We encourage formal membership to all those who attend BCO. We believe formal church membership is a biblical model and a privilege for a number of reasons. The metaphor of the body of Christ highlights the joys and importance of union together (1 Cor 12:12-31). Membership is also evidenced by purposeful submission to the leadership of a local church (Heb 13:17; 1 Thess 5:12-13). The example of the early church indicates believers willingly joined the church rolls (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14; 16:5). Not least of all, the epistles were written to local churches with membership together implied.
Here’s a brief look at the membership process. Prospective members must profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, give evidence of a changed life, have been baptized as a believer, agree with the Articles of Faith, and agree to abide by the church’s constitution. At a Saturday morning membership class, we discuss a brief history of the church, our commitments, our theology and the Christian’s role in the church. After applying for membership, an elder will conduct a short membership interview with prospective members. The final step in membership is to be introduced to the congregation at a Sunday morning.
We’d like to answer any further questions about membership. Please contact any of the pastors by calling the church office at 918-376-9900.