What Does it Mean to be a Member?
Because we follow a congregational polity (way of governing the church), members of the church are in control of the finances, policies, and programming of the church. Members hire (“call”), supervise, and can terminate the pastor. When you are a member, you have both a voice and a vote in the life of this congregation.
Members are often invited to serve on the various boards and committees that keep our church open and our ministries running. This is not required of all members, but is a further display of dedication to our community.
Members are encouraged to, though not required to, give an annual financial pledge (“tithe”) to the congregation. We are called to share our time, talents, and treasures, and our pledges are the financial backbone of our annual budget.
How do I become a Member?
If you are interested in formally joining Central St. Matthew UCC, please speak with our pastor. New members join during one of our worship services at an agreed upon time. If you are a member of another church, you can request a “letter of transfer” from that congregation and have it sent to our office.