Becoming a Member
If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join Forest Baptist.
All prospective members must attend our New Members class. The curriculum is composed of four one-hour classes.
Week-to-week courses are offered on Wednesday evenings (at 6:30pm in our conference room, childcare available) most months (Week-to-week Wednesday class: June, July, Aug, Oct). Periodically, the all four sessions are available in a one day class. (One day classes are: Sept 4, Nov 6. Dinner provided. No childcare.) In preparation for the course, prospective members should read our: Covenant and Declaration of Faith. Additionally, they should complete a testimony worksheet.
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.
At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
New member candidates will schedule a time be introduced and presented to the congregation in both Sunday morning worship services. After a personal testimony and verbal affirmation of our membership requirements, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.
If you have any questions about membership or being introduced to the church, please contact Will Soto.