We believe that church membership is significantly more than simply having ones name on the role. It is a lively and vital thing. It is a way of “planting a flag” and saying to the world, “along with these people and through this place I will engage in the ministry that God has called me to”.
Membership begins with Baptism, it does not matter whether one is baptized as an infant or adult, whether one has been baptized in this church, this denomination or another. It does not matter the mode of baptism. For us, baptism is understood as the way in which God lays claim to us as holy children. We welcome folk of all ages and backgrounds to consider membership with us and to join with our ministry.
The way in which one becomes a member is dependent on the status they currently hold within the greater church. They may be ready to make their first profession of faith, they may have their existent membership transferred from another UMC or any recognized Christian church body or they may have a lapsed membership that needs to be restored. Once the decision to join with Salem UMC has been made the next step is to converse with the pastor to determine the best course of action.