Meaningful Membership & Shepherding the Saints

By Jason Seville | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Church membership isn’t just a useful tool in the pastoral tool belt; it’s the tool belt itself.

Two Prooftexts for Church Membership

Two Prooftexts for Church Membership

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

As a professor of mine used to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a prooftext… as long as the text proves what you say it does.”

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?

Church Membership in an International Church - Challenging Case Studies

Church Membership in an International Church: Challenging Case Studies

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

The normal life for a Christian—even one outside their home country—is committed to a particular group of fellow brothers and sisters

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors committed to the importance of church membership need to be cautious. In our righteous zeal to address deficient views of the church, we may be tempted to an unrighteous zeal.

What are the Responsibilities of Church Membership?

By Matt Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Sadly, individualism, consumerism, easy-believism, and unbiblical church polities have left many church members intentionally or unintentionally sidelined.

Why East Asian Churches Need Membership

Why East Asian Churches Need Membership

By Chariot Lu | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We should exercise biblical membership to correct my people’s growing misunderstanding of love, authority, and commitment.

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

By J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.

Why Middle Eastern Churches Need Membership

Why Middle Eastern Churches Need Membership

By Anand Samuel | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Jesus Christ is committed to his church and publicly identifies with her. So should Christians in the Middle East—and every other part of the world.

How Long Should A Membership Process Take?

How Long Should A Membership Process Take?

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Your membership process—whether shorter or longer—is a tool for discipleship, usually one of the first ones people come in contact with.

Considering 7 Membership Exceptions

Considering 7 Membership Exceptions

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

So what do you do about people who either are members or want to join, and are willing to attend regularly, but are not able?

Should I Join a Church for its Small Groups?

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Keeping small groups from becoming mini-churches often takes intentionality and pastoral effort.

How to Conduct a Membership Interview

How to Conduct a Membership Interview

By PJ Tibayan | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

The two-pronged goal of an interview is to (1) disciple the person, and (2) discern whether their profession of faith in Jesus is credible. You want to disciple and discern.

Why Australian Churches Need Membership

Why Australian Churches Need Membership

By Lyle Wetherston | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If church membership runs against the grain of our natural and national inclinations, then we need to be wise as to how we promote it.

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth

By Aaron Menikoff | 05.06.2019

Smaller churches are not godlier than larger churches. I’m not calling for no growth. I’m simply going to suggest both you and your congregation will be well-served by slow and steady growth.