How much do we require of church members?
This article is excerpted from Jonathan Leeman’s book, Understanding The Congregation’s Authority. It is entitled “Your 7 Job Responsibilities As A Church Member”.
- Attend church regularly
- Help preserve the gospel
- Help affirm gospel citizens
- Attend members’ meetings
- Disciple other church members
- Share the gospel with outsiders
- Follow your leaders
Does it seem extreme to you? Or is that just because we are so often soft on what membership means? What is the biblical picture of the responsibilities of membership?
I wonder if we should add to what Leeman has listed. Should the “job description” also include:
- all of the “one another” commands
- living a life worthy of the gospel
What do you think membership involves? What do you actually require of your members?
One of the cultural trends I hear ministers struggling with is the issue of regular attendance no longer meaning weekly attendance. Even committed people might be in church only every few weeks and that drops attendance numbers even when the number of people involved has remained the same.
Carey Nieuwhof is currently addressing this in a series of blogs and podcasts. I will update this post as new ones appear (so remember to check back) but the first are:
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All of this comes out of the United States and may not reflect the New Zealand situation. Do you see this as a major trend for us and what do you beleive are the reasons and the answers?