Meaning of Membership
Church membership is a covenant relationship among God, the church member, and the entire congregation as together we profess the Christian faith and seek to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Church members are expected to grow in their faith, to care for one another, and to be part of the ministry of the church.
“All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition” are eligible to become members of Christ United Methodist Church (Constitution of The United Methodist Church). We strive to be an open congregation and welcome all who wish to profess the Christian faith and unite with us in membership.
Types of Membership
There are four categories of membership in our church:
- Professing Members – individuals who have been baptized, made a profession of faith, and committed to faithfully participate in the life and ministry of the church.
- Baptized Members – individuals (typically children) who have been baptized but have not made a profession of faith or personal commitment to the church.
- Affiliate Members – members of other United Methodist churches who want to keep their membership in their home church but now participate in the life of our church.
- Associate Members – members of other denominations who want to keep their membership in their home church but now participate in the life of our church.
To become a professing member, one must be baptized, make a profession of faith, and commit to faithfully participate in the life and ministry of the church. We accept these acts of faith from any Christian church. In fact, we will not baptism an individual who has previously been baptized in another church. If baptism and profession of faith have not taken place elsewhere, we are always thrilled for them to be part of our worship service.
What about Children and Youth?
Individuals of any age can become members of our church. In sixth grade, children at our church typically go through Confirmation, a process of learning more about the Christian faith and the church with an opportunity at the end to become a member. Contact Aimee Cox, Director of Children’s Ministry, for details.
Want to Know More?
While not a requirement, we do offer an Inquirer’s Class several times during the year for those who are considering membership. It is designed to help you learn more about the church and get to know other newcomers and some of the church staff. It is especially recommended for those who are new to The United Methodist Church. If you are new to the Christian faith, please talk with one of the pastors about other opportunities to learn more about the Christian faith.
How to Join
If you are interested in joining Christ United Methodist Church or have any questions about membership, please let us know by contacting Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon, marking the “Wish to Join” column on the attendance pad, or attending a session of the Inquirer’s Class. One of the pastors will speak with you about membership, and together you will choose a date to join during worship.