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1 Every Member Counts And We Count Every Member The United Methodist Church

2 What is the Mission of the Church? “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008, p. 87.)

3 The United Methodist Heritage Salvation is a process Caring through small groups Watching over one another Role of the class leader Concern for souls John Wesley

4 History of Membership Records 1773 –First Statistics 1976 –Publication of new baptismal ritual 1988 –Official interpretive statement 1996 –“By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism” 2000 –Constitution amended 2004 –Adopted new understandings and terminology for membership

5 United Methodist Church Membership Baptized member –Baptism is an act of God. Professing member –The human response to what God has given.

6 Lines of Responsibility The Pastor The Membership Secretary The Church Secretary Evangelism Chairperson (or equivalent)

7 Membership Records and Rolls Record of Faith Journey Permanent Church Register Professing Members Removed by CC Action Constituency Roll Affiliate/Associate Member Roll

8 Supplemental Records Record of Baptisms Family/Household Roll or Card Record of Marriages Record of Deaths Historical Record Pastor History

9 Let’s Put Some Flesh with These Designations

10 Baptized Member Sophia Grace –Born Oct. 30, 2006 –Baptized Jan. 28, 2007

11 Professing Member Beanie Rankin –Baptized, age 2 –Profession of Faith, age 12, into the Methodist Church Bill Rankin –Baptized, age 1 –Transfer, Other Denomination, July 1987

12 Annual Conference Member Eric Doolittle –Baptized, Feb –Profession of Faith, 1986 into UM Church –Transfer from Home Church to Annual Conference Membership, 2003

13 Constituency Roll Kathryn Mitchell –Baptized, age 2 –Profession of Faith into Methodist Episcopal Church, 1926 –Moved to a new state to live with professing members

14 Affiliate/Associate Wende Doolittle –Baptized, 1976 –Profession of Faith, 1988, into UM Church –Moved, retaining membership at home church –Active participant in local UM church

15 Notify Another Church Roden Family Baptized Members Professing Member - Moved to another community

16 Checklist Inventory of Present Records CompleteIncomplete Record of Faith Journey Record of Baptisms Permanent Church Register Constituency Rolls Family Household Roll Affiliate/Associate Member Roll Professing Members Removed by CC Action Historical Record Pastoral Record Record of Marriages Record of Deaths

17 Additional Tool Membership Changes – Continuous Report

18 Your Main Resource (and Mine!) United Methodist Membership Records Manual –Book with CD-ROM –$12, available from Cokesbury –Includes information, required forms and supplemental forms

19 Every Member Counts An annual review is an act of worship as well as an act of bookkeeping.


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