Membership

Q & A on How to become a member

I am new to Christianity. I want to be a member of this church. What do I do to become a member?

Becoming a member is same as making a commitment. Your commitment, first and foremost, is to be a Christian and believe in the Triune God, and secondarily is to the Church. This means that you if you are not already baptized, then, you need to explore how to be a Christian today. When you are baptized, you become member of this church as you become the part of the Church of Jesus Christ. There is a short course you may take or if you may discuss with the minister in a number of discussions on what it means to be a Christian and a member. After the discussion/course, you will be able to decide whether you want to proceed with baptism or not.

If I have been baptized as an infant/adult, but have been away from the Church, what do I need to do?
In this case you will need to profess your faith publicly. You will have discussions with the minister about what to profess, what it means to profess, how, and what responsibility awaits you once you become a member. After the discussions, you may choose to proceed and make a request to be received as a member to the session (made up of the minister and actively serving elders). The public profession will take place at an appointed time during a public service of worship.

I am new to this church, but I have been an active Christian (currently a member of another church). How do I become a member?
You can become a member either by transferring your membership (your church can issue you a membership in good standing certificate if you ask or if we ask on your behalf) or by discussing your desire with the minister or an active elder. If you are not transferring, but wishes to be a member, the session can decide to receive you as a member as long as you are able to satisfy various requirements such as baptism, knowledge of faith, etc.

I was baptized as a child and grew up in the church. Am I a member?
All children who were baptized and grew up in the church need to go through a catechism course and at the age of majority/understanding make a public profession of faith during a worship service. Often this is known as confirmation. This profession of faith is the sign that those who were baptised as children are now full members of the church.

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