Membership

We think membership in the University Avenue family is important. Jesus gave priority to the church (Matthew 16:10-19). The New Testament has many references to the church, and most of these refer to the local body of believers. Therefore, the New Testament pattern was connection to a local church.

  • Membership identifies a person as a genuine believer (Ephesians 2:19) 
  • Membership expresses your commitment to God (Matthew 22:37). 
  • Membership provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ (Hebrews 10: 24-25). 
  • Membership gives you the opportunity to discover and exercise your gifts in ministry. (1 Corinthians 12: 4-27).
  • Membership gives you the accountability you need to help you become a mature follower of Christ (Ephesians 4: 13-16).   

 

What are our expectations and requirements for membership? 

  • Profess Christ as Lord and Savior of your life. 
  • Experience baptism by immersion as a symbol of your faith in Christ. 
  • Attend a “Discovering University Avenue” class to understand the purpose, vision, and ministries of our church. These classes are held quarterly. You can find the dates and sign up for the class here. 
  • Be involved in Kingdom living and growth.

 

How do we accept members into the church?
You may present yourself for membership at University Avenue Baptist Church at the end of worship in one of the following ways:

Profession of Faith/Baptism: Individuals who profess for the first time that Christ is their Lord and Savior join the church through their profession of faith and are subsequently baptized during one of the worship services. 

Transfer of Membership: Individuals who are members of another Baptist church can request membership via transfer of their membership to this congregation. The church office, in turn, contacts the other Baptist church for an official recommendation and transfer of membership. 

Statement of Faith: Persons who are members of churches from another denomination may join upon their profession of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior and acknowledgement they’ve been baptized by immersion as a believer. 

Baptism: People who are members of a church from another denomination but have never been immersed as a believer may join the church. Upon professing their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior and following Christ’s example in believer’s baptism, they are accepted into membership. 

Watchcare: These individuals are members of another church yet want to join our church family while they are living in our community. They do not want to transfer their membership from their church, but want to identify with our church family. College students and short-term workers in the Honolulu area frequently use this membership option. While Watchcare membership allows for all the privileges of fellowship and worship, one may not serve in an elected position of leadership or vote in church business sessions.