Desiring to maintain ourselves as a church for the worship of God and the preservation of the faith once delivered to the saints, and for the spreading of that faith through evangelistic and missionary efforts, we hereby adopt and hold to the following:


Section 1:
Washington Heights Baptist Church is complete in itself and has full power under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to conduct all work of the Lord which was committed to His church.

Section 2:
This church chooses to associate with the Kilpatrick Association, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Section 3:
Consistent with Article I, Section 2, all officers of the church, any member of any committee, and all leaders of the church shall be members of the church in good standing. They shall believe in and support the work of our denomination and shall adhere to the beliefs of Southern Baptists as long as these bodies' beliefs do not conflict with the Word of God.

ARTICLE II: Articles of Faith

  • A. We believe that there is only one living and true God. (Deut. 6:4, Ps. 86:10, Mark 12:29, Eph. 4:6, Ps. 42:2, Ps. 84:2, Isa. 37:17, Jer. 23:36, Dan. 6:26, Acts 14:15, 1 Thess. 1:9, Heb. 10:31, Jer. 10:10, John 17:3)
  • B. We believe that God is eternal and unchangeable in His nature and purpose. (Deut. 33:27, Ps. 9:7, Heb. 1:8, Mal. 3:6, Heb. 13:8, James 1:17)
  • C. We believe that the eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being. There are not three gods but one God. (Matt. 28:19, John 1:1 — Son of God, Acts 5:3-4 — Holy Spirit is God, John 10:30)
Scripture. We believe that the scripture of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, given by inspiration of God. They are inerrant and infallible, the only sufficient, certain, authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Ps. 119:140, Prov. 30:5, Ps. 119:89)

Man. We believe in the fall of Adam and the imputation of his sins to his posterity, in the corruption of human nature and the inability of man to recover himself from his lost state. (Rom. 5:12-19, 1 Cor. 15:21-22, Ps. 51:5, Job 14:4, Job 15:14)


  • A. We believe in the everlasting love of God for His people, and in the eternal and particular election of a number of the human race to grace and glory, and that before the world began, there was a covenant made between the Father and the Son in which the salvation of the redeemed is made secure. (Eph. 1:4, 2 Thess. 2:13-14, Jer. 1:5, Rom. 9:11-18, Gal. 1:15)
  • B. We believe that the righteousness of Christ imputed to sinners is the only ground for their justification before God. (Phil. 3:9, 1 Cor. 1:30, Rom. 5:19, Rom. 4:24-5, Rom. 10:4)
  • C. We believe that the Spirit and power of God will effectually call, regenerate, sanctify, and support those who were chosen in Christ so that they will persevere in grace and so that not one of them will finally be lost.
    • i. Regenerate. Regeneration or the new birth is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickens the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
    • ii. Sanctify. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life. (Rom. 8:28-30, 38-39, Phil. 1:6, John 10:28-29, Eph. 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:24-5)
We believe that good works are the fruit of faith, that they follow justification and are evidence of a gracious state. (James 2:18, 1 John 2:3-5, Eph. 2:10)

The Second Coming.

  • We believe that the second coming of Christ will be a visible and bodily return to earth. (Matt. 25:31, John 14:3, Matt. 24:27, Titus 2:13, Rev. 19:11-21)
  • We believe that the second coming of Christ will consist of two phases:
    • A. The first phase. He will come in the air. This is the rapture of the church. He is coming for His people. (1 Thess. 4:15-17, John 14:3)
    • B. The second phase. Christ will come to earth after the seven years of tribulation, which the church will not go through, and He will bring back with Him His people. At this time, He will set up His literal kingdom for a one thousand years reign. At the end of the one thousand years reign, Satan will be loosed for a season to lead a revolt against Christ, which will end in Satan and his demons being cast into the Lake of Fire forever. Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The redeemed of Christ will be judged soon after the Rapture and will dwell in heaven forever with their Savior. The unsaved will be judged when Christ puts down Satan’s final attempt to overthrow Him. Every man will be judged according to things which are written in the books, and according to their works. (Rev. 20:2-3, 7-9, Rev. 20:11-15)
Statement on Marriage and Sexuality
  • We believe that the term "marriage" has only one true meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:22-24, Matthew 19:4-6)
  • We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God. (Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 1:25-28)
  • We believe that to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, or who hold membership should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
  • Clergy employed by Washington Heights Baptist Church may not officiate any marriage ceremony that compromises the Biblical standard for marriage set forth by this statement on Marriage and Sexuality.

ARTICLE III: Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on a profession of faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and X secret X private devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, back-biting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.

Moreover, we engage that when we remove from this place, we shall unite with some other church as soon as possible, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

X ARTICLE IV: Church Membership X

Section 1: Acceptance for Membership

A. New Born Christian:

  • A person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ publicly as their personal Savior and declaring their purpose to live a Christian life will be placed under Watch Care by the church for a period of sixty (60) days for the purpose of examination of the fruit of repentance (Matt. 3:8). After this Watch Care period, this person will, by a vote of the church, become a candidate for baptism and, after baptism, into full fellowship of the church.
B. Christians from other churches:
  • Those who present themselves for membership by statement of faith from any church, and have been spiritually baptized and agree to adhere to the spiritual doctrines and practices which this church body holds, shall, after a period of sixty (60) days and completion of an orientation class, be presented to the church body for full membership.
C. By Proxy

Section 2: Denial of Membership
Anyone who refuses to adhere to Section 1: A and B will be denied membership.

Section 3: Inactive Members
Any member who does not communicate with the church by attendance, letter, messenger, or phone beyond six (6) months is considered an inactive member.

Section 4: Discipline of Membership
Any member who conducts themselves in a disorderly manner or brings discredit to the name of Christ or the church may be excluded from membership, after scriptural steps have been taken (Matt. 18:15-17). A three-fourths (3/4) majority vote in the affirmative by the members in good standing shall be necessary for all actions of exclusion.

