Why Church Membership? | Focused Expectations

I believe very strongly in decision paralysis. People cling to the idea that the more options you have the more freedom you have. There’s just one issue: many people become less decisive with more options. Pretend you had never eaten cereal a day in your life and I take you to the grocery store. Which one do you choose? (If your answer is anything but Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, you are wrong). Churches fall prey to this. They offer fourteen baker’s dozens of programming and simply ask you to “get involved” in some of them. And then, before you know it, you are a community group leader, a greeter, on a steering committee for the worship ministry, and a table host at the new member’s class. Then the prospective member asks this (horrifying) question:

How do you see me involved in this church body? 

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It’s a threat level midnight kind of question. . .

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Why Church Membership? | Shepherding

Ok, young and hip pastor, here’s my question: who are your people?  When you stand before Jesus and give an account for how you cared for His church and the people he entrusted to your care, how will you answer that?

“Well, I had lunch with every single person who came to my church.”

“I only talked to my friends.”

“I personally followed-up with ever first, second, third, and fourth-time visitor.”

“I led a church-wide fantasy football league.”

This issue is not insignificant, but can be treated as such. Pastors/Elders of churches have to be able to oversee their people; and, thus, they must know what is meant by “their people.”

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Why Church Membership?

I care deeply about church membership. Personally, I believe local church membership is an incredibly undervalued part of church life (specifically in evangelicalism). When you join a church you aren’t joining a club; you’re joining a family and an infantry. A group of people ready to die for Jesus. Unfortunately, that isn’t most people’s experience (and has not been mine either). 

So this week I’ll share a little bit about why church membership? I kick it off with this video. Enjoy!

Platt and Dever on Disciple-Making: Part 6 from David Platt on Vimeo.