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Church Affiliation Application

Baptist State Convention of Michigan


Section 1. Messengers

The Convention in session will be composed of messengers who are members of cooperating Southern Baptist churches, or not self-supporting new churches and are selected by their congregations.

Section 2. Cooperating Churches

A church will be considered a cooperating church:

  1. When it supports the vision, mission, and doctrinal statement of the Convention,
  2. Once it has gone through a credentialing process:
    • Preferably, through a local association, or
    • Alternately, through the Executive Committee if no associational process is completed,
  3. When it has submitted an Annual Church Profile within the preceding eighteen (18) months, and
  4. When it has contributed financially through the Convention to the Cooperative Program within the preceding eighteen (18) months.

Section 3. Credentialing

The credentialing process through the convention will be as follows:

  1. Churches will be encouraged to go through the credentialing (or affiliation process) of their local association. That process will be accepted by the Convention once a “Letter Recommending Affiliation” has been received from the association.
  2. If a church chooses not to affiliate through an association, the Executive Committee, or a team of their choosing, will work with the leadership of the church through an application process that will include, at minimum:
    • Submitting a membership application,
    • A current church constitution and bylaws,
    • Articles of faith, and
    • At least one interview with church leadership.
  3. The applying church must agree to be a cooperating church as defined in Article III, Section 2, if accepted after the credentialing process.
  4. A minimum six (6)-month watch care period will be required of all new affiliating churches, not affiliated through a local association.
  5. The Executive Committee, or a sub-team thereof, will make their recommendation to the Executive Board who may accept or reject the church as a cooperating church, upon a majority vote.

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Baptist State Convention of Michigan

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Plymouth, MI 48170


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