If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join HBC.
Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Matters class. The curriculum is composed of six one-hour classes entitled:
- The Purpose of the Church –Why Join a Church?
- The Gospel is the Main Thing
- The Importance of Sound Doctrine
- Our Statement of Faith
- Our Life Together — Why do we do what we do?
- Outreach and Missions
- Our Church Covenant”
Courses are offered in a Friday night/Saturday morning format periodically through the year. Upon completion, those who attended all six classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.
Membership Interview – In a 45 minute meeting, the prospective member meets with an elder to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.
Elder Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the elder will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.
Congregational Affirmation – During quarterly members meetings, each pastor who conducted an interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are fielded, and upon congregational affirmation candidates are admitted into membership.