What is the United Methodist view of Church and Society?
OUR SOCIAL CREED
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.
Question: How do I become a member of a United Methodist church? Is there a special ceremony?
New Membership classes are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Please contact the church office to be put on a list to be contacted when the next class is scheduled.
Members are received by confession of faith, transfer of membership from another United Methodist Church or restoration of membership. New members must have been previously baptized and, as part of the membership vows, reaffirm the vows made at their baptism. Baptism can immediately precede membership.
Because membership in the church requires commitment from the new members as well as the congregation receiving them, there is a brief ceremony of recognition during a Sunday morning worship service during which membership vows are made.