Whether you have been a member of a church before or not, our membership process will give you the opportunity to get to know us, and us you—and can be a meaningful next step in your spiritual growth.

Ultimately, to be a member of a local church is to make a public promise to live according to the Bible and support the vision and ministry of that church. In the Bible, a public promise is called a covenant. Every follower of Jesus is part of the Church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of a church as an organization.

Membership & Baptism

Becoming a Redeemer Downtown member further anchors you into our community.

Step 1

Redeemer Downtown Membership Class

This two-and-a-half-hour class will focus on:

  • Deepening your understanding of spiritual practices as a means of spiritual formation.
  • Learning about the history and vision of Redeemer Downtown, acquainting you with our ministries and opportunities, and dialoguing with a pastor, church staff, and other congregants about questions you may have about church or Christian community.

If you have any questions about the membership class, please email Marie Sclafani.

The next Membership Class dates are:

  • Sunday, February 4, from 12 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7, from 12 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2, from 12 to 2:30 p.m.
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Step 2

Membership application

Individual applications (spouses, please do your own application) must be completed before moving on to step 3. You may begin and complete your membership application any time.

*Steps 1 and 2 may be completed in any order.

Step 3

Membership interview

Meet with either a pastor or both an elder and deacon/deaconess for your membership interview (45 to 60 minutes). Our staff and elders will work with you to schedule an appointment. Your name will be submitted to the monthly Session meeting for approval if recommended for membership. Married couples who both profess the Christian faith will interview together. Both spouses need to complete steps 1, 2, and 3 individually to move on to the interview.

Step 4

Membership vows and baptism

Take your membership vows at a worship service. If you have never been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, your baptism will be scheduled for the same service as your vows. Upcoming vows and baptism dates are:

  • Sunday, March 10, at the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. worship services
  • Sunday, May 19, at the 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. worship services

If you have any questions, please email Marie Sclafani.

Transfer membership

You should notify your previous church when you decide you would like to become a member at Redeemer Downtown. If you are coming from another Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church, you must go through all four steps listed above. If you are coming from another church in the Redeemer network of churches (currently, they are East Side, West Side, Lincoln Square and East Harlem), you only need to complete an interview with an officer of Redeemer Downtown.

Former churches may send a letter or certificate of transfer to:

Membership Coordinator

Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown

1500 Broadway, Suite 700

New York, NY 10036

For digital letters or certificates, please email them to:

downtown@redeemer.com

The letter or certificate should say:

  1. You are a member in good standing.
  2. They are releasing you into Redeemer Downtown’s spiritual care.

Under our bylaws, Redeemer Downtown does not allow dual membership—that is, membership of both Redeemer Downtown and any other church at the same time, even if that church is a PCA church.

Baptism

Adult baptism

If you have never been baptized before and would like to be, you will need to complete the membership process first (see above). Be sure to discuss your desire to be baptized at your membership interview. This will allow you to be scheduled for baptism on the day you take your membership vows.

Infant and child baptism

Infants

  • Please read our overview of Redeemer Downtown’s position on infant baptism. Redeemer Downtown will baptize infants of church members.
  • Contact membership@redeemer.com to learn of upcoming dates and to register your infant for baptism. Please indicate your child's full name and date of birth.

Older children

  • Redeemer Downtown will baptize your older child after he or she has made a made a profession of faith. Once a year, Redeemer Downtown offers a Communicants Class. Contact our Youth Ministry Manager, Will Anderson, for more information about the Communicants Class.