Exploring Membership

Exploring Membership – Registration is required

Exploring Membership

Adults interested in exploring membership at St. Mark’s will be led through discussions of United Methodist and St. Mark’s history, beliefs about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and how to live and minister as a disciple of Christ.

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January 2019

Two Sundays

January 20, and January 27
11:00am – 2:30pm
A light lunch will be served mid-session both days.



Types of Membership

A Professing Member — Professes one’s faith in the trinity (God, the Father Almighty, Jesus, his only son, and the Holy Spirit). Commits one’s prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to the church. Is officially added to the membership records of St. Mark’s and The United Methodist Church. Has been baptized. Can vote and participate in church business.

An Affiliate/Associate Member — Maintains membership at two churches (either United Methodist or one of another denomination). Enjoys the same benefits of professing membership. Agrees to the same commitments and meets the same requirements of a professing member.

A Baptized Member – Has received the sacrament of baptism in a United Methodist Church, or has received Christian baptism in another denomination and later transferred to a United Methodist Church.


Exploring Membership Classes

Whether you are a new Christian, transferring from another denomination or from another United Methodist Church, we ask that you attend “Exploring Membership.” The 2-session class is offered three times a year, in hopes that everyone can find a class that suits their schedule.

Classes will provide information and discussion of the following topics:

  • The St. Mark’s Congregation and Campus
  • Questions of Theology (Who are God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit?)
  • The United Methodist Church
  • How Do I Find My Place at St. Mark’s?

Just as important as the topics is the fact that the classes will allow you to become better acquainted with St. Mark’s staff members and other class participants. Even life-long Christians and United Methodists have more to learn and much to share!

To register online for Exploring Membership, please go to Classes and Registration at the top right corner of this page. (You may also contact the church office or sign up at the Adult Ed. bulletin board on Sundays in the courtyard.)


What is a United Methodist?

First of all, we are Christians. That means we strive to follow the life, example, and teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe in God (Father/Creator, Son/Redeemer, and Holy Spirit/Sustainer).

As Christians who are specifically United Methodist, we determine our beliefs based on: Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. We believe that faith in God is expressed in acts of mercy and compassion which are outcomes of our prayer and study.


Why be a member?

God seeks a personal relationship with each one of us. Church membership is one way to welcome that invitation. What can our church expect of its members?

  • Their Prayers …for the life and ministry of St. Mark’s …for the support of the church family, the community, and the world.
  • Their Presence …in worship services each week …education and service groups.
  • Their Gifts …in financial support of the church’s budget and missions …in their individual, unique talents.
  • Their Service …in ministry and mission …in fellowship and caring.
  • Their Witness …in sharing their faith through words and actions.

In addition to these five traditional United Methodist vows, St. Mark’s asks its members to make an additional vow — to faithfully participate in a discipleship growth area or small group at St. Mark’s. This can take many different forms and is discussed during the Exploring Membership class.

What can our members expect of the church?

  • Bible-centered, Christ-centered worship and ministry.
  • Christian education spanning the total age range of its members.
  • Opportunities and challenges to serve God within and beyond the local church.
  • A gathering of people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, where everyone may not agree, but all will be heard, as we strive to grow in Christian community.
  • Staff responses to personal communication.
  • Visits by pastors, staff, or church volunteers during times of need.