Membership

Membership as Ministry

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The incarnation of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to the church not
only its mission but also its understanding of membership. One becomes an active member of the
church through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and acceptance of His Lordship in all of life. Baptism
and a public profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance into the active
membership of the church. (Book of Order G-5.0101)

A faithful member accepts Christ’s call to be involved responsibly in the ministry of His Church.
Such involvement includes:

  • proclaiming the good news
  • taking part in the common life and worship of a particular church
  • praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian Church
  • supporting the work of the church through the giving of time, talents, and treasures
  • participating in the governing responsibilities of the church
  • demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church
  • responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others
  • living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life
  • working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment

Becoming a Member

There are three ways to become a member of this, or any, Presbyterian Church:

Baptism

If you have never been baptized, this is the first step to becoming a part
of the Body of Christ. Our Pastor will be glad to talk to you about the
meaning and significance of baptism.

Affirmation of Faith

If you have been baptized but have never made an affirmation of faith in a church community, this is
the second step to becoming a part of the Body of Christ. If you were an active church member at
one time but haven’t been active in some years, a reaffirmation of faith may be your answer. Again,
our Pastor will be happy to discuss this process with you.

Letter of Transfer

If you are an active member of another church, you may join First Presbyterian Church through
a simple transfer.