1110 West Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Becoming a Member

We believe that Christian faith is about relationships - with God and with each other. In both cases, we believe that Jesus reveals what is essential about all of our relationships. Jesus lived in awareness of God’s presence and placed his trust in God. In him, we hear God’s invitation to live a relationship of intimacy and faithfulness. Jesus welcomed anyone who would respond to this invitation.

Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves to live as a follower of Jesus. It is a way of saying, “This is who I am and this is what matters to me.” It is a commitment to a lifetime of learning, growing in our relationships, and serving others for God's glory. Being a part of the church is a way that we bear witness to our faith in God and open ourselves to relationships that only Christian community can offer.

We invite persons who are not members of First Baptist Church to make this community of Jesus followers their church home. If you are someone who is considering the possibility of becoming a member, we hope that the following list of Frequently Asked Questions will help you get a better sense of what is involved with joining our church.

Who can join First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti?
The invitation to join is for anyone who desires to know and follow Jesus.

What are the ways that a person can join the church?
There are two ways to join:

  • Public confession (or reaffirmation) of faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and the intent to receive believer's baptism by immersion

  • Presentation of a letter of transfer from another Christian Church that practices believer's baptism

Reaffirmation of faith is for those individuals who are neither making a first-time profession of faith nor coming from another church. They are simply saying, “I’m not a new Christian, and I don’t have a current church membership but I want to be a member of this church.”

Letter of transfer is a means of communicating that you are already a member of another church but simply wish to move your membership to our church. We understand and recognize that not all churches have “membership” and that you may just simply be joining our church without an official transfer.

Individuals interested in joining are normally required to take the New Member Orientation classes, which cover the questions: What Do Christians Believe? What is a Church?  And How Can I Get Involved?

Am I required to be baptized?
While baptism is not specifically required, individuals who have not been baptized by immersion are strongly encouraged to do so.  Jesus exemplified the importance of baptism through his own example.

We do not require anyone to be “re-baptized” in our church if you have had a previous baptism you consider sufficient. Our church practices believer's baptism, which presumes that a person is of a sufficiently mature age to make an informed decision to follow Christ. For some this could be the process of confirmation in another denomination. If you are making a first-time profession of faith, you should start thinking about baptism after your decision to follow the Lord.

If you had a previous baptism but wish to do it again, we would first suggest that you have a conversation with the Pastor or church leadership regarding your reasons.

How exactly do I join?
It is a simple process. After completion of the New Member Orientation you'll have an informal meeting with a group of church leaders and the Pastor, who would then vote on you becoming a member.  Afterwards, the church will extend the Right Hand of Fellowship to you during the worship service of your choice where we present you to the congregation and affirm your decision.  We request that new members provide some basic contact information and have their picture taken for our newsletter and directory.

Do I have to answer questions or affirm a set of beliefs in order to join?
A person would simply be asked two questions:  One, if they confess Jesus as their Savior and their promise to follow him as Lord; and two, if they accept the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.  A person is welcome to share from their testimony and/or life experience if they choose.

What if I have a debilitating fear of standing up in front of people?
We will work something out to accommodate this. It is important that the congregation see and know who you are so they can appropriately welcome you. And remember, you don’t have to say anything when we present you for membership other than acknowledgement of the questions noted above.

Why join?
There are numerous benefits to officially becoming a member.  It identifies you as a genuine believer and part of the body of Christ.  It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ.  It gives you a place to discover and use your gifts in ministry.  It places you under the spiritual protection of godly leaders.  And it gives you the accountability you need to grow.  Members benefit from the pastoral care of the church, a commitment to do everything possible to support you in your time of emotional, spiritual or financial need.

Joining can be a very meaningful time in which you and the congregation make a commitment to each other. Of course, if you are making a first-time profession of faith, it is also an extremely important time for you and your family, as well as the church.

Am I expected to join after attending for a certain length of time?
No. Our Pastor or one of our members might bring up this question from time to time, but it is not intended to pressure you.

What is expected of church members?
There are two types of commitments necessary for church membership.  We expect our members to be committed to Jesus Christ and to be committed to his Church.  We encourage our members to be active in our three focus areas of Worship, Grow, and Serve.  Worship is a vital part of the Christian life and should be a regular part of our routine.  We encourage every new member to find a Small Group and Ministry Team to get involved with right away.  These are places where you can Grow and Serve.  We believe membership can mean so much more through establishing healthy, Christian relationships and finding a place where you can use your God-given gifts to build up His Church.

Are members expected to give financially to the church?
Yes. The ministries at First Baptist Church, including paid staff and facilities, are supported by our membership. Your regular financial support as a member is crucial to the church, as well as being a very biblical way of showing your commitment to Christ and His Church.

Malachi 3:10 says, “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house…[and I will] throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”  The goal we ask members to keep in mind is 10% (a tithe) of your income.  But this is not a requirement, it is simply a reflection of our gratitude for what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.  Having said that, we are well aware that some of our members are in tough financial situations and we only expect people to give what they can. More than the amount, we encourage cheerful and sacrificial giving...of your time, talents, and treasure.

I think I’m ready to join. What should I do?
Contact our Pastor or Church Leadership to set up an appointment.  We will schedule a time to meet, get to know you more, and arrange the New Member Orientation classes.

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