Since I’m a pastor, you’d expect me to pound the pulpit on the subject of church membership, but the reasons that lead me to the soap box on this issue are the same reasons that all Christians should embrace commitment to their local congregations. I ran across this blog post by Kevin DeYoung from a few years ago that highlights six of those reasons. Click the link for the entire post.
“For many Christians membership sounds stiff, something you have at your bank or the country club, but too formal for the church. Even if it’s agreed that Christianity is not a lone ranger religion, that we need community and fellowship with other Christians, we still bristle at the thought of officially joining a church. Why all the hoops? Why box the Holy Spirit into member/non-member categories? Why bother joining a local church when I’m already a member of the universal Church?
I’ve found that some people just won’t be convinced of church membership no matter what you say or how many times “member” actually shows up in the New Testament. But many people have not given serious thought to church membership. They are open to hearing the justification for something they’ve not thought much about.”