How can I join the congregation?
There are three different ways to join the congregation.
First, to transfer in from another LCMS congregation. A transfer is only available to LCMS members in good standing. To transfer, contact the congregation where your membership resides and request a transfer. Normally, that is all you have to do. When we receive that transfer you will contacted.
Second, you can join the congregation by sitting down with one of the pastors to go through a profession of faith where it is appropriate. A profession of faith is a discussion with a pastor about what you believe concerning core Biblical teachings.
The third option is attending a new member class offered by the pastors. At the end of this class, each individual can request membership if they agree with the teachings of the Bible, the confessional faith of the congregation, and that of the LCMS. We encourage everyone new to the congregation to attend a new member class.
Regardless of the method of joining the congregation, we would ask each person to fill out the application for membership. A prospective new member can ask either one of the pastors or the church office for this application. The procedure: Membership applications are turned into the church office, then they are presented to the Board of Elders. With a pastor’s recommendation, new members are received privately at this meeting. Normally, on an appropriate Sunday following the Elders meeting, each new member is given the honor to profess their faith publicly. See Romans 10:10. Once received into membership by professing the same faith as the congregation, the new member is invited to attend the Lord’s Supper and participate in all activities of the congregation.