Resources on Membership
If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.
First, check out our “Answers for Pastors” on membership. Here you’ll find quick answers to questions such as:
- Is church membership biblical?
- Where do we see church membership in the New Testament?
- According to Scripture, why should every Christian join a church?
- What is “meaningful membership”?
- How can I lead my church toward meaningful membership?
- What should be required of someone in order to join a church?
- Is church membership wrongly exclusive?Must someone be a church member before being allowed to serve?
If you’re thinking through your church’s membership process, check out Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s Membership Matters class. You’re welcome to use and adapt this material for free.
If you want to dig deeper into the theological foundations of membership, check out Jonathan Leeman’s book The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love (Crossway, 2010). Also keep an eye out for a new, shorter book from 9Marks on membership in early 2012.
And here are some audio resources that address church membership: