At our local church, we are attempting to update the bylaws and Constitution. Some of the issues proving difficult are communion, reception of members, church rolls, and church discipline. Although the mode of baptism has not been a disagreement, the question was raised, when a member comes to join with a Scriptural baptism, was the church performing the baptism a New Testement church? The defintion of a New Testment church also touches some of the other issues. The problem seems to be that a defintion of a New Testement church has as many definitions as deacons sitting in the room (in this case, 8). My guess is that there is no way to agree on a definition among so many, and not even convinced it is relative. So, to get a better idea of what others think, what is your definition of a NT church, and do you think a person coming for membership in your local church should have to be baptised previously in your definition of a NT church, even if it was Scriptural?