Membership

Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry Workers

By D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019

— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?

Metaphors and Membership: How Biblical Metaphors for the Church Require Church Membership

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

If you’re looking for the words “thou shalt be a church member” in Scripture, you won’t find them. But if that troubles you, let me encourage you to think a little differently about how to arrive at biblical conclusions.

Church Membership Is an Office and a Job

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Church membership is an office, too. It’s a job that comes with authority and responsibility.

Youth and Church Membership—Or, Stop Baptizing Children into the Ether

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.

Why Russian Churches Need Membership

By Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.

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Why African Churches Need Membership

By Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Churches in Africa needs to teach and practice biblical church membership because it helps address the false sense of community, nominal Christianity, and the subtle relativism.

How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

By Kyle Schwahn | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

How should we talk about membership on the West Coast? Let me offer three ways that have proven helpful within our body over the past few years.

Meaningful Membership in a Small Rural Area

Meaningful Membership in a Small, Rural Area

By Josh Myrick | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.

Meaningful Membership in a Mega-Church

Meaningful Membership in a Mega-Church

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Size shouldn’t be an excuse for neglecting membership.

Why Swedish Churches Need Membership

By Johnny Lithell | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

By Patti Withers | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.

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