Membership

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.

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?

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.

Mailbag #82: How to Confront Those Who Rarely Attend Church . . . How Does 1 Timothy 5:17’s “Double Honor” Apply to Non-Staff Elders?

By A. Duty, J. Rinne | 04.26.2019

— How should pastors confront members or regular attenders who are mere consumers or whose attendance is inconsistent? — How do you apply 1 Timothy 5:17’s “double honor” to non-paid elders? Is it even right to use this passage when determining paid elder compensation?

REVIEW Church You Can See — Dennis

Book Review: A Church You Can See, by Dennis Bills

Review by Justin Harris | 04.18.2019

Bills presents a great case for uniting to a local congregation and receiving biblical instruction with brothers and sisters who live in your same zip code.

Mailbag #78: Can a Church Require Too Many Meetings? . . . Should the Church be Involved in a Pastor’s Decision to Leave? . . . Reformed Theology in the Church’s Teaching Ministry

By C. Humfrey, M. Livingston, S. Emadi | 03.22.2019

Can a church require too many services? How can pastors shepherd their flock while transitioning out? How should pastors teach about Reformed theology?

Mailbag #77: How Much Agreement with a Statement of Faith Should Be Required for Membership?

By Brad Wheeler | 03.08.2019

A man who was baptized as a believer wants to join our credobaptist church, though he is paedobaptistic and cannot affirm the church’s statement of faith on believer’s baptism. Should the elders of the church recommend this man to the church for membership?

Definite Atonement and Church Membership

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

What does definite atonement have to do with church membership?

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”

How We Fixed Our Sleepy and Unspiritual Members’ Meetings

Review by Josh de Koning | 01.18.2019

About five years ago, I realized our members’ meetings were sleepy and overly informational. So we’ve changed them.

An Open Letter to Baptist Pastors Considering Open Membership

By Sam Emadi | 01.14.2019

Baptism is an authorized declaration of the credibility of someone’s confession, not just a private judgment about whether we think someone is a Christian.

Practice Charity, Pursue Credibility: How to Respond to a Child’s Profession of Faith

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 01.07.2019

In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.

Best Books for Pastors 2018

Best Books for Pastors in 2018

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2018

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?

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What to Say When a Church Member Asks for Help

By Clint Darst | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

When a church member first confesses pornography consumption, they’re usually relieved to admit their battle and get help in their fight.