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To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization. A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship and church membership are all relationships of accountability.

Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others. At Redeemer, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others.

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Membership Process

There are five steps to become a Redeemer member.

Step 1: Intro to Spiritual Formation
This 90-minute seminar will be offered periodically during the year to deepen understanding of spiritual practices as a means of spiritual formation. Register here.

Step 2: Intro to Redeemer East Side
In this class you will learn about the history and vision of Redeemer, acquaint yourself with its ministries and opportunities, and dialogue with a pastor and other congregants on questions you may have about the church or Christian community. Register here.

Steps 1 and 2 can be done on the same day on select dates.

Step 3: Membership application
The membership application is found online at redeemer.com/membershipapp. Individual applications must be completed before moving on to step four.

Steps 1, 2 and 3 can be done in any order.

Step 4: Membership Interview
Meet with an elder for your membership interview. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment. If recommended for membership, your name will be submitted to the monthly Session meeting for approval. Married couples who both profess the Christian faith will interview together. Both spouses need to complete steps one, two, and three individually to move on to the interview.

Step 5: Membership vows and baptism
Upon Session approval, take your public membership vows at a worship service. If you have not been baptized before, your baptism will be scheduled for the same service.

Questions about becoming a member or need to schedule an interview? Email hannah.seong@redeemer.com


Transfer of Membership

You should notify your previous church when you decide you would like to become a member at Redeemer. Even if you are coming from another Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church, you must go through all four steps listed above.

Former churches may send a letter or certificate of transfer to:

Membership Coordinator
Redeemer Presbyterian Church East Side
1166 Avenue of the Americas, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10036

The letter or certificate should say:

You are a member in good standing.
They are releasing you into Redeemer’s spiritual care.

Under our bylaws, Redeemer does not allow dual membership — that is, membership in both Redeemer and any other church at the same time, even if that church is a PCA church.


Baptism

Adult Baptism

If you have never been baptized before and would like to be, you will need to complete the church membership process at Redeemer first. Be sure to discuss your desire at your membership interview. This will allow you to be scheduled for baptism on the day you take your membership vows at a worship service.

Adult Membership Vows & Baptism Dates (subject to change):

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services
  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services
  • Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services


Infant Baptism

Redeemer will baptize infants of church members. Please read our overview of Redeemer’s position on infant baptism. Contact hannah.seong@redeemer.com to register your infant for baptism. Please indicate your child's full name and date of birth.

Infant Baptism Dates in 2019-2020 (subject to change):

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. service
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. service
  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. service
  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. service
  • Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. service


Youth Communicants

Redeemer will baptize your older child after he or she has made a made a profession of faith. Please read an overview of our Communicant class info. This year's Communicant classes are scheduled to begin January 12, 2020. Contact jenny.barker@redeemer.com for more information and to register.


Membership Seminar Schedule

Intro to Spiritual Formation:

  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Sunday, April 19, 2020

Register Now (dates are subject to change)

Intro to Redeemer East Side:

  • Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020

Register Now (dates are subject to change)

Contact mark.ro@redeemer.com for questions regarding the seminar schedule.