Becoming a Member

As United Methodists, we believe in maintaining open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We can better exemplify this belief we have by insuring that no person will be denied membership in the UMC because of their differences.

“The membership of a local United Methodist church shall include those who have been baptized and those who have professed their faith regardless of age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.”

Definition of Membership—The membership of a local United Methodist church shall include those who have been baptized and those who have professed their faith.

  1. The baptized membership of a local United Methodist church shall include all baptized people who have received Christian baptism in the local congregation or elsewhere, or whose membership has been transferred to the local United Methodist church subsequent to baptism in some other congregation.
  2. The professing membership of a local United Methodist church shall include all baptized people who have come into membership by profession of faith through appropriate services of the baptismal covenant in the ritual or by transfer from other churches.
  3. For statistical purposes, church membership is equated to the number of people listed on the roll of professing members regardless of age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
  4. A baptized or professing member of any local United Methodist church is a member of the denomination global United Methodist connection and a member of the catholic (universal) church universal.