Church Membership at FFBC

What is Membership & Why Does It Matter?

The concept of a follower of Jesus who is not actively committed to, and intimately participating in, the local church is entirely foreign to the New Testament. Rather, that believers are intimately associated with one another in a local-body relationship is universally assumed in the New Testament. That relationship is what we call “church membership.”

At Firm Foundation, church membership is a formal covenant between the individual believer (you) and the body and leadership of this local assembly. It is an official affirmation that we are all accountable and committed to each other:

  • Our leaders are committed to shepherding, serving, leading, and protecting you.
    (Jn. 21:15-17, Ac. 20:28, 1 Pet. 5:2)

  • You are committed to following, supporting, and submitting to our leaders.
    (1 Thess. 5:12, 1 Tim. 5.17-18, Heb. 13:17)

  • We are all committed to serving one another with our time, talents, and treasures.
    (1 Cor. 12:4-25, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 16:1-2)

  • We are all committed to holding one another accountable to walk in obedience to the Lord Jesus.
    (Mt. 18:15-20, 1 Cor. 5)

Matt Chandler hits it on the head: “…if there is no biblical requirement to belong a local church, then which leaders should an individual Christian obey and submit to [in Hebrews 13:17]?… If there is no local commitment to a covenant community of faith [in 1 Corinthians 5:1-12], then how do you remove someone from that community of faith?”

Is Church Membership Biblical?

There are those who reject the idea of church membership as unbiblical. While we certainly grant that the term “church membership” does not appear in the Bible, the concept is no less present than the concept of the Trinity, another term which does not appear in the Bible. Again, membership is simply the formal way in which we recognize the relationship of commitment between followers of Jesus in a local church.

In other words, if you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus, it is God’s will for you that you be a member of a local church. What that looks like depends on the congregation, but we hope the Lord leads you to become a member here.

If you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus, it is God’s will for you that you be a member of a local church. We hope he leads you to become a member here.

How to Become a Member

Becoming a member at Firm Foundation Bible Church is an easy 4-step process:

Step 1:

Read our Bylaws and Doctrinal Statement.

Read our Bylaws and our full Doctrinal Statement entitled “What We Teach.”

FFBC Bylaws
What We Teach
Step 2:

Fill out the Membership Application.

Complete the Membership Application (along with the Ministry Interest form; attached) and return it to one of our elders.

Membership Application
Step 3:

Attend a Membership Class.

90-minute Membership Classes are held quarterly after the Sunday morning service, or as needed. Click the button to view upcoming classes and to register.

Find a Class
Step 4:

Interview with one of our elders.

You can interview with one of our elders right after the Membership Classes, or schedule an interview for a more convenient time by contacting our elders.

Contact Our Elders

We must re-grasp the idea of church membership as being the membership of the body of Christ and as the biggest honor which can come man’s way in this world.”
–Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Membership & Ministry FAQ’s

Frequently-asked questions about membership and ministry opportunities at Firm Foundation.

There are plenty of ways you can lend a casual helping hand if you’re not a member. Regular, official ministry opportunities, however, are reserved for members of FFBC. For a list of service opportunities that are available for members, fill out the Ministry Interests Form and return it to one of our elders.

Generally speaking, we don’t believe it’s always possible or even necessary for believers to know their spiritual gift. First, none of the passages that explicitly list spiritual gifts—Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:11—seem to be exhaustive; in each passage there is a broader point than the identification of each and every gift, and the mention of gifts is merely to serve that broader point. Second, and more importantly, the New Testament’s expectation and exhortation is that believers serve wherever there is a need and wherever they’re able, knowing that God is at work in and through them to build up his people (1 Cor. 12:11, Eph. 4:16). The important thing is that if you see a need and you’re able to meet it, do so.

Some have said that God redirects our natural talents and abilities after conversion, and this is certainly one of the ways our spiritual gifts may manifest themselves. In practical terms, we might put it like this: what are you good at and what do you enjoy doing? The answer to that may be an indication of what your spiritual gift is, though, at the very least, you should feel all the freedom in the world to look for opportunities to serve in those areas, and then serve with a clear conscience and a thankful heart to the glory of God.

Yes, serving on the worship team or in music ministry is exclusively for members of FFBC. For questions or details, contact Pastor Tony.

Children’s ministry is reserved exclusively for members of FFBC who have passed a background check and who have successfully completed children’s ministry training. For questions or details, contact Pastor Lloyd.

Those who have been members of FFBC for at least 18 months, and who meet the biblical qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, may be selected as deacons or deaconesses. For details on the diaconate, see Article 6 of our Bylaws.

Those who have been members of FFBC for at least 18 months, and who are recognized to have some ability to publicly proclaim and defend the faith may teach publicly at FFBC. Teaching opportunities might include things like Sunday school, a midweek Bible study, leading a small group, or maybe even outside opportunities that may arise. To find out more about requirements and opportunities, contact Pastor Lloyd.

Those who have been members of FFBC for at least 18 months, and who meet the biblical requirements outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, may be selected as elders. For details on eldership, see Article 5 of our Bylaws.

To begin the membership process, simply scroll up to How to Become a Member at Firm Foundation and start working on the four steps.

To schedule your interview with an elder, contact Pastor Lloyd.

Spiritual growth happens when God’s Word is faithfully preached.

Growth in Christ comes by reading, understanding, explaining, and applying the Scriptures to our hearts and lives—verse by verse, book by book, week in and week out. Come be nourished with us.

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