One of Old Fort’s greatest convictions is that church membership should be meaningful. Therefore, we believe it is important to covenant together as a church family. It is a sacred call to be involved in the redemptive work of our sovereign God and to be a microcosm of the universal household of God. Therefore, we will covenant together to fulfill these purposes and hold one another accountable to this high calling.
BECOMING A MEMBER AT OFBC
If you profess faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and you would like to join our church in covenant membership, the FIRST STEP is to fill out the membership form located in the back of the pews. You may present your candidacy in one of three ways:
1. By profession of faith and for baptism.
2. By promise of a letter of recommendation from another SBC church.
3. By restoration upon a statement of prior conversion experience and scriptural baptism.
The SECOND STEP is to come forward at one of our Sunday morning services. During the response time near the end of the service, bring your membership form (and family joining), and you can take the form to the Pastor. He will present you to the congregation as a candidate for Watch-care Membership.
All candidates for membership shall be accepted in a watch-care program during which time they will be required to complete a Covenant Members Class (a.k.a. New Members Class) and (if applicable) a New Christian Class. Upon completion of this training and approval by the Elders Body, the member shall have the watch-care status removed and enjoy all rights and privileges of covenant membership.
WHY COVENANT MEMBERSHIP?
"What is covenant church membership? It’s the idea that commitment in a local church is a two-way street. The believer commits to attend, pray for, uphold the doctrines of, and generally promote the mission of a particular congregation. Meanwhile, the congregation as a whole agrees to teach, pray for, encourage, and generally hold every member accountable to live a Christ-like life. While covenant church membership is implied in a number of passages, it’s also an implicit part of the Bible’s storyline: God ordained a people for himself and as God’s people the church is to live out, together, all the commandments of Christ." The Loving-kindness of Church Membership by Aaron Menikoff
OFBC CHURCH CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS