Become A Member

The Bible is very clear in pointing believers toward membership in a local Church for our encouragement, protection, and instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through the following process by which to join Shady Oaks Baptist Church.


We are excited about your interest in becoming a part of the Shady Oaks family! There are four simple steps to membership at Shady Oaks Baptist Church:

1. Request Church Membership

Ways to begin the process include: responding to the invitation at the end of one of our worship services, setting up a meeting with a pastor, or by starting the process by attending the Discover Shady Oaks Class.

2. Participate in Membership Talks

Before and at the conclusion of the Discover Shady Oaks Class, the prospective member meets with a pastor to provide basic biographical information and recount God’s converting work in his or her life. Prospective members also provide a brief history of their spiritual background to the counselor. The ways to join the church include: 1) Baptism by immersion, 2) Statement of Faith in Christ, and 3) Request of a membership letter from a former church.

3. Complete the Discover Shady Oaks Class (3 Sundays at 9:30 a.m.)

This is where the process for Shady Oaks Baptist membership begins. During this class we communicate our Baptist distinctives and beliefs, and communicate the practical application of our mission: To glorify God by making disciples one family at a time. Completion of this class is a Shady Oaks Baptist membership requirement but anyone who would like to learn more about our Church is encouraged to attend. Classes are offered throughout the year and require pre-registration. We offer the classes on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Childcare is available. The classes are designed for ages 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.

4. The Final Steps of the Membership Process

Once the Discover Shady Oaks Class and Membership Talks are completed, the Church Office will make requests for membership letters from a former Church. The final step in the process is when prospective members are presented and voted on by the congregation at our worship services.

If you’re interested in attending our Discover Shady Oaks Class or would like more information, contact Laura Vinson.