In our culture, it is typical for people to join and hold membership in many different kinds of groups and organizations. Christian belief about membership is unique.
Church membership identifies people as followers of Jesus Christ and as those who belong to the historic and worldwide community known as the Christian Church. When people become members of a local church of the United Church of Christ (UCC) they become at the same time members of the UCC and the Church Universal.
At Wayzata Community Church, our constitution states that any person may become a member upon public acceptance of our covenant and acceptance by the Members of the church. Here, Members are invited to “Get Something, and Give Something:”
- Get spiritual renewal and connection;
- Get big church experiences by regularly being a part of worship, mission and outreach opportunities;
- Get small church experiences through groups, study, discussion and by being a learner;
- Give of your time, your talents and your treasures, and you will get much in return.
Members of Wayzata Community Church are afforded the following opportunities:
- Voting privileges on congregational issues brought to a vote at Annual Meetings
- The right to speak at Council Meetings
- The ability to serve on boards and committees
- The opportunity to teach in our children’s and youth programs
- Preferential registration for openings in Wayzata Community Church Nursery School.
- Take part in “member only” events and programs
What are the Spiritual Benefits of Membership?
We believe membership is not only in the community known as the church but also in the body of Christ. Paul wrote, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Membership at Wayzata Community Church creates a covenant between the church member and God and between that person and other members of our church. People who enter this covenant relationship promise loyalty and trust in one another. Commitment to this covenant empowers people to infuse life into the church in ways that appreciate, honor differences and diversity and preserve congregational life.
How does one become a member of Wayzata Community Church?
People become members of Wayzata Community Church, and the United Church of Christ, in one of three ways:
- By confirmation: study and instruction of youth in the Christian faith, a decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and a desire to become a member of the church.
- Reaffirmation of faith: a renewal of membership after a period of time away from membership in another church or/or being dropped from the membership rolls.
- Letter of transfer or certification from another Christian church: when members move or seek to change the place of their local church membership, they transfer membership.
What are the Categories of Membership?
Fulfills the responsibilities of membership as outlined in our Constitution, and receives all the benefits connected with this category. A Member-Active participates in the life of the church through worship, and sharing time, talents and treasures (i.e. support the operating fund through pledges and/or contributions; support mission and outreach programs and other ministries of the church).
Has moved from the area yet wishes to maintain a connection to Wayzata Community Church (either as adult member or Confirmand). Inactive Member status is also assigned, at the discretion of the Board of Deacons, to those who have moved and left no forwarding address, have requested removal from our mailing lists or have not responded to mailings or calls. Membership may be reactivated at any time in writing and through a Reaffirmation of Faith. Members, who for a period of one year, have not communicated with and/or contributed to the church despite approaches by the Board of Deacons, may be transferred to Member-Inactive Status by action of the Board of Deacons. After one year on inactive status, membership may be discontinued by action of the Board of Deacons. Written notice of these actions shall be mailed to the Member’s last known address before such action is taken.
- Former Member:
Has requested (in writing) to be released from covenant obligations or have their membership transferred to another faith community by written request of the member or another church. If a former member wishes to be reinstated as a Member-Active, he/she should plan to attend a membership class to become reacquainted with new clergy, program staff and current programs, as well as to gain a renewed understanding of stewardship and provide a Reaffirmation of Faith