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How to Become a Member of Southside Baptist Church


1. Trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life and follow through with baptism. 

Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and giving evidence of change of heart, may upon being baptized, be admitted to the fellowship and privileges of the church.  Every applicant for membership by profession of faith, by letter, by statement, or restoration, shall appear in person before the church unless, in the judgment of the pastor, he or she is providentially hindered at the time request for membership is presented. 

2. Transfer your membership from another Southern Baptist 

Members of other Southern Baptist Churches may be received into fellowship of the church on presentation of letters of dismissal and recommendation from their respective churches. 

3. If you have been a member of another Baptist Church but cannot transfer your membership for any reason, you can join with a “statement of faith” in which you tell the pastor you have been saved and baptized by immersion. 

Persons who have once been members of Baptist Churches and in consequences of peculiar circumstances have no regular letters of dismissal, may be received into fellowship by statement of conversion experience, evidence of Christian character and former church relationship. 

4. If you are a member of a non-Baptist church and have not been baptized by immersion, you can join through baptism as long as you have professed your faith in Jesus Christ. 

Candidates from churches of other faiths will be baptized unless such church holds to the baptism defined in Article VII of the Articles of Faith.  The pastor will counsel all persons who are candidates by statement before presenting them to the church for membership. 

Everyone who joins Southside Baptist Church does so by coming to the pastor at the front of the sanctuary during the Invitation/Commitment Hymn at the end of our worship services. If there are legitimate reasons (decided by the pastor) they cannot do this, an exception to this rule will be made. 

Items in italics are taken directly from Southside’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 )
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709 9th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601
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