All that is required to become a member is a confidential interview, the presentation of an ID card, and filling in a form.
Becoming a member
The classic way is to start with
baptism, which traditionally means infant baptism. This is the base for
reception into the Christian community and into the Evangelical Church.
to become a member – it is possible to do this in different ways according to
one’s pattern of life. For those who have not been baptized in the past, membership is obtained through baptism. For some people this is the first time they have wished
to become a member of the Evangelical Church. For some it may be that they were
baptised as children but then stopped going to church before they were
confirmed. For others it may be that they left the church later for a variety
of different reasons. The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland makes (re-) entry
a relatively uncomplicated matter. The easiest way is to contact the local pastor. In addition, there are a number of special reception
points which specialise in ensuring that those interested can easily find
competent people to talk to and can be received into membership as appropriate.
Membership reception points
are just two dozen reception points available in the Evangelical Church in the
people don’t know their local minister. Others are fearful of having to go back
and justify the reasons for having left in the past. The fact is that people
who have psychological inhibitions about seeking to (re-)enter the church in
their own local parish, have the alternative of going to one of the reception points.
all that is required is a confidential interview, the presentation of an ID
card, and filling in a form. If the minister feels it necessary, then a course
of instruction in the Christian faith may need to happen before reception takes
place. Reception into membership at one of the reception points is
uncomplicated and unbureaucratic. In addition the person usually receives a
small gift and a personal word of blessing.
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