The Bible teaches that membership in a local church is the normal expectation for a healthy Christian.
Christians are called to assemble together regularly to build one another up in Christ (Hebrews 10:23-25), to encourage one another regularly (Hebrews 3:12-14), to work together to get the Gospel to lost people around the world (Matthew 28:18-20), to protect each other from sin (James 5:19-20), to guard the church from hypocrisy (Matthew 18:15-18), and to be built up by the regular teaching of God’s Word through gifted teachers (Hebrews 13:17).
To faithfully follow these commands, Christians lock arms with other believers in a local assembly to foster deep, authentic, God-glorifying, sin-fighting relationships.
To join Del Ray Baptist Church, we have a 4 step process:
Membership Class – During most months of the year, we offer a class for visitors interested in learning more about what it means to be a member at Del Ray Baptist Church. See below for more details.
Membership Interview – 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 goes to church leadership.
Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders meeting, the elders will review the applicant’s testimony. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation – During our monthly business meetings (or a meeting called for this purpose), an elder briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority agreement, candidates are admitted into membership.
The membership class is split into two sections: Section 1 covers what we as a church believe; and Section 2 covers how we intend to live as a church for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. Taking this class doesn’t make one a member, but it is the first step of the membership process. Attendance at both sections is required before moving forward in the membership process.
* All of these classes will be held from 1:00-4:00pm in the Fellowship Hall on the scheduled dates, with the exception of the July class.
The members of DRBC assemble six times a year to welcome new members, say goodbye to ones who move away, discuss issues of stewardship, missions efforts, and handle other important issues in the life of our church. To learn more, email Josh Hart at email@example.com.
5:00pm | Main Hall
For more information about being a member at Del Ray Baptist, or to sign up for the next membership class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org