Frequently Asked Questions
1) How do I become a pastor of a Reformed Baptist Church in your Association?
- A suitable candidate for an ARBCA pastorate must fully subscribe the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of faith. Click here to see the ARBCA Constitution and the definition of full subscription as an appendix to the ARBCA Constitution.
- A man interested in becoming a pastor of an ARBCA church is advised to develop a relationship with one of our member churches.
- The Coordinator of ARBCA may also be contacted as he has been given the responsibility of assisting new churches and those without a pastor to find qualified interim pastoral supply and pastoral candidates. ([email protected])
2) Can you plant a Reformed Baptist church in our city?
- All the church planting that occurs in our Association is initiated by one of the local churches of the Association. So in this sense ARBCA does not plant churches.
- However, you may contact ARBCA through the Coordinator and he may be able to assist you in connecting you with men and/or churches that are interested in beginning a church in your area. ([email protected])
3) What are the requirements to become a member church of ARBCA?
- Subscribe fully to the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 as defined in the ARBCA Constitution.
- Agree with the three ARBCA Positions Papers: Divine Impassibility, Revelatory Gifts, and the Regulative Principle of Worship.
- Be organized with a constitution and/or by-laws and functioning according to the standards of this Confession with at least one church officer.
- Agree to abide by the Constitution of the Association
- Secure the recommendation of at least one member church.
- Commit to make sacrificial contributions to the general fund, as the Lord prospers, for the well-being of the Association.
- Commit to sending messengers annually to the General Assembly.
4) What is the procedure for a church to become a member of ARBCA?
In addition to the items listed below it is best to invite the ARBCA Coordinator to present the ministry of the Association, to give guidance in the process and to answer any questions the church may have about membership. ([email protected])
- A church requesting membership in this Association must apply in writing to the Administrative Council of the Association, with affirmation of congregational approval and the recommendation of at least one member church. Applications for membership must be received at least ninety days before the General Assembly. ([email protected])
- When the Administrative Council is satisfied that the applying church is in agreement with the doctrinal standards and meets the other requirements of the Association, it will recommend the church to the General Assembly for admission. Copies of the application, with all appropriate correspondence, will be sent to all member churches at least forty-five days before General Assembly. Member churches may then submit any objections to the Administrative Council, but any objections must be received within fifteen days of the date on which the notification letter is sent.
- At the General Assembly, messengers of the applying church must appear in order to give satisfactory evidence of the church's faith, practice, and willingness to support wholeheartedly this Association. Once this is sufficiently demonstrated, the applying church shall be received into membership by the three-fourths vote of all messengers present and voting at General Assembly.