Here at North Shelby Baptist there are a few ways we welcome new members into the family of believers gathered here. Normally an individual would come publicly before the congregation during the “time of response” at one of our regular services to express their desire to be united with the body here at NSBC. At that time, we would discuss one of the three ways a person comes into membership:
If the person is coming to profess Christ as a new believer, they would become a member through the ordinance of Baptism. We have more information about this on our church website under the title, “What We Believe.” As Baptists, this is an important ordinance and all members of the church have been baptized in this way.
TRANSFER OF LETTER
If a person is already a baptized believer, and a member of a Baptist church, one can join by requesting that we write their former church to ask for transfer of membership to North Shelby Baptist. This will be accompanied by a meeting with one of the pastoral staff about membership.
If a person is already a baptized believer, but is not currently a member of a Baptist church, or is coming from a different church that is of like faith and practice, then that person can join by statement. This person would meet with one of the pastoral staff to discuss their testimony of conversion and subsequent baptism.
When a person comes to be a part of the family of God here, they are also agreeing to what we as a church have covenanted to be committed to as a church. Below is North Shelby’s Church Covenant that all the members of North Shelby are asked to affirm. Here at North Shelby Membership is an important piece of our life together. As a result we take the process of membership seriously, and are currently working on a New Member’s Class for people to learn more about what membership at North Shelby looks like.
NORTH SHELBY CHURCH COVENANT:
Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances; teachings and discipling to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our family and friends, to walk discretely in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior; seeking to live holy lives and putting away the sins of the flesh that so easily ensnare and corrupt, to maintain a perspective of the sanctity of life of all humanity, and to use our influence to combat laws that are contrary to Biblical teachings and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the teachings of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.