Meaning of MembershipThe Book of Order, the constitution of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.), explains church membership as:
incarnation of God in life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives
the church its mission and its understanding of membership. One becomes an active member of the church through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior
and acceptance of his Lordship in all of life. Baptism and a public
profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance
into the active membership of the church.
faithful member accepts Christ's call to be involved responsibly in the
ministry of his church. Such involvement includes:
- Proclaiming the good news
- Taking part in the common life and worship of the church
- Praying and studying scripture and the faith of the Christian church
- Supporting the work of the church through the giving of money, time and talents
- Participating in the governing responsibilities of the church
- Demonstrating a new quality of life within the through the church
- Responding to God's activity in the world by service to others
- Living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural,
social relationships of life
- Working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment.
membership of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) includes baptized members,
active members, inactive members and affiliate members.
An active member of a particular church:
- Has made a profession of faith in Christ
- Has been baptized
- Has been received into membership of the church
- Has voluntarily submitted to the government of this church
- Participates in the church's work and worship.
An active member is
entitled to all the rights and privileges of the church, including the
right to participate in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, to present
children for baptism, to take part in meetings of the congregation, and to
vote and hold office.