There are formal and informal ways to express your commitment to DOWNTOWN CHURCH ... to say "I'm here to stay for awhile." The most informal expression is to show up and be present. Do this regularly and soon it will feel like you belong to the church.
Some people want to take that sense of belonging and formally express their commitment by joining the church. This formal expression is called membership, although the word can be misleading. The church is not a club with membership privileges, dues, and a door that only members can use. At DOWNTOWN CHURCH it should feel like everyone is a member, whether it's your first visit or your 100th.
If you aren't underwhelmed by the meager privileges of official members relative to everyone else, then come on and join. We accept new members every Sunday up front after worship. Two church elders will ask you a series of questions and immediately, you are a member. Look for two elders nervously making small talk or ask the preacher for directions if membership interests you.
We take inclusion seriously at DOWNTOWN CHURCH. That's why becoming a member doesn't mean you'll get priority seating or first dibs. But, if it's important to you to have a place of worship to call your home, and you like hanging out with us, membership might be right for you.
If you want to get more involved at DOWNTOWN CHURCH, there are many ways to accomplish your goal:
- Join us for worship, Sundays from 10-11 am at 701 Whaley.
- Sign up for Total Table, our much cooler version of supper club.
- Consider joining a group in the fall.
- Serve: from bike repair to baking cookies to being a greeter on Sunday mornings, we have a place for you.
- Share your treasures with us. We exist solely because people like you share their gifts with us.
- Become a official member on any given Sunday.
You have questions; we have answers.
What are the different ways that I can join?
- Profession of Faith - Join this way if you were baptized in another church of any denomination but never professed your faith as an adult. If you need to be baptized, that will happen during a regularly scheduled worship service.
- Transfer of Membership - You are on the active membership roll of another church. In this case, simply tell us what church and we will send a letter noting that you are now a member of DOWNTOWN CHURCH.
- Reaffirmation of Faith - You’ve made a profession of faith but are not on the active membership role of any church.
Do I have to be baptized again?
No. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recognizes all baptisms administered in a Christian church, irrespective of denomination. This includes the Catholic Church.
What if my membership is currently at the Catholic Church?
You will join by transfer of membership.
What is the difference between a charter member and a member?
Charter members are recognized on the church’s Charter, an official document noting who started the church. It was a one-time opportunity when we chartered as a church on December 5, 2014. But, charter membership doesn’t come with any additional privileges besides bragging rights. But please don’t brag.
How do I transfer my membership?
Once you join, you will receive an email asking you for the necessary information. We’ll handle the rest.
How do I reaffirm my faith or make a profession of faith if I've already been baptized?
You will be asked a series of questions by the elder participating in your joining the church.
How do I make a profession of faith if I haven't been baptized?
You will be asked a series of questions by the elder participating in your joining the church, and your baptism will be scheduled at a regular worship service.
Can I be a member of two churches at the same time?
Yes and No. You cannot be an active member of DOWNTOWN CHURCH and be an active member somewhere else. But you can be an affiliate member. Affiliate members do not participate in congregational votes but can eat all the cookies and drink all the coffee they want.
If I was baptized in another denomination, does that count?
Will there be a confirmation process for young people who would like to join the church?
Yes. We hold confirmation class each year in the fall.
Does joining the church as a member cost money?
Technically, it does not. But don’t be a mooch because being a part of a community means that you are committed to supporting it with your time, gifts, and your money. Relative to other Presbyterian Churches our size, the annual budget of DTC is less than half the national average. We’ve managed to do a whole lot with a handful of committed supporters. But, now that handful needs to double in size and make two handfuls. So join the church but don’t be a mooch.
What if this FAQ didn’t answer my question?
Use the contact form here and submit your question. We will respond and probably add it to this FAQ.