We believe church membership is both biblical and significant. In an increasingly individualistic and disconnected culture, commitment to a local body of believers is essential for Christians. It is in the context of mutual commitment, being "all-in" for each other, that disciples are formed and witness is expanded. In short, church membership is both a weighty and wonderful commitment.
Baptism is a New Testament command for all those making a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ. It is a visible sign pointing to an invisible grace—union with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection, through faith. If you have not been baptized as a professing believer, we believe this is a necessary step before the Lord prior to becoming a member at WCB. We conduct a baptism service once in the fall and once in the spring.
New Members Class
We offer a new members class once in the fall and once in the spring (leading up to Baptism Sunday). This class is required for membership at West Center. In it we teach what membership means, what we believe, how we do ministry, and what faithful membership looks like. Member candidates are required to read Thabiti Anyabwile’s What is a Healthy Church Member? We also conduct a membership interview with two WCB elders before a membership request is approved. This is a chance for us to get to know you, your story, and your experience of God’s grace.
New Members Sunday
Once approved by the elders, the final step in the membership process is agreeing to the Church Covenant before the Lord and the congregation. Then we get to welcome you to the family.
The Gospel Coalition: Baptism and the Lord's Supper