Unfortunately the idea of “membership” has been hijacked by gyms and wholesale clubs. But the word member originally described a part of a body. In fact, that’s exactly how 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 describes it. Meaningful church membership is not about attending services at a particular location; it is a life-giving connection between fellow believers. So, much more than having your name on a list, we believe that church membership is …

a mutually recognized vital relationship committed to affirming one another’s confession of Jesus and overseeing one another’s discipleship

In church membership, the individual believer knows who they’re committing to and the congregation knows who they’re assuming responsibility for. The reason we give ourselves to this mutual submission, responsibility, and accountability is for the sake of our continued faithfulness to Jesus.

If the church is a building, then we must be bricks in it; if the church is a body, then we are its members; if the church is a household of faith, then we are part of that household. Sheep are in a flock, and branches on a vine. Biblically, if we are Christians we must be members of a church. This membership is not simply the record of a statement we once made or of affection toward a familiar place. It must be the reflection of a living commitment or it is worthless. —Mark Dever
For our life, health, growth, and continued faithfulness to Jesus, we are convinced we need to be committed and vitally connected to other believers. This is why we practice the use of a church covenant. Our covenant is simply a summary of the biblical expectations and responsibilities we mutually commit to take on with each other as disciples of Jesus in a local church community. This is important to understand if you are considering joining with this congregation.

We never want church to end up simply being an event we attend or a place we go. Church is the people to whom we belong, we are called to serve, and have submitted ourselves to for our continued discipleship.

If you are interested in joining with Lebanon Baptist Church:

1) Attend the Lebanon 101 class. It is a 6 week interactive class that provides an overview of who we are and what we believe as a church. In these classes we will discuss …

  • Our Mission (weeks 1 -2)
  • Our Message (weeks 3-5)
  • Our Ministry (weeks 6-7)

This class is offered 4-5 times a year. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office. Attending this class does not obligate you to join, but it is an ideal discussion for those who are new to Lebanon Baptist Church. If you do plan to commit to joining, these classes are required.

2) Once you have completed Lebanon 101, you’re invited to fill out an Application.

3) When we receive your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview with some of our leadership team. This will give us a chance to get to know you a bit more, hear how you came to faith in Christ, and allow you to ask any additional questions you may have.

If you would like to learn more about the Biblical meaning of the local church and church membership, you can plan to attend to our Church Basics class later this Spring.