Being a Christian is not just a matter of finding personal salvation. It involves becoming part of a project through which God is working in the world. That project is the Christian Church and it occupies a central part in God’s purposes.  Here at Purley Baptist Church we accept people into church membership who have publicly professed a faith in Jesus Christ (usually but not always through total immersion baptism) and who believe God has called them to belong and serve in our church.

What is Church Membership?

  • Church membership demonstrates that we have understood the importance of the church in the mission of God.
  • Church membership demonstrates the reality of our personal commitment as declared in baptism.  It shows the sincerity of our commitment to Christ and to Christ’s people.
  • Church membership helps to build strong churches by making sure that each church is supported by people who are prepared to commit time, energy, finance and their own Spiritual gifts and talents to the building up of the body of Christ.
  • Church membership means that once we have accepted the Christian way of life we have the support of other Christians in sustaining our discipleship and in enduring testing times of illness, bereavement and crisis when they come to us.
  • Church membership means that we live out our lives under a degree of pastoral oversight that will enable others to correct and guide us should we begin to stray or deviate from a truly Christian lifestyle.
  • Church membership enables us to challenge the modern tendency to see ourselves as consumers rather than as contributors. Being a Christian is not a spectator sport but requires our personal and dedicated involvement in the things of God and of the church. 
Church membership is for all those who have committed to following Jesus and who wish to settle at PBC.  We would be delighted to talk to you about membership and here is a link to our application form, completing this form is the first step towards membership.  You will then be asked to meet informally with one of the Pastors who tell you more about the church and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  Then you will have a meeting with two other members who can get to know you and answer any further questions you may have.  Your application will then be voted on at our next Church Meeting and you will be welcomed into membership at a communion service.