Membership At St. Paul’s UMC

What It Means To be a Member

As a Church Family, our journey together is to Love God, Love Others, and Grow in Grace.
The difference between “attenders” and “members” can be summed up in one word:
COMMITMENT.

Both attenders and members have all of the same rights and privileges in the church but at St.
Paul’s we recognize the need for a formal membership for one reason:
Because Christ is committed to the church.

“...Christ loved the church, and He gave His life for it.” Ephesians 5:25

There is also a Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society.
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything...a job...a marriage...our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.

As a Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on.
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voters’ registration.
Membership identifies our family.

A Very Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you are not committed to any specific church family.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF MEMBERS?

At St. Paul’s we never ask our members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in our Membership Covenant.


ST. PAUL’S MEMBERSHIP COVENANT

Having received Christ as my Savior and Lord and having been baptized, and being in agreement with St. Paul’s statements, strategy, and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the St. Paul’s church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members of St. Paul’s to do the following:


I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH
  • By acting in love toward other members
  • By refusing to gossip
  • By following the church leadership

“Live in complete harmony with each other - each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” Romans 15:5 (LB)

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs...” Ephesians 4:29

I WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY CHURCH
  • By praying for its growth
  • By inviting the unchurched to attend
  • By volunteering to serve in the church

“To the church...we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.” I Thess. 1:2

“Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full.” Luke 14:23 (LB)

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. .” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

I WILL SERVE THE MINISTRY OF MY CHURCH
  • By discovering my gifts and talents
  • By developing a servant’s heart
  • By being equipped to serve my community

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kids of service, but the same Lord. There are different kids of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
 

COFFEE WITH THE PASTOR

If you are considering membership at St. Paul’s UMC, the first step is to attend Coffee with the Pastor where you'll learn more about the church, get to know our pastor and staff, and review expectations regarding membership.




“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

PHILLIPIANS 4:6-7


Who we are…   

St. Paul’s is a part of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our purpose statement is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ,” and since 1904 we have been about that task here in Bay Head.


What we believe…

Briefly stated, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that Jesus came to earth and led a perfect life, yet died for our sins in order that through faith in him we would be reconciled with God and have a place in heaven. In response to God’s love for us, we endeavor to live our lives according to Jesus’ teachings, as we are led by God’s Holy Spirit.