Becoming a Member
Why join a church?
Church membership is an important commitment because it is a tangible expression of a life that is committed to Jesus Christ. Church membership has its theological base clearly set forth in the New Testament. There is no evidence of anyone becoming a follower of Jesus Christ without being committed to the fellowship of a local church with other like-hearted individuals for the spread of the gospel.
Church membership provides a place for service and ministry, gives opportunity for the disciplines of accountability to be properly expressed, and allows the discernment of the body of Christ to take place as the church lives out her mission and ministry in a community.
We would like to invite you to consider making Friendship your church home.
How do I join?
The Bible tells us that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). As individuals committed their life to Christ, they were added (joined) to the church (Acts 2:47). God wants believers to be part of a local church. Here are ways to become a member at Friendship:
By Baptism — When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you need to obey Him by being baptized (immersed). Following your baptism, you will be a member of this church.
By Letter — If you are a member of another Baptist Church, you may request we write that church stating your desire to unite by letter with our church. They, in turn, will send a letter confirming you have been a member there, transferring your membership from their church to ours.
By Statement — If you have committed your life to Christ and have been biblically baptized by immersion, you can request that we receive your membership by statement of prior confession and baptism.
Regardless of your church background, we invite you to speak to a minister about your decision so we may answer questions you might have regarding membership. The most important thing to us is that you have every opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We believe that church membership is an important element in this growth process.