What is the usual practice of your church? 1. Baptism is followed by membership. Someone who is saved then attends Baptism class, where the basics of the gosel are taught as well as what is expected of a member of a Baptist church. Upon approval of the Deacons (or Elders, whatever you call them), the candidate is baptized. The "right hand of fellowship" is offered soon thereafter upon the acceptance of the congregation, and the candidate becomes a member of the church. 2. Baptism may or may not be followed immediately by membership. Baptism class is only about salvation. If a baptised person wants to become a member, then they attend membership class, and may later be taken as members. The first does not always imply the second.