How do I become a member of First Burk?
First Burk is a family of believers in Jesus Christ. As the church is to be a reflection of Jesus Christ, we take membership seriously. Therefore, we have created a simple process for church membership:
Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and being baptized by immersion.
If you have already accepted Jesus but have not been baptized by immersion, then following Him in believer's baptism.
Transfer of membership by letter from another Baptist church
By "statement of faith" -- your statement of having previously accepted Christ and experienced baptism by immersion as a member of another church of like faith and belief or if you do not know where your membership is currently located.
Attend a "new members" class (Discover Class) when one is scheduled. The class should take about 2 hours as we will go over such things as: Who is First Burk? What does it mean to be a member? What does the church believe? How can I get involved?
Once the class has been taken a one on one interview time will be set up with a staff member for a different day. This time is designed to be more personal and allow for staff to hear from each person their story.
The final step is a dedication before the church. We will take some time to present new members before the church to pray for the new members and to present their commitment to First Burk.
Does joining your church
make me a Baptist?
Joining First Burk is a decision to affiliate with a local group of believers who are accountable to the authority of the Bible, practicing their faith, using their gifts and talents to serve the community, sharing their resources to do the work of God and reaching out to spiritual seekers who do not yet have a personal relationship with God.
First Burk happens to be a Southern Baptist Church. Southern Baptist churches are autonomous. This means that each individual church decides what it will teach and how it will minister in the community and the world. There is no governing body that regulates church activities, polity or staff selection. First Burk chooses to affiliate with Southern Baptist Churches because we believe it is the best way to cooperate with other churches to work together to do things we could not accomplish alone. Through our financial gifts to the local, state and national conventions, we build hospitals, provide seminaries, do mission work and establish benevolent organizations worldwide for hundreds of purposes. When you join First Burk, you affiliate with this group as long as you remain a member of the church.
If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 940.569.1434.