships where we intentionally set out to study Scripture, or to read a good Christian book, or to talk about this week's sermon all with the aim of encouraging one another to hope and trust more in God. You may contact the FBC staff to get a little help figuring out how to get started.


Member's Church Covenant

As believers in Christ, we are bonded together for worship and work by the following Covenant:

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith; having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We by voluntary consent and mutual agreement, confederate together by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion, to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment to avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive anger; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay. We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant, and the principles of God's Word as expressed in the articles of faith.