At Wesley Memorial we believe that involvement in a local faith community is an avenue to live out our call to follow Christ. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey with Christ, you are welcome at Wesley Memorial. You do not have to join in order to participate in worship, many areas of serving, and small groups or classes. But for those ready to make an initial commitment or an ongoing commitment to follow Christ, membership is an excellent way to live out that promise.
Please read about our membership process below. For more information, contact Al Ward
(336-812-4808) or Jared Stine
Ways to Join
- Profession of faith — a first-time commitment to Christ through the sacrament of baptism
- Reaffirmation of faith — a reaffirmation of your commitment to Christ
- Transfer of membership from another Methodist church
- Transfer of membership from another denomination
* If you have been baptized at any point in your life, it is not necessary to be baptized again. If not, baptism is a required part of joining Wesley Memorial.
Step 1: Attend an Explore Wesley Memorial Coffee Event
To join Wesley Memorial United Methodist, each person is encouraged to attend an Explore Wesley Memorial Coffee. At the Coffee you will learn more about Wesley Memorial, discuss pathways to grow in faith, review expectations of membership and answer any questions you have.
Step 2: Participate in the Wesley Memorial 101
After attending the Coffee, prospective members participate in the two-session Wesley Memorial 101 class which will help you grow in your faith and prepare you to find your place in ministry at Wesley Memorial. The sessions are based on our mission of “making and sustain spiritually healthy followers of Jesus Christ who lives in ways that transform the world.
Step 3: Recite the vows that you will make to Christ, the United Methodist Church and Wesley Memorial United Methodist during worship
After the series, the class participates in the joining vows in worship at the worship service they regularly attend.
What are the expectations of members?
- To participate in worship regularly
- To find a group in which to grow
- To give financially to the church in proportion to your income
- To serve in a ministry
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the vows?
The vows are the things you covenant to when joining our faith community.
I have been a Methodist all my life, why do I have to take a class?
We are grateful for your lifelong commitment to Christ through the United Methodist Church and are excited to include your life experience among us. You will discover that Wesley Memorial's connection to the United Methodist Church includes a unique expression of our vision and mission at this particular moment in our history, in this particular part of the world. We want everyone who joins the church to know fully who we are and what God is calling us to do, which may be different from churches you've come to know in the past. And, Wesley Memorial 101 will give you a great opportunity to get to know others in the congregation who are new to the area or to this church, and connect you in to the heart and the life of the church.
What if I want to attend Wesley Memorial but not become a member?
This is absolutely okay! There are many different paths to Christ and people arrive at different places. You can attend or participate in the ministries of the church without being a member. We want to support you where you are and help you grow in your faith.