ARTICLE IV: Church Membership

Section 1
Membership in our church is open to individuals who publicly profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and demonstrate a commitment to live according to Christian principles. The process for integrating new members is as follows:

Profession of Faith and Initial Baptism: Individuals who profess their faith in Jesus are eligible for immediate baptism as an outward expression of their inward faith, aligning with the scriptural precedent of "what doth hinder me to be baptized?" (Acts 8:36). Baptism serves as the first step in the journey of faith but does not automatically confer full church membership.

Watch Care Period: Following their profession of faith and baptism, individuals will be placed under watch care for a period of sixty (60) days. This period is designed for the examination of the fruits of repentance (Matt. 3:8) and includes a training phase for discipling in Scripture. During this time, members are guided towards a deeper understanding of what it means to be a child of God and how to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Orientation and Discipleship Training: Concurrent with the watch care period, new believers and Christians from other churches seeking membership will participate in an orientation class. This class covers the spiritual doctrines and practices upheld by our church body, emphasizing the importance of discipleship and personal growth in faith.

Membership Candidacy: After the completion of the watch care period, orientation, and demonstrated growth in faith, individuals will be presented to the church body as candidates for full membership. Acceptance into full membership will be determined by a vote of the church, ensuring that all members are committed to the church's values and mission as mandated by scripture.

By Proxy Membership: In exceptional circumstances, individuals unable to physically attend the church due to health, distance, or other significant barriers may request membership by proxy. Examples include missionaries abroad or members with long-term illness. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and require approval by the pastor. By proxy members are encouraged to participate in church life to the extent possible and will be supported through prayer, communication, and available digital resources.

This comprehensive approach to membership ensures that all individuals are nurtured in their faith journey, fully understand their commitment to Christ and the church, and are equipped to live out their faith in the community and the world.

Section 2: Denial of Membership
Anyone who refuses to adhere to Section 1 will be denied membership.

Section 3: Inactive Members
Any member who does not communicate with the church by attendance, letter, messenger, or phone beyond one (1) months is considered an inactive member, thus having no voting rights unless and until said inactive member returns faithfully for the duration of two (2) months, assuming said member is in good standing and fellowship with the body.

Section 4: Discipline of Membership
In keeping with the scriptural mandate for the restoration of a member who has erred, this church follows the guidelines set forth in Matthew 18:15-17, emphasizing the goal of restoration rather than excommunication. The process for addressing members who conduct themselves in a disorderly manner or bring discredit to the name of Christ or the church is as follows:

Private Admonition: The pastor, or a designated church leader, shall first approach the erring member privately, seeking to correct the behavior through gentle reproof and counsel, in hopes of repentance and restoration.

Admonition Before Witnesses: If the member remains unrepentant following private admonition, the matter shall be addressed before one or two witnesses, further seeking the member's repentance and restoration to the fellowship.

Admonition Before the Church: Should the member persist in their unrepentant state, the issue shall be brought before the church body, with the congregation being informed of the situation and joining in prayer and effort for the member's restoration.

Non-Active Membership Status: If, after these steps, the member still does not repent, they will be placed in a non-active membership status. In this status, the member loses voting rights and is considered under church discipline. This status remains for an indefinite period, during which the church and pastor will continue to pray for the member's restoration.

Pastoral Discretion for Removal: At the sole discretion of the pastor, after heartfelt prayer and discernment of the Holy Spirit, and only after a letter of notice has been served to the member detailing their placement into church discipline as a non-active member, the pastor may remove the member from the church roll. This letter shall plead with the member for a public apology for their insubordination and a heartfelt admission of their reconciliation with God, seeking restoration with the church body.

Final Steps for Restoration or Removal: The letter will also inform the member that the church will cease communication with them, and that, unless there is a change in their heart and actions leading to restoration, they will be permanently removed from membership after six months or at a time deemed appropriate by the pastor, as led by the Holy Spirit.

This process underscores our commitment to biblical discipline, aimed at the restoration of the erring member while maintaining the unity and purity of the church body.

Section 5: Attendance and Participation
Section 5.1: Expectation of Faithful Attendance
In consonance with the Holy Writ, members of this church are enjoined to prioritize faithful attendance at worship services, prayer meetings, and other ecclesiastical engagements. Hebrews 10:25 instructs, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Such steadfast attendance is a manifestation of our allegiance to Christ, the fellowship of believers, and our spiritual nurture.

Section 5.2: Recognized Excused Absences
Understanding that legitimate circumstances may inhibit members from attending, the church acknowledges the following as excused absences, which include, but are not limited to:

A. Illness or Health Complications
B. Occupational Commitments
C. Travel
D. Bereavement
E. Severe Weather Conditions
F. Participation in Missionary Endeavors or Religious Gatherings
G. Educational Responsibilities
H. The Birth of a Child
I. Hospitalization

These reasons are recognized within the context of biblical stewardship over our time and abilities, acknowledging that service unto our Lord is manifested through care for our families, diligence in our work, and maintenance of personal health.

Section 5.3: Communication and Approval Process
Members who anticipate being absent for any of the reasons stated above, or for other significant reasons, are encouraged to inform the pastor as early as possible. This step is crucial for pastoral oversight and the maintenance of church unity. The pastor, guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit, shall consider and may approve such absences, thereby ensuring the continuation of active membership status.

Section 5.4: Maintenance of Active Membership
To maintain an active membership status, members are required to:

A. Show commitment to the scriptural mandate for faithful assembly to the extent possible.

B. Communicate with the pastor promptly about any anticipated absences.

C. Obtain pastoral approval for absences, recognizing that life's demands sometimes necessitate temporary separation from church activities.