Membership


If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which to join MVBC.


Membership Class – All prospective members must attend our Membership Matters class.

The curriculum is composed of six one-hour sessions.

Upon completion, those who attended all six classes are able but not obligated to sign up for a membership interview, the second step of the membership process.

Membership Interview – In a 45 minute meeting, the prospective member meets with a Pastor to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. The prospective member would then sign the statement of faith and church covenant, and the application would go to the elders.

Deacon/Pastor Recommendation – At a regularly scheduled deacons meeting, the pastor who did the interview will review the applicant’s testimony with the other leaders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.

Congregational Affirmation - During our every-other-month members meetings, each pastor who conducted an interview briefly describes how the applicants, who are desiring to be admitted to membership, have come to know the Lord. Questions are fielded, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are admitted into membership.



1-on-1 Discipling


God in His grace has not made us to walk alone in the Christian life.  In 1-on-1 discipling relationships, two Christians of the same sex meet to study Scripture, hold one another accountable, and pray.  Within this basic framework, discipling relationships may take a number of different shapes: an elder member may disciple a younger member, a more mature Christian might disciple a younger Christian, or peers in the faith might effectively disciple one another.  

The discipling meetings center on discussion and application of a spiritually rich book or Bible passage and are appended by prayer.  One-on-one discipling acts as a catalyst to Christian growth, helping us bear one another’s sorrows and joys.



Discipleship Hour

Discipleship hour help us to comprehend the subtle intricacies and overarching truths of our God and the theology, ministry, and history He has authored. Meeting every Sunday morning at 9 am for one hour, classes meet and  are open to all. Download our Discipleship hour brochure to learn more.


Fall Discipleship Hour Brochure Coming Soon!

Hospitality


Hospitality in the New Testament seems to be less of a specific activity (e.g. "invite someone to your house for dinner") and more of a mindset of folding strangers into your life.  That idea of hospitality is what lies behind much of the relational fabric at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.  If this congregation becomes your church home, you'll likely discover that much of the ministry here falls into this simple category of hospitality.  So what does that look like?


Share a Meal Together

Admittedly some folks may feel awkward about being the one to invite people over, or out, when you're new.  But we’ve tried to build a culture at MVBC where hospitality is normal.  So we hope that members will reach out to newcomers, but we also hope that newcomers will step up and invite longer-term members and other new people over for a meal or out for an activity from the very early days of their time at MVBC.  Living these kinds of open lives together is a big part of how we create and sustain the hospitable culture of a gospel community.


Stay Around After Services

One very simple way to express hospitality is to simply stay around after the conclusion of our morning service.  We hope that the refreshments we serve won’t merely be seen as a reward for making it through an hour-long sermon.  We want them to encourage you to stay around and talk, to speak to visitors and to people you don’t know, and to make initial connections with others in the church.  It's part of how we're building a church that feels like the family of God.