Church membership

Mark Dever at Together for the Gospel blog has written an insightful and incisive essay about what I’ll call the Church Membership Scandal. Many of our Protestant denominations today judge their health by their numbers – whether in attendance or on their rolls. Dever claims this is not only unbiblical but patently sinful. I encourage you to stop by and read over it and post your thoughts there or here.

Church membership is an albatross around the neck of the Protestant church. Rather than judging the health and success of the body of Christ by biblical and spiritual means, we elevate those churches and leaders with the largest followings, the most resources, and the most hype. How can the tide be turned? What can we as leaders and lay people do to encourage our church to focus upon Christ, His glory, and living out the Gospel?

One Response to “Church membership”

  1. Kristy H August 27, 2006 at 8:24 pm #

    Although I have nothing very insightful I agree that this a huge issue facing the church today. How can we make disciples instead of letting new believers or curious Christ-seekers fall through the cracks? I think it begins with becoming consumed with glorifying God by loving others first and not being so self-consumed that we have our priorties mixed up. It takes personal relationships and effort, which are more challenging than attending “happy-faced” activities that revolve around our own needs. It means getting our hands dirty and helping to meet needs in order to show Christ’s love. Doing that is not always fun and happy but it is life-changing and rewarding from both ends in my experience.

    Keep the great posts coming. I keep checking. Come on Jackie, Neal, and any others!