The Bible is the cornerstone of our church and membership is the cement that holds us all together. Jesus Christ and the authors of the New Testament pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our seven-step process by which one can join Pillar Baptist Church.
If you have recently become a Christian and have not been baptized by being immersed in water, then you must first be baptized before becoming a member. If you have genuinely received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and come from another denomination that differs in teaching as to the meaning and/or mode of baptism, then you can become a member after being baptized as the Scripture directs.
After completing a membership application, all prospective members must attend our Membership Matters class. The curriculum is composed of six one-hour classes followed by an interview with the leadership:
Courses are offered in a Sunday afternoon format periodically through the year. Upon completion, those who have attended all six classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the seventh step in the membership process.
In a 25 to 30 minute meeting, the prospective member meets with the leadership to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member will be asked to communicate the Gospel clearly and accurately in 2 minutes. Upon completion of the gospel, the candidate will be asked to sign the statement of faith, constitution, and church covenant before being inducted into the membership of Pillar Baptist Church.
At a regularly scheduled Elders’ meeting, the leaders will review the applicant’s testimony and upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
During our members meetings, the pastor will briefly describe how the applicants, who desire to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions will be fielded from the congregation to welcome and get to know the applicant, a verbal vote will be taken, and with a majority secured, candidates will be admitted into the membership of the church.