Meaning of Membership
Why Church Membership?
Quoted from "6 Reasons Why Church Membership Matters" by Pastor Kevin DeYoung
In joining a church you make visible your commitment to Christ and His people.
"It's easy to talk in glowing terms about the invisible church - the body of all believers near and far, living and dead - but it's in the visible church that God expects you to live out your faith."
Making a commitment makes a powerful statement in a low-commitment culture.
"Joining a church in such an environment makes a counter-cultural statement. It says 'I am committed to this group of people and they are committed to me. I am here to give, more than get.'"
We can be overly independent.
"Membership states in a formal way, 'I am part of something bigger than myself. I am not just one of three hundred individuals. I am part of a body.'"
Church membership keeps us accountable.
"When we join a church we are offering ourselves to one another to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected, and served. We are placing ourselves under leaders and submitting to their authority (Hebrews 13:7)."
Joining the church will help your pastor and elders be more faithful shepherds.
"[Pastors and elders] try to be diligent in following up with people who haven't been at ... church for a while. This is a challenge. But if you never become a member, [they] can't tell if you are really gone, because [they] might not be sure if you were ever here! It's nearly impossible for the elders to shepherd the flock when they don't know who really considers them their shepherds."
Joining the church gives you an opportunity to make promises.
"When someone becomes a member ... , he makes promises to pray, give, serve, attend worship, accept the spiritual guidance of the church, obey its teachings, and seek the things that make for unity, purity, and peace. We ought not to make these promises lightly. They are solemn vows. And we must hold each other to them."