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Does a lost person...

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by SaggyWoman, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

    Dec 15, 2000
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    Does a lost person have to be "saved" to serve in your church? Can they take up the offering? Can they clean up after a meal or bring food, in service? Or is their food lost like they are?
  2. quantumfaith

    quantumfaith Active Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    In our church anyone can serve on some teams as in guest services and parking lot management. Only professing believers are permitted for other areas of service that involve instruction or leadership.
  3. PreachTony

    PreachTony Active Member

    Aug 29, 2014
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    My church requires a person be a member of the church to serve in a position (other than Pastor, which has a slightly different set of requirements). To become a member requires baptism and to be baptized requires a profession of faith. Honestly, not one of us can speak for anyone but ourselves when it comes to salvation. We can only take that person's word for it and see what fruit they bear.
  4. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    Feb 9, 2004
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    We're happy to have folks who are far from Christ as part of our ministry.

    I have no clue as I why someone who isn't a believer would volunteer at a church, but I guess it happens.

    We do require folks to be a covenant member to be part of higher level serving (Bible study teachers, deacons, children's workers, worship team, etc.) Part of that covenant membership is affirming they are Christ followers.
  5. Deacon

    Deacon Well-Known Member
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    Aug 23, 2002
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    Anyone can serve at many of the social events we have.

    Annual Chili Cook-off - anyone can cook a pot of chili and bring it - we've had a troop of Girl Scouts attend one year. They may even win the coveted Best Chili Bowl.

    Revolutionary War Regiment - anyone can join in - about half in the troop are unsaved. During their marches and encampments others pass out appropriate tracts.

    Church Work Days - Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops often join in - we tell the church people that their main focus is fellowship and witness, not necessarily performing a task.

    Our campus is open to anyone at no charge.
    • We've had the local high school flag team visit weekly for a few years.
    • We hosted an Alcoholics Anonymous group - (a separate 12-Steps group is church sponsored).
    • Police regularly train their bomb-sniffing dogs on our campus (interesting since we sometimes have gun-powder charges for the Revolutionary War canons).
    The thought with opening the campus revolves around this question: If we suddenly we not around - would the community miss us?