The Local Church

Religion

Becoming a Member of the Church

Most religions and churches are willing to accept children as a part of their congregation. While there are no tests for them to pass, they must eventually make a decision to stay in the church or move on. They can continue to attend church services for their entire life, but can only actively participate after becoming a member. The rite associated with becoming a full church member is called Confirmation.

Confirmation is a ceremony that takes place after all the requirements have been fulfilled to become a full church member. Baptism is the first step. While many churches will christen a baby, baptism is considered a separate rite. The person seeking full membership must also take classes. Adults that have converted are given separate classes from teens that have been in the church all their life. Potential members must be fully aware of the commitment they are making. They will be tested on their knowledge and confirmation will only take place when the test has been passed.