Steps to Membership

Thanks for visiting our Steps to Membership page. If you found yourself heremembership class_cb it’s quite possible that you are curious how we here at First Baptist Church deal with membership and you yourself may be contemplating joining First Baptist.

First of all you need to have a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, having confessed Him as your Lord and Savior (recognizing that your sin of rebellion is what has separated you from Him), and believe that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The Bible clearly states in Matthew 3:8 that we are to “bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance” and part of that expression of fruit is being baptized by immersion.


We like to think of the process of membership using 3Ps.

Preparation – Pastoral Interview – Prayer


How does one become a member of First Baptist Church?

We encourage anyone who is interested in membership at First Baptist Church to go through a New Members’ Discovery Class. This class is usually held on a Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:30pm and covers topics such as The History of First Baptist, our denominational roots and our own local church history, Corporate membership – how to become a member, the responsibilities of a member, baptism and our corporate church vision.


Pastoral Interview

Once the New Members’ Discovery Class is completed a new members interview with one of the pastoral staff is conducted. It’s important to the staff that they know who they are shepherding spiritually and this is also a time that helps establish a deepening friendship between pastoral staff and potential members.



Finally, we would ask that you personally pray about your involvement as a member here at First Baptist. We take serious God’s word and in 1Corinthian 12:18 it states, “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.” If God has gone to great lengths to place individual members within a local body we, as a church, should take that serious as well.


Final Steps

Once the above criteria have been fulfilled the next step would be for the one wanting to join First Baptist to make their intention known at one of our worship celebrations by coming forward at the close of worship and presenting your filled out membership card that you received during the New Members’ Discovery Class. Lead Pastor Dave Stanley will then bring the recommendation for membership to the entire church body affirming your desire to join. A congregational vote will be then taken welcoming you into your new church family.

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