Membership



How Do I Become Our Church Member?

We are excited to know that you feel that God may be leading you to join our church family. We believe that membership in a church family is an extremely important part of a balanced and healthy Christian life. We have listed several different ways someone joins this body of Believers known as MPCBC. You may want to keep this information with you as the Lord directs your decision on where to worship and serve Him! If you have any questions, we would love the opportunity to share with you further.


Why is it important for me to join a church? Can't I just come and be a part of weekly celebration services?

At MPCBC, we agree that it is important for everyone who is not a member to come and be a part of our weekly celebration services on a regular basis before you consider joining. This gives you an opportunity to experience firsthand what our heartbeat and values are as a congregation. However, once you see that the ministry here is what God wants you to be a part of on a regular basis, it is critical that you join our family. God's design is for every person to be a part of a church family as we grow spiritually in our relationships with Him and one another. He established the church to provide support and spiritual protection for one another. Hebrews 10:25 says that we should "not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but [that we should] encourage one another" faithfully. It is critical to your future spiritual growth that you make a commitment to a body of believers who have spiritual values similar to yours.


What if I want to find out more about the church before I join?

We believe that it is extremely important for you to have as much information as possible about our church family before you commit to becoming a member. We feel so strongly about this that we ask that you attend the membership class in a series of private sessions with our church pastors before you make your decision. It is taught by our staff Pastors and by attending it you will learn more about our church's heartbeat, history, and vision. This class is a prerequisite for church membership.


What are the prerequisites for church membership at MPCBC?

At MPCBC, we have three prerequisites for church membership. First, the Bible teaches that to be a member of the body of Christ (the church), you must first commit your life to Christ. A personal commitment to the Lord Jesus is the key element to being a part of the body at MPCBC.


Second, the Bible also teaches that baptism by immersion (being placed completely under the water) is the first act of obedience to the Lord Jesus after you have committed your life to Him. Baptism is a public symbol of the private commitment to Christ much like a wedding ring shows a commitment to one's spouse. We believe that baptism by immersion is the biblical way of baptizing because it is a picture of being buried with Christ and raised to walk in a new life (Romans 6:4). If you have never committed your life to Christ and been baptized by immersion, these are the first steps for you in joining the MPCBC family and someone in our hospitality room will gladly help you with your decision. If you have previously committed your life to Christ, but have never been baptized by immersion, your first step will be making a public profession of your faith through baptism. If you have committed your life to Christ and been baptized by immersion, your first step toward joining the MPCBC family is sharing the story of your previous commitment and baptism with someone in our hospitality room.


The third prerequisite for church membership at MPCBC is attending our membership class. We feel that you should truly understand our heart and vision before you join MPCBC, and the membership class is designed to help you have a clear understanding of christianity. After attending the membership class, you will be given the opportunity to join our family, if you decide that this is what you fell like God is leading you to do.


Let us encourage you to continue to seek God's will on whether He desires for you to plant your life here with us. We recognize that there are many wonderful churches in our area, and we are excited that you feel that God may be leading you to be a part of our church family.


How do I apply for church membership?

We are delighted you want to apply for membership in MPCBC. If you have interest in joining the church, please fill out this form and return it to Shelley Tam or our church pastors.