Church membership is just as vital for the growth, development, and maturing of the believer as it is vital for a baby to be brought up in a family (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:19), or a sheep to be a member of a flock (John 10:27; 1 Peter 5:2), or even a stone or brick to occupy its place in a building (1 Peter 2:5). Membership is a connection with God and His people through which there is growth, accountability, encouragement, and ministry (Romans 12:5). One grows in their faith and serves their Lord through membership in a local church. We believe our Lord will lead each believer to serve Him in a specific local church (note 1). Those sensing the Lord’s leading to become a member should come forward during the invitation and speak with a pastor. He will help you to determine which of the following steps represents your response:

1. Profession of faith in Christ followed by believer’s baptism by immersion (note 2). Or

2. Statement of faith and baptism whereby the believer gives testimony that they have surrendered to Christ as their Savior and they have demonstrated that faith through baptism by immersion in a church of like belief as Central. Or

3. Transfer of letter from another Baptist church signifying that they have received Christ and been baptized by immersion as a believer.

Also, we request that candidates for membership affirm the central tenets of our faith as outlined in the Baptist Faith & Message (2000). A representiative collection of these doctrines can be found in our Articles of Faith brochure (click here to view)

Someone will assist you in filling out your decision card, and you will be presented to the church after which members will begin to welcome you personally. We encourage all new members to complete a brief class entitled DISCOVERY, where they receive information about the vision, ministry and beliefs of Central. It is critical that you get involved in a Bible Study or Sunday School class as soon as possible, as these smaller groups are best able to meet your needs, help you grow, and provide you with opportunities to serve. There will be people in the DISCOVERY Class and at our welcome center who will assist you in finding a class to meet your needs.