If you have never been baptized before and would like to be, you will need to complete the church membership process at First. Be sure to discuss your desire to be baptized during your initial interview. This will allow you to be scheduled for baptism on the day you take your membership vows in front of the congregation.
Why become a Member?
To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, and church membership are all relationships of accountability.
What is Membership like?
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers – the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At First, we take it seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.