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Membership Journey 2021-22
Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the life of Brecksville United Methodist Church, growing in their love of God and serving others through BUMC. Members and first-time guests alike are welcome to participate in just about every aspect of our church community. When people first begin attending church, the questions they usually ask themselves are, “What can I get out of this church?” or “How can this church serve me or help me?” These questions are important as one discerns whether a church is a good “fit” as a place they can grow and serve. But as we become more involved and grow as disciples, the questions change to “What can I do for God through this church?” and “How can I help this church reach more people with the Good News of Jesus?” When this transition happens, it’s time to prayerfully consider whether you’re ready to become a member of the church. 

BUMC’s Membership Journey has several steps to help you discern whether we are a good “fit” for you and whether becoming a member is the next step in your faith journey. 

Talk with the Team  is an opportunity to gather around the table with our Ministry Team, ask questions, and get to know us. We will share about the ministries and missions of BUMC, and take a tour of the building. The next Talk with the Team is on Sunday, October 17 at 11 am. 

Basic Beliefs  is a 4-week class focused on learning the basics of faith through a United Methodist lens and the history of our denomination. Before you become a member of a United Methodist Church, it’s important to know whether you’re “our kind of crazy.” There’s so many wonderful things in The UMC, and you’ll hear about them in this class! The next session of Basic Beliefs begins in January 2022, on Sundays at 11 am. 

The Membership Class is the final step in the Membership Journey and  focuses on what it means to be a discipling, active member of Brecksville UMC: using your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to love God and love others. In this 3-week class, you will discover your “Jesus story,” learn about your God-given gifts and talents, and how you can use those gifts to glorify God through BUMC. Begins March 2022, Sundays at 11 am.

You may take as long or as short as you would like to make your way through this Membership Journey. Talk with the Team and Basic Beliefs can be taken in any order, but we ask that the Membership Class be the last class in your journey. Upon completion, you will decide if you would like to become a member of BUMC and affirm that during worship. 

Becoming a discipling, active church member is an important step in being a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you feel led to begin this part of your journey with our church, contact Pastor Heidi to start the conversation! We will offer the Membership Journey each year, as the need arises. If you have recently become a member of BUMC or have been a member for many years and would like to learn again or reaffirm your membership, please feel welcome to participate in any or all of these classes! 

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