Our pastor has been out for three months because his wife is very sick, so we have been using supply pastors for Sunday, and we deacons have been doing the Wednesday night Bible study. Brother Tom, here on BB, lead the study last night which was fascinating. For the most part, it had to do with accepting new church members from other churches that may differ with your core beliefs. For example, would your church accept a person who came from a Baptist church, had the proper baptism, but their church practiced speaking in tongues? Then, he asked the same thing about a Baptist church that believed one could lose their salvation? How about if a person presented themselves for membership from a Methodist church that had been immersed from their choice? What about a church that believed in Calvinism or free will and your church was the opposite? How about a baptism from the Church of Christ that is immersion but also is part of salvation? Each church is different. My point in all this, which differs with Tom is, I do not believe in a delay for membership for communicant's class, learning the bylaws, or investigating someones background. I believe the book of Acts teaches that "members were received the same day." The person that wants to join is responsible for understanding what the local church they want to join believes. Any comments directly or indirectly are appreciated.