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.
Anyone is invited to participate in the worship and the life of the New Church by getting involved with one of our groups or congregations. Adults who have made the commitment to be baptized by a New Church pastor are invited to join the General Church. After three years of membership, individuals are free to join the General Church Corporation — the organization dealing with financial and legal matters for the denomination. See details below.
Particulars of membership
Members of the General Church are able to vote on important Church matters at church-wide General Assemblies. Members of the General Church may also join a local congregation (although this is not a requirement) and vote in all its proceedings (see below for information on joining).
How to join the General Church
To become a member of the General Church, you must be baptized by a New Church pastor and be at least 20 years old. You may join by filling out the form below.
Alternatively, 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.
For those not already baptized by a New Church pastor, we encourage you to first find the closest New Church location (see the “Location” form further down on this page), and contact the pastor there, who will be happy to help you join!
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). I have been baptized into the faith of the New Church, and I subscribe to the principles and purposes of the General Church. I am at least twenty years of age, and I have been baptized by a General Church pastor.
How to join the the General Church Corporation
After three years of membership in the General Church itself, individuals are free to join the General Church Corporation — the organization dealing with financial and legal matters for the denomination. For details, contact us at [email protected].