Meaning of Membership
Membership at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is open to all interested and engaged individuals who have been baptized and have professed their faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that faithful membership in the local church is important to personal and communal spiritual growth.
When a person becomes a professing member with Metropolitan, he or she professes a faith in God, in Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They publicly claim their faith and their desire to live as a follower of Jesus. Membership is a covenant between the church and the individual joining, and all members of Christ’s universal church are invited to share in the ministry of the church of Jesus Christ.
There is a hope and expectation that all who join will offer mutual love and care as we seek to extend radical hospitality, transform lives, and pursue justice. In the United Methodist Church, we live out that vision in the local church by participating through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
As a part of the church universal, we believe baptism is a sacrament of initiation and incorporation into the body of Christ. Therefore, we recognize all Christian baptisms.
How to Join
We're delighted you're interested in joining us! We strive to be a community that takes our partnership with God seriously, focusing our partner work on extending radical hospitality, transforming lives, and pursuing justice. We hope that the process outlined below will help you more fully understand what we are about as Christians and how we apply that in our personal and communal lives as The Metropolitan Church. If you have questions or concerns about any of these steps, or are ready to jump into the process, please complete our online form (pdf version) or contact Rev. Kate Murphey Payton.
1. Meet with Pastor Kate
2. Get connected with a shepherd (who will check in on you, answer questions, help get you connected with other members and programs)
3. Come to Join the Journey small group for 8 weeks
- Sunday morning 10:10am hour in the Vestry at Metropolitan led by Barbara Gaskill and Caralee Adams
- Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the library at Wesley (5312 Connecticut Ave. NW) led by Janet Burkhart and Pastor Kate Murphey
4. Practice the membership vows you will be making
- Prayers—lead the group in prayer to open or close the small group and pray with another participant (either during the small group as noted above in the schedule or at a time you set up)
- Presence—worship with each of our communities—the 9am and 11:15am services at Metropolitan, 11am at Wesley, one service with our sister parish Brighter Day ministries in SE, and one service with the AU Wesley Foundation
- Gifts—commit to sacrificial giving with a goal of tithing. Read through and discuss the current stewardship materials with a pastor, foundation trustee, or finance committee member. (There will also be a time for this discussion in the small group itself, but if you miss that session, this is a way to make it up.)
- Service—Volunteer with one Campus Kitchen shift to recover food, prep it, or deliver it to one of our partner organizations. Or Volunteer to cook and eat a meal with the guys in our St. Luke’s transitional shelter or Metropolitan House.
- Witness—be comfortable sharing with the group why you are a Christian and live the way you do—what difference it has made and what difference you are working to make.
5. Meet again with Pastor Kate to set a Sunday to join!
6. Continue to join us on this journey of discipleship, rounding out the last 8 weeks of the Join the Journey small group, and plugging into any of our various ministries.