Section 2. MembershipA person may offer himself or herself as a candidate for membership in this Church at any regular worship service or privately to the pastor and complete the following requirements:
Make a public profession of faith and be baptized according to the doctrine of this ChurchOR Upon a statement of a prior conversion experience and baptism by immersionAND 2. Make a commitment, in writing, to the Church Covenant and Doctrine, as stated in the Constitution, and also receive New Member instruction.
After meeting these requirements, the person will be presented to the church as a member of Concord Baptist Church. Any dissent may be made to Pastoral Staff at any time after a person has requested membership but no later than 7 days after the person has been presented to the Church. The Pastoral Staff will make a recommendation to the Church within 30 days at which time there will be a three-fourths vote of those members present and voting required to elect such candidates to membership.
IV. CHURCH COVENANTHaving been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the well-being of this Church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred, and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to seek God’s help in abstaining from all drugs, food, drink, pornography and other practices which bring unwarranted harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, secured without delay, according to the Word of God.
If for any reason we are unable to maintain our fellowship with this Church, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church.