Entering Community…

You may have noticed that the world we live in is a lot more complicated than it once was which means that the old model of membership classes that Churches have used for decades doesn’t seem to work for most people anymore. So, we have decided to switch to a system that is as old as the Church. It’s called “mentoring.” We are calling this process “Entering Community” because we are hoping it will accomplish a number of different but equally important things. First, we want you to build relationships with the people who are here. Our God has called us to love him with everything we have and to love each other in the same way. Our faith is fundamentally a relational decision so we want to help you strengthen your relationship to Jesus Christ and help you build relationships with the participants in this community of believers. Practically speaking what this means is that when you are interested in beginning the journey toward membership in the congregation we will assign you a mentor who will help you build those relationships and also help walk you through a refresher course on the basics of the Christian faith. We don’t want you to simply join; we want you to belong to this family.

Discipleship Before Membership…

I want to be as clear as possible. Everyone (members and non-members alike) is welcome to participate in the life and ministry of Community United Methodist Church. Membership is not about privileges. Membership is about commitment. Those who commit themselves to membership are pledging their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service and their witness to the work that we do as servants of Jesus Christ in the world. What this means is that members are expected to witness to their faith by their regular involvement in worship, the sharing of their resources and by their commitment to personal Bible study, prayer and service. Our assumption is that together we can make a real difference in the world.

Getting Started…

When you are ready to commit to this journey please call the Church office at 262-782-4060 and let Kitty or Deb know that you want to begin. We will assign someone to act as your mentor and together you can work out times to get together that fit your schedules. When you and your mentor believe you are ready to take the step into “professing membership” we will arrange for a time for you to make a public profession of your commitment.

Thank you for taking the time to consider committing your life to serving Jesus Christ in and through Community United Methodist Church.