We often talk about the “Members and Friends” of Richmond’s First Baptist Church because you don’t have to be a member to be a friend.

  • Anyone can join us for worship on Sunday mornings, in person or online.
  • Anyone can join us in our mission of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia—and beyond.
  • Anyone can give in support of that mission, simply by clicking here.

But when you become a member you make a special commitment to the life, health, and strength of the church. You jump in with both feet; you give it all you’ve got. In these days of “hybrid church” you don’t have to be physically present to be a member, but at the very least we expect:

  1. Relationship with God
    This is where it begins. Email Allison Collier, our associate pastor, if you want to find out where you are on your spiritual journey and how we can help you take the next step. You may already be further along than you think, or you may need someone to point the way.
  2. Partnership in our Mission
    Our mission is: “to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia—and beyond.”  There are plenty of opportunities to do that here in our city, but if you don’t live in the Richmond area you can be part of the “beyond.” You can look around you for anything that doesn’t look like heaven, and then roll up your sleeves and bring heaven to earth right where you are.
  3. Participation in Worship
    There are lots of ways to do this. If you live in the Richmond area you can worship with us in person or on television. If you have Internet access you can worship wherever you are, online. You can also start or join an FBC Microchurch (email Matthew Hensley, associate pastor, to learn more).
  4. Membership in a Small Group
    Small groups are where relationship happens, either in person or online. You need to have at least one place in life where you can say, “It’s been a hard week,” and know that someone will care.  Small Group registration is open two times a year, in January and August. Email Allison Collier to be notified.
  5. Support of our Ministries
    You can do this in several ways: you can give your time as a volunteer, you can share your talent as a ministry leader, and you can give your resources to help us meet the needs of the church and the needs of others. We couldn’t do what we do without your generous support.

The steps to membership include coming forward at the service and filling out the membership card, attending the newcomer orientation class, and meeting one-on-one with a pastor.  Once those 3 simple steps are completed, you are invited to be our guest as we celebrate our newest members once a quarter on a designated Wednesday night!

Ready to get started? If you are worshiping with us in person it’s as simple as coming down the aisle at the end of the service to let the pastor know you are ready to take the next step. Otherwise, please fill out the application below.