Baptism and Membership

Baptism at Friday Church

In the tradition of our historically Baptist sister churches, Highland Baptist Church regards the experience of baptism as a sacred expression of faith, an “outward sign of an invisible grace.” In August 2011, the congregation began conversations about baptism and membership, as Highland’s policies require believer’s baptism as a prerequisite for membership. For two years, Highland has wrestled with how to reconcile this treasured Baptist practice with our desire for inclusion and welcome, both positions we hold dear as a people.  In order to equip our members more fully for this continued conversation and July 2013 vote, here are a series of documents from members and church leaders regarding baptism and membership.

Information about July 28 vote including bylaw changes and timeline regarding Highland’s conversation about baptism and membership

Information about January 29, 2013 Baptism Educational Event