An article on the Baptist Bulletin website entitled ‘A Properly Constituted and Functioning Baptist Church’ — But What to Call It? deals with the Council of Eighteen policy decision on church names.
“The process for fellowshipping with the GARBC is fairly simple. A church must affirm the GARBC Constitution and Articles of Faith, must make application in writing, must officially vote to seek fellowship with the GARBC, and must have a recognition council where Regular Baptist pastors and church messengers examine the church’s constitution and bylaws. The recognition council should determine if the church is ‘a properly constituted and functioning Baptist church.'”