Become A Member

Blessings and peace in Christ. St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).  Membership at St. James Lutheran Church is based on your confession (agreement) with the teachings of the Lutheran Church as found in the Book of Concord (The Lutheran Confessions). There are three ways to become a member of St. James.

The first method is by baptism.

  • Children can become members of our congregation through Holy Baptism with the promise that their parents will teach their children to pray, put the Scriptures in their hands, and bring them to the worship services of God’s people. To assist parents with this responsibility, St. James offers a Lutheran day school (2 year old preschool through 8th grade), weekly Sunday school classes, and summer Vacation Bible School. Our baptized children are traditionally confirmed at the end of eighth grade after a two-year period of instruction with our pastors. (Junior confirmation is a rite of the church in which a young person confesses for himself what his parents confessed for him at the time of his baptism.)
  • Adults can become members of the congregation through Holy Baptism and are then encouraged to attend worship services, Sunday morning adult Bible study, and any of the midweek Bible studies. Baptized adults are further encouraged to take instruction classes to become confirmed members (and, therefore, able to partake of Holy Communion when it is offered).

The second method is by transfer.
This is when a member of another LCMS congregation who moves to this area requests a transfer of membership from the former congregation. Instruction classes are helpful, but not necessary. 

The third method is confirmation.
This is when a baptized adult takes instruction classes and is then given the opportunity to confess his agreement with what he has been taught. St. James offers an adult information class for those who are beyond junior confirmation instruction age (older than 8th grade) and are interested in church membership. Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. (please check bulletin announcements for more details). 

If you have any question regarding membership at St. James, please feel free to contact us at office@stjameslaf.org or (765) 423-1616.