If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement
which binds all together. Paul and Jesus Christ pointed us toward
membership for our encouragement, protection, and instruction. We seek
to carry out this vision through membership at the First Baptist Church.
Membership in the church is a first step toward belonging to a community, linking
hands and hearts, and walking forward with the faithful in fellowship and ministry.
It is a way to affirm care for others, to be cared for, to share one’s gifts – both
spiritual and physical – and to receive the encouragement of the faith community.
How Do I Join?
Most often, someone becomes a candidate for membership by walking
forward during the singing of the Hymn of Commitment at the end of the
worship service and informing the pastor that he or she would like to
become a member.
Ways to Become a Member
–By profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, a decision
symbolized by believer’s baptism by immersion;
–By ‘transfer-of-letter’ from another Baptist church;
–By statement of baptism and profession of faith in a church of another
tradition or in a church which may no longer have a record of your
–By ‘watch-care.’ Watch-care members retain their membership in
another church but indicate their desire to affiliate with us as well,
perhaps because they are in our area temporarily or for only a part of
If you would like to talk more about our church family or wish to become a
member of the First Baptist Church, call us on 423/743-9156.