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Membership

God's Word teaches us that the best context in which a Christian can grow in faith and godly maturity is through joining together in covenant with a local community of believers. At Franconia Baptist, seek to live this out through church membership. 

 

How can I become a member of Franconia Baptist Church?

Becoming a member at FBC is a four-step process:

Membership Class - We offer a class for visitors to learn about what it means to be a member at FBC. 

Membership Interview - The prospective member meets with an elder to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.

Elder Recommendation - At a regularly scheduled elders' meeting, the elders will review the applicant’s testimony. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.

Congregational Affrimation - During our regular members' meetings, an elder briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord.  Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority agreement, candidates are admitted into membership.

 

What does membership entail?

  1. Pray for the church. 
  2. Be in transparent relationships with other church members in which they care for, encourage, rebuke, teach, and learn from each other (Eph. 4:15-16).
  3. Submit to the church’s leadership and teaching (Heb. 13:17).
  4. Promote unity in the body (Eph. 4:3).
  5. Financially support the church’s ministry (Gal. 6:6).
  6. Use the spiritual gifts God has given them to build up the body however they can (1 Cor. 12:7).

 

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Further reading: 

1. “What is meaningful membership?” 9Marks, www.9marks.org/answer/what-meaningful-membership/. 

2. “Why Join a Church.” Desiring God, 22 July 2015, www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-join-a-church.