Joining Your Life with Highland
Membership in Highland Baptist Church is open to anyone who professes Jesus Christ as Lord and wishes to participate in the work, love, mission, and vision of Highland. The process begins when one presents himself or herself for membership to a member of the ministerial staff. Membership begins when a person has completed the three requirements below:
- Meets with one of the ministerial staff where faith in Jesus Christ is professed and statement of faith is shared
- Attends a class or receives education on the polity and traditions of Highland and of Baptists which encourages believer’s baptism
- Experiences believer’s baptism at Highland and has his or her statement of faith shared with the community unless classified as follows:
- Persons who have received a prior believer’s baptism will not be required to be baptized again at Highland, but will be welcomed to do so if they desire. Such persons will also not be required to share their statement of faith but will be encouraged to do so as a celebration of their inclusion in our faith community.
- Christians who have received an infant baptism and whose faith was consciously professed or affirmed prior to attending Highland (either through official ceremony or personal faith journey) will not be required to be baptized at Highland, but will be encouraged to do so as a celebration of their inauguration into Baptist life at Highland. Such persons will be required to have their statement of faith shared with the congregation.
- Persons who have received an infant baptism but bring no history of a consciously affirmed faith will be required to be baptized at Highland and have their statement of faith shared.
The pastor shall consult with the deacons concerning an alternate mode of baptism if anyone requiring baptism is unable to be baptized by immersion. The requirements listed above need not be completed in a specific order and are intended to be a celebration of inclusion and acceptance in our faith community.
Rights of Members
Every member is entitled:
- To vote in elections and on all motions submitted to the church at Quarterly Church Conferences or called business meetings, provided that the member is present.
- To be considered for candidacy for any elective office (deacons, ministry group chairs and Ministry Council representatives) in the church for which he or she meets the requirements set forth in these bylaws.
Affiliates are persons who wish to participate in the work, love, mission, and vision of Highland but who cannot or are not ready to take the steps toward membership. Persons wishing to become Affiliates will make a request to a member of the ministerial staff, who will then present the person’s name for affirmation at a worship service or at the next Quarterly Church Conference.
Rights of Affiliates
Any affiliate who has completed two out of the three Membership requirements is entitled to participate in all church business meetings with the same rights and privileges as members, provided that person is present.