What is Church Membership?
"As all believers are bound to join themselves to particular churches, when and where they have opportunity so to do; so all that are admitted unto the privileges of a church, are also under the censures and government thereof, according to the rule of Christ." (1689: 26.12)
(1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Thess. 3:6,14–15)
We believe that local church membership consisting of baptized believers is how we identify with the visible church.
We are so happy you are interested in pursuing membership at Deer Park Fellowship. Here is how you can begin that process:
1. Email us at "email@example.com" to let us know of your desire to pursue membership. From there, one of our elders will reach out and make themselves available to you.
2. While the officers of our church (elders and deacons) must subscribe to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, we ask our members to subscribe to three ancient creeds that emerged out of the time of the church fathers and the ecumenical councils and was considered to be the "Three Creeds of the Christian Faith": The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed and The Athanasian Creed. For more information about what we believe and how we function as a local church listen to the 3 different sermon series below. Listening to those will help you understand the theology and philosophy of our church.
3. Let one of our elders (preferably the one who reached out to you) know you're ready to proceed with a meeting to become a member. Come prepared to discuss (a) your testimony (b) your Trinitarian baptism (c) the gospel (d) any previous church membership and (e) any questions regarding the theology and philosophy of the church.
4. Sign our constitution and membership covenant. As members of DPF, we prayerfully consider our membership covenant and resign it annually together (in January).
What We Believe (The 1689 LBCF)
This sermon series works through various Scriptures that are the theological underpinnings of what we believe. Our leadership subscribes to the historic 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. This is the theological ethos you can expect at Deer Park Fellowship.
How We Worship
A short series that will demonstrate what we value as a local church.