Church membership is a covenant relationship between individual Christians who share the same basic beliefs. These Christians take the step of church membership because they are deeply committed to supporting and encouraging one another as they grow spiritually, working together to share Christ with others, seeking together to bless their local area and the world for God's glory. This page will help answer your questions about church membership and what is involved. If you believe you are ready to become a member of New Life Baptist Church then please fill out a membership application!
Yes. One-half of the New Testament is made up of letters that the Apostle Paul wrote to specific churches (i.e. groups of Christians in one locale who identified with and were committed to one another). In Timothy, Paul wrote specifically about the qualifications of and instructions for church leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-13). Jesus referenced the local church several times and even detailed the circumstances in which an individual could be removed from membership (Matthew 18:15-17). If there was no such thing as church membership, none of this would make sense.
It's true some are almost as involved as they would be if they were members. However, membership is more intentional and usually evokes a greater sense of ownership and commitment from both the church as well as the individual. When you 'make it official' by becoming a member of New Life, several things are available and are more likely to happen: the Life Group you attend assumes responsibility to care for you and your family, you receive help in developing a customized personal spiritual action plan, assistance is available to help you find a meaningful place of service, financial assistance and scholarships are available for seasons of crises that are more substantial than those available for non-members.
First, all members must have a personal relationship with God by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Next, all prospective members must have been or be willing to submit to Believer's Baptism. Believer's Baptism is defined as baptism by immersion that takes place after salvation to symbolize what God has already done in the believer's life. Infant baptism would not qualify under these guidelines. Finally, all prospective members must attend the New Member Workshop. The New Member Workshop is an orientation designed to help you get the best possible start at New Life. You will learn a little history of New Life and about the part you can play in it's future.
There are five basic disciplines that we believe all healthy Christians practice as faithful members: Involvement in a Life Group, Giving in a God-honoring manner, Serving in a meaningful ministry, A commitment to invite others to New Life, A regular time of personal Bible study and prayer.
We understand the Christian life to be a process, which means every member will not excel in all five of these areas. However, we believe a growing Christian will seek to grow from year-to-year in all five areas of discipline.
The first step is to let us know you would like to become a member of New Life by filling out our membership application right here online or by picking one up at the Info Desk after any regular Sunday service or by calling the church office.