How Do I Join?

You may join in one of several ways:

BY PROFESSION OF FAITH AND BAPTISM

If you are not now a  baptized Christian, the minister will be happy to discuss the meaning of the sacrament with you in your home or at the church at your convenience. Please check “Desire a pastoral call” on the attendance register or contact the church office, 423-477-7502

BY TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Simply mark the attendance register “Wish to Join the Church”. The minister will contact you. Gray will contact your former church to transfer your membership.

BY TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION

We recognize you are already a member of Christ’s Universal Church. Since you have already professed faith in Jesus Christ and have been baptized, these steps will not be repeated. You will be asked to take the one vow taken by all members of the United Methodist Church: “Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?” Gray will contact your former church to transfer your membership.

TRANSFER OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP FROM A DENOMINATION THAT WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR TRANSFERRING ACROSS DENOMINATION LINES

We recognize all persons who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and received baptism. We will receive you into this congregation of the United Methodist Church: “Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?”

HOW TO “JOIN” WITHOUT “JOINING”

If you are a United Methodist whose membership is in another city or state and you wish to retain that membership in your “home” church, you can become an Affiliate Member of Gray. This means that your membership is kept on the roll of your “home” church and not at Gray. However, as an affiliate member you may participate fully (including the holding of church offices) in the ministry and mission of Gray Church. The minister will write your “home” church minister informing him/her of your Affiliate Member status in Gray Church.

Members of other Christian denominations may elect to become Associate Members under the same conditions.