What we believe about membership

The Bible describes life within the local church as a partnership. Churches are made up of an identifiable group of Christians who partner together to fulfill the mission of Christ and to hold one another accountable to their commitment to follow Christ. Becoming a member of MBBC means that you are committing to this partnership with the members and pastors of the church. It also means that our church family is committing to you. We will commit to shepherd, encourage, admonish, pray for, and equip you for the work of ministry.

We have a high view of the church because God has a high view of the church. The Bible says that the church is the “bride” of Christ (Eph. 5:25-27). The church is the means by which God is fulfilling His mission in the world. It is the primary environment where Christian growth occurs. We believe that God expects every Christian to be a committed and active member of a local church. We would love to have you partner with us to fulfill the mission of God. However, we acknowledge that MBBC is not for everybody. It is not our desire to get everybody to join our church. We do want to encourage every Christian to commit to a Gospel-focused church where they can be actively engaged.

Can children be members?

Yes. Children who demonstrate through their personal testimony and fruit of the Spirit in their lives that they have decided to trust and follow Jesus, and who have been baptized as a believer, may become members of MBBC. The process for becoming a member varies depending upon the age of your child.

Teenagers (6th gr. & up)

Teenagers in the sixth grade and up who desire to commit to membership will walk through the same membership process as an adult. When a teenager is joining the church along with his/her parents, they are encouraged to attend the Membership Class with their family.

Teenagers (6 gr. & up)

Darrin Mechling, dmechling(at)mbbcirving.org

Children (5th gr. & under) who have already been baptized

If the child has already been baptized, then the child along with a parent will meet with our Children’s Pastor, Jamie Brooks. Pastor Jamie will hear the child’s personal testimony from both the parent and the child. We also ask the child to write out his/her personal testimony (Pastor Jamie will provide more information on this during the initial meeting). After meeting with Pastor Jamie and writing out his/her personal testimony, the child will then be officially voted into membership along with their family, during the next Semiannual Member Meeting.

Children (5th gr. & under) who have not been baptized

A child who has professed faith in Jesus Christ and desires baptism will be prepared for baptism by working with their parents (or a spiritual leader within the church if a parent is not available) through a resource that will teach them what it means to trust and follow Christ. Parents can obtain this resource from our Children’s Pastor, Jamie Brooks. We want to equip, resource, and support parents to take the lead in instructing their child what it means to be a follower of Christ and preparing them for baptism.

Once the child has completed the discipleship resource, he/she along with a parent will meet with Pastor Jamie to discern the child’s readiness for baptism. The child will be asked to write out and share verbally his/her personal testimony. The purpose of this meeting is not to test a child’s knowledge about Christianity but to affirm that they have indeed received new birth.

Once the parents and Pastor Jamie agree that the child is ready, he/she will be baptized on a date that works for the church and the family. The child will then be officially voted into membership along with their family, during the next Semiannual Member Meeting.

Children (5 gr. & under)

Jamie Brooks, jbrooks(at)mbbcirving.org

 

How do I become a member?

Membership Requirements

    1. Be a follower of Jesus Christ
    2. Be baptized as a believer
    3. Complete the Membership Process

The Membership Process

    1. Register for the upcoming Membership Class
       
    2. Attend the both sessions of the Membership Class

    3. Share your personal testimony with a pastor or trained
        counselor and fill out the Membership Commitment Form
        This is done during session two of the Membership Class.

    4. Be voted in during the next Semiannual Member Meeting
        These occur twice every year, during May and December.

  Not ready to commit, but want more info?
  Come to the first session of the Membership Class, which
  will give you an overview of who we are, what we believe,
  and how we function as a church.

 

 

Unsure about membership, but want more info?
You are welcome to attend the first session. You may attend the
second session if/when you are ready to commit to membership.

Register

The Membership Class

Consists of two sessions on consecutive Sundays, 9:30 am–12 pm
Participants will not be able to attend the Worship Service or Sunday Bible Fellowship during these Sundays. You will receive a copy of the message you missed that day before you leave.

Class Overview

Session 1 | Josh Smith, Lead Pastor of Preaching/Vision
    • The history and mission of MBBC
    • Our convictions, expectations, and requirements
    • Doctrinal beliefs
    • Ministry structure and distinctives
    • Instruction on how to share your personal testimony
    • Q&A

Session 2
| Rickey Primrose, Lead Pastor of Spiritual Development
    • The MBBC Discipleship Pathway
    • Sharing your personal testimony with a trained counselor
    • How to get connected at MBBC
    • Q&A

2016 Membership Classes

    • Sundays, January 24 & 31, 9:30 am–12 pm

    • Sundays, April 17 & 24, 9:30 am–12 pm

    • Sundays, August 7 & 14, 9:30 am–12 pm

    • Sundays, October 30 & November 6, 9:30 am–12 pm