Church Membership

Receiving Members

Anyone may request membership at any scheduled service of the church. Everyone that request membership must speak with a qualified representative/counselor [Church Staff, deacons, teachers, or provided counselors].

  1. 1)  Each person should request to become a born again believer in Jesus Christ or give sufficient testimony to a previous conversion experience.

  2. 2)  Every person should give an indication of which of the church approved ways they are requesting to join the church according to church bylaws.

  3. 3)  Any other relevant information should be discussed before the person is presented to the church for membership.

The church accepts people as members that meet the requirements and grants membership at the point of presentation. If there is any dissent as to any candidate, such dissent will be referred to the deacons for investigation and the making of a recommendation to the church. A two-thirds vote of those church members present and voting shall be required to elect such candidates to membership.

Active and Inactive Membership

Unfortunately all members of the church do not accept the full responsibilities of being a member of a Baptist church. Active members are those who attend regular scheduled worship services unless providentially hindered. Inactive members are those who do not attend regular scheduled worship services without being providentially hindered.

Conflict Resolution

Moulton Baptist is committed to resolving in a Biblical manner all conflicts that may arise within the church family. This commitment is based upon the command that Christians should strive to live together in peace with each other, and when disputes arise, they should be resolved according to the principles set forth in scripture. We believe that these commands and principles apply to all Christians and are essential for the unity, health, and witness of the church.

When a member of this church has a conflict with or is concerned about the behavior of another member, he/she shall attempt to resolve the conflict in the following manner:

1) The offended or concerned person shall prayerfully examine him/herself and take responsibility for their contribution to the problem, and prayerfully seek to discern whether the offense is so serious it cannot be overlooked.

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If the offense is too serious to be overlooked, the offended party will go several times if necessary and attempt to resolve the matter personally and privately. In this interaction the offended party shall quickly confess his/her own wrongdoing and seek forgiveness.

If the offender will not listen and if the problem is too serious to overlook, the offended person shall return with two mature Christian people to help in the resolution of the differences. These other people are to serve more as mediators than as champions of a side.

At the request of either party to the dispute, the church leadership shall make every effort to assist in resolving the differences and affecting reconciliation. If the matter cannot be resolved in this matter, it may then be referred to the deacons and staff. At this point the matter moves from church conflict to church discipline policy.

Discipline

It is the practice of this church to emphasize to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The staff and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. The attitude of members toward one another shall be guided by a concern for the redemption rather than the punishment of others [Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1-2]. With this in mind, if a member is anywhere in the discipline process and shows adequate confession and repentance of a matter, then the process shall be stopped.

If a conflict cannot be resolved according to the conflict resolution process and the matter is too serious to be overlooked, then the persons involved will enter into the discipline process. Also, should some serious condition exist which will cause a member to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, then they will enter into the discipline process.

Moulton Baptist Church discipline process is outlined below:

  1. 1)  Pastor, related staff, and deacon officers will review the matter to insure proper procedures have been followed, and that the matter is serious enough to start the disciplinary process.

  2. 2)  Pastor, related staff, and deacon officers will investigate the matter, seeking to review all relevant information and interview all people involved in the matter or with knowledge of the matter. This is meant to be a thorough investigation; therefore, some time may pass as the matter is researched and prayed over to insure just, fair and impartial decisions are made with the full leadership of the Holy Spirit. At this point a decision will be made to determine if the matter can be resolved, or if it needs to be presented to the larger deacon body.

  3. 3)  At this point the situation, all people involved, and all relevant information will be shared with the whole deacon body along with any decisions or recommendations to be made by the deacon leadership and staff in relation to the matter. The

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deacon body then will make a decision in relation to the case, as to whether and what recommendations need to be made to the church body. The deacon body may, by majority vote, seek to resolve the matter itself. If the deacon body feels the problem needs to be decided by the church body, or if individuals or people involved in the discipline process feel they have received an unfair judgment, they can appeal for the matter to be brought before the church.

All discipline matters of the church should be announced at least one week in advance of a regular or special called business meeting to deal with the matter. The relevant information and people involved in the issue will be presented to the church along with recommendations of the deacons and staff and a report detailing the church disciplinary process of the matter will be presented to the church. The church will then vote on how to resolve the matter.

If the resolution includes the exclusion of any member, then a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting is required. The person(s) receiving a greater than two-thirds vote for exclusion will then be removed from membership of the church. A spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance shall pervade all such proceedings.

The church may restore to membership any person previously excluded upon request of the excluded person and upon established evidence of the excluded persons repentance and reformation. Such restoration shall be by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting in a regular business meeting or a special called business meeting.

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