General Church and society membership

If you want to be part of the life and worship of New Church, all you need to do is show up! But you're also welcome to explore formal membership, if that's something you're interested in.

While we are known as the New Church, our denomination is legally known and incorporated under the name of General Church of the New Jerusalem (or General Church for short). We have many congregations, or societies, around the world (you can view these in our locations directory at our main website, www.newchurch.org/contact/locations. While you don’t have to be a member of the General Church to attend church or participate in many of the activities of our societies, joining the General Church provides the greatest opportunities to engage in the life of the church. For example, General Church membership is a prerequisite to official membership in a local society, and official society members can participate on their society’s leadership Board (contact your local society pastor for society member information). Members of the General Church also have the opportunity to vote in the affirmation process of a newly nominated head bishop.

If you would like to become a member of the General Church, you must:

You may download and complete the application for membership form and mail it to the Office of the Bishop, PO Box 743, Bryn Athyn, PA, USA 19009-0708, or you may submit the form below.

Online form for General Church membership

I hereby apply to be received as a member of The General Church of the New Jerusalem (aka the New Church).

By clicking "Send", I certify that:
1) I have been baptized by a New Church pastor.
2) I subscribe to the purpose and principles of the General Church.
3) I am at least twenty years of age