Our church constitution can be downloaded in PDF format here.
We hold to a high view of membership that is rooted in the persecution experiences of the early Anabaptist movement and our desire for deep and intimate Christian community.
Full Membership – This membership status is open to those followers of Jesus who seek to follow the nonviolent principles of the Kingdom of God, who are open to the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, who have received Christian baptism as the symbol of their commitment and covenant, and who are committed to being part of the community of Joy Mennonite Church.
Associate Membership – This membership status is for people who support the work of Joy Mennonite Church and want some formal tie with our congregation.
Dual Membership – We will accept as both full and associate members, those who are members of another faith community.
Expectation of Members – Church membership carries with it responsibilities as well as privileges. As members are able, they shall attend services of worship, participate in the ministries of the church; support the church’s programs with spiritual and material resources; attend the business meetings of the congregation, and be a part of the fellowship and congregational life of the church. All members shall be eligible to participate in the business meetings and hold elective office, but only full members may vote on constitution amendments and for decisions regarding the calling or termination of staff.
We as a congregation accept that our members will not agree on all issues. We encourage our members to follow their conscience in their understanding of the way of Jesus.
Because of our belief in the reconciling love of Jesus, no person will be denied membership on the basis of their socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, or disability.
For more information about the process of becoming a member of Joy Mennonite Church, please contact us.