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Members of FBC Dunnellon retain the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church body.

Candidacy -

1. Candidates for membership shall be welcomed as members in any church service, and received into full fellowship after fulfilling requirements a. and b. below, and being received by majority vote of members present.

    a. Believing that Jesus sacrificed His life to pay the penalty for personal sin; evidenced by one of the following:

        (1) By professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, giving evidence of spiritual change of heart and of intention to follow as a disciple of Christ, and receiving baptism by immersion by authority of this church.

        (2) Or, by letter, as a member in good standing of another Baptist Church of like faith and order.

        (3) Or, by a statement that they have received Christ as Lord and Savior, and have participated in believer's baptism by immersion in the meaning held by this church.

    b. Giving evidence of the understanding of our church covenant and giving evidence of understanding of the church's desire that all members attend and complete a new member's class.

Voting Right of Members -

Every member of this church is entitled to vote at all business meetings, in all elections, and on all questions submitted to the church in conference, provided that member is present.

Termination of Membership -

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

    (1) Death.

    (2) By granting of a letter to another Baptist church.

    (3) By member's request or the request of another denomination because the member has joined that denomination.

    (4) Exclusion by action of this church, e.g. erasure or disciplinary action.

All requests for action under 4 above shall be considered by the pastor or deacons, who shall make recommendations to the church as soon as possible, but no later than sixty (60) days after the request is received.

Discipline -

It shall be the basic purpose of the First Baptist Church of Dunnellon to ensure to its members that every reasonable measure will be taken to assist any troubled member. The Pastor, other members of the church staff and deacons are available for counsel and guidance. Redemption rather than punishment shall be the guideline which governs the attitude of one member toward another.

Should some serious condition exist which would cause a members to become a liability to the general welfare of the church, every reasonable measure will be taken by the pastor and deacons to resolve the problem. All such proceedings shall be pervaded by a spirit of Christian kindness and forbearance. But, finding that the welfare of the church will best be served by exclusion of the member, the Church may take this action by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at a meeting called for this purpose and may proceed to declare the offender to be no longer in the fellowship of the Church.

Restoration -

Any person whose membership has been terminated for any offense may, upon his/her request, be restored to membership by a vote of the church upon evidence of his/her repentance and reformation.

Associate Membership -

An associate member of First Baptist Church of Dunnellon is a born again, baptized believer in Jesus Christ, who endorses our statement of faith and church covenant. These members do not reside in our area all year, and are active elsewhere in a church of similar beliefs outside of our area. As associate member, they will be allowed to vote in church wide business meeting. They cannot become a church officer or deacon as the responsibilities for these positions are year round. However, they are eligible to serve our Lord here in such duties as: Sunday school teachers or substitutes, committee members, in V.B.S, choir, in visitation, and financial support. We feel that these fellow believers are very important in our various ministries.

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