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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How does someone join Bethlehem?
Except for very unusual cases, the formal process begins when the candidate comes forward at the close of a worship service and expresses a desire to join the church. The minister introduces the candidate to the congregation. If the candidate is a member of another church, the minister indicates that he or she wishes to transfer membership by letter from that church.

The minister asks all candidates three questions:

  1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins?
  2. Do you believe the Bible to be God's Holy Word?
  3. Will you try, to the best of your ability, to live a godly life each day?

If all three questions are answered affirmatively, the minister asks the congregation whether there is a motion and a second to receive the candidate into the congregation as a member. The congregation then votes on this motion to receive.

When the new member is approved, he or she is asked to accompany the minister to the front of the church so that exiting members may welcome them into the congregation.

Any new member who wishes to be baptized may do so at the time he or she joins the church. Although the church does not have a baptistery, requests for baptism by water immersion can be accommodated.

If the new member is being received by transfer of letter, the church clerk informs that church in writing of the transfer.

How does Bethlehem allocate funds?

How large is the church?
Attendance for Sunday morning worship is about 200.

May I have a copy of the Bethlehem Constitution & By Laws?
Yes you may. Click here to download a copy. To open the file, you will need an Adobe pdf reader. Members who do not have Internet access may request a copy from the church secretary.

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