Membership 101 - What Is Church Membership?
 
WHAT IS CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?
Church membership consists of a born again believer who makes a covenant with the faith family in devoting their time, energy, and resources in the expansion of God’s activity locally and globally.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER AT FBC?
By profession of faith in Christ and baptism by immersion
By presenting oneself as a believer who needs to be scripturally baptized
By letter from a Southern Baptist Church
By statement of faith in Jesus Christ and testimony of biblical baptism by immersion.

CHURCH MEMBER’S COMMITMENT
To develop in personal growth and sanctification
(Rom 6:19, Eph 4:25, 1 Peter 2:2)
To be faithful in attendance and participation
(Heb 10:24-25)
To support the ministries of the church through giving in personal time, energy, and resource
(1 Cor 16:1-2, 2 Cor 9:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10, Malachi 3:10-12)
To seek to preserve the unity of the church
(Eph 4:3)
To maintain a good testimony toward unbelievers
(1 Thess 1:11-12, 4:11-12)

TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
By transfer of letter by joining another church
By a member’s death
By request to remove members by another church.
By church discipline
 

Process of Membership
The main way a prospective member initiates this process is by coming forward during the invitation at the close of a service.
 
The person will share their decision and desire of membership with the pastor or designated other.
 
The Church Clerk or a person from the congregation will come to the front and assist the person in completing the information on a decision card.
 
The pastor will introduce the person to the congregation at the end of the service.
 
The pastor or staff will contact the person making a decision within that week, give them a copy of the Membership Information Manual, and explain the Membership Process. Emphasis will be given on the importance of reading the Membership Information Manual, completing the Membership Covenant form, and attending the next New Member 101 Class.
 
For those professing faith in Jesus Christ, a follow-up visit will be made by the pastor and/or staff and a date for baptism will be scheduled. The person’s baptism will serve as their official entrance into the church membership. They will be encouraged to attend the New Member 101 Class and sign the Membership Covenant.
 
The prospective new member is asked to attend New Member 101 Class and complete the Membership Covenant. If, for some reason, the prospective member cannot attend a New Member 101 Class, the pastor and/or staff will make an interview visit, share the membership information, and receive the Membership Covenant.
 
The names of the prospective members will be presented during the regular monthly business meeting for approval as members of the First Baptist Church in Carthage, Tennessee. The person will become an official member on a majority vote of the members present at the business meeting. The person does not have to be present for the vote.

THE CHURCH FAMILY COVENANTS TO LOVE YOU BY:
Offering weekly opportunities to worship God and exalt Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19-25
Teaching you the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15; 4:4-1; 1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 5:26
Opportunities for growth, nurturing, and service.
Ephesians 4:12-14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Providing connections, and venues to build relationships.
Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians12:12-27; Romans 12:3-21
Carrying out the great commission.
Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15


CHURCH MEMBERS COVENANT TO LOVE THE CHURCH FAMILY BY:
Growing spiritually.
Romans 6:19; Ephesians 4:15; 1 Peter 2:2;
Being faithful in attendance and participation.
Hebrews 10:24-25
Supporting the ministries of the church through giving/service.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10
Seeking to preserve the unity of the church.
Ephesians 4:3
Maintaining a good testimony toward unbelievers.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12; 4:11-12
 
 
 
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Please complete this information form and give it to the Pastor:
Date _____________

Prospective Member’s Name: ______________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________

Birth Date: __________________ Home Phone: _________________

Cell Phone: _________________ Email: ________________________

Spouse Name: ___________________________________

Child Name Birth Date Coming for membership Y/N

_____________________ _____________ _______

_____________________ _____________ _______

_____________________ _____________ _______

_____________________ _____________ _______

_____________________ _____________ _______

Marital Status Single ___ Married ___ Widowed ___ Divorced ___

How long have you attended FBC? _____________________

What do you like best about FBC? ________________________________

Have you been to a Sunday School Class? _________

Who/What led you to attend FBC? _________________________________
 
Please share your personal testimony below…
Your life before Christ…






When and how you came to know Christ…






Your life since you came to know Christ…







Were you baptized? If so, where? ________________________________________
(We require prospects to baptized here if previous baptism was based on baptismal regeneration, meaning baptism saves you instead of Christ Alone. Read Baptist Faith and message on our stand on Baptism)

Are you currently involved in any ministries at FBC?

Which ones? ____________________________________________________

Do you know of a ministry you like to be involved in?

Which one? _____________________________________________________

Generally speaking, do you know what your spiritual gifts are? ____________

If so, please list them? _____________________________________________