So You Want to Become a Member?

When you become a member at Lake Magdalene, you pledge to faithfully participate in Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church's ministries through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. In return, you will gain an entire congregation willing to walk beside you in faith and love through your journey of faith and discipleship.

You can become a member in one of the following ways:

Profession of Faith - This is the initial entrance into membership in the church when one confesses faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If you are not now a baptized Christian, one of our Pastors will be happy to discuss your baptism and church membership with you.

Reaffirmation of Faith - This is one’s renewing of the initial confession of faith for those not on a church membership roll. Or if you transfer your membership from a denomination that will not accept your transfer across denominational lines you will be asked to re-confirm your faith.

Transfer of Membership - From another United Methodist Church or a Christian church of another denomination. We recognize Baptism from all other Christian churches. Since you are already baptized and confirmed, you will only 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 and your services?”

Affiliate Membership - 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. This grants you pastoral care and concern, fellowship and full participation (including the holding of an office) in Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. You will not be counted on the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church Membership Roll, but on the roll of your “home” church. The Pastor will write your “home” church Pastor informing him/her of your Affiliate Member status in the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.

Associate Membership - Members of other Christian denominations may elect to become Associate Members under the same conditions listed above under Affiliate Membership, but may not vote.

What are the steps to becoming a member?

1. Participate in A Disciple's Path (Required)

In this course, you will learn the basic overview of Lake Magdalene UMC and the United Methodist Church. We encourage all members and prospective members to participate in A Disciple's Path. For more information on class dates and times, please visit us on the Adult Community Group page, (If it's not listed, keep checking back for the next session) or call 813 961-1254 to find out when the next offering will be.

2. Complete a New Member Information Form  

To download the form CLICK HERE. You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to download this form.

3. New Member Sunday  

Schedule a Sunday with the church office to receive you into membership with our church family. The fourth (4th) Sunday of the month is usually designated as Membership Sunday. Contact the church office, 961-1254 to schedule your date. You can only schedule your membership date after you have completed A Disciple's Path.