How Do I Become a Member?

How Do I Become a Member?

In Jesus Christ, God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church, the body of Christ.                                                                 (PCUSA Book of Order, G-1.03010)

Presbyterians believe that baptism is the visible sign of God’s call to us and God’s claim on human life.  Baptism is the doorway into the membership of the church.  The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people even before they are able to respond in faith.

We welcome all persons who trust in God’s grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become a part of the fellowship and ministry of his Church.  No person shall be denied membership for any reason not related to profession of faith.  Failure to extend the fellowship of Christ to all persons constitutes a rejection of Christ himself and causes a scandal to the Gospel (PCUSA Book of Order, G-1.0302).

We enter into active membership in the Presbyterian Church in one of the following ways:

Public Profession of Faith which shall include professing one’s faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, renouncing evil and affirming a reliance on God’s grace, and declaring their intention to participate actively and responsibly in the worship and mission of the church.  If not already, the one making a profession of faith shall be baptized.

Certificate of Transfer when one is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer.

Reaffirmation of Faith for one previously baptized in the name of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and having previously professed their faith.

Membership in the church of Jesus Christ is a joy and privilege.  It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission.  A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s church.  (PCUSA Book of Order, G-1.0304)

Such involvement includes:

  1. Proclaiming the Good News!
  2. Taking part in common life and worship here at PVPC
  3. Praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian church
  4. Supporting the work of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents
  5. Participating in the governing responsibilities of the church
  6. Demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church
  7. Responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others
  8. Living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life
  9. Working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment

See Leaders and Members Vows