Membership General Information

Regardless of whether you are new to All Saints or have worshiped with us for awhile, you probably have questions about the what, why, and how of our church. What does the word “reformed” or “Eucharist” mean? Why do we baptize babies? Why are there so many pieces to our worship service? How can I participate more fully in the life of this church? We’d like to answer these questions and more for you.

"All About All Saints" is a Saturday class taught by All Saints Senior Pastor, Tim Frickenschmidt, covering everything from the basics of orthodox Christianity to the details of life and worship at All Saints. This class is required for those pursuing membership but is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast, lunch, and childcare will be provided. Please register using the form below.

The next class is coming up Saturday, March 5. Please contact Kara Dunleavy with any questions, especially for those wishing to join sooner, especially for sacramental reasons (e.g. wanting to have your child baptized, taking communion for the first time, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for membership?
We generally hope that people will worship with us for a few months before making the decision to pursue membership. Then to become a member, sign-up for the upcoming spring or fall "All About All Saints" class. You'll be asked to fill out a bit of paperwork and to schedule an interview with a pastor or elder. The final step is to publically take membership vows during worship.
How often does the class take place?
Twice a year. Usually once in the spring and once in the fall.
When am I officially a member?
You’ll be formally welcomed into membership upon publicly taking the membership vows during worship on New Member Sunday.
Am I obligated to join All Saints if I take the class?
By no means, but we hope you do! “All About All Saints” is simply a chance for you to get to know us better and vice versa.
What if I can't attend the class or need to join sooner?
There are extenuating circumstances under which we receive new members throughout the year. If you would like to explore this possibility, please email Kara Dunleavy.
Do I still need to take AAAS if I'm coming from another PCA church?
Yes. Even if you have been a member of another church in our denomination, the All About All Saints class is a required part of the membership process. We ask that you participate in this class to fully grasp what makes All Saints unique in her culture. Plus, we want to get to know you!
What if I'm only in Austin for a short time and want to maintain membership in my home church?
Members of PCA churches can join All Saints as Associate Members and still retain full memberships in their home churches. Our denomination does not offer Associate Membership for members of non-PCA churches. If you think this is a good fit for you, email Kara Dunleavy at kdunleavy@allsaintsaustin.org.
What are the five membership vows?
You’ll be asked to answer these 5 membership vows as set forth in the Presbyterian Church in America's Book of Church Order: Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy? Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel? Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ? Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?