Becoming a Member
If you are interested in joining the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) family, you may join in person by responding to the invitation during worship service or complete the online member form. The steps to becoming a new member are listed below.
Step 1 - Affirmation of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
Step 2 - C.L.A.S.S. 101, 201, 501
Christian Life And Service Seminars (C.L.A.S.S.) focus on Friendship’s core values, mission, vision and strategy; principles of spiritual growth, how to study the Bible, tithing, prayer; develop a biblical theological understanding of ministry. Each C.L.A.S.S. also helps persons understand what spiritual gifts God has given them for ministry; and helps participants to be involved in the Great Commission of Christ. All prospective members are required to complete Membership CLASSes 101, 201, AND 501 before baptism and receiving the Right Hand of Fellowship.
Youth (Ages 5-14) are required to attend C.L.A.S.S. 101. Youth C.L.A.S.S. 101 is held every 1st Saturday at 9:30 a.m. If the child is being baptized, they need to have a pre-baptism consult with our Youth Minister. Youth consultation and completion of Youth C.L.A.S.S. 101 must be completed before Baptism and the Right Hand of Fellowship.
To register for Membership CLASSes, please call 704-391-3850 or click here to register online. When you click the link you will also find the schedule with dates and times for each C.L.A.S.S. All CLASSes MUST BE TAKEN IN ORDER to receive credit for taking the C.L.A.S.S.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” – Ephesians 2:19 (NRSV)
Step 3 - Baptism
Friendship practices baptism through immersion in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a public affirmation and an outward symbol of the commitment you’ve made in your heart to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If you have been baptized previously by immersion, you do not need to be baptized again.
Step 4 - Fellowship
Upon completion of C.L.A.S.S. 101, 201 AND 501, persons joining by Baptism, Letter, and Christian Experience will be extended the Right Hand of Fellowship, incorporating you as a voting member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
The Right Hand of Fellowship and Baptism is extended every 4th Sunday of each month. You will be contacted by a Member Services Representative, by letter or email informing you of the time and place to meet. Please read and respond immediately upon receipt.
For information or questions regarding getting involved in the various missions and ministries here at Friendship, please visit our “Get Connected” Pages.