Welcome to the Membership Information page. The following are FAQs. If you do not find the information you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact our Executive Pastor, Mike King, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the pastor invites people to come forward to “join the church.” What does that mean?
People who regularly attend FBCO are either members or attenders. When a person feels the Lord leading them to commit to membership at FBCO, they respond to the pastor’s invitation at the conclusion of the worship service.
What does “membership” mean?
In Baptist life, after a person makes a decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and confesses their faith in him, they can then be baptized – a public confession of faith in Jesus. Becoming a member of a local church is a decision to make a covenant commitment to that particular community of believers. You commit to serve Jesus and support the church through the various ministries of the church, love and support other members, and commit to share your faith in Jesus in the context of your everyday life.
How do I become a member?
You are encouraged to meet with a member of the ministerial staff prior to becoming a member. At the conclusion of the sermon, you will come forward where a member of the pastoral staff will greet you and will help you complete a registration card. For your convenience you can download and complete the card from this page or complete the tear-off provided with the worship guide each Sunday and give it to the pastor when you come to the front. You become a member in one of the following ways:
1. As a new follower of Jesus, you become a member on confession of your faith for baptism.
2. If you have been a follower of Jesus in another Baptist church and have been baptized immersion (put completely under the water), you become a member by transferring your membership from that church to FBCO.
3. If you have been a follower of Jesus in another church of another denomination and were baptized by immersion (put completely under the water), you become a member on statement of faith in Jesus.
4. If you have been a follower of Jesus in another church of another denomination and were baptized as a baby, or sprinkled as an adolescent or adult, then you become a member on statement of you faith in Jesus and agree to be baptized by immersion.
When I come to the front, will I have to say anything?
You will be asked what decision you are making. After your response, the minister will share your decision with the congregation. You do not have to say anything to that group.
What if I have a paralyzing fear of standing in front of people?
We believe it is important to publically confess faith in Jesus. In the Bible, Paul says in Romans 10:9, “If you will declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord…” and Jesus says in Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before others I will also acknowledge before my father in heaven.” However, we also understand that some people have a sincere fear of crowds. Please make an appointment to talk with a member of the pastoral staff. We are not legalistic and will work with you on making the best decision for your particular situation.
Do you require me attend membership classes?
No! You are not required to attend. However, we strongly encourage you to attend the three Connect First Membership classes where you will discover important information about FBCO – our beliefs, how our church works, opportunities to be involved in ministry, how to get involved in small groups, the importance of growing as a disciple and how to disciple others.
When do the membership classes meet?
These classes meet at various times. Watch for specific dates and times on this website, in the Sunday worship guide (the Messenger), on Facebook, Twitter, and the monthly e-newsletter.
Why should I become a member?
Membership represents commitment. As a member you are planting your life with other brothers and sisters in Christ in the Family of Faith called FBCO. Not only do you belong, as a member you share in the responsibility of the overall wellbeing of the church - supporting the church through attendance, serving in the various ministries, and giving from your financial resources so the church can carry out the mission and vision of the church. As a member, you are part of a God sized effort to lift up Jesus and love people, in East Alabama and throughout the world.