1700 South Cliff Avenue * Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Are You Interested In Joining Hope Lutheran?
Thank you for your interest in Hope Lutheran Church (HLC) and the possibility of membership here with us! HLC has many ministries and opportunities for all ages and yet maintains a friendly, family-like atmosphere of support and encouragement for all.
Becoming a member of the HLC is an easy process – it’s all about opening your heart and mind, and getting involved. As a member, you may find meaningful connections with God, your community and all your neighbors in the world.
There are four ways to become a member of Hope...
The first method is by baptism. All who receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Hope Lutheran Church and are placed under the spiritual care of this congregation shall be considered baptized members of HLC. Children who have been baptized by another Christian church through water and the Word in the name of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who personally or through their guardian, express the desire to be members of this congregation shall be considered baptized members. Adults who are not baptized and desire to become members would first take adult instruction classes, be baptized and then make a confession of faith during their baptism.
The second method is confirmation. Baptized members of Hope go through a two year period of instruction beginning in the seventh grade and they are confirmed at the end of eighth grade. The Rite of Confirmation for youth is one in which a young person confesses for themselves what their parents confessed for them at the time of their baptism.
The third method is by transfer. This is when a member of another ELCA congregation who moves to this area requests a transfer of membership from their former congregation to Hope Lutheran Church.
The fourth method is by profession of faith. This can happen one of two ways. When a baptized and confirmed adult from another Lutheran church body indicates that they believe what the ELCA teaches and they desire to become members of our church. Or baptized and confirmed adults who were once members of an ELCA congregation who have become inactive, and desire to be active members of the church once again.
At this time Hope does not offer an adult instruction class for all those who are beyond youth confirmation age (older than 8th grade) and are interested in church membership, but our pastor is excited about the opportunity to talk with anyone who would like to learn more about Hope Lutheran Church, Lutheran Theology, and the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
If you have any questions regarding membership at Hope please feel free to contact us at (605) 332-2531.
God Bless you!
Transfer & Procession of Faith