Shows Main Idea – In the old days, it was expected to become a church member. Today, it’s not a big deal, and the repercussions of a low church commitment are dangerous. The primary issue is about commitment versus low-commitment to local body life.
You may want to read:
- Five Ways You Can Love Your Church
- Dear Pastor, Do You Groan When You Think Of Me?
- Get Rick’s Book: Local Church–Love It, Leave It, Change It
- Membership Is Not Mandated Biblically
- The real issue is commitment vs. non-commitment
- The two teams, generally speaking, are members vs. attenders, though there are exceptions to this.
- More on the dangers of non-membership below.
- Old Way Is Not Wrong
- Not trying to sound like the “get off my lawn” guy.
- But community life used to be the local church building.
- A Culture Shift: a New Social Center for Community
- Social Media is the new social center for relationships.
- Transient culture.
- Pastoral abuse.
- Ineffectiveness of the church.
- Bad religion, i.e., legalism.
- Church burnout: too much church work.
- Sports gods, e.g., soccer, swim team, etc.
- The Result: Low-view of the church.
- The church is no longer “must-see TV.”
- Membership is not valued any longer.
- The Danger
- Limited accountability.
- Complainers outnumber the problem-solvers.
- Spectators outnumber participators.
- Ineffective soul care.
- Pragmatism: filling ministry slots with low-character people.
- Attenders in children’s ministry.
- Cannot do church discipline.
- More attenders than members weaken the church (see graphic).
- The Solution
- Find a church and become a member. You join what you love.
- Don’t complain if you’re not part of the solution.
- Share your concerns with your church with your leader(s).
- Read my book: “Local Church: Love It, Leave It, Change It.”
- As you are changing yourself, begin discipling one other person, with the hope of bringing change to your church.