The Church - Part 99

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Salty

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    For the sake of discussion on this thread - A formal church roll is required.

    Now, who should be on the roll,
    Must be Baptized?
    by a church of like faith and Order
    would a IFB accept a SBC baptism
    would you accept a baptism (by immersion) from a foreign church - say pentecostal?

    Do you have a "junior" membership list?
    What is the age cutoff 14, 16, 18
    If so is it mainly for voting (or lack of) anotherwards - are junior members dissallowed from voting in business meetings

    Do you have membership catagories?
    Active (self-explanatory)
    Inactive - after how long - what action must be taken to be placed on this list

    Displicine

    Watchcare (person is still member of "home church" but temporaily located elsewhere)

    Memorial membership list( for those who have passed away)

    Transfer of letter
    Would you send one to a non Baptist church?
    Would you send one for a member on a disscipline or inactive list.

    What would you do if requesting a church letter the sending church refused to send it due to a valid reason; an invalid reason?

    other thoughts?

    salty

    (please keep this thread to under 99 pages :applause:
     
  2. freeatlast

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    Now, who should be on the roll,
    Must be Baptized?
    Yes they must be baptized but baptism should never be used as a sole avenue to membership.


    by a church of like faith and Order
    would a IFB accept a SBC baptism
    would you accept a baptism (by immersion) from a foreign church - say Pentecostal?
    Again baptism should never be used a the single reason the person is accepted or denied. Even someone from a sister church should be set down and asked or have to write out their understanding as to how they were saved. if someone from a Pentecostal church gave the correct answers and was scripturally baptized they should be accepted without another baptism.


    Do you have a "junior" membership list?
    What is the age cutoff 14, 16, 18
    No we do not have junior membership roles.
    If so is it mainly for voting (or lack of) anotherwords - are junior members disallowed from voting in business meetings
    Personally I don't believe that sheep are suppose to vote. They are suppose to follow and the elders are to set the policy based on scripture.


    Do you have membership categories?
    Active (self-explanatory)
    Inactive - after how long - what action must be taken to be placed on this list
    This should be set up in the constitution by the elders.

    Displicine

    Watch care (person is still member of "home church" but temporarily located elsewhere)

    Memorial membership list( for those who have passed away)

    Transfer of letter
    Would you send one to a non Baptist church?
    I think most churches miss-use the letters. They should be of a nature that explains the current standing of the member, and if they are under discipline then that should be stated. Let the other church decide how to handle them. And yes I would send it to another denomination unless it was one who denies the gospel such as Mormon, JW's and such.
     
  3. tinytim

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    You forgot Dual membership.. you know..a person who lives in FL in the winter is a member there.. but lives in NY in the summer, also a member there..
     

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