My bride and I are in the process of joining a local evangelical free church. I have not experienced a process like this before. Step 1: They had a membership class. This was a chance to learn all about their doctrinal stances and polity. Step 2: Meeting with the pastor and 2 other elders. This was an opportunity to give our testimonies. Step 3: Wait. The names of those wanting to members are put in the bulletin for 2 weeks. This is an opportunity for current members to voice concerns. Step 4: Vote.