How to Join Chadbourn Presbyterian Church
First, it is important to understand the meaning of membership and baptism.
In The Book of Order: The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part II, 2013/2015, it is stated as follows: “In Jesus Christ, God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church, the body of Christ. Baptism is the visible sign of that call and claim on a human life and of entrance into the membership of the church. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. The baptism of those who enter the covenant of membership upon their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls forth a response of faithfulness. Thus, the triune God, incarnate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, gives to the Church not only its mission but also its understanding of membership.” (Page 20)
Second, the process of Entry into Membership is outlined in The Book of Order referenced above as follows: “Persons may enter into active church membership in the following 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 shall be baptized;
b. Certificate of transfer, when a person is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer;
c. Reaffirmation of faith, for persons previously baptized in the name of the triune God and having publicly professed their faith.” (Page 21)
Third, any person who feels called to join Chadbourn Presbyterian Church is to:
1. Express to the pastor this desire. The pastor will share conversation with the individual about this call and his/her faith journey.
2. The pastor will present the request to the session who will in turn invite the individual to one its meetings to be examined.
3. Upon approval of the session, the individual will be presented to the congregation in a Sunday morning worship service and given a certificate of membership.
*The ordinance of baptism will be observed during the process when necessary and/or requested.