The Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee invites your response to “Our Model of Church Membership: Time for a Change?” a study on membership in The United Church of Canada.

These are some of the questions facing the church that have led to this study:

  • What does it mean for the church when formal understandings of membership create barriers rather than opportunities for ministry?
  • Should membership be primarily about discipleship and faith, or about governance of the church?
  • Is baptism necessary for membership or leadership in the church?

The 42nd General Council 2015 directed the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee “to invite the church into a study of the meaning of membership…and bring to the 43rd General Council [2018] a recommendation of membership for the church as a result of that study.” Your feedback will contribute to the committee’s recommendation.

Your response is requested by June 30, 2017. You can submit your response online or by mailing in the Questions and Comments pages at the end of the study document.