One of the most important decisions of our life is our choice to become part of a family of faith. We want this decision to be a thoughtful, prayerful process, so we encourage you to find out about who we are, what we believe, and how we seek to make a difference in the lives of those around us. Please contact the pastor if he can assist you through this process.
People may join Oakland Presbyterian Church by three ways:
- By Profession of Faith
This is for the person who has never been a Christian and member of a Christian church. This person will be received into membership at Oakland Presbyterian Church and into Christ’s church through the sacrament of baptism.
- By Reaffirmation of Faith
This is for the person who has been a member of a Christian church, but has been inactive recently.
- By Transfer of Letter
This is for the person who has been actively involved in another Christian church and desires to continue their involvement with OPC.
When you decide to join, you will meet with our pastor. During this meeting he will answer any questions you may have, and he will ask questions to help you determine if you are ready to join the membership of Oakland Presbyterian Church. The pastor will later meet with you and several elders of the church, at which time you will be asked to briefly share your Christian pilgrimage. As a part of this meeting, you will be asked these basic questions:
- Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?
- Do you trust in Him?
- Will you be His disciple, obeying His Word, and showing His love?
- Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, giving of yourself in every way, and will you seek the fellowship of the Church wherever you may be?
After meeting with the elders and pastor, you will be received into the family of Oakland Presbyterian Church during a worship service. You will join the pastor and an elder at the front of the church, where the four questions above will be asked of you, and the elder will ask the congregation questions of commitment to you as a new member of our church family. If you have not been previously baptized, the pastor will include baptism in this part of the worship service.