How to Join
We here at Bethel UMC are delighted that you are considering joining our church! We feel that your life AND our church will be enriched when you join. Making followers of Christ, or disciples, is one of the major goals of our church.
In order to join our church, you must do one of the following:
Baptism: If you have not been baptized, you will be baptized and make a profession of faith.
Profession of Faith: A person who has been baptized makes a profession of faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. If you were baptized in another denomination, you will not need to be baptized again as the United Methodist Church recognizes your baptism into Christ’s church universal.
Transfer of Membership: If you are a member of another Christian denomination (such as Presbyterian, Baptist, or Lutheran), then you may transfer your membership from that church to our church. If your church won’t transfer your membership, you can make a profession of faith and be received as a member.
No matter whether you are making a profession of faith or transferring from another denomination, you will be asked if you will be loyal to the United Methodist Church and work to strengthen its ministries. You will also be asked to faithfully participate in the ministries of the local church by “your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness.”
Affiliate members: Members of a United Methodist Church who reside in our area and far away from their home church, may be received as affiliate members. This membership will provide them a church home while they are away from their usual church family.
Associate members: Non-United Methodist church members currently located away from their home church may join as associate members. These persons have been baptized in another Christian denomination by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but wish to retain their current denominational membership rather than become professing members of The United Methodist Church.
Please talk with our pastor, Pastor Ben Barnett, about becoming a member our church. He will be able to answer your questions and help you learn what steps you need to take. Our church phone number is 864 585 4801.