"The incarnation of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to the church not only its mission but also 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." - The Meaning of Membership PC(USA)
Joining Independent Presbyterian Church
One becomes a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and acceptance of his Lordship in all of life. Baptism and public profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance into the active membership of the church.
How to Become an Active Member
- Profession of Faith and Baptism: For people who have never been baptized.
- Confirmation of Baptismal Vows: For people who have been baptized but never joined a church.
- Reaffirmation of Faith: For people who have been baptized and confirmed in a church or denomination that does not transfer letters of membership. (Examples: Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopal.)
- Transfer of Letter: For people who have been baptized and are currently a member of a denomination that transfers letters. These churches are referred to as Corresponding Churches. (The Methodist Church, Church of Christ, and some other Presbyterian denominations are examples. The pastor's office has a list of Corresponding Churches.)
Questions Asked Upon Profession of Faith
- Do you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and promise to serve him all the days of your life?
- Do you confess your own sinful nature, renounce evil and its power in this world, and affirm your reliance on God’s grace?
- Do you now declare your public intention to participate actively and responsibly in the worship, life, and mission of IPC, and do you offer your time, talents, and treasure in service of this ministry?
New Member Dinner and Classes
As a new member, you'll get to explore what it means to be a Presbyterian and learn more about IPC. You'll be invited to have dinner at our Pastor's home, attend a new member class at IPC, and be recognized during Sunday morning worship. We offer new member opportunities five to six times a year, and the 2024 dates will be announced soon. For more information about the classes or membership, you may contact Stacy Pulliam at (205) 933-3697.