At Texas Avenue Baptist Church, membership is more than simply a statement of where you worship, it is a commitment to the mission and ministries of TABC. Members of Texas Avenue actively serve together as we strive to impact and influence our community, our country, and our world for Jesus Christ.
Membership at Texas Avenue is viewed as active participation, not just an addition to the church roll. Also, membership in a church is a privilege and responsibility, not an entitlement. In fact, there are many misconceptions about church and church membership.
- Attending a Sunday School class does not make you a member.
- Attending the worship service for a long period of time at Texas Avenue Baptist Church does not make you a member.
- Meeting with the staff does not make you a member.
- Sending your children to Texas Avenue does not make you a member.
These things are important, but they do not result in church membership. Therefore, we believe it is necessary to meet with prospective members in order to explain Biblical church membership. This meeting gives prospective members the opportunity to ask questions about Texas Avenue's beliefs and practices. Meeting with prospective members also gives us the opportunity to explain the Biblical expectations for members of Texas Avenue. Thus, the membership process is as follows:
- Regularly attend services of Texas Avenue.
Attending Sunday School classes and church services at TABC is of the utmost importance in order to determine if God is leading you to Texas Avenue. This also gives God the opportunity to lead you through the preaching and teaching of His Word. In addition, attending Sunday School and church services gives us the opportunity to get to know one another.
- Complete the Meaningful Church Membership LIFE Group.
In Meaningful Church Membership, you will discover the Biblical truths that unlock the secret to becoming a productive, growing, fulfilled servant of the Lord Jesus Christ as a member of Texas Avenue Baptist Church. You will also learn what God expects of you as a member, as well as the church's responsibilities to its membership. This class will also help you determine if you meet the Biblical requirements (explained below) for membership into TABC. In addition, this is your opportunity to ask any questions you have about TABC.
- Give your salvation testimony before the church body.
If you meet the requirements for church membership and have a desire to become an active member of TABC, you will be given the opportunity to stand before the church to give your testimony of salvation. After you give your testimony, Pastor Doucet will read the church covenant aloud and ask you to agree publicly to abide by the covenant. If you do not meet the requirements for membership, Pastor Doucet will explain the steps you need to take in order to fulfill the requirements and become a member of Texas Avenue.
- Be approved by the members of TABC.
The authority to receive new members lies with the whole congregation of TABC. Therefore, those who desire membership into Texas Avenue must be approved by a vote of the members of TABC. After you give your salvation testimony to the church and publicly state you willingness to abide by the church covenant, Pastor Doucet will recommend that the church vote to receive you as a member. After that vote, you will be publicly and officially received and welcomed into membership by the current church members.
- A Valid Testimony of Salvation
Christ is the head of the Church. For this reason, it is imperative that only those who acknowledge Him as Savior are part of the membership. You will be asked to publicly give your testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ in order to become a member.
- Scriptural Baptism (Believer's Baptism)
Scriptural baptism must meet the following conditions:
- Must be by immersion only - no sprinkling or pouring;
- Must be in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
- Must follow conversion - no infant baptism or baptism or baptism as part of salvation;
- Must have proper authority - under church authority, not individual authority;
- Must be from a church of like faith - no baptisms from other faiths will be accepted.
If your baptism does not meet these Biblical conditions, you will need to be baptized in order to become a member of Texas Avenue Baptist Church.
- Approval by Current Membership
As stated above, the authority to receive new members lies with the whole church body, not the staff or leadership. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be presented to the current church members for approval based upon Pastor Doucet's recommendation. Upon approval by the church, you will be received into membership of TABC.
We look forward to discussing membership into Texas Avenue Baptist Church with you very soon. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Doucet or call the church office at 979.696.6000
Pastor Eric Doucet and the Members of Texas Avenue Baptist Church