Membership does matter at GRACE BAPTIST
Many churches have opted for a philosophy that does away with membership. The idea is to have a "no strings attached" feeling. Yes, that sounds all good and well, but that is not what the New Testament reveals about the local church. The New Testament model illustrates much attachment and commitment and belonging.
At Grace, we have an 8 week course called the "Foundations Class". The class, taught by one of our Elders, explains exactly what we believe, how our church functions, and many nuts and bolts issues. The class is open for anyone who is interested in joining our church or for anyone who wants to find out more about our church.
After participating in all 8 classes, potential members will schedule a meeting with members of the Leadership Team. After it is confirmed (as well as possible) that there is a clear understanding of the Gospel, substitutionary atonement, salvation in Christ alone, appropriate response to those truths, and baptism, they are then brought before the church and recommended for membership by the Elders. Please contact Geoff Brown at 918-718-1634 for details.
Note: We believe strongly in and have studied through these books on membership as a leadership and body:
What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever
What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Stop Dating the Church by Josh Harris
9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever