How to Join & Baptism

Central United Methodist Church is a body of believers united by our desire to follow Jesus Christ and committed to fulfilling the purposes set forth in our Mission Statement. If you desire to join Central and support the beliefs, fellowship, and mission of Central, we warmly invite you to become a member of the Central Family.

Looking to join the church? We encourage you to attend our Newcomer Connection Class the second Sunday of the month at 9:30am in CAC rooms 3-4 where you will have an opportunity to join. You may also schedule a time to meet with a pastor about becoming a member by calling the church office at 479-442-4237.

If you have any questions or would like more information about membership at Central, please contact our Director of Membership Services, Theresa Henretty, at  or 442-1809.


What is Baptism?
In Matthew 28 Jesus says to the disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." Baptism marks the beginning of the journey of discipleship. It is fundamentally a gift of God's grace (unearned love and mercy). It is a sign of our acceptance by God and our entrance into the Body of Christ, the church. It is one of two sacraments recognized and practiced in the United Methodist Church. "Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy church. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God's gift offered to us without price.

Forms of Baptism
While sprinkling of water from the baptismal font is the most common form, pouring and immersion are also practiced.