The decision to join in membership with a local church is a serious and important decision for every believer. We firmly believe that formal church membership is a vital part of the Christian walk, but we do not believe that BBC is necessarily the right church for every believer. As you consider membership at BBC, here are a few practical steps to follow.
Attend Our Services
First, begin by attending our worship services. Attendance will give you a good feel for the general atmosphere of the church. You will be exposed to the preaching and corporate worship. Consider also joining one of our midweek Grace Groups, which builds upon the sermon preached Sunday morning.
Read Our Membership Booklet
Second, download and read a booklet produced by our elders, which explains the ethos of BBC when it comes to church membership. Read through the articles contained in the booklet to get a good feel of what is expected of members of Brackenhurst Baptist Church. Also familiarise yourself with the church covenant, which you will be asked to sign as a member of the church.
Speak to an Elder
Third, having read the booklet and being comfortable with proceeding, ask one of the elders about a membership meeting, during which you will be introduced by one of our elders to the beliefs and ethos of the church. Once you have completed this, you will have opportunity to indicate your definite intentions to pursue formal membership.
Work through the Membership Material
Fourth, the membership process of BBC involves an existing member of the church leading you through the required membership material. Having followed the above steps, and having indicated your definite intentions of pursuing membership, one of the elders will happily arrange for this to happen.
Having completed the membership material, and having expressed continuing commitment to church membership, prospective members will be interviewed by one or two of the elders. This meeting may include the person who has led you through the membership material. The elders want to establish that you are happy with the ethos and doctrine of the church. They want to confirm that you have been baptised by immersion as a believer. They want to hear about your conversion and your understanding of the gospel.
To prepare you for this interview, and to assist the elders in this regard, you will be given a membership application form to complete. You can download the membershp application form as a Word document or PDF. Complete it and return it to one of the elders, who will then arrange an interview date with you.
Once your interview is complete, and the elders are happy with your application for church membership, you will be asked to sign the church covenant and hand it to one of the elders. You will be asked for a family photograph so that you can be introduced to the church as a member applicant. Your name will be announced as a member applicant for at least two consecutive weeks to the church before you are formally affirmed as a member. If you need to be baptised, a baptismal service will be arranged at which time you will be baptised into the membership of the church. If you have been baptised elsewhere by immersion as a believer, you will be welcomed into membership during the course of a regular Sunday service.