Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a 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.
Such involvement includes:
- Proclaiming the good news in word and deed
- Taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation
- Lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support
- Studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life
- Supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents
- 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
- Participating in the governing responsibilities of the church
- Reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.
(This text is taken directly from the Book of Order, G-1.0303–G-1.0304.)
People may become a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in one of three ways:
- A public profession of faith, made after careful examination by the Session in
the meaning and responsibilities of membership. If not already baptized, the person making
the profession of faith will be baptized.
- A certificate of transfer, when a person is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer.
- Reaffirmation of faith, for persons previously baptized in the name of the Triune God and having publicly professed their faith.
Occasionally for reasons of time or circumstance, it is not possible for a person to secure a certificate of membership (or transfer) in order that he or she may move his or her membership to Hope. Some churches will not grant certificates of transfer allowing their members to unite with churches of other denominations. In such situations, the person who desires to join Hope is asked to reaffirm his or her faith before the Session. They do not, however, need to be rebaptized.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Hope Church, contact Rev. Carriker.