What are the steps to becoming a member of First Baptist Church?
"Joining the church" is an important step in the life of a Christian. A church member at First Baptist Church is one who has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, has been baptized by immersion as a symbol of his/her commitment to Christ, and desires to join the fellowship in learning God's Word, loving God's people, living in God's Spirit, and Launching out in God's mission.
The process starts when people attend an FBC connect class. In this class, you will hear the vision of our church, and see how you can plug in. You will also see what steps to take. People join our church a few different ways:
Profession of Faith
Profession of Faith means that you are publicly "professing" or confessing your faith in Jesus, making him the "Lord" or "King" of your life. You are making the decision to become a Christian and wish to be baptized as an outward symbol of your faith.
To join by baptism means that you have already become a Christian at some time in the past. You may have even been a member of another church, but have not been baptized by immersion after your personal acceptance of Christ as a symbol of your faith in him. You now want to become a member of First Baptist Church by being baptized here as a symbol of your previous decision to follow Jesus.
If you have previously become a Christian, have been baptized by immersion as a symbol of your faith, and have been a member of another Baptist church, you may join by letter. This "letter" is like a letter of recommendation from your previous church. Receiving your letter is a clerical matter and is taken care of by First Baptist Church after you present yourself for membership.
If you have previously become a Christian, have been baptized by immersion as a symbol of your faith, but for some reason would not be able to join "By Letter" (i.e. you are coming from a church background very similar to Baptist but that church does not keep membership records, or your previous Baptist church disbanded, or somehow lost your membership records, etc.), you may come for membership by statement. Some joining by statement or letter will join following a baptism if there are significant differences in the person's former church that may raise questions about salvation, baptism, or church membership.
All are great ways to identify yourself with what God is doing at BFBC.