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Joining the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

What is Membership?

We celebrate every stage of your spiritual journey – exploration, visiting, becoming a member and continuing to grow in your faith.  Becoming a member of NYAPC means that you want to participate in the life of the church through giving your time and talents.  Members vote in church meetings, serve on the boards of the church, and give financially to support the church.  There are many ways to serve and participate without joining, but becoming a member allows you to participate fully.

Showing Your Interest

Each week we ask visitors and members to sign in on our friendship pads.  If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll get a call from a church member welcoming you and asking if you have any questions.

You can also speak to one of the pastors or ushers or one of the members of the congregation if you’d like to learn more about the church or begin the process of joining.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Paul Dornan at

Acting on Your Interest

About once a quarter, we hold three-session series of New Members Classes. Each series offers the opportunity for a class of prospective members to share their faith stories so far, to learn something of the Reformed Tradition, the corner of Christendom in which the Presbyterians are located, and how that tradition works itself out in the life and witness of the New York Avenue congregation, and to consider various ways in which we might practice our faith in our everyday lives.

At the last of these sessions, we’ll invite you to join the New York Avenue congregation. Those who decide to join our faith community must attend a meeting of the Session, the governing body of the church. Prospective members will be introduced, and both the incoming class and Session members are posed a question that each one is expected to answer.

Reverend Gench then asks the newly elected members two questions very like the following: “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the very way of God, the way of God’s righteousness and truth?” and “Do you intend to live out your faith in the life and ministry of the New York Avenue congregation?” The Session then votes to welcome the class into membership.

After the Session meeting, we’ll choose a Sunday for you to be introduced to the congregation.