Steps to Becoming a Member of the FBC Family
1. Membership Class
Attend our 6-week Life Together as a Church class. This class is offered periodically and is taught by Pastor Stephen Freels. For those unable to attend the scheduled classes when they are offered you can dowload either the complete set of class notes or the students notes. You can also watch the Pastor teach the class in four abbreviated sessions by clicking on the links below. The class is structured according to FBC's discipleship process: Begin, Connect, Grow, Engage. The class covers the following topics:
- Begin: The Gospel & Believer's Baptism
- Connect: History, Beliefs, Mission, Vision, & Church Membership
- Grow: Growing in Christ through discipleship
- Engage: Living life on mission - across the street and around the world
2. Membership Interview
After attending our membership class, if you wish to proceed to become a member of our church family, you should complete a Membership Application and turn it in to our church office. Our Pastor will set up a time to meet with you either at church or in your home to talk further with you about the gospel and your testimony. He will also seek to answer any questions you have about our church. Since we recognize the term "interview" may sound too formal and somewhat intimidating, we want to be clear that this is an informal and enjoyable time to get to know our Pastor and for him to get to know you as well.
3. Membership Affirmation
After meeting with Pastor Stephen, the final step in our membership process is to simply make it known publicly at a regular worship service that you wish to become a member of First Baptist. If you have never been baptized by immersion as a believer, we will schedule a time soon for you to be baptized. At the next regular scheduled business meeting of the church, you will be given the option of sharing your salvation testimony with our congregation or having your testimony read by our Pastor or one of our deacons. Pastor Stephen will recommend that the church vote to officially receive you into our membership.
If you have any other questions about church membership, be sure and contact Pastor Steve at email@example.com.
For more information about the meaning of church membership, please consider reading the following: Why Join a Church? by Don Whitney