Churches often mean different things by "membership." When answering the following question, please consider JCUMC's definitions:
- Professing Member: The person is baptized, has made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and has formally committed to be a part of the church's ministry. This includes teenagers or older children who have been confirmed.
Baptized Member: The person has been baptized, but has not made a profession of faith or been confirmed. Young children often fall into this category.
If this person is currently a Professing member of another church, Johns Creek UMC will coordinate with that church to transfer his/her membership to JCUMC. If this person is not a Professing Member of another church, or is not sure about his/her church membership, he/she will join JCUMC by profession or reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. If he/she has never been baptized, baptism will be administered as part of the membership covenant.
Young children may join the church by transfer of their Baptized Membership or, if they have never been baptized, they may be baptized at their parents' discretion. While JCUMC encourages the baptism of children, they may still participate in the life of the church if they are not baptized.