Who may become a member of McKernan Baptist Church?
Membership is open to anyone who has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and desires to be a fully devoted follower of Him.
How do I become a member?
The only requirements for church membership are that you have personally trusted Christ for salvation and been baptized. If you have never been baptized by immersion, we have a series of Baptismal Classes to explain some of the basic truths and responsibilities of the Christian life.
If you have been baptized, you may join on the basis of a letter of transfer from a Baptist church or your personal testimony. The first step is to attend a Sunday Church Membership Seminar. Secondly, fill out a church membership application. Then a representative of our Church Board will contact you to arrange a brief interview. You will be asked about your faith in Christ and your interest in serving Him here. Then, upon approval of the board, you will be welcomed into our church family during a worship service.
Why is local church membership important?
Becoming a member of a local church is an intentional step that helps you to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus.
Church Members publicly voice their support and take on the privilege and responsibility of:
- Praying for the ministry, outreach and growth of the church.
- Nurturing the unity of the church. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
- Sharing in the ministry of the church through the use of talents and spiritual gifts. (1 Peter 4:10)
- Being accountable to other believers (Ephesians 5:21), which is an important part of spiritual growth. (Galatians 6:1-2, Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Supporting the ministry of the church financially. (1 Corinthians 16:2)
- Having a voice at church business meetings where decisions are made that affect the future of the local congregation and its ministry.
Although it is true that church membership is not required for heaven, it is part of life as a growing Christian. A local church is the setting in which we grow as believers, so that along with committing ourselves to Christ, we ought to commit ourselves to His people.
Becoming part of the church identifies you publicly with the awesome things God is doing through His church. Local churches of today, in spite of their human weaknesses, are still the latest expression of what God has been doing through the centuries. People join a church to identify themselves with that spiritual heritage. By joining a church we take our stand with those of like faith, and so identify where God is at work and join Him there!
If you have any further questions please call the office at 780-436-0611 or contact Pastor Christine.