How do I become a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church?
Visitors to St. Paul often ask how to become a member.
If you choose to become a member of St. Paul that’s great! We’d love for you to make St. Paul your church home. At St. Paul we believe that membership means something significant and important. It means that you’re in agreement with what we believe and teach. It also means that you want to be committed and involved in the Lord’s work through our congregation. Members are expected to:
- Worship regularly
- Grow in their faith through Bible study and prayer
- Use their gifts, talents, and blessings to care for and serve others
- Share the forgiving love of Jesus Christ with others.
Becoming a member of St. Paul requires prayerful consideration and the pastor and any member of St. Paul is willing to speak with you about this, just ask. . .or give any of us a call or send us an email!
Congregations help Christians to grow and serve. Our mission is to help people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We want everyone to know and experience the peace, hope, joy, and purpose that comes from knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.”
The following are the basic steps toward meaningful, committed membership in the work and ministry of our Lord through St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The first step towards committed membership at St. Paul is to begin attending worship on a regular basis. Worship is at the heart of our life together as God’s people at St. Paul. In worship, people strengthen and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. In worship, God is at work forgiving, renewing, directing, teaching, and inspiring us. We are at work confessing, loving, praising, and praying. Worship is the “heartbeat” of the Christian life. We expect followers of Christ who are members of this congregation to be active and faithful in worship. This is the first and best place to get to know who we are and what we are all about as a church.
The second step is that we encourage every person interested in joining our congregation to attend the Adult Instruction Class, “Lutheranism 101.” If you are a member in good standing with another LCMS congregation we will receive you through transfer. Request a transfer from your previous congregation and we will receive this transfer. Even if transferring from another Lutheran congregation or not we encourage every person interested in joining St. Paul to complete the course, “Lutheranism 101?, described below.
The third step is “Membership Sunday”, where you will be received as a new member of the St. Paul family by confirmation, reaffirmation, or transfer.
About “Lutheranism 101”
Whether you’re a lifelong believer or interested in finding out more about Christianity, this class is for you. Together, we’ll explore Christ’s gracious invitation of a personal relationship with God and the Spirit-filled life of following Christ as his disciple as well as the various shapes that takes here at Grace. Lutheranism 101 is for anyone who would like to attend, but is especially for those considering membership at St. Paul. Attending the class does not obligate you to become a member.
The goals of Lutheranism 101 are:
To lay a grace foundation for living. For the unconvinced or new believer, it’s a way to be introduced to life with Jesus. If you’ve already been living life with Jesus, our prayer is that our time together brings new perspective and renewal as you learn more about grace in the context of our ever-changing lives. Whether the teaching is new or brings renewal, it is God’s grace that motivates us to grow in the journey of faith as fully devoted followers of Jesus and is foundational for our life together at St. Paul.
To build relationships with others new to St. Paul and with the people of St. Paul. St. Paul is a community of faith gathered together to share God’s grace.
To explore the various facets of Grace’s mission and ministries.
To identify one’s spiritual gifts and become meaningfully involved in the life of Grace.
The class is offered throughout the year. Please let us know if you’re interested. Childcare is available. Call or email to register or for more information. You can watch some videos from one of the times we offered the class and recorded them for vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/2896017