FBC Membership Information
Membership applications may be submitted at any time. Upon completion of the application either mail the application to the FBC Office or submit it by hand to any of the leadership, office staff or Information Center personnel. Information Links: Download FBC Membership Application, Download FBC Constitution
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The guidelines for becoming a member of Fredericktowne Baptist Church (FBC) are outlined in Article II of the FBC Constitution and are provided below for your reference:
Article II. Church Membership
Section 1. Introduction including Qualifications/Requirements
The Fredericktowne Baptist Church believes that membership is a privilege with attendant responsibilities. FBC believes that congregational members who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (being believers) are priests among the priesthood of believers with direct access to our Lord and Savior. Any person 18 or older professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving testimony of their new birth experience, having adopted the doctrinal statement and consenting to the procedures and practices of this Church established by this Constitution, having been baptized by immersion (unless hindered by some physical condition), and who have been recommended by the Elder Board, may be received into active membership of the Fredericktowne Baptist Church by a simple majority vote of FBC members present at the time of the vote per Article V. The application for membership acknowledges a willing consent to abide by and be subject to the Constitution upon attaining membership. All requests for membership shall be made to any pastor or Elder. The term “member” shall mean only “an active member” unless specifically stated otherwise throughout this constitution.
Section 2. Responsibilities of Membership
Each member, in accordance with his covenant obligation, shall solemnly engage by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the edification of this church in Biblical knowledge and holiness; to promote its spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations to save all of the lost. All members are encouraged to regularly seek out areas for service in some capacity at FBC. All active members in good standing are eligible to vote on issues brought before the church in accordance with this constitution and are expected to participate in such matters. Continuing adherence to this constitution (and amendments) is a requirement for maintaining and continuing membership. In addition to membership, Fredericktowne Baptist Church makes provision for associate membership. This designation is for people who cannot regularly attend FBC but who wish to continue their relationship with the church. This designation is reserved for members who have gone to the mission field, for those in the military who become stationed outside of the area, for members who go off to college outside of the area, and for those who suffer a long term illness keeping them from attending services. Associate members are not eligible to vote on any issue within the church.
Section 3. Church Membership for Pastor and Pastoral Staff
The Pastor; all pastoral staff; and their spouses, if married, shall be members of the church. Throughout these By-Laws, the term Pastor refers to the Senior Pastor. The term “pastoral staff” refers to pastors that support the senior Pastor.
Section 4. Attendance
Those members who have absented themselves from the worship services of this church for a period of three months without reasonable excuse shall be declared inactive by the Elders. Inactive members shall have no vote in congregational meetings, nor shall they hold any church office. The Board of Elders together with the entire body will strive to increase attendance of worship and participation in church ministries and will demonstrate care and attention to those whose attendance has declined.
Section 5. Disapproval of Application
If the Board of Elders or the congregation determines that the applicant does not confess Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior, are not willingly submitting to and in full agreement with the constitution or has a lifestyle inconsistent with this constitution, membership shall be disapproved. The decision made by the Elder Board or the congregation shall be final and there shall be no appeal to any court from that decision. Re-application may occur but the issues that resulted in disapproval have to be completely resolved with adequate time elapsed to confirm new behavior or views.