Our understanding of the nature and responsibilities of church membership is communicated in our membership covenant. Based on the popular Baptist church covenant produced by John Newton Brown in 1853, our church covenant connects us with the historical stream of confessional Baptists and gives us a reference point for our commitment to God and one another. It summarizes the New Testament's view of relational commitments within the local church:
"Having 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, angels, 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 remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; To strive for the advancement of this church, to promote its spirituality and prosperity; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations;
To educate our children in the Scriptures, to diligently seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; To walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings and faithful to our word; To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and sinful anger, to be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation, ever mindful of the admonition of our Savior to secure it without delay; To abstain from the abuse of intoxicating substances;
We further covenant that, when we move from this place:, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word."
How Do I Become a Member?
Step 1: Indicate Interest to Pursue Membership A candidate for membership may express interest in joining Redeemer by talking with a pastoral staff member. There's no rush on this step! Feel free to visit with us for a while and get to know us. We hold membership in the local church in high regard, and encourage those interested in joining to carefully think about committing to the expectations and doctrinal distinctives of our church family.
Step 2: Participate in a Prospective Membership Interview This is an opportunity for one of the pastoral staff to get to know you better, hear about your conversion, baptism, and walk with Christ, as well as answer any questions you may have about Redeemer Baptist Fellowship.
Step 3: Receive Congregational Affirmation New Member candidates will be presented to the congregation at a quarterly Members’ Meeting, following their prospective member interview, at which time the congregation will be asked to officially vote to approve the candidates as members of Redeemer.