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We are delighted that you are interested in joining Immanuel Baptist Church!
 
We believe that church membership is an integral part of following God's plan for your life. The book of Acts describes the addition of members to the first century church. “Those who accepted the message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41. In verse 47 of that same chapter we are told that “the Lord added daily to their number those who were being saved.” It is clear from the record of the New Testament that the early church was comprised of those who had declared their faith in Christ and were baptized. When you become a follower of Christ you are called to live in ‘community' with others who have answered His call to discipleship. We call this community the church; the covenant we make with each other to worship, love, be in fellowship with and serve others comprises membership.
What qualifies a person to become a member of Immanuel Baptist?
 
Membership is based on a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Savior, and each person who comes to Him for salvation has a special relationship with Him. When you receive Christ into your life, you actually receive His life in the person of the Holy Spirit. This makes you a member of the body of Christ in an unseen way. You also need to have a relationship with others who have been “born again” by His Spirit. John 3:7. When you join with others in carrying out His great commission (Matthew 28:18-20) you are making a commitment to membership in His church.
Why should I become a member?
Church membership involves
 
Christians in the life and ministry of the church. To attend and participate in worship is usually the first step to finding a fellowship of believers that one can identify with and “feel at home.” To move from a guest status to membership will take some time. However, when you become an official member you will be able to vote on important matters of the church; you will be privileged to serve on teams, teach and lead in ministry. Membership is vital to your complete involvement with others at Immanuel Baptist.
How do I become a member?
 
The Invitation: at the end of the worship services an “invitation” is given. This is a time for anyone attending that day to come to the pulpit area and declare to the Pastor their spiritual commitment. It could be that you are coming to make a “profession of faith.” A profession of faith is when you declare Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Your experience of new birth could be at that time, or it could have previously taken place. The invitation offers you the opportunity to declare before the church how the Holy Spirit is leading you. Please come immediately as the music begins because it does take some time to talk with you and record your decision.
Membership requirements:
 
1. You must be a ‘born again' Christian, having truly received Christ as Savior and Lord. John 3:7-8. (If you are making a decision for the first time or if you are confirming a previous commitment, it is recommended that you talk with a Pastor prior to the invitation in the worship service.)
 
2. You must be or have been scripturally baptized by immersion.
 

3. You must be in agreement with the doctrinal statements found in the “Baptist Faith and Message.” (Available at the Welcome Center)

4. We ask you to attend a “new member's class” designed to acquaint you with the church staff, its ministries and expectations of members.

5. You should seek forgiveness and reconciliation when relationships are broken according to the principles outlined in the pamphlet “The Peacemaker.” (Copies are available in the new member packet or at the Welcome Center.)

There are three ways that you can join Immanuel Baptist:
 
1. By profession of faith and baptism—when you make a public decision for Christ and have never been baptized then please come to the Pastor and tell him that you are coming to declare your faith in Christ and desire to follow Him in believer's baptism by immersion.
2. By transfer of letter from another Baptist church or from a church with the same Biblical teachings. The information you provide is recorded; we will write your former church and request they transfer your membership to Immanuel. This is done by mail. We do not accept a transfer from a church that in not in harmony with our doctrinal statements.
3. By statement—sometimes it is not possible to obtain a letter of transfer from another church if they have cleared their membership roll or if they have lost a record of your membership. When such a transfer is not possible then you would come stating that you were a member of another church of like faith and that you were baptized by immersion as a sign of your salvation. Your statement will be taken as fact, and we will receive you into membership.
What does Immanuel Baptist
expect of me?
 
We want your membership to be meaningful and beneficial to you and to us. We want you to become involved with the church in Bible study on Sundays and at other times available to you during the week. We desire that you develop relationships that will encourage and strengthen you and your family. We would hope that you would be a source of encouragement and hope to others as well. You have certain gifts that can be used in the ministry of Immanuel. We trust that you will use those gifts to serve others and the Lord. We would like to see you grow in your faith and its expression through giving of your resources to the Lord's work, by being “on mission” with other members. This will enable the church to accomplish the task of reaching our world for Christ.
When is the official date of membership?
 
We conduct four (4) quarterly business meetings a year, and at each of these meetings the church votes on receiving new members. At the end of each three month period we induct all those who have applied for membership since the last business meeting. When the church affirms new members in the business meeting they are official members.
Do you have additional Questions?
 
Should you have additional questions please contact Pastor John Hunn or Pastor Tom Suiter at 444-5563. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you and your family here at Immanuel Baptist Church.