I apologize in advance if this topic has been covered before. I did a search, however, and didn't find any references, but maybe I didn't have the search parameters "wide enough" (for lack of a better term). Anyway, my wife and I are in the process of finding a new church home (thought we had, but it didn't work out (long story)). For the last 5 Sunday's we've been attending a church that a friend of my wife goes too. It's one of those Baptist churches that doesn't have Baptist in it's name (there's a story about it that I'll share if anyone cares). Anyway, this past Sunday one of the deacons came up to us and wanted to know what we think of the church and all. So far, we've been pretty pleased with everything. The preaching is sound and very biblically based, although I wish the sermons lasted longer than 20 to 25 minutes (give me a good ole 60 minute sermon any day ). He asked us if we were considering joining and we told him that we weren't sure at this time. He went on to say that one of the conditions of membership is to be baptized before one can become a member. Both my wife and I raised our eyebrows at that. Now I know that baptism is an outward, public expression of faith in Christ, but wouldn't you think that baptism would come after membership, not as a condition for it? Is this out there in left field, or is this the "norm" nowadays? Don't get me wrong, if we decide to join we have no problem with getting baptised first. I guess I'm just wondering if this is a standard practice. Any info, comments, insights, and whatnot will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance. God Bless!!! Adam As a little side info, this is a independent (but not IFB), self-governing, evangelical Christian church voluntarily affiliated with the Baptist General Conference, Midwest Baptist Conference, and the Willow Creek Association (this comes from their weekly bulletin).