How to Join the Church
If you believe the Lord is leading you to become a member of the church, you can do so very easily. If you are NOT currently a member of a Bible-believing church or you have not attended your previous church for six months or more, simply follow the steps below. If you are currently a member of another church (perhaps you moved from out of town), please contact your church’s office and ask to have your “letter of membership” transferred.
If you haven’t done so already, the first requirement for church membership is to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. The Bible states in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you have questions about being “saved,” please ask your Sunday school teacher. He would be glad to help!
If you haven’t done so already, the second requirement for church membership is to be baptized Scripturally (by immersion, sometime after you received Christ as Savior). Acts 8:37-38 states, “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest (be baptized). And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (38) And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
After you’ve accepted Christ and followed the Lord in believer’s baptism (or the church has received a letter of transfer), all that is left is to come forward during the invitation of a church service. The pastor will introduce you to the congregation and then ask the church to add you to the membership. It is that simple! Acts 2:41 reads, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
You are doing more than joining an organization…
- You will be joining a church family that cares for you and your needs
- You will step under a strong umbrella of prayer and support
- You can begin serving the Lord in a new way (some ministries only members can join)
- You will be making the pastors of the church, your own shepherds
- You can vote and otherwise participate in church business
- Ultimately, if you are following the Lord’s leadership, then you will be pleasing God, and what matters more than that?
Take your Time
Once you know it is right for you to join us, don’t hesitate! Joining is so simple. However, before joining any church, please take time to look over the doctrinal statement, ask some questions, and most importantly, pray. Joining a church is a serious commitment, almost like being married. Only a mutual commitment (form church to member and member to church) will make the experience as rewarding as God intended. *Please note that members under the age of 20 can’t vote, and qualified individuals under the age of 12, cannot join the church without a parent’s permission.