Become a Member
We’re excited that you are thinking about church membership at Becker Baptist Church. This page will provide you with all the details for church membership. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Why should I become a church member?
The term “church membership” is not a Biblical term. However, the concept is definitely Biblical. Church membership is a mutual acceptance and commitment of the church body to the individual and the individual to the church body.
Identification with God’s People. God’s people have always been clearly identified even though the expression of identification has varied by culture and time. Though common in America, the idea of the “independent Christian” is totally alienn to the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 12:20 states, “There are many members but one body.” Christ designed and instituted His church so that His people could be clearly identified with the church and be known as “the body of Christ.” Membership helps to identify one with Christ’s church in a particular place.
Increased Effectiveness. Just as logs joined together burn much brighter than independent logs, so Christians, gathered together, can accomplish much more than as individuals.
A Sense of Belonging. When one formality joins any group or organization, the sense of belonging is significantly heightened. It is no longer “their church” but “our church.” Therefore, one feels more comfortable and readily expects and claims the benefis of belonging.
Acceptance of Responsiblity. To get the full benefits and joys of marriage, one must be committed to the obligations and responsibilities of marriage. Even so, to enjoy the full benefits of the church, one must also accept the full responsbilities. When one joins, one becomes personally responsible for the success or failure of the Lord’s work. The Christian becomes a player instead of a spectator. As a team member he must accept responsiblity for the wins and losses of the team, while the spectator only observes.
Submission. In Ephesians 5:21 we are commanded to be submissive to one another. When believers have differences they are to submit those differences to the rule of the church rather than the secular court (Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 6:1). When we get out of line if our beliefs or behavior, the church is responsible to discipline us for our benefit and the testimony of Christ (Titus 3:10; 1 Corinthians 5:5, Romans 16:17). Membership, therefore, declares our submission to the body of Christ and to the spiritual leadership of that body.
Legal Function. To function as a church (a non-profit organization) requires some kind of membership by state law.
How do I become a member?
The following represents the typical steps in becoming a member of Becker Baptist Church. Please read these carefully and ask any questions you might have.
1. Complete the below application to express your interest in this process, including reading these documents:
- BBC Affirmation of Faith and Church Covenant
- Highlights of Becker Baptist Church History
- Church Constitution and By-Laws
2. Meet with the Deacon Board to share your testimony and spiritual journey. This informal time also provides you with the opportunity to ask them any question you might have about the church.
3. The Deacon Board votes on whether or not to recommend to the church in session to receive you into membership.
4. One of the constitutional requirements for church membership is believer’s baptism by immersion after becoming a Christian. Baptism services are planned as needed throughout the year.
A. Individuals may enter into church membership: 1) By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and baptism by immersion. 2) By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and previous baptism by immersion.
B. The Church Clerk of Becker Baptist Church will notify your former church that you have joined our fellowship upon your request.
C. A letter of transfer is not necessary in order to join Becker Baptist Chruch.
Church Membership Application
I AM interested in pursuing membership at Becker Baptist Church at this time.
(Complete one form per individual please.)
11951 Hancock Street
Becker, MN 55308
P.O. Box 7
Becker, MN 55308