At Highland, we believe that the Bible clearly indicates that each Christian is expected to be a contributing member of a local church for encouragement, instruction, and protection.
We welcome all people to our services, but for those who desire to become part of our family here at HBC, and we hope that's everyone who comes here, there is a process we follow.
First, we consider people for membership who have been here and we have been able to get to know. In order to become a family member we desire to get to know you and allow you to get to know us.
Upon making your desire known to be a member, our elders will schedule a time to meet with you. During this interview, you would be required to tell your understanding of the gospel, give an explanation of what your baptism means, tell of how Christ has changed you, and affirm HBC's Statement of Faith and Covenant (something which will be made available to you prior to the interview). Additionally, you would have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the church to ease any anxieties you may have.
After you have met with one or more of the elders for the membership interview, at the next scheduled elder meeting, the elders will vote on their affirmation of you to be presented to the church as a prospective member.
After that, at the next member's meeting, the whole church will vote to affirm you into full membership.
We're not trying to keep people out. Rather, we want to make sure that those who become a member of our family is a confessing Christian, baptized by immersion after conversion, and willing to be under the authority of the beliefs and leadership of the church. We want you here; we want you to be a member of our family. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.