The membership of Cumberland Baptist Church shall be limited to persons who have professed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and have followed Him in baptism by immersion.
Any person sincerely willing to accept the rights and duties of church membership and to abide by the church covenant may unite with this church upon invitation and vote of the church in any of the following ways:
- Upon his or her public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and baptism by this church.
- By letter of recommendation from another Baptist church of like faith and order.
- By his or her statement professing membership in another Baptist church of like faith and order where the membership records have been lost or destroyed or are otherwise unavailable.
- By his or her statement professing membership in a church of another denomination which teaches and practices the same doctrine we have with respect to salvation by grace through faith and the symbolism of baptism by immersion.
Members are expected to be faithful in all the duties essential to the Christian life; to attend regularly the services of this church; to give cheerfully to its support and its causes as God has prospered them; and to participate in its organized work.
Members who are in full and regular standing and those only, may act and vote in the transactions of the church.
Should differences arise between church members, such members shall follow, in a tender spirit, the rules give by our Lord in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew.
Should any case of gross breach of covenant occur, the deacons shall counsel with the offender and strive to rectify the offence. If such efforts fail, the deacons shall report the matter to the church.
If the church votes to entertain a complaint (which must be made in writing) it shall designate a reasonable time and place for a hearing thereon and shall notify the accused member thereof, furnishing him with a copy of the charges against him.
At such hearing, the accused member shall call to his aid any member of the church as counsel. If the accused member shall not present himself at the time appointed, or give satisfactory reasons for his failure to do so, the church may proceed with the hearing in his absence.
All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. However, should a decision adverse to the accused member be reached, the church may proceed to admonish him or dismiss him from church membership.
In case of grave difficulty the church shall readily seek the advice and counsel of sister churches.
The termination of membership in this church shall be subject to the following:
- When any member in good and regular standing unites with another Baptist church of life faith and order and a request is received from the church for a letter of recommendation such a letter shall be promptly granted. When moving from this community, members are urged to unite with another church in accordance with the church covenant.
- If a member requests to be released from his covenant obligations to this church, the church after patiently and kindly endeavoring to secure his continuance in its fellowship, shall grant his request and terminate his membership.
- Should a member become an offense to the church and to its good name by reason of immoral or unchristian conduct, or by persistent breach of his covenant vows. the church may terminate his membership, but only after due notice and hearing, and after efforts have been made to bring such member to repentance.
- A person’s membership shall not be terminated (except by letter of recommendation) at the same meeting wherein the recommendation for such actions is made.
- All requests for termination of membership or action looking thereto shall first be considered by the deacons, who shall make recommendations to the church. The only exception shall be requests for letters of recommendation.
Any person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may be restored by vote of the church upon evidence of his repentance and reformation.