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.