Olivet Presbyterian Church and Mission

Become A Member

                  Membership 

                                  The only pre-requisite for joining any PC(U.S.A.) congregation is confessing
                                  faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
 
                                 Joining a church family is a very important life event. The Pastor and Session of
                                 Olivet Presbyterian Church want to help you when making this commitment. 
                                  New member classes may be offered. 
 
                                 Please let us know when we may assist you. Below are the ways you may join:
                                    

                   Joining by Letter of Transfer

                                  If you are a member of a Christian Church that recognizes other Christian Churches
                                  for purposes of transferring membership, you should request a Letter of Transfer from
                                  that Church to Olivet. The letter should be addressed to the Clerk of the Church.
 

                   Joining by Reaffirmation of Faith

                                  If you are unable to acquire a Letter of Transfer but are (or have been) a member of
                                  another Christian Church, you should inform our Pastor of your circumstances and
                                  indicate that you wish your membership in a particular Christian Church to be here.
                                  Letters of Transfer may not be available because your Church does not issue such
                                  letters, your Church is no longer functioning, you are no longer an "active" member
                                  of a Church, etc.
 

                   Joining by Baptism and Confession of Faith

                                  Baptism is only orderly if you have never received Christian baptism. Presbyterian (USA) 
                                  Churches honor the form and practice of all other Christian Churches in this matter and
                                  would never insist upon a second baptism.
 
                                  Those who have never united with a particular Christian Church will be asked to declare
                                  their faith in Jesus Christ as well as to unite with this Church in the Covenant.
 
 

  The Session

   The Session will arrange to meet with you when you let us know that you are ready to join
   the church. When you meet with the Session, you will be asked to briefly share about your
   faith journey and to answer the following questions:
 
                                >Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving God’s
                                displeasure, and without hope except in God’s sovereign mercy?
 
                                >Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners,
                                and do you receive and depend upon Christ alone for your salvation as offered
                                in the Gospel?
 
                                >Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit,
                                that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Jesus Christ?
 
                               >Do you promise to serve Christ in the church by supporting and participating in its
                               service to God and its ministry to others to the best of your ability?
 
                               >Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church and promise to
                               further its purity and peace?
 
                               Typically, the meeting with the Session is held prior to the worship service when you join
                               the church.  During worship, you will be called forward and asked the above questions.  
                               You will be welcomed into the congregation, and receive a certificate of membership.