Every Christian should be a member of a local church family, but that does not necessarily mean that you should be a member of FBC Diana. Our church family certainly does enjoy celebrating the addition of new members, and we hope that you will consider the benefits of healthy church membership with us or with another true and healthy church.
This may seem to go without saying, but regular attendance at the weekly Lord’s Day gathering will foster many good benefits. You’ll be able to better evaluate a church when you attend consistently and over some time. You’ll be better known by the existing church members when you make yourself accessible to them. You’ll begin to experience many of the general benefits of the local church by simply being present during our most vital gatherings.
Each class is designed to introduce attendees to critical features of the meaning and practice of church membership with FBC Diana. Membership classes also provide you with the opportunity for relationship building and for asking questions about membership, church, and Christianity. Please note, one must attend all six classes before scheduling a membership interview.
Becoming a member of this church requires a commitment to believe the Scriptures and live in light of Christ’s commands. The Confession of Faith summarizes what we teach and the Membership Covenant summarizes how we intend to live. Please note, all members of FBC Diana must affirm that they do not disagree with any statement in the Confession of Faith and that they are committed to fulfilling the promises of the Membership Covenant.
Attending membership classes, reading the church documents, and participating in the public gatherings of FBC Diana may provoke some questions in your mind. Additionally, the elders of FBC Diana will also want to get to know you better and also ask you more questions before we all formally commit to one another. The membership interview will include you and at least one elder of FBC Diana. Spouses and families are encouraged to participate in the interview at the same time.
At each members’ meeting of FBC Diana the elders will make recommendations about members coming in and members going out, but the ultimate decision to bring someone into membership resides in the collective members of the church. After a member candidate has completed steps 1-4, the elders of FBC Diana will likely make a recommendation at the next regularly scheduled members’ meeting.
Once a new member has been added by vote of the assembled congregation, that new member will be formally welcomed by the church body on a Sunday. At least one of the elders will formally introduce all new members at the close of a Sunday morning service, either by baptism or (if the new member has already been previously baptized) by public verbal profession of faith.