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5353 Goodrich Road
Clarence, NY 14031

(716) 741-3801

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Membership

Membership

Membership

This is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the right of exclusive self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church. The membership reserves the exclusive right to determine who shall be members of this church and the conditions of such membership. The church doors are open to all people regardless of race or color or national origin. 


Candidacy

Candidates may become members of this church in the following ways:

  1. By the profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and baptism according to the policies of this church.
  2. By letter from another Baptist church of like faith and order.
  3. By statement of prior conversion experience and prior baptism in a New Testament church of like faith and order, when no letter is obtainable.
  4. By restoration.  Any person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored by the vote of the church consisting of three-fourths (3/4) of the members present and voting, upon evidence of his or her repentance and reformation; or, if on account of continued absence, upon satisfactory explanation.  Matthew 16:15.

Whenever anyone presents himself or herself for church  fellowship, the Pastor will meet with that individual and present  a copy of this constitution and bylaws.  At this counseling time, the new brother  or sister will be asked  to affirm his or her approval of the doctrines, beliefs, and constitution of the church.   This affirmation serves as a confirmation of a desire to be a part of the visible body of Christ.  This action  is designated to protect the unity and fellowship of the body as defined by the word of God.   The church family will be asked at a regular business meeting to vote whether to receive that individual upon his or her Christian testimony into the body of believers.  The Church body will be asked to commit itself as individual brothers and sisters in Christ to that person requesting church  fellowship. Following this action of the church,  the Pastor will counsel the new brother or sister as to his or her responsibilities and privileges within the body of Christ.

Approval for Membership


Rights

Such members as are in full and regular standing  may act and vote in the business transactions of the church.  All members upon the floor of the body have equal rights, and are entitled to equal privileges and consideration from all officers and other  members.

A person shall be considered for the inactive roll of the church if that person  does not attend  a regular service for a period of one year.  If after careful and prayerful consideration and earnest  effort to reenlist this person into the "active" roll this person  will not respond, he shall be placed on the "inactive" roll.  If a person is placed on the "inactive" roll, he will lose his voting right for the purpose of conducting any business of the church.


Responsibilities

Members shall be expected to seek the control of the Holy Spirit through their lives, in being faithful to the teachings of the Bible, to attend  regularly the services of the church, to contribute to the support of the church, to share in its organized work, and to conduct themselves toward one another in the spirit of the Church Covenant.


Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

  1. By Death -- Upon evidence of the expiration of a member, the church clerk shall be authorized to remove the name of the deceased from the church roll; a proper record of such action should be made.
  2. By Letter -- Letters of dismissal for any member who is in good standing with the church shall be granted to any church of like faith and order and upon proper request for letter from said church.
  3. By Exclusion -- Should a member become an offense to the Church and to its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, or by persistent  breach of his covenant vows, or non­ support of the church, the church may terminate his membership by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of members present, but only after due notice and hearing, and after faithful efforts have been made to bring such member to repentance and amendment.
  4. By Dropping From the Roll -- A member shall be dropped from the roll when he or she joins an order of other beliefs and practice, provided such action has been verified.

Termination