Mission and Vision
First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, a congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/U.S.A., is called by God, through Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to worship and adore God and to serve as agents of God's love and justice in the church, in this community, and the world.
To fulfill our mission, we, the members of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, will, with God's help, seek to grow more vital in worship and praise; dynamic in proclamation; effective in teaching; loving in fellowship; faithful in stewardship; and compassionate in service.
SECTION 1. Requirements for Membership. The membership of this Church shall
consist of persons who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who are in
substantial agreement with the faith and practice of this Church.
SECTION 2. Admission of Members. Applicants for membership shall be received into
the Church by vote of the Diaconate following a period of instruction. The Right Hand of
Fellowship shall be extended by the Senior Pastor and the Moderator at a worship
service following the vote of the Diaconate. Members shall be received in one of the
A. Baptism: By immersion after profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior, except in those cases where the Diaconate, upon such examination as it
deems appropriate, declares that immersion shall not be required.
B. Letter: By presentation of letters of transfer from other Christian Churches.
C. Reaffirmation of Faith: A person who has held membership in another Christian
Church and who cannot present a letter from that Church may be received into
membership upon his/her affirmation of Section I of this Article.
D. Restoration: A person who has lost his/her membership in this Church may be
restored to membership upon his/her request and approval of the Diaconate.