Membership classes are intended to help participants understand the purpose of the church and hear the story of St. Mark’s. Discuss what it means to be a member of this congregation and learn the process for formally joining Mark's. You will also meet some of the leaders from our church, and learn how our congregations works. Some attend this session ready to affiliate with the church while others are still discerning the best path for them. We welcome your questions!
Becoming a Member
For United Methodists, memberships involve active participation in a local congregation. The vows we make include promises to faithfully participate through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness in connection with a local congregation. Those who want to join will consider the following paths:
If you have never been baptized, you will prepare for baptism, which we can offer in a variety of settings. If you have been baptized, you will not be asked to undergo baptism again.
If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, or no longer have connection with that church, then you will prepare to reaffirm your baptism when you take the membership vows.
If you are a member of a Methodist Church, or a member of another denomination or Christian community (such as Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran), then you can transfer your membership from that church to St. Mark’s.
If you are a member of another Christian church that does not transfer membership, you can make an affirmation of faith and be received as a member.
Some with deep connection to a home church (university students, for example) may apply to become associate members of St. Mark’s, while retaining primary membership in that home church.
Talk with one of our pastors about becoming a member of St. Mark’s. The pastor will be able to answer your questions and help you discern what next steps to take.