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Professing Membership: A Tale of Three Paragraphs (and a Judicial Council Decision)

What does it take to be a professing member in The UMC?


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Receiving Affiliate and Associate Members in a Local Congregation

Membership in local congregations of The United Methodist Church comes with four different labels: baptized members, professing members, affiliate members, and associate members. 


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Sacramental Faithfulness

In 1998, GBOD and the Utah-Wyoming Subdistrict of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference sponsored a conference to discuss baptismal theology and practice in The United Methodist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An official representative and member of the Quorum of Seventy of the LDS participated. This conference arose out of a perceived need on the part of United Methodists for more clarity on the issues surrounding the reception of converts from the LDS tradition into the membership of The United Methodist Church. Consensus emerged that The United Methodist Church is in significant need of a clear and consistent official position on this matter.   


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We Will Witness: Liturgies to Support New United Methodist Church Membership Vows

An unknown writer of an African American spiritual wrote, "Who'll be a witness for my Lord?"  
The question begs our response.  


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New Membership Vows and Ritual (Revised and Corrected)

Among the many actions taken by the 2008 General Conference were revisions to paragraphs 217 and 225 of the 2004 Book of Discipline that changed vows for all professing members in The United Methodist Church and clarified the process for receiving members from other denominations. The changes in the vows in the Discipline also affect the official ritual of the church in Baptismal Covenants I, II and IV (UMH 33 ff., UMH 39 ff., and UMH 50 ff.).  


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When did “be loyal ... and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts and your service” en

The earliest instance of this language appearing in the ritual of the former churches that make up The United Methodist Church that I can find is in the 1916 Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC). 


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Membership Records and Forms Q & A

How do I transfer baptized and professing members to another church? 


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FAQs about Baptism, Membership, and Salvation

Does The United Methodist Church now have an accepted understanding of baptismal theology and practice?  What does United Methodism fundamentally believe about baptism?  


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Baptism, Membership, and Christian Initiation

This article is about the official paper on baptism adopted by the 1996 General Conference and related issues.  


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