A Thriving church will only be as strong as its Thriving members. Because of this, we want being part of First Baptist Church of Tampa to mean something. We want each member and potential member to understand clearly what is expected of them as part of FBC Tampa and we want them to know what they can expect from the church as well.
A primary vehicle for clarifying the relationship between each church member and the rest of the church is the First Steps Course. This three hour course is offered on Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings throughout the year (consult the church calendar to discover when the course is offered next).
During the First Steps Course, members of the pastoral staff team will lead conversation about the vision and purpose of the church and how FBC Tampa is structured to produce Thriving disciples to impact the Tampa Bay region and beyond with the gospel. Participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about the church also.
In addition to the evening of discussion, participants are asked to complete an online Spiritual Gifts [available here] course and view a teaching session on some of the core doctrinal beliefs of the church.
If you have completed the First Steps Course, we would appreciate if you took a few minutes to complete a course evaluation. The course facilitators will provide the password to access this survey. We also highly recommend that new members complete an Involvement Survey which is designed to help you find areas to serve in, and through, First Baptist Church of Tampa.
The most common way to join First Baptist Church of Tampa is by doing so at the conclusion of corporate worship. There are four possible ways to join:
- Profession of Faith and Baptism: You publicly express your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and indicate a desire to be baptized.
- Baptism: You have previously made a public profession of faith but have never been baptized by immersion subsequent to this profession. You express your desire to be baptized.
- Transfer of Letter: You are coming from another Baptist church in which case the church office will request a letter from the previous church indicating you were a member in good standing there.
- Statement of Faith: You are coming from another denomination or perhaps a church that is no longer in existence, but you have made a public profession of faith and been subsequently been baptized by immersion. You may simply join on the basis of your statement of this fact.
A person does not become a member until they have indicated a desire to do so, have been baptized, and have completed the First Steps Course.
For more information about becoming a member of First Baptist Church of Tampa, or the First Steps Course, contact Brian Dembowczyk, Executive & Discipleship Pastor.