Membership at First Baptist Church of Cornelius
Why join a church?
Many people visit churches for years and never choose to formally join the church as a member. Some may ask, "What's the point of membership?" "I attend, I give, I serve, why should I become a member?"
There are two reasons I would give as the pastor of the church:
First, as a congregational church, the membership controls the mission and values of the church. While we are a cooperating church with the Southern Baptist Convention (National), the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Regional) and the Metrolina Baptist Association (Local), every Southern Baptist Church is autonomous. We are governed through a democratic process with every church member 18 years and older having a vote in who we are, what we do and where we are going.
Second, it's about commitment. Visiting a church is like dating. Joining the church is like getting married. You'll never be fully committed to the body of Christ until you make the decision to walk down the aisle and say "I do." And that is literally what we ask you to do.
Walking down the aisle:
There are generally two ways to become a member of First Baptist Church of Cornelius. At the end of each service, we have an altar call. The altar call is an invitation to those present to come forward to...
1) Make a profession of faith for the first time stating that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. With that profession, you will be encouraged to be baptized by immersion as soon as reasonably possible. The pastor will discuss this with you more fully after the service or you can speak to him in advance.
2) Requesting membership if you have already given your life to Christ and would now like to join the church. This may include a transfer letter from another church or a profession of faith. If you have not been baptized by immersion, you will be encouraged to do so as soon as reasonably possible.
All persons presenting themselves before the church for membership must subsequently meet with the pastor to discuss the decision they have made and the responsibilities of being a church member, as well as, answering any questions the individual may have.
Assuming both parties decide to move forward, the pastor will recommend the individual for membership at the next quarterly congregational meeting to be approved by the membership. Once approved, the individual accepts all the rights and responsibilities of church membership